Will Roper: Air Force Seeks Acquisition Authorities to Move Funds Between Space Programs

Will Roper
Will Roper

Will Roper, the U.S. Air Force’s acquisition executive and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service is seeking new acquisition authorities from Congress that would allow it to shift funds from one space program to another, Breaking Defense reported Thursday.

“One of the things that we are very passionate about for space acquisition is trying to consolidate the space portfolio into a few number of program elements,” Roper told reporters Thursday. “Well, the way that the Air Force and now Space Force put their budget submissions into Congress, it puts all of the programs into individual program elements, and that’s like locking [each] program into a little financial prison.”

He said Defense Secretary and fellow Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper is reviewing the space acquisition report containing the request for such authorities. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett will submit the report to Congress in compliance with the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

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This year represents our sixth annual Wash100 Award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, achievement, and vision.

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