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Space Alert

April 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force confirmed this week it did not ask for the $600 million funding boost Congress provided in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to buy two additional Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicles, but it will comply with the language as directed.

April 05, 2018 | Daily News

U.S. Strategic Command expects to achieve initial operational capability this year for a new Satellite Communications Integrated Operations Environment that will bring together key capabilities and expertise from across the Defense Department.

April 04, 2018 | Daily News

Five Air Force procurement programs saw cost swings of more than $1 billion over the last year, and 24 of the service's systems shrank by $2.5 billion in aggregate, the Defense Department said this week.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The estimated cost for the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio grew by $177 billion, or more than 10 percent, over the last year, swelling from $1.7 trillion to $1.9 trillion.

March 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force expects its decision to competitively acquire future GPS III satellites rather than award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin, the current provider, will cut $20 to $30 million off the cost of each space vehicle it buys.

March 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department does not -- as this time -- require a program to develop space-based ballistic missile interceptors to shoot down enemy long-range rockets during the boost phase of ascent, according to the top U.S. military commander for missile defense and space operations.

March 22, 2018 | Daily News

The 2018 omnibus spending bill proposed this week requires the Air Force to brief Congress on the cost and schedule associated with its new Space-Based Infrared System strategy and designates overhead persistent infrared as a special interest item.

March 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force this week awarded contracts worth more than $640 million to SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance for five future national security space missions.

March 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is considering restructuring the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to manage space as an enterprise, rather than as a series of stovepiped mission sets.

March 01, 2018 | Daily News

A new small launch procurement line in the Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request may indicate the service is positioning itself to respond to anticipated growth in the small satellite market.

February 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is moving too slowly in its pursuit of a space-based sensor system for missile defense, the head of U.S. Strategic Command argued today, as the Missile Defense Agency's latest budget forecasts plans to spend billions more on ground-based radars instead. 

February 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's Space Rapid Capabilities Office received a nearly $300 million increase in the service's fiscal year 2019 budget request, but, as one analyst pointed out this week, it's unclear whether that funding will be sustained in the coming years.

February 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is delaying a decision about how to proceed with the second Space Fence radar site, excluding funding for the initiative from its fiscal year 2019 budget request.

February 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's recent budget submission confirms that its highly secretive Silentbarker surveillance satellite is part of its strategy to replace the legacy Space-Based Space Surveillance constellation, providing new details on a little-known space situational awareness program.

February 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget offers new details on its plan to recapitalize the Space-Based Infrared System and support future overhead persistent infrared requirements, even as the effort still lacks an approved acquisition strategy.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

As the Space and Missile Systems Center works to establish a more enterprise-focused approach to operational command and control, a Space Defense Task Force is working to incorporate new software development and delivery concepts and to ensure that those deliveries are cybersecure.

February 02, 2018 | Daily News

Amid concerns from the Pentagon's top weapons tester that the Air Force had no plans to conduct operational cybersecurity testing of the GPS III Operational Control Segment's baseline capability, the service confirmed this week it is planning two cyber assessments this spring and summer.

February 02, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force released a combined request for proposals this week for five Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle missions that will be awarded later this year.

January 26, 2018 | Daily News

The director of operational test and evaluation said in his 2017 report the Air Force's test plan for the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System is unrealistic and could cause delays to the Space Fence radar.

January 23, 2018 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget told Congress in a recent report that significant changes to space organization within the Defense Department, including the option to create a separate 'Space Force,' are "not only prudent, but also necessary" -- an apparent departure from DOD's stance on space organizational reform.