Space Force wants more ‘indigenous software experts’ who can write code

General Jay Raymond appears at the 36th Annual Space Symposium. (Space Foundation)

AFA 2022 – Space Force chief wants to train ‘indigenous software experts’ who know how to write code as he strives to achieve ba digital and data-driven service.

Speaking at the Air and Space Forces Association conference today, Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymond said the Space Force is “working very hard” to develop Guardians who are comfortable with digital who can do more coding through programs like Supra encoders, a three-month immersive coding school. He added that there are currently “just under 100” Guardians who have completed the programme.

“And so one of the things that we’re working on is we have a program that we call Supra Coders and we’re trying to create native software experts within our department…And then as we develop those Supra Coders, we’re looking at where’s the best place to put them,” Raymond said. “And so we put them in software factories… We put them in innovation cells in our deltas, to be able to give them the challenges difficult to raise and see if they can write some code to be able to help us, and there have been some very good examples of progress in integrating these people with our operators. »

The Space Force unveiled its “Vision for Digital Service” [PDF] last May, which defined what the digital service would look like through four focus areasincrease the digital fluidity of the entire force through its workforce, drive joint solutions across all domains through digital operations, have a data-driven digital headquarters, and embrace digital engineering.

“And in our force design work that we’ve done, we’ve actually done everything numerically and using model-based systems engineering, we’ve come up with the numerical models, both of the threat that we see and design the architecture that we want to move to,” Raymond said today. industry and said here’s what we think.”

Beyond force design, Raymond added that this approach could be used for Guardian acquisition, testing, and training requirements all using the same digital thread.

“It’s nirvana. We are not close to that,” he said. “But we have taken… a good first step. We have done the digital design, we determine what the digital requirements process is. And I think that’s going to pay big dividends for us as we move forward.

Meanwhile, the Space Force is also looking for ways to reduce bureaucracy and “engineer” a culture of innovation that blends elements from other military services. At this point, Raymond said that within the next two weeks, Space Force will host a “culture session.”

“And what we’re going to do is understand rather than just see where the wind is blowing us when we merge these cultures together, we’re going to look at how are we deliberately designing culture?” he said. “What do we have to do? Things like ironing out the bureaucracy. What are these other things that we should be doing to design, to get the culture that we want to spit on the other side?

“Rather than just evolving and emerging, we will work to find the best way to design where we are today to where we want to go.”