US Strategic Command chief: Commercial satellite operators have it easy

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten wants to know how it is that Boeing or Lockheed Martin or Space Systems Loral can build a sophisticated, one-off telecommunications satellite in 36 months but the Pentagon cannot procure a recurrent model of an in-orbit satellite in less than 12 years.

Hyten, who is commander of U.S. Strategic Command, and U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on Dec. 2 discussed what they agreed was the impossibly cumbersome Pentagon procurement process.

Wilson suggested that the ongoing Analysis . . .

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