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Space Alert

February 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling for industry input into a software development effort known as Pit Boss, which will demonstrate space-based autonomous command-and-control and data processing to support the agency's highly watched Blackjack program.

February 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester is recommending that the Air Force conduct additional testing to ensure a new polar satellite program can provide secure communications in a contested environment.

February 20, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is asking industry for ideas on a new satellite constellation optimized to identify fleeting, high-priority targets for attack by conventionally armed hypersonic glide vehicles, a solicitation that marks a development in the U.S. military's effort to field a new class of ultra-fast weapons and advances the Trump administration's goal to develop a "left of launch" missile defense capability.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

UPDATE: President Trump signed a key space policy directive today that would direct the creation of a new military service, but falls short of a previous order to establish a new department for space.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

President Trump is expected to sign a key space policy directive today that would set up a new military service, but would fall short of establishing a new department for space.

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department estimates the newest Global Positioning System satellite program -- the GPS III Follow-On being built by Lockheed Martin -- will cost $10.7 billion, a figure the Air Force has recently conveyed to Congress as part of a report establishing a baseline for the planned 22-satellite acquisition effort.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's strategy to develop the next generation of missile warning satellites on an aggressive schedule using new acquisition concepts and resiliency standards hit a snag last fall when Congress partially denied funding for a reprogramming request, delaying the start of payload development by about four months, according to a service official.

February 11, 2019 | Daily News

A defense intelligence official told reporters today that the biggest threat to U.S. space superiority is likely not a single adversary capability, but rather actions in recent years by Russia and China to better organize and integrate space capabilities within their militaries -- actions that could help the Pentagon as it makes a case to create a new Space Force.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering measuring cybersecurity in its source-selection process for space programs, in the same way it might assess performance, cost or schedule, according to the service's acquisition executive.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The U.S. military's nuclear strategic deterrence fleet executed a "reliable" operational flight test last night over the Pacific Ocean when an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, and flew its intended course, a second consecutive developmental test-launch success since a failure last summer.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department and intelligence community have not adequately resourced or utilized space testing infrastructure that would support more operationally representative threat simulation, according to a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester has deemed a key upgrade of the Joint Space Operations Center (JspOC) Mission System (JMS) is not operationally effective or suitable for its space situational awareness mission, a setback for the Air Force program which aims, among other things, to provide real-time alerts of hostile actions against U.S. satellites.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is in the final stages of completing a long-anticipated satellite communications analysis of alternatives, according to a Defense Department spokesman, who said the study should be validated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and reviewed by the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office in the near future.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

A recent draft of the White House's forthcoming Space Force policy directive corroborates reports that a new military space service will initially reside under the Air Force, but directs the defense secretary to conduct "periodic reviews to determine when to recommend the president" propose a separate military department for space.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command is in the early stages of creating a space data strategy and has appointed a new mobilization assistant to oversee its development.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord has opted not to immediately grant a request from the Air Force to assume milestone decision authority for the troubled Next-Generation GPS Operational Control Segment program, but will reevaluate the possibility later this year.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon plans to establish a new Space Development Agency under the authority of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin by the end of March, according to a new memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

January 19, 2019 | Daily News

​The Air Force's National Air and Space Intelligence Center is warning cyber vulnerabilities in supporting infrastructure could thwart advancements in satellite and space technologies, an assessment that comes as the Trump administration is pushing expanded military operations in space.

January 17, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Democrats are pushing back on elements of the recently unveiled Missile Defense Review, calling into question the cost and feasibility of potentially deploying a space-based interceptor layer.

January 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has narrowed a pool of potential competitors in its responsive launch challenge from 55 to 18 and plans to announce those companies by the end of February.