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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.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate authorizers fell short of endorsing the president's call for a Space Force in their compromise defense policy bill, but lawmakers do propose a number of provisions to streamline space acquisition and establish a strong space warfighting cadre within the Defense Department.

July 10, 2018 | Daily News

As the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Experimental Spaceplane program approaches its first subsystem-level critical design review next month, the program's propulsion provider last week completed a key testing demonstration, proving the engine can support the reusable spaceplane's anticipated fast-paced operational tempo.

July 10, 2018 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is working to better integrate its sensors with those owned by the broader national security space community to track hypersonic missiles, according to an MDA official.

July 05, 2018 | Daily News

In its mark of fiscal year 2019 defense spending legislation, the Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending an additional $100 million to speed advanced sensor development for the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort.

July 04, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force expects all of its certified space launch providers to transition to a new Automated Flight Safety System by the end of 2023, according to a new report, and the service is working with missile test programs to overcome challenges associated with adopting the new system.

June 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this fall plans to choose a single vendor for its Hallmark program -- an effort to mature a space battle management command and control testbed to  verify new software and tactics and improve joint space operations.

June 26, 2018 | Daily News

The head of the Missile Defense Agency said today the focus and streamlined decision-making that would likely come with the creation of a Space Force would assist his agency's mission.

June 23, 2018 | Daily News

President Trump's announcement last week that he would direct the Pentagon to create a new military service -- dubbed a Space Force -- injected new energy into an ongoing debate about who should manage the military space mission.

June 21, 2018 | Daily News

The lawmaker leading efforts within Congress to reorganize the military space enterprise under a separate service told Inside Defense this week that while President Trump's direction to establish a Space Force will give momentum to ongoing efforts, the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill will not likely authorize the creation of a new military service.

June 19, 2018 | Daily News

Although it's unclear how the Pentagon will implement President Trump's direction this week to establish a new “Space Force,” some Defense Department analysts and former officials say the White House's endorsement of the controversial proposal could diminish resistance within the Defense Department and make room for compromise among House and Senate lawmakers.

June 08, 2018 | Daily News

The head of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said today the service is working with Boeing to use commercial approaches to buy the 11th and 12th Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicles.

June 08, 2018 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers want to boost funding for the Air Force's Evolved Space-Based Infrared System program, proposing an additional $100 million to accelerate development of advanced sensors.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee is proposing legislation that would direct the U.S. military to plan development of a space-based, ballistic missile interceptor fleet -- a project estimated to cost at least tens of billions of dollars -- even if the forthcoming Missile Defense Review does not call for such a capability.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate authorizers are asking the Defense Department for details on what it would take to upgrade the legacy GPS Operational Control Segment to match, or come close to matching, the capabilities being built into the troubled next-generation control segment development effort.

June 06, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers are recommending Congress back a proposal -- not funded in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2019 budget request -- authorizing the Missile Defense Agency to launch a new space-based sensor network capable of tracking enemy long-range ballistic and hypersonic missiles from launch to impact.

June 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee is calling for the Defense Department to craft a space warfighting policy that would review the resiliency of the national security space enterprise and its ability to defend against threats, defeat potential adversaries and deter future conflict.