Patrick Shanahan: DoD Unveiling Space Force Leader Candidates in Weeks

Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the government will name nominees for the U.S. Space Force leadership post in the coming weeks, Defense News reported Thursday. Pentagon officials propose the new service branch operate directly under the leadership of a senate-confirmed, space-focused U.S. Air Force undersecretary.

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of Air Force Space Command, told reporters that the DoD is considering a limited number of space-specialized general officers in the process of developing the structure of new organizations on Wednesday. “With these organizations growing, it does put a stress on the inventory, as it would in any case," he said.

The Wash100 award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.

Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2019 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2019.

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