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Space Alert

June 26, 2017 |

The House Armed Services Committee is again seeking to restrict the Air Force from funding the development of a new launch vehicle -- a key part of the service's strategy for assured space access.

June 25, 2017 |

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of its fiscal year 2018 defense spending bill Sunday night that would boost weapons procurement by $18.6 billion above what is sought by the Trump administration and $24 billion more than what was enacted in FY-17.

June 22, 2017 |

A House panel has proposed legislation that would require the Air Force and Missile Defense Agency to map out a plan to develop and demonstrate an operational prototype of a space-based sensor layer to provide precision tracking data of enemy ballistic missiles "at the earliest practicable opportunity."

June 21, 2017 |

The Air Force chief of staff and secretary told reporters Wednesday that while they appreciate the passion behind House lawmakers' proposal to create a separate Space Corps under the service's leadership, the move would complicate and add bureaucracy to a system they are trying to reform.

June 20, 2017 |

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing a significant reorganization of the military space mission in its mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill, directing the creation of a new U.S. Space Corps as well as a U.S. Space Command by January 2019.

June 15, 2017 |

After its inaugural "Space Flag" in April, the Air Force is planning to conduct a second virtual training exercise in August or September -- part of a continuous effort to prepare airmen to operate in space as a warfighting domain.

June 13, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 09, 2017 |

Aerojet Rocketdyne executives this week downplayed the importance of the company's AR1 rocket engine being selected by the United Launch Alliance, arguing it's not a "make or break" program.

June 02, 2017 |

The Air Force's $10.7 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2018 would pay for 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft -- enough to bring the Air Force to its desired 60-jet-per-year procurement rate sooner than expected.

May 26, 2017 |

The Air Force's fiscal year 2018 budget request includes $71 million -- and nearly $1.7 billion over the future years defense program -- to begin developing a follow-on capability to the Space-Based Infrared System, though officials confirmed they are still finalizing an acquisition strategy for the effort.

May 19, 2017 |

The Space and Missile Systems Center said this week it is "actively working" with Aerojet Rocketdyne on a way forward for the Air Force's investment in the company's AR1 rocket engine development effort.

May 18, 2017 |

Air Force leadership told Senate lawmakers this week that while there may be merits to creating a separate "space corps," such a drastic organizational shift could disrupt current efforts to better position the Defense Department to respond to conflicts in and from space.

May 12, 2017 |

The Air Force has commissioned a task force to evaluate its requirements for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of space operations.

May 12, 2017 |

The Defense Department has spent the last several years shaping a plan to improve resilience across the space enterprise and officials said this week the fiscal year 2018 budget request will include "measured steps" toward integrating that strategy.

May 12, 2017 |

As the Air Force continues developmental planning for a new Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control system, the service expects to have an updated cost estimate by the end of the fiscal year.

May 11, 2017 |

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced this week it completed a successful critical design review for its AR1 rocket engine development and expects to begin full-scale testing next year. Meanwhile, the company is awaiting a decision from the Air Force on whether it will provide a second wave of development funding for the effort.

May 09, 2017 |

The Air Force is still seeking a $120 million boost to support continued development of the next-generation GPS operational control segment and sent a reprogramming request to Congress last week after appropriators did not fund the effort in the fiscal year 2017 defense spending bill, an official confirmed to Inside Defense.

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