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Air Force SMC Establishes New Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate

By Caleb Henry | October 15, 2015
      SMC Greaves Leon

      Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space congratulates Claire Leon, the first director of the Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate on officially assuming her leadership role. Photo: USAF SMC

      [Via Satellite 10-15-2015] The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) stood up its newest directorate, the Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate (SMC/LE), at Los Angeles Air Force Base on Oct. 14. Under the leadership of Claire Leon, the new directorate brings together the Launch Systems Directorate (LR) and the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP), which formerly fell under SMC’s Advance Systems and Development Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., into one unit.

      “Until today, the Air Force has procured and executed space launch capabilities through two separate organizations within SMC — RSLP and SMC/LR. This created the potential for ambiguity among our stakeholders and a disconnect in our acquisition strategy,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force program executive officer for space and SMC commander. “Today, we unify Air Force space launch capabilities under one directorate to synchronize our acquisition activities.”

      Leon, the first director of SMC/LE, is responsible for continuing the provision of assured access to space, maintaining mission success, transition from the use of RD-180 engines and reintroducing launch competition.