Michael O’Connor is a Major in the U.S. Space Force and is a Department of the Air Force Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET). Prior to joining CSET, he was a space program test lead at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. Before his program office role, Michael served as an evaluator flight test engineer supporting remotely piloted aircraft testing at the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base. He holds a Master’s in Flight Test Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, a Master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s in Astronautical Engineering and Math from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Replicator: A Bold New Path for DoDSeptember 2023
The Replicator effort by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is intended to overcome some of the military challenges posed by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). This blog post intends to both identify tradeoffs for the Department to consider as it charts the path for Replicator, and to provide a sense for the state of industry readiness to support.