NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos made a plea for the Air Force to become more agile, innovative and friendly to commercial industry during a Sept. 19 speech.
Bezos sat down at the Air Force Association’s annual conference for a highly anticipated discussion on space. While the richest man in the world didn’t make any big announcements about the highly-anticipated location of its second headquarters or whether United Launch Alliance had finally chosen a Blue Origin engine to power its next launch vehicle, he talked at length about how the service could improve its acquisition policies and space enterprise.
Here were the highlights:
Maintaining space dominance is key.
How can the Air Force stay ahead in space when China and Russia are developing increasingly sophisticated space technologies or systems made specifically to interfere with the United States’ own space assets? The key will be keeping control of the space domain by being present, Bezos said.