The vice commander of Air Force Space Command addressed space professionals and industry leaders with a clear message: AFSPC is contributing to “unity of effort” in the space arena.
Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz is Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The vice commander of Air Force Space Command addressed space professionals and industry leaders with a clear message: AFSPC is contributing to “unity of effort” in the space arena.
Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz spoke to an audience of nearly 1,100 at the Space Foundation’s 22nd National Space Symposium here April 6, outlining the command’s successes and support for current operations.
The general said “unity of effort,” which mirrors the symposium’s theme of “One Industry – Go for Launch,” requires coordination and cooperation among all forces toward a commonly recognized objective, regardless of whether the forces are part of the same command structure.
“That’s an apt definition,” he said, “but at the most basic level, we’re talking about people—people working together as a team. This fully-integrated team of active duty, reserve, guard, government civilians and contractors are delivering space effects to joint warfighters, as well as civil and commercial users, and we have every reason to be proud of them and of their service to our country.”
General Klotz discussed the successes the AFSPC team has enjoyed in the past year with the help of the command’s industry partners. He cited the successful launch of the last Titan rocket, an 11-for-11 launch record for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, successful launch of the first Global Positioning System IIR-M satellite, deactivation of the Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile and space support to hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast.
“While we’ve made good progress, there’s a lot left to accomplish,” the general said. “Towards this end, we are focused on our four strategic priorities…(which are) in line with the priorities of the Air Force…(and) the priorities of our combatant command, United States Strategic Command.”
In fact, General Klotz said, supporting combatant commanders is at the heart of everything AFSPC does. He pointed to the establishment of the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and the matured concept of the Director of Space Forces as the first steps to advancing the command’s ability to fully support combatant commanders and the joint warfighter.
“It’s more important than ever to maintain our technological advantages in space and in the use of space capabilities and services,” General Klotz said. “In a sense, we’re approaching a crossroads in providing space combat effects to the joint warfighter. Just as we must—as a Nation—recapitalize and transform our aging air, land and sea forces to take advantage of new technology and to preserve our superiority on the modern battlefield, we must also recapitalize and transform the space systems that are essential to meeting the demands that will be placed on warfighters in the future.”
General Klotz said the Nation’s ICBM force is a sometimes-overlooked responsibility that must be recapitalized and transformed, as the ICBM continues to be an integral part of the Nation’s strategic deterrent.
“For this reason, we’re absolutely committed to ensuring the Minuteman III ICBM remains an effective and viable weapon system at least through the year 2020,” he said. “Additionally, we completed our work on the Analysis of Alternatives for Land Based Strategic Deterrent, recommending an evolutionary approach to the replacement of the Minuteman III capability.”
Space must be integrated into all aspects of military planning and operations, both today and in the future, he said.
“I think the point is clear,” General Klotz said. “Air Force Space Command is one team working together within the national security space enterprise and with our industry partners to deliver space effects. If we’re going to succeed, it’s going to require ‘unity of effort’ and teamwork.”