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Space Alert

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Air Force makes nine recommendations for a tailored, clean-sheet Space Force acquisition system -- proposals the service says will streamline the way the Defense Department develops and acquires space capabilities.

May 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council recently signed off on an enterprise review of the Defense Department's missile defense and missile warning architecture, Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond told reporters today.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today released new screening criteria for candidate locations to host the future U.S. Space Command headquarters -- part of a revised process that will expand the number of locations eligible for consideration in hopes of naming a preferred site by early next year.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's top acquisition official told reporters yesterday he's approved an accelerated award of a "major satellite contract" that could be announced this week -- part of a larger effort to increase companies' cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

The head of the Space Development Agency said this week his organization is working closely with potential satellite providers to ensure their supply chains are healthy enough to incorporate new technology at a large scale.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Army is looking at leveraging commercial satellites in its next integrated tactical network set as it focuses on capacity, resiliency and convergence, according to an Army official.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon officials appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today to call on the Federal Communications Commission to reverse its order approving Ligado's L-band network license, but some senators questioned the Defense Department's vehement opposition to the approval.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force revealed new details today about the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle's next mission, which will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, in 10 days.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Acquisition Council met this week for an emergency session aimed at reaching consensus on how to help the space industry withstand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's top acquisition official said today that concerns about assured space access and the global launch market raised in a new RAND Corp. report could drive a discussion around funding research and development for the next phase of launch competition sooner than expected.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently closed out a five-year program aimed at modeling a new way to develop and test improved space battle management command-and-control tools, and expects several agencies interested in the program's work may begin testing and experimentation as soon as this summer.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's chief acquisition official confirmed today that a forthcoming report on a proposed Space Force acquisition system does not address whether the new service should have its own acquisition executive -- a recommendation that was included in an earlier draft of the report obtained by Inside Defense.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will hold a tabletop exercise this week to inform a new space deterrence strategy aimed at improving the Defense Department's messaging around space capabilities by potentially declassifying some information.

April 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Development Agency aims to release a formal request for proposals for its first tranche of transport communication satellites -- a capability the Pentagon expects will serve as the backbone and "main unifying thrust" of its joint all-domain command-and-control efforts, according to SDA director Derek Tournear.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is nearly finished with a key report that will recommend a plan for establishing an alternative Space Force acquisition system that draws successful practices from organizations like the National Reconnaissance Office and the Rapid Capabilities Office to improve the way space capabilities are developed and procured.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center on Friday revealed it has directed Raytheon, the prime contractor for the GPS Operational Control Segment, to replace the system's computer hardware -- a move that will add another 10 months to the program's schedule and cost the government an additional $378 million.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Army on Wednesday completed the first series of exercises in an 18-month "learning campaign" intended to gather data on different capabilities the service can implement in its space strategy.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

The director of the Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center's launch enterprise said today the service has characterized the Launch Services Procurement source selection as "mission essential," and hasn't faced any significant disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has formally adopted the Space-based Kill Assessment as part of the Missile Defense System, delivering an initial variant to U.S. Northern Command in a recently disclosed move that marks a pivot for the small-scale pilot project to utilize commercially hosted satellites to mature the sensor network into an operational capability by 2022.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has submitted the first of two Space Force legislative proposals due to Congress at the end of February, but the substantial policy recommendations are awaiting approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.