This chapter provides programming and budgeting guidance and presents a set of prioritized Concepts and Capabilities to keep us on the path for achieving our Vision.

This SMP lays out an aggressive plan to achieve the AFSPC Vision, requiring a steady increase in the overall Space TOA beginning in year 2006 near the end of the FY02-07 POM cycle.  To stay on the path for achieving our Vision, close coordination must be maintained between the AFSPC planners, Mission Teams and programmers; the developers in the Product Centers; and the AFRL technology experts. 

This chapter provides general programming guidance for developing AFSPC inputs to the FY02-07 POM.  In addition to highlighting our new start candidates, this chapter presents two priority lists.  The first is a list of our FY02 POM priorities.  The second is a list of prioritized far-term capabilities for consideration by AFRL decision makers when making funding judgements involving space technology projects that are key to carrying out this plan.

These prioritized lists reflect a large number of inputs, trade-offs and consolidations (roll-ups) of  concepts and capabilities and, therefore, are not a one-for-one match with the Needs identified in Chapter 4.  These lists were originally developed using quantitative techniques.  The lists were then reviewed, modified and validated by the Mission Teams and the Command leadership, with inputs from several external organizations, before being finalized.  Changes were made based on criteria such as the AFSPC Commanderís stated priorities, SMP strategy to implement the AFSPC Vision, Congressional language and interest, the CINC IPLs, sustainment issues, urgency of needs, funding realities and technology availability, etc.  A description of this process is included in Appendix C.

These prioritized lists do not encompass all AFSPC needs.  They reflect the relative priorities of our commandís major system sustainment and modernization efforts, new mission requirements and the development and acquisition of new and emerging technologies and capabilities.

8.1           FY02-07 POM Programming Guidance and Priorities

Figure 0-1 depicts the program new starts included in the Integrated Modernization Roadmap that are presently planned through year 2007, covering the entire upcoming FY02-07 POM cycle.  The majority of these new starts begin in the 2006 timeframe; thus a steady increase beginning at that time in the Space TOA will be required. To stay on the path for achieving our Vision, AFSPC programmers and Mission Teams must address these increased funding needs very aggressively in the FY02Ė07 POM.

Successfully advocating for additional TOA in the space budget while the Air Force TOA top line remains flat will not be easy.  Our programmers, with support from the Mission Teams, must justify to the Air Staff why those new space systems depicted in the Integrated Modernization Roadmap and accompanying increases for Mission Support programs should be funded over other non-space Air Force programs, and what the impact to warfighting will be if sufficient funding is not made available in the FY02-07 POM.  A well thought out and very powerful advocacy story, including POM initiatives, should be composed now, in collaboration with the Product Centers and AFRL, and held in reserve for later use during the POM deliberations.  The SMP provides the basis from which a strong justification can be made.

Figure 8-1: Near-term (2000-2007) Integrated System Roadmap identifies new start candidates

Advocating for additional TOA alone is not adequate.  AFSPC programmers and Mission Teams, in coordination with the Product Centers, must be innovative in finding TOA offsets for funding high priority space modernization programs key to enhancing future warfighting capabilities.  Synergies between programs, creative ways to save program acquisition costs, competitive sourcing options and other resourceful ideas that may result in reduced force structures or reduced acquisition buys must be aggressively considered.

To assist in understanding the relative AFSPC program and mission priorities as they relate to the execution of this plan, the near-term solutions contained in the Integrated Modernization Roadmap were prioritized in our FY02 POM priorities list shown in Figure 8-2.  This list was developed because the Air Force budgeting and programming process is dynamic and fast-paced.  There are numerous funding exercises (POM/APOM, budget cuts, bills, etc.) that occur throughout the year at Air Staff, AFSPC, the Product Center and AFRL, resulting in decisions that could significantly impact existing, programmed and planned space programs.  AFSPC and Air Staff programmers and budget analysts should consider these near-term priorities when making funding decisions.

Figure 8-2: AFSPC and Air Staff programmers and budget analysts should consider these near-term priorities when making funding decisions

8.2           Prioritized FAR TERM Capabilities

Figure 8-3 presents our far-term prioritized capabilities. These represent the key capabilities needed to achieve our Vision end state. AFRL should consider these priorities when making decisions concerning the development of critical technologies needed to enable the fielding of these capabilities in the far-term.

Figure 8-3: AFRL should consider these far-term priorities for development of critical technologies


Executive Summary    Table Of Contents   

Chapter 1    Chapter 2    Chapter 3     Chapter 4    Chapter 5    Chapter 6     Chapter 7     Chapter 9

Appendix A    Appendix B    Appendix C    Appendix D     Appendix E    Appendix F    Appendix G