Policy experts said at the Satellite 2020 conference that strict classification of space systems could hamper reforms to the military space acquisition process, Air Force Magazine reported Monday.
â€œWe canâ€™t be so classified that we donâ€™t reform â€¦ how we buy our stuff,â€ Doug Schroeder, oversight executive for space in the office of the undersecretary of defense, said Monday during a panel discussion at the conference.
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government policy and strategy at Inmarsat Government, said the extent to which industry and government can discussÂ future plans will help influence companiesâ€™ investments in novel technologies and experiments and efforts to explore partnership opportunities.
â€œThe partnership and the exchange of information enriches the investment of the commercial sector,â€ Cowen-Hirsch said. â€œAs a satellite owner-operator, it is in our inherent interest to be able to ensure that we can protect and be able to provide services from our satellites to a ground station and to all of our user community through a number of different environments, to include a contested environment.â€