The Defense Space Council (DSC), created by Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III and chaired by the recently-revalidated DoD Executive Agent for Space, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, met for the first time Dec. 20, moving forward on one of several changes in DoD Space governance that was approved Nov. 17.
The DSC is the principal advisory forum to inform, coordinate and resolve space issues for DoD. The council will align requirements, acquisition, and budget planning and execution with strategy and policy. These improvements are designed to ensure stronger capabilities, greater efficiencies and a healthier space industrial base.
First on the council’s agenda is streamlining the many defense and national security space committees, boards, and councils. The DSC will review more than 15 space-related organizations and recommend their cancellation, consolidation, dissolution, or realignment under the DSC. The formation of the council and its first task were among five recommendations approved by Lynn including the realignment of the National Security Space office and a review of all EA support functions.
“These decisions will not only better position DoD to coordinate the implementation of space policy and strategy, they will also provide the framework for DoD’s coordination with the intelligence community on national security space,” Donley announced Nov. 19 at the Air Force Association Global Warfare Symposium.
The Air Force is committed to excellence in the space enterprise, both as a core function of the service and on behalf of DoD. The first meeting of the DSC builds upon recent actions that have strengthened DoD’s stewardship of space including a comprehensive review and realignment of Headquarters Air Force space management and responsibilities.