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Release No: 500-95
September 14, 1995


Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul Kaminski announced today that Maj. Gen. Robert S. Dickman, USAF, has been selected to be the Department of Defense's Space Architect.

The establishment of the DoD Space Architect is the latest step with within the Department to improve space management and organization. Last December, DoD established the office of the deputy under secretary of Defense (DUSD) for Space, and on Aug. 6, 1995 named Robert V. Davis to that position.

As the DoD Space Architect, Dickman will lead a multi-service space architecture planning organization with responsibility for establishing an integrated DoD space architecture capable of meeting U.S. military operational needs, and providing guidance to ensure implementation of space capabilities consistent with the overall DoD space architecture plan. He will also be responsible for ensuring close coordination between space acquisition and architecture planning and development functions, as well as maintaining liaison with those activities assigned to the National Reconnaissance office.

Dickman will report to the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology through the Air Force Acquisition Executive and will maintain close coordination with the DUSD for Space.

Dickman is the current director of Space Programs for the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, and has more than 25 years of experience in operations and acquisition of space systems.

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