Lt. Gen. John Thompson, the new commander of U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), is no stranger to troubled acquisition programs. After decades of work on efforts such as Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and Boeing’s KC-46 tanker, both plagued by years of technical, cost and schedule challenges, Thompson is now tackling space. Thompson takes the reins at SMC at a critical time for Air Force space acquisition. Many of the service’s most critical space programs, ...

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