from Space and Missile Systems Center
Space and Missile Systems Center
4/15/2015 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The
Space and Missile Systems Center announced the activation of a new
organization, the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate. The new
directorate combines the Infrared Space Systems and Defense Weather
Systems Directorates to create synergies by leveraging the diverse
capability portfolios. The consolidation will generate operating
efficiencies and create opportunities to leverage remote sensing
technologies and innovation.
"The combination of Air Force Overhead Persistent Infrared and Weather
Systems into one Directorate creates maximum value across our
enterprise. It's an exciting opportunity for our Air Force, warfighters
in the field, and our nation," said Colonel Mike Guetlein, Director of
the new organization. "By merging two world-class acquisition teams, we
intend to deliver ground-breaking new products and leverage existing
and planned National Security Space platforms to create more affordable
and resilient capabilities. We believe there are meaningful operational
efficiencies, and cross-platform synergies that will yield operational
benefits to our warfighters."
"The SBIRS and Weather program offices have been instrumental in
providing game-changing warfighter capabilities and, by combining these
offices into one remote sensing portfolio, we will accelerate the pace
of warfighter support through innovation while realizing efficiencies to
keep our space systems affordable," said Lieutenant General Samuel
Greaves, the Program Executive Officer for Air Force Space Programs.
The new Remote Sensing Systems Directorate is responsible for both the
Air Force's Overhead Persistent Infrared mission area providing missile
warning, missile defense, battlespace awareness, technical intelligence,
and civil support as well as the environmental monitoring mission,
including space and terrestrial weather monitoring.