Space

Policy specialists identified for missile defense, DoD space posts

Summary

David Zikusoka, a fellow in aerospace science at the Center for the Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, served as a special assistant in the Assistant Secretary of Defense’s space policy office, CSBA reported on January 20. Under the Undersecretary of Defense for […]

David Zikusoka, a fellow in aerospace science at the Center for the Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, served as a special assistant in the Assistant Secretary of Defense’s space policy office, CSBA reported on January 20. Under the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, the Assistant Secretary in charge of Defense for Space Policy is a separate post that Congress guided in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The Biden administration’s candidate would have to be approved by the Senate for that role. The DoD said that “civilian supervision of the space business” will be offered by this role.

At CSBA, Zikusoka’s research work focused on military technologies in the space, IT as well as cyberspace. Zikusoka was strategy chief of the United States until joining CSBA. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a forum to investigate the nation’s susceptibility to cyber threats ordered by Congress. Biden also appointed Leonor Tomero to be a Deputy Assistant Director in charge of Nuclear and Missile Defense Programs. This role does not entail Senate approval within the office of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. At the Pentagon, Tomero was sworn in on January 20.

Tomero has worked as a senior employee of the Strategic Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee for the last decade. In the yearly National Defense Authorization Act concerned with nuclear arms as well as military space systems, she was a central voice in writing policy requirements. On Wednesday, after President Biden was sworn in, Pentagon declared that David Norquist had resumed temporary Secretary of Defense’s responsibilities until approval of the Secretary of Defense. Since July 2019, Norquist has worked as a deputy defense secretary. Lloyd Austin, Biden’s pick, is scheduled to be approved in the coming weeks as Secretary of Defense.

 John Roth, who has worked as the Air Force’s assistant secretary for the financial services as well as comptroller since 2018 January, is the acting civilian representative for the Space Force and Air Force. The Space Force will progress to acquire multibillion-dollar missile warning, secure communications, as well as navigation systems under Biden. Yet simultaneous attempts will also be made to broaden the space’s architecture and utilize cheaper, smaller systems as the private industry reduce satellite and launch prices.

For the next 4 years, how well the military utilizes commercial space technologies for national security will continue to be a problem. The latest space policy paper by Aerospace Corp. addressing the Biden administration acknowledged that “growing commercialization of space presents great possibilities for acquisition of the national security.”

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