In July 2008, a congressionally directed Independent Assessment Panel, also known as the Allard Commission, presented to Congress their report on the Organization and Management of National Security Space. Retired Army LTG Ed Anderson served as a member of the panel and agreed to sit down with Army Space Journal's Sharon Hartman and Director, Directorate for Combat Development, COL Bruce Smith to discuss the role he played in the commission, as well as key points of the report. The following transcription of the interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. ASJ -- Can you briefly explain the background to the Allard Commission - who convened it, why was it convened and what was its specific mission? ANDERSON -- It was really done at congressional direction. Congress directed the Department of Defense to conduct an independent review of the management and organization of National Security Space. Our task was to look at the management and organization of National Security Space, but it was also to take a look at how important Space is to the Security of the United States. We were then tasked to take a look at the Space Acquisition Corps within the Department of Defense and whether or not that was adequate, and then make any recommendations on interagency coordination as to whether there was a need to improve it and, if so, how it could be improved.