Space Acquisition Center Reorganizes

Air Force space officials have realigned the offices within the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., to conform to the new organizational construct that Air Force Materiel Command announced earlier this year for its acquisition, research and development, and logistics elements. This construct is built upon directorates, divisions, and branches; it replaces the structure based on wings, groups, and squadrons that had been in place since 2004. This realignment is meant to improve acquisition processes and better structure programs for success, say SMC officials. “The key here is our work hasn’t changed,” said Lt. Gen. John Sheridan, SMC commander, at the ceremony earlier this month where these changes officially took effect. He added, “Our mission to deliver unrivaled space and missile systems to the joint warfighter and our nation continues.” As an example of the redesignations, SMC’s Global Positioning Systems Wing is now known as the GPS Directorate. (Los Angeles report by Peggy Hodge)