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November 19, 2020 | Daily News

Although key Defense Department strategy documents make a strong case for a more rapid, responsive launch capability, some launch officials and experts say the Pentagon needs more advocacy -- at all levels -- to move technology forward.

November 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department and the Commerce Department are drafting a memorandum of understanding to detail their plans to transition space traffic management to the Commerce Department over the next few years.

November 12, 2020 | Daily News

Senate appropriators have rejected the Pentagon's gambit to give the Space Development Agency funding control of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor project in a recommendation that appears set to end a bureaucratic turf skirmish and consolidate the Missile Defense Agency's role as the lead entity for the new orbiting technology project.

November 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $258 million contract to develop a competing satellite payload prototype for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program.

November 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force is considering creating a National Security Space Launch research and development program focused on accelerating technologies that support future space access, mobility and logistics needs to support its next launch services procurement strategy.

November 09, 2020 | Daily News

New planning guidance from Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond highlights the need for the Space Force to invest in resiliency and next-generation capabilities and announces the service's intentions to create a Space Warfighting Analysis Center tasked with creating future force design alternatives.

November 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Development Agency has issued stop-work orders to L3Harris and SpaceX -- the companies developing its initial space tracking layer satellites -- after Raytheon and Airbus filed protests of the early October contract awards. 

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicles directorate has compiled a list of 13 science and technology areas it plans to prioritize in the near term, the outcome of a two-year strategic planning process.

October 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center plans to leverage existing Air Force cloud services and integration efforts as it works to establish a cloud-based ecosystem to enable greater use of digital and model-based systems engineering -- a plan it expects will allow the Space Force to move more quickly toward greater adoption of digital engineering practices and increase commonality and collaboration between the two services.

October 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force expects to begin standing up a new Space Systems Center next spring and will complete the initial plan for the new acquisition hub within the next month, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond said today.

October 21, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force Research Laboratory and U.S. Transportation Command work with industry to better understand how the Defense Department might leverage a future commercial space cargo transport capability, one of the primary imperatives has been to ensure DOD is the first customer in line when companies begin to offer it.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force's chief operating officer said today he expects the restrictions imposed by Congress' continuing resolution to slow the standup of new field commands and impede the growth of the service's civilian workforce.

October 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Central District Court of California has dismissed SpaceX's lawsuit against the Air Force, ordering the case to be vacated in a new judgment issued last week.

October 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force expects to stand up its new acquisition command in 2021 -- a schedule target that should give the service time to determine a transition plan for Army and Navy space capabilities and to ensure it's taking the right approach to combining a number of organizations under a single command.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force announced today it has reached an agreement with SpaceX to launch two future GPS III missions with previously flown boosters -- the first National Security Space Launch missions to fly with a re-used first stage.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

An experimental positioning navigation and timing capability being developed by L3Harris and the Air Force Research Laboratory could offer options to mitigate the impact of GPS signal interference --including the projected disruption from Ligado Network's controversial plan to field a fifth-generation wireless network in the L-band.

September 16, 2020 | Daily News

The White House has sent the Senate Armed Services Committee a list of provisions in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill it does not like, but chose to lead with one President Trump has said would make him veto the entire must-pass bill -- the re-naming of U.S. military bases that currently honor Confederate leaders.

September 16, 2020 | Daily News

As the Space Force prepares for the likelihood of a continuing resolution, the service chief Gen. John Raymond said this week he's concerned about programmatic impacts, operations and maintenance shortfalls and the transfer of space accounts from the Air Force to the Space Force.

September 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center's Production Corps is working to develop a digital engineering acquisition strategy and expects to reach initial operational capability on its flagship programs by January.

September 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department inspector general's office this week published its audit of the Air Force's process to certify new entrants to the national security space launch enterprise, which confirmed the Space and Missile Systems Center generally complied with its own guidance, but recommended lifting some constraints in its process and working with SpaceX to assess reusability.

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