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SpaceCom chief has 'transformation' background. (Washington Pulse).

The newly appointed head of the Air Force Space Command, Lt. Gen. Lance Lord, can be expected to bring to the job a 'transformational' way of doing business. In the mid-1970s, Lord served as an intern at the secretive Office of Net Assessments, led by Andy Marshall, who is the forefather of today's transformation efforts advocated by the Bush administration. The defense secretary at the time was none other than current Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. And one of Lord's colleagues at ONA was James Roche, the current secretary of the Air Force.

At the time, both Roche and Lord were focused on how the Air Force should be restructured after the end of the Vietnam War.

"It seems fitting [that] that little group from Andy's office is back together," Roche told a recent conference of the Air Force Association.

Before his recent promotion, Lord was assistant vice chief of staff at headquarters U.S. Air Force. Gen. Ed Eberhart, commander AFSPC and commander in chief North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, will turn over the AFSPC responsibilities to Lord sometime in April and remain head of NORAD and U.S. Space Command. The organizational change is the result of a recommendation made last year by the Department of Defense Space Commission.
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Title Annotation:Lance Lord, Air Force chief
Author:Book, Elizabeth G.
Publication:National Defense
Article Type:Interview
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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