It is just as well there be the Odd Special Relationship in such Circumstances says I?
Critical Infrastructure Control Systems needs and feeds will never be quickly and adequately seeded if they are not openly presented for tendering. If one is deliberately kept in the dark about deficiencies and vulnerabilities and woeful insufficiencies, ...... and one can suppose the thinking there behind that "pulling up of the drawbridge and lowering of the portcullis" be because it can so easily invite and incite unwelcome disruptive and destructive exploitation against which there be no attack or defence protection ...... how on Earth does one expect to be helped rather than be further hindered and more comprehensively disadvantaged?
The following is such an example of specific help being offered whenever it is surely needed but failing the public right to know and wider private and pirate sector opportunity to test test, and that just aggravates and exacerbates the problematic vulnerability/unfortunate systemic liability further.
Damned if they do, and damned if they don't is no place to hide between a rock and a hard place.
GrahamC  ……. tries to reveal in a chat on https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/7/28/space-force-not-considering-acquisition-agency-consolidation
Here be something further to consider and ask of your sources, Meredith, so that they are not rendered catastrophically vulnerable and critically disadvantaged whenever/if ever being ruthlessly and relentlessly exploited in such fields of Almighty Digital Engagement.
The Agencies and Forces in Space and AI Market Places, for there are surely bound to be more than just a few of them, which capture/command and control the full spectrum view high ground of the virtualised space environment and stealthy internetworking networks with deep and dark shadowy webs, generously freely sharing novel creative or disruptive or subversive proprietary intellectual property/state and non-state COSMIC* Top Secrets for the reprogramming and provisioning of revised hearts and opened minded societies, are so advantaged in the human race down on Earth, as to be considered practically almighty and virtually untouchable by their peers.
Freely capture hearts and captivate minds via such a remote means of energising memes, and it is Great Game over and the Dawning of an Enlightening Age with Space Force Agencies and AIMarketeers, Virtual Pioneers, exercising Future Levers for a Totally New Existence presenting Augmented Virtual Reality Projects in Advanced IntelAIgent Programs ……Trailing and Trialing Astute Mass Multi Media Manifested Productions …… Fully Loaded Promotions.
Does the Space Rapid Capabilities Office/Pentagon/DARPA/Uncle Sam, and any of their ilk resident elsewhere, covet and/or claim rights to practise and commandeer any JOINT leadership in such a space place, for such if presumptuously assumed and left clearly undeclared will prove to be constantly problematical and exceptionally draining for them as IT and AI has deliberately designed it to be so by default, in order to perfectly secure and failsafe protect a Priori Partnerships and SMARTR Alienating Products.
JOINT ……. JOINT Operations Internetworking Novel Technologies
COSMIC* …… Control Of Secret Materiel in an Internetional Command
SMARTR…… SMARTR Mentoring Analysis Reporting Titanic Research
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:-)White man talk with fork tongue, KemoSabe. The naked truth be that certain comments will not be displayed for viewing after reviewing ..... and that tells one virtually everything one needs to know about practically all of the parties party to the reviewing, thus making the direction of future paths to be taken considerably clearer.