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Space Alert

December 18, 2020

United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno told reporters this week he expects future Space Force Launch Services Procurement strategies will call for more national security-unique requirements, potentially shifting the investment burden more toward the government and away from industry.

December 16, 2020

After spending most of 2020 defining its structure, leadership and warfighting doctrine, the head of the Space Force said this week the new service's second year will focus more on integration -- with the joint community, industry, international partners and within the broader space acquisition enterprise.

December 10, 2020

Lawmakers have delayed a statutory deadline for on-orbit testing of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor from the end of 2022 to the end of 2023, authorized additional spending and definitively assigned the Missile Defense Agency responsibility for developing the new payload project.

December 10, 2020

The official performing the duties of assistant Air Force secretary for space acquisition and integration said today he expects the Biden administration may nominate someone by this spring to take over the role in a formal capacity.

December 10, 2020

The official performing the duties of assistant Air Force secretary for space acquisition and integration said today he expects the Biden administration may nominate someone by this spring to take over the role in a formal capacity.

December 9, 2020

The director of national intelligence announced today his agency is considering whether the Space Force should become a member of the U.S. intelligence community and said he will make a decision in the next month or two.

December 4, 2020

The final version of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill includes a number of spacelift provisions, directing the creation of a certification and innovation fund, a tactically responsive space launch program and an acquisition strategy for small satellite launch.

November 25, 2020

The Space Force is finalizing the organizational details of a new Space Warfighting Analysis Center, which will play a key role in developing advanced tactics and proposing new force design elements for the service.

November 23, 2020

The Space and Missile Systems Center is using a new request for information to help shape a larger conversation about how future launch services acquisition strategies will build on past work and where they might move in a new direction.

November 20, 2020

The vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said today he plans to spend his last year in the seat pushing hard for changes to the way the Defense Department classifies space programs.

November 20, 2020

The commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center said today the Space Force will request a significant plus-up in funding in its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, reflecting the strategic importance of space investment as one of the Defense Department's top priorities.

November 19, 2020

The Air Force today announced six candidate bases to host U.S. Space Command Headquarters, including multiple locations not included in its initial attempt to choose a home base for the new combatant command.

November 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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 9, 2020

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 6, 2020

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

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.