Open for business: Space Force ‘gateway’ now fully operational

Space Systems Command Headquarters in Los Angeles, California at sunset. (SSC)

WASHINGTON — Space Force’s one-stop shop for industry engagement — the gateway to Space Systems Command — is now fully booked and ready to help companies learning about Pentagon contracts figure out who to talk to within the sprawling space acquisition bureaucracy, according to SSC Col. Joseph Roth.

“We have a team that can respond to the email, and we have operators that are standing by, which has been a problem in the past,” he told the Space Industry Days conference on Wednesday. Los Angeles.

The two-day conference is co-sponsored by AFCEA Los Angeles Branch, National Defense Industrial Association Greater Los Angeles Division, Southern California Aerospace Professional Representative and Schriever Chapter of the Air and Space Force.

Roth, who is Front Door’s director, said his “core team” now includes eight people. “We can hire more, but I think we’re just at that sweet spot where we don’t want to get too big, but we really want to be efficient.”

The Gateway is designed to provide background information on Space Force programmatic requirements and disseminate information on traditional industry days related to SSC programs and new “reverse industry” days. before the program. In particular, it aims to connect companies, especially those new to the Pentagon’s space acquisition maze, with a “sherpa” to guide them to the right office and the right contracting processes.

PVC front door team

Space Systems Command’s gateway to industry engagement now has eight “core” personnel.

“In summary, the Space Systems Command Gateway is a very important command initiative to help connect industry to the requirements of Space Force and Space Systems Command,” Roth said. “And we certainly put a lot of effort behind that. I think that’s something that could provide a really great and valuable service to both industry and our senior leadership within the Space Force.

Roth explained that the Front Door team first tries to “find out what the requirements are” in each of SSC’s mission areas led by its acquisition officers, or program executives, and the heads of its operational deltas. – to be able to communicate these needs. and wants the industry. These mission areas are space sensing; secure access to space; communications and positioning, navigation and timing; space domain awareness and combat power; and combat management, command, control and communications.

On the industry side, Roth said, the Front Door team is looking for near-term solutions to these needs.

“We don’t want your traditional industry brief. We want capabilities that we can get quickly after the threat,” he said. “So something new, something that we don’t know your company is doing would be really important for you to communicate, so that we can get some quick wins.”

Roth stressed that he is seeking industry feedback on how the Front Door initiative is working and how the team can improve it.

“If you haven’t spoken to any of the Front Door team members, definitely speak to them and put them aside and give them that feedback,” he urged.