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March 31, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

As concerns grow about threats to the global positioning system constellation, the Air Force Research Laboratory is developing plans to launch an experimental system to test advanced, resilient GPS technologies.

March 31, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

Air University is seeking input from industry on its investment in low-cost, low-risk space launch technology as part of a broader look at the role affordable launch will play in the Air Force's future operating concept.

March 24, 2016 | Daily News

The Defense Department reported a net increase of $4.5 billion over the last year in total program cost for its entire portfolio of major weapon system programs -- a collection of 79 big-ticket projects that accounted for $73 billion in the fiscal year 2016 budget -- with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon's single biggest acquisition, notching the largest reduction in estimated acquisition cost.

March 23, 2016 | Daily News

The Defense Department's inspector general has officially opened an investigation into "assertions" made by a former United Launch Alliance executive about the Pentagon's treatment of the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture.

March 18, 2016 | Daily News

The Defense Department's inspector general is "reviewing" a request from Defense Secretary Ash Carter to determine "appropriate action" in light of comments made by a former United Launch Alliance executive implying DOD had somehow shown favoritism to ULA over its competitor SpaceX.

March 17, 2016 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) wants Defense Secretary Ash Carter to investigate comments made by a former executive from the United Launch Alliance, who resigned this week after making controversial statements implying the government had gone out of its way to favor ULA over its competitor SpaceX.

March 16, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force may seek to revive its last grounded legacy weather satellite to mitigate last month's on-orbit failure of another satellite in the constellation.

March 04, 2016 | Daily News

Facing increasingly fast-paced technological change, Harris' space and intelligence systems business last year opened an innovation center meant to explore new ideas.

March 03, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department's adoption of a more threat-informed approach to identifying capability gaps in its space architectures has refined the investments its fiscal year 2017 budget proposes for existing programs, but officials recently told Inside the Air Force that any resulting new programs will not be reflected until at least 2018.

March 03, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force will meet with industry early next month to talk about its acquisition strategy for the Space-Based Space Surveillance follow-on program.

March 03, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force estimates it would cost between $1.5 billion and $5 billion to reallocate launches from the Atlas V to the Delta IV, based on a preliminary analysis of options for acquiring space launch services when the RD-180 is banned from its inventory.

March 01, 2016 | Daily News

Orbital ATK said Tuesday it's planning three new investment projects, including one focused on precision ammunition and another on EELV technology.

February 29, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force on Monday entered into public-private partnership agreements with Aerojet Rocketdyne and the United Launch Alliance to develop propulsion prototypes to replace the Russian-made RD-180, lifting a hold on awards pending congressional clarification.

February 29, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force will wait to award additional rocket propulsion system contracts until it resolves concerns from Congress about whether the awards the service has already made comply with current law.

February 23, 2016 | Daily News

The Defense Department will consider "at least a partial cancellation" of the next-generation Global Positioning System ground segment if prime contractor Raytheon doesn't deliver over the next few months, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall.

February 11, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's fiscal year 2017 budget for the next-generation Global Positioning System ground control system includes a "late add" of $234 million to account for its best guess at how a new, two-year development delay will impact the near-term costs and shows a $1.6 billion spike in the program's total cost.

February 04, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

With key software development and radar production on the near-term slate for the Air Force's Space Fence program, 2016 is likely to be its busiest and most challenging year, according to program manager Dana Whalley.

February 04, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department is beginning to analyze its policy around space program classification levels, and is considering where it might make sense to make some protected program information available publicly or at lower classification levels.

January 28, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is currently measuring the impact a two-year schedule slip to the next-generation Global Positioning System ground segment may have on the launch and early operations of the first GPS III satellites.

January 28, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James indicated this week that the service is very close to awarding a third public-private partnership agreement to build a new rocket engine prototype, even as it looks to broaden the scope of its investment in fiscal year 2017 to focus on a more holistic approach to eliminating reliance on Russian rocket engines.

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