U.S. Air Force Space Command has assumed responsibility for the acquisition of satellite communications services in support of the Department of Defense and the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, AFSPC said Wednesday.
AFSPC commander will handle enterprise satcom operations, oversee the integrated delivery of satcom services and manage the procurement of almost all military and commercial satcom technologies.
The command will also have operational control of 70 support contractors and 36 civilian and military personnel working on commercial satcom efforts.
A formal transfer of personnel will take place in October 2019 ahead of a full operational capability authorization scheduled for October 2020.
The move comes as part of efforts to comply with the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.