Space Force delegates acquisition authority to lower offices to speed up buying

FedScoop: The Space Force — the military’s newest and most technology-focused branch — took a step toward building a more “agile” force by delegating contracting authorities to offices in the field, a move originally suggested by the military’s No. 2 general back in January.

Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond announced the delegation of what’s known as “head of the contracting activity” to the lower field offices Tuesday during the Air Force Association’s Virtual Air, Space & Cyber 2020 conference. He said officers in the field closer to the operations of space systems should be the ones leading purchasing to inject speed into the force.

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