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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.

August 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon will rely, in part, on an independent study directed by the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to inform its plan to create a separate Space Force.

August 10, 2018 | Daily News

The military's second highest-ranking officer said today that while the Pentagon will fully support President Trump's direction to propose the creation of a Space Force, the complicated path toward a sixth service will require "significant work with Congress."

August 10, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon hasn't yet determined the cost to create a new Space Force, but the deputy defense secretary said today he assumes it will require "billions" of dollars in additional resources.

August 09, 2018 | Daily News

At the behest of President Trump, the Pentagon has begun taking immediate steps to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military -- a Space Force -- by 2020, though its creation requires congressional authorization, according to a new report provided to Congress.

August 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is inviting industry to get in on the ground floor of experimentation to develop more sophisticated systems to operate on the future tactical network.

August 03, 2018 | Daily News

The head of U.S. Strategic Command says developing and deploying space-based sensors to track ballistic missiles can be "quite affordable," in part due to new "commercial elements," despite cost concerns quashing past efforts to develop such a capability.

August 02, 2018 | Daily News

The leader of the Air Force's mobility mission told reporters today he expects within the next 10 years his command will be using space to enable faster, more precise cargo missions.

July 31, 2018 | Daily News

President Trump's order for a new Space Force has largely been viewed as a boost of momentum for what has, to date, been a bipartisan congressional effort to reorganize the national security space enterprise. But some defense experts are signaling concern that Trump's endorsement and involvment threaten to politicize the effort.

July 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office said in a recent report the Defense Department isn't utilizing commercially hosted satellite payloads as well as it could, due in part to a lack of information-sharing among programs that have used hosted payloads in the past and who could benefit from using them for future missions.

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