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October 23, 2018 | Daily News

The National Space Council plans to make six recommendations regarding Defense Department space reorganization during today's meeting, a source told Inside Defense today.

October 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is proposing the use of new rapid prototyping authorities to develop a follow-on to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation.

October 13, 2018 | Daily News

Army Secretary Mark Esper this week pledged to be a "team player" in the Defense Department's effort to stand up a Space Force, comments that come in the wake of a press report the White House is considering sacking Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson for insufficiently supporting President Trump's controversial plan to establish a sixth military branch.

October 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force underfunded its Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort by about $1.6 billion in its fiscal year 2019 budget request and may seek to recover that difference in FY-20, according to a draft of the program's funding requirements.

October 11, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper recently approved waivers for two major programs, the next-generation T-X trainer and the GPS III Follow-on constellation, bypassing requirements to conduct pre-milestone B design reviews and industrial technical risk assessments.

October 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force announced Wednesday it has awarded more than $2.2 billion in other transaction agreements to Northrop Grumman, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin to develop launch vehicles to compete for future national security space launches.

October 04, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's decision to increase the contract ceiling of a popular space technology consortium will allow more large programs to utilize the prototyping mechanism, according to the service's consortium manager.

September 28, 2018 | Daily News

Despite some indication that the House Armed Services Committee may be headed toward partisan division on the proposal to create a new Space Force within the Defense Department, the committee's two strongest proponents of reorganization said today they are hopeful the conversation can remain apolitical.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

United Launch Alliance announced today it has selected Blue Origin's BE-4 engine over Aerojet Rocketdyne's AR-1 to power its new Vulcan Centaur rocket -- the centerpiece of its proposal for the Air Force's competition to build a next-generation launch vehicle.

September 21, 2018 | Daily News

A prominent defense budget analyst said today the Air Force’s $13 billion cost estimate for a new Space Force is not “conservative” as Secretary Heather Wilson has suggested, and even went as far as to label the service’s guesswork as “malicious compliance” that could stoke opposition on Capitol Hill.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said this week the debates around how to organize a new Space Force are key to shaping the legislative proposal the Pentagon will deliver to Congress in February.

September 17, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force estimates establishing a new space service would cost $12.9 billion from fiscal years 2020 to 2025 and require an additional 13,000 personnel, according to a new memo obtained by Inside Defense.

September 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force formally announced today it has awarded GPS III incumbent Lockheed Martin a sole-source contract worth up to $7.2 billion to develop 22 follow-on satellites.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

Getting commanders to recognize the utility of cyber, space and other assets is one of the most important parts of moving toward multidomain operations, according to Army officials.

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

The chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee this week said they are hopeful efforts to reform national security space organization and management remain bipartisan -- regardless of which party is in charge after the November election.

September 04, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's technology chief, who worked on the Strategic Defense Initiative in the 1980s, says past cost estimates of space-based missile defense interceptors are overblown, as he believes a constellation of 1,000 interceptors could cost $20 billion.

August 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department confirmed this week it is taking steps to create a new assistant secretary of defense for space to manage the transition to a Space Force.

August 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center expects by September to begin implementing new procedures to hold contractors responsible for poor performance.

August 23, 2018 | Daily News

As the Pentagon works at the direction of the White House to craft a legislative proposal for a new Space Force that many top officials did not want, experts say the administration's National Space Council could play a significant role in building a case and drumming up support for the new military department.

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force awarded two sizable contracts this week for hypersonic weapons development and next-generation missile warning satellites using new rapid prototyping authorities granted by Congress.

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