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February 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department estimates the newest Global Positioning System satellite program -- the GPS III Follow-On being built by Lockheed Martin -- will cost $10.7 billion, a figure the Air Force has recently conveyed to Congress as part of a report establishing a baseline for the planned 22-satellite acquisition effort.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's strategy to develop the next generation of missile warning satellites on an aggressive schedule using new acquisition concepts and resiliency standards hit a snag last fall when Congress partially denied funding for a reprogramming request, delaying the start of payload development by about four months, according to a service official.

February 11, 2019 | Daily News

A defense intelligence official told reporters today that the biggest threat to U.S. space superiority is likely not a single adversary capability, but rather actions in recent years by Russia and China to better organize and integrate space capabilities within their militaries -- actions that could help the Pentagon as it makes a case to create a new Space Force.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering measuring cybersecurity in its source-selection process for space programs, in the same way it might assess performance, cost or schedule, according to the service's acquisition executive.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The U.S. military's nuclear strategic deterrence fleet executed a "reliable" operational flight test last night over the Pacific Ocean when an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, and flew its intended course, a second consecutive developmental test-launch success since a failure last summer.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department and intelligence community have not adequately resourced or utilized space testing infrastructure that would support more operationally representative threat simulation, according to a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester has deemed a key upgrade of the Joint Space Operations Center (JspOC) Mission System (JMS) is not operationally effective or suitable for its space situational awareness mission, a setback for the Air Force program which aims, among other things, to provide real-time alerts of hostile actions against U.S. satellites.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is in the final stages of completing a long-anticipated satellite communications analysis of alternatives, according to a Defense Department spokesman, who said the study should be validated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and reviewed by the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office in the near future.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

A recent draft of the White House's forthcoming Space Force policy directive corroborates reports that a new military space service will initially reside under the Air Force, but directs the defense secretary to conduct "periodic reviews to determine when to recommend the president" propose a separate military department for space.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command is in the early stages of creating a space data strategy and has appointed a new mobilization assistant to oversee its development.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord has opted not to immediately grant a request from the Air Force to assume milestone decision authority for the troubled Next-Generation GPS Operational Control Segment program, but will reevaluate the possibility later this year.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon plans to establish a new Space Development Agency under the authority of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin by the end of March, according to a new memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

January 19, 2019 | Daily News

​The Air Force's National Air and Space Intelligence Center is warning cyber vulnerabilities in supporting infrastructure could thwart advancements in satellite and space technologies, an assessment that comes as the Trump administration is pushing expanded military operations in space.

January 17, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional Democrats are pushing back on elements of the recently unveiled Missile Defense Review, calling into question the cost and feasibility of potentially deploying a space-based interceptor layer.

January 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has narrowed a pool of potential competitors in its responsive launch challenge from 55 to 18 and plans to announce those companies by the end of February.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has "restructured" a key upgrade effort for the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System, but is providing little detail on how the program has been reshaped.

January 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force appears to be moving forward with a drawn-out effort to develop airborne satellite communication terminals as part of its Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminals program, releasing a justification document late last month that details its plan to sole-source the effort to Raytheon.

January 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has rebranded the Missile Defense Tracking System -- a space-based sensor network envisioned to track enemy long-range ballistic and hypersonic missiles from launch to impact -- the Space Sensor Layer program and plans to brief industry this month on a second round of technology prototyping for the desired orbital capability.

December 27, 2018 | Daily News

The "speed of change" in the Navy's space domain is a top concern as it works to stay abreast of technological advancements, according to the space lead in the service's information dominance office (N2/N6).

December 20, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is working on an amendment to its acquisition rules that would place more restrictions on procurement of some foreign commercial satellite services and would prohibit the purchase of items from some Chinese military companies.

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