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Space Alert

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.

April 06, 2017 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Lockheed Martin and the Air Force completed shipment of the new Space Fence radar to Kwajalein Atoll in March and plan to begin installation at the radar site this month.

April 06, 2017 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The recent name changes of two high-profile organizations working to align the space interests of the Defense Department and intelligence community are not merely cosmetic, but indicate their evolution from experimentation and tactics development hubs to centers supporting national-level space operations, according to a military official.

April 06, 2017 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Air Force Space Command plans to partner with the service's Rapid Capabilities Office to more quickly field an Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control system.

April 05, 2017 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Despite concerns that the Air Force's competitive launch strategy has emphasized price over reliability, longtime national security space launch provider United Launch Alliance is optimistic that approach will change as the service matures its source-selection process in a newly competitive environment.

April 04, 2017 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force has announced a number of changes to the way it organizes and manages the space enterprise, but a top House lawmaker is not convinced the measures go far enough to address fragmentation and a lack of space leadership within the Defense Department.

March 30, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The re-emergence of a National Space Council could provide needed national leadership in the space community, but some Washington space policy experts say it could also prove to be a hindrance if not implemented correctly.