Space Is A Significant Growth Area For Kirtland AFB
There are four Air Force organizations involved with Space, on Kirtland AFB:
- The Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory
- The Directed Energy Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory
- The Space Development and Test Directorate of the Air Force Space Command
- The Operationally Responsive Space organization which reports directly to the Secretary of the Air Force, who acts as the Department of Defense Executive Agent for Space
These units involve both Research and Development organizations and Operational units and are working together closely with a synergy worth attention. Space is a frontier which will continue to undergo significant growth, and the Kirtland Partnership Committee will participate as appropriate to help that growth. Recent Air Force initiatives on significant budget cuts for Operationally Responsive Space and The Space Development and Test Directorate did not obtain congressional approval.
Legislative Update from Maj. General Steve Basham at the Space Test Program’s 50th Anniversary of Flight, Science and Technology Review