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July 07, 2016 | Daily News

The next-generation Global Positioning System ground component program needs an additional $39.2 million in fiscal year 2016 -- bringing total spending on the Operational Control Segment program to $363.8 million -- in order to execute a 24-month schedule adjustment the Air Force, Raytheon and the Pentagon acquisition chief identified this spring to address deficiencies uncovered during testing.

July 01, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force on Thursday declared a Nunn-McCurdy breach on the Raytheon-built, next-generation Global Positioning System ground component, after determining that the program's cost will spike more than 25 percent above its cost thresholds.

June 24, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department is studying the feasibility of leveraging international launch vehicles for national security space access as a backup plan should the department be unable to maintain competitive launch assurance, according to an Air Force spokeswoman.

June 23, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department is studying the feasibility of leveraging international launch vehicles for national security space access as a backup plan should the department be unable to maintain competitive launch assurance, according to an Air Force spokeswoman.

June 14, 2016 | Daily News

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council has directed the Air Force to explore a "material solution" as an option to address two glaring gaps in the service's space-based weather monitoring capability, and the service expects to return with a refined list of opportunities by the fall.

June 09, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is using a new data utilization lab to explore additional applications for its remote sensing data, including information received from the Space-Based Infrared System and from military and commercial weather assets.

June 08, 2016 | Daily News

The White House budget office this week released a sweeping rejection of several provisions in Senate authorizers' fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill, including those that would place additional cost oversight on the B-21 bomber program, restrict the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program and call for broader use of enlisted pilots in the remotely piloted vehicle enterprise.

May 26, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

Senate authorizers want the Air Force to explore the feasibility of using foreign allied launch vehicles to lift some national security space payloads should the service be unable to use the United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket.

May 26, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Senate Appropriations Committee wants to terminate parts of the troubled next-generation Global Positioning System's ground segment development program and delay launches of early GPS III satellites.

May 23, 2016 | Daily News

Senate authorizers want the Air Force to explore the feasibility of using foreign allied launch vehicles to lift some national security space payloads should the service be unable to use the United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket.

May 13, 2016 | Daily News

Senate authorizers are calling on the Air Force to conduct a Nunn-McCurdy review of the troubled next-generation Global Positioning System ground station, regardless of whether the program declares a cost breach.

May 05, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Senate Armed Services Committee will mark up its version of the fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill next week, and may include language that could have a considerable impact on key Air Force plans, including its strategy to replace the Russian-made RD-180 engine and its approach to contracting for the B-21 Long-Range Strike Bomber.

May 05, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

An amendment included in the House Armed Services Committee's defense policy bill would push the Defense Department to move forward with an analysis of its Global Positioning System infrastructure, a step that one House lawmaker says is crucial to determining whether the department can take advantage of a potential backup positioning, navigation and timing system.

May 05, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center this week published an industry notice advertising its open-systems approach to setting standards for a new enterprise ground services effort that would consolidate satellite ground control segments into a new, common architecture.

May 04, 2016 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input on the controlled re-entry of objects from low Earth orbit.

May 04, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering options for a six- or eight-satellite constellation for the future Space-Based Infrared System program of record and anticipates the follow-on system could feature a mix of hosted payloads with disaggregated missions.

April 28, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force's $82.7 million launch services award to SpaceX this week cost 40 percent less than estimated, according to one of the service's top space acquisition officials.

April 27, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch a next-generation Global Positioning System satellite, becoming the first launch provider to break the United Launch Alliance's 10-year monopoly lifting national security space missions.

April 25, 2016 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill takes a strong stance against the Air Force's plan to use FY-17 funds to broaden the scope of its RD-180 engine replacement effort.

April 20, 2016 | Daily News

Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall received support from two key Senate appropriators Wednesday as he defended the controversial strategy to wean the Pentagon off Russian-made rocket engines, setting the stage for another possible showdown with Senate authorizers over the issue.

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