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Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne Visits Important L.A. Area Research, Development and Acquisition Center

Los Angeles Air Force Base -- Michael Wynne, the secretary of the Air Force, visited the service's Space and Missile Systems Center here recently. This was Mr. Wynne's first visit to the center since his confirmation as SECAF in 2005.

The secretary discussed Air Force Space Command's focus, the Center's role in the Air Force mission, sovereign options, the future of space and the global war on terror.

Mr. Wynne said the acquisition efforts at SMC and the overall mission of Space Command are critical to the Air Force's defense of the nation. A clip of the interview can be viewed by clicking here.

The Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems including six wings and three groups responsible for GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control network, space based infrared systems, intercontinental ballistic missile systems and space situational awareness capabilities. SMC manages more than $60 billion in contracts, executes annual budgets of $10 billion and employs more than 6,800 people worldwide.