One of Space Force’s senior executives, Lt. David T. Thompson, stated that the agency has various vacant opportunities that it is preparing to fill with the young people. The vacancies are in the field of technology running from software designers through to cybersecurity. Space Force is incubating a technology strategy that will ensure its research and development department and other critical departments have the required tech-savvy and experts. These experts will help the agency advance in all dimensions, with the critical one being the technical side. Thompson articulated these words in the National Defense Industrial Association webinar concerning space weaponization.
Thompson explained that they are not only geared towards absorbing military personnel in these open positions, which will make the agency appear to be an army camp but are rather anticipating to recruit more people with the essential skills to propel the agency to success. He added that the agency opts to attract diverse talent and engineers in the space industry instead of a few militarized operatives. Some options under consideration include offering short-term assignments that would allow people to more easily transition between the military and the civilian sector.
Thompson was uncertain of the method that will attract talented technology engineers who are qualified and, at the same time, unmoved by the military intelligence. He noted that they have a recruiting team selecting the gifted persons to fill the technology vacancies. The senior executive of Aerospace Industries Association, John Galer, stated that Space Force has a chance to realign its human resource policies to favor the inception of qualified expertise in various departments. He added that this move would accommodate the vast technological skills that the agency needs to proceed with its sluggish space operations at hypersonic speed. The initial demand that any person to be recruited into the firm must be ready to convert to a military operative made the firm settle for the average and below technicians.
Galer reiterates that Space Force needs to look beyond an engineer or expert’s military suitability and instead take in people with diverse skills to propel the agency to achieve its weaponization and other space objectives. He advised the agency to consider its deficiencies and solve them by hiring people who fit in these spaces instead of stiffening its neck with strict adherence to military customs. To conclude, Space Force must consider what inspires the young talent and implement it or formulate policies to facilitate its realization. For example, the agency must relent on its stringent rules solidifying the career options of those who join the firm, thereby affecting their social lives. This move will encourage more young people not to fret away from the lucrative opportunities in the agency.