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Race to resilience


To Underscore the urgency behind the 2026 push, Space Systems Command has installed countdown to resilience clocks throughout its headquarter offices in El Segundo, California.
To underscore the urgency behind the 2026 push, this countdown clock is a reminder that Space Systems Command is focused 24/7/365 on our mission of delivering lethal and resilient space capabilities to our nations warfighters - to ensure we stay ahead of the threats in space. 
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Why 2026?

In any race, timing is key. Our focus on 2026 is not an end point but a critical near-term goal for several reasons:

  • It keeps us ahead of the Peoples Republic of China, our number one pacing challenger.
  • It aligns with an evolving geopolitical landscape in the Pacific.
  • It directly addresses emerging threats from adversaries that are developing capabilities that could disrupt our operations in space.

What does a resilient space architecture look like?

  • It spans the entire structure, from on-orbit constellations to ground stations, networks, data systems and mission critical support facilities.
  • It is cybersecure.
  • It is proliferated and redundant.
  • It employs diversified orbits.
  • It integrates commercial capabilities.
  • It has the ability to reconstitute quickly as and when needed. 

Why we Exploit, Buy, Build 
SSC’s exploit, buy, build model is a significant departure from tradition and recognizes we no longer have the luxury of time to develop and deliver essential systems to protect our nation’s strategic advantage in space. 

Exploit what we have leverages current space architecture in new and creative ways to push more, or even new, capability from existing assets – and doing so as quickly as possible to support the warfighter and the nation in case those systems are needed in a “fight tonight” scenario. Our inaugural Fight Tonight Competition is just one way in which SSC is accelerating the pace of innovation and delivering new capabilities faster.

Buy what we can focuses on rapid capability that already exists in the commercial space and adjacent industries that can be dual-purposed or adapted into our current warfighting architecture. This includes technologies and services.

Partnering with commercial industry allows us to cast a wider innovation net, including non-traditional partners and cutting-edge start-ups. It also gives us speed. SSC’s Victus Nox mission exemplifies how these kinds of partnerships are helping us deliver capabilities in two- to three-year sprints versus the much longer timeframes of our predecessors.

Commercial collaboration also lowers cost and reduces non-recurring engineering, which allows for more off-the-shelf solutions that enable faster response when augmentation or replacement is needed. 
Build only what we must acknowledges that some mission areas are not yet mature enough to buy or adapt “off the shelf.” It also recognizes that there will be stringent security or warfighter requirements that demand exquisite systems.

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  • Watch SSC's new Race to Resilience mission video to learn more about how we're preparing the U.S. to be ready with "fight tonight" space capabilities
  • Read how Space Systems Command Targets 2026 for Key Resilience Goals
  • Watch how our Assured Access to Space directorate is incorporating resilience into launch operations
  • Watch how SSC is delivering Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications capabilities at the speed of need
  • Read how we are Pivoting Missile Warning to LEO and MEO orbits
  • Read how we are working faster and delivering faster

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