Major Steven R. Mercer is Acting Deputy Chief Science and Technology Advisor, Headquarters Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The command comprises 42,000 space and cyberspace professionals. The command oversees Air Force network operations; manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning, and space launch facilities; and, is responsible for space system development and acquisitions. Maj Mercer supports the Chief as the principal adviser to the commander on all scientific and technical (S&T) matters. He evaluates & makes recommendations on all S&T concerning space and cyberspace research and development programs for the space enterprise vision, launch, ground systems, cyberspace, and multi-domain cross-cutting areas. He provides analysis to support decision-makers for all AFSPC scientific and technical matters, and is guides the substantive scientific and technical program activities within the command. In this role, he interacts with other principals, operational commanders, combatant commands, acquisition, science and technology, and international communities to address cross-organizational science and technical issues and solutions.
Maj Mercer, in conjunction with the Chief Scientist, represent AFSPC science and technology on decisions, high-level planning, and policy, building coalitions and alliances throughout the U.S. government, industry, academia, the international community, and other scientific and technology organizations at venues that affect the command. He evaluates technical needs, solutions, architectures, and programs and advises on shaping command programs to ensure the infusion of S&T provides the best possible solutions.
Prior to this assignment, Maj Mercer was Chief, 50th Space Wing Plans & Programs, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. He led a team to secure space utilization for all Schriever Air Force Base to include wing operations & partner organizations spreading over 8 global locations. He was directly responsible for strategic & operations mission integration planning support for 78 satellites worth $63B with missions in command & control, surveillance, navigation, space situation awareness, and communications. Lastly, he was responsible for providing an assessment on all units & tenants capabilities to ensure they were properly integrated into current & future requirements to support the national objectives and the USSTRATCOM Space mission.