Why is Aerospace so important to us? $9 billion worth of economic development

The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base designs, develops and purchases more than $9 billion worth of space and missile systems annually and is credited with development and operation of GPS and the constellation of GPS satellites that have become essential to many commercial and military technologies worldwide.

All the major aerospace firms have offices or headquarters in LA County including Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, SpaceX, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Virgin Galactic as well as leading service and analysis companies like The Aerospace Corporation.

One of the major reasons our Air Force Base was not shut down or moved in spite of the area’s high cost of living is the brain trust we have in the South Bay.

Many states would love to get a share of our aerospace industry and they see the opportunity with the new Space Force. “While a group of lawmakers is already lobbying to have U.S. Space Command in their home state, officials have yet to identify potential locations for either the SDA or U.S. Space Command”

For the complete Military.com article click here.

Sources: LAEDC & Military.com

1 Comment

  1. Ryan Kelly on April 2, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    The military.com article is misleading IMO – it states that the SDA would take over what SMC currently does at LAAFB. That’s not the case as I understand it. SDA’s focus will be solely on “go fast” projects and work within a “new” and “innovative” culture to do so (when do you hear those words regarding government?). They will supplement what SMC does, as well as DARPA, the US Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office, and others. At this point it seems to be heading more in the direction of more overlap and bureaucracy than anything else. Let’s see how it plays out…