Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Team Wins David Packard Award

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (USAF PR) — The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise team has won the 2019 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award. 

The Packard Award recognizes Department of Defense organizations for innovation and best acquisition practices. SMC’s Launch Enterprise team crafted an acquisition strategy of innovative public-private investments in launch vehicle development, resulting in the continuous delivery of acquisition performance with both affordability and speed.

“On behalf of the professionals of the Launch Enterprise, we’re honored to receive this award,” said Col. Rob Bongiovi, director of the Launch Enterprise. “This is an incredibly dynamic time in Space Launch. The Launch Enterprise has implemented a strategy that uses non-traditional acquisition authorities to leverage the strong U.S. launch industry in order to provide the nation and its warfighters the launch capability needed to dominate the space domain today and into the future. We’re proud to be a part of this important mission, and I’m consistently humbled by the success of this team.”

Previously, SMC’s Enhanced Polar System team won the award in 2018. It is DOD’s highest acquisition team award, which was first awarded in 1997 in honor of former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard.

The award will be presented to the team during a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 2.

The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, is the U.S. Air Force’s center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.  SMC’s portfolio includes space launch, global positioning, military space vehicle communications, defense meteorological space vehicles, range systems, space vehicle control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.