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June 12, 2017 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 09, 2017 | Daily News

Aerojet Rocketdyne executives this week downplayed the importance of the company's AR1 rocket engine being selected by the United Launch Alliance, arguing it's not a "make or break" program.

June 02, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force's $10.7 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2018 would pay for 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft -- enough to bring the Air Force to its desired 60-jet-per-year procurement rate sooner than expected.

May 26, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2018 budget request includes $71 million -- and nearly $1.7 billion over the future years defense program -- to begin developing a follow-on capability to the Space-Based Infrared System, though officials confirmed they are still finalizing an acquisition strategy for the effort.

May 19, 2017 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center said this week it is "actively working" with Aerojet Rocketdyne on a way forward for the Air Force's investment in the company's AR1 rocket engine development effort.

May 18, 2017 | Daily News

Air Force leadership told Senate lawmakers this week that while there may be merits to creating a separate "space corps," such a drastic organizational shift could disrupt current efforts to better position the Defense Department to respond to conflicts in and from space.

May 12, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force has commissioned a task force to evaluate its requirements for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of space operations.

May 12, 2017 | Daily News

The Defense Department has spent the last several years shaping a plan to improve resilience across the space enterprise and officials said this week the fiscal year 2018 budget request will include "measured steps" toward integrating that strategy.

May 12, 2017 | Daily News

As the Air Force continues developmental planning for a new Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control system, the service expects to have an updated cost estimate by the end of the fiscal year.

May 11, 2017 | Daily News

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced this week it completed a successful critical design review for its AR1 rocket engine development and expects to begin full-scale testing next year. Meanwhile, the company is awaiting a decision from the Air Force on whether it will provide a second wave of development funding for the effort.

May 09, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force is still seeking a $120 million boost to support continued development of the next-generation GPS operational control segment and sent a reprogramming request to Congress last week after appropriators did not fund the effort in the fiscal year 2017 defense spending bill, an official confirmed to Inside Defense.

May 05, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force is aiming to release a final request for proposals in August for its next phase of investment in new launch systems -- a step toward reducing reliance on Russian propulsion technology and assuring a long-term competitive national security space launch market.

April 28, 2017 | Daily News

The Pentagon completed its fifth deep-dive review of the next-generation GPS Operational Control Segment last week, and concluded that prime contractor Raytheon "continues to make progress."

April 28, 2017 | Daily News

The chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee told Inside the Air Force this week he is working to draft "meaningful language" to include in fiscal year 2018 and 2019 defense policy legislation that would put the Defense Department on a 10-year path toward establishing a standalone "space force."

April 26, 2017 | Daily News

Satellites the U.S. military relies on to wage war -- with the exception of those that operate on extremely high frequencies -- are at risk of being rendered inoperable by jamming and cyber attack, a "reality that should be considered a crisis to be dealt with immediately," an influential Pentagon advisory panel warns in a new report.

April 21, 2017 | Daily News

As industry works to develop a stopgap capability to control the initial next-generation GPS satellites while the constellation's new ground segment continues to move through development, the Air Force is conducting a study to ensure a smooth transition from the temporary to the new system.

April 21, 2017 | Daily News

The commander of the Air Force's operational space forces is concerned that a broad Air Force effort to establish more integrated, cross-domain battle management command-and-control capabilities could slow down within the space community to quickly develop an enterprise space BMC2 network.

April 21, 2017 | Daily News

After a successful intervention on the troubled next-generation GPS operational control segment, the director of the Air Force Digital Service said this week the group is looking to partner with the Space and Missile Systems Center as it develops an acquisition model for its new approach to managing space systems on the ground.

April 07, 2017 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command Chief Gen. Jay Raymond said this week he plans to move swiftly to fill a new three-star "space advocate" role on the Air Staff.

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