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Space Alert

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.

May 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to add $1.2 billion to the Defense Department's planned research and development funding in fiscal year 2019, as the panel's new legislation seeks to shore up DOD efforts in key technology areas like hypersonics and space constellations.

May 25, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command chief Gen. Jay Raymond said this week the service is on track to meet a congressional deadline for transitioning commercial satellite communications procurement from the Defense Information Systems Agency to Air Force Space Command.

May 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force recently upped the funding ceiling of its new space prototyping consortium from $100 million to $500 million due to its initial success and popularity within the Defense Department.

May 21, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department's latest industrial capabilities report identifies the national security space sector's highest risk technologies and resources areas, which it has labeled "essential to the national defense."

May 18, 2018 | Daily News

Although the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle procurement strategy may require more upfront funding than other alternatives for meeting the service's assured access to space requirement, the plan may have the best long-term payoff, according to a recent report.

May 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is working closely with launch service providers to assure they install a key autonomous safety system on new and legacy launch vehicles, a move aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of its ranges.

May 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department recently submitted an interim report to Congress on the organization and management of the military space enterprise, and while it doesn't include any evaluation of the proposal to create a separate Space Corps, it does reveal several ongoing efforts to improve space acquisition, budgeting and warfighting.

May 15, 2018 | Daily News

The new Pentagon-based vice commander of Air Force Space Command said Tuesday that although the last-minute $600 million plus-up provided in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to buy two more legacy Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft was not something the service asked for, the Air Force may be able to apply some "innovative approaches" the way it buys the satellites.

May 10, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers this week approved an amendment to the House Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would fence all funding for the Air Force's Joint Space Operations Center Mission System upgrade and impose significant spending restrictions on the service's Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control research and development efforts.

May 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force announced Friday it plans to award sole-source contracts to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to produce the initial satellites in its new Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrastructure architecture.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

House lawmakers want the Defense Department to give greater consideration to responsive and reusable launch capabilities as they pursue future launch services and may require DOD to solicit reusable spacelift services beginning in March 2019.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- For the first time, the Pentagon's top strategy documents include language about space as a warfighting domain -- a change that Defense Department officials say is driving changes to the way the military thinks about protecting its on-orbit assets.