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Space Alert

August 13, 2020

The director of the Space Rapid Capabilities Office said today his organization is slated to remain independent from the new Space Force Space Systems Command, at least in terms of budgeting and acquisition.

August 13, 2020

The director of the Space Rapid Capabilities Office said today his organization is slated to remain independent from the new Space Force Space Systems Command, at least in terms of budgeting and acquisition.

August 12, 2020

The Pentagon's No. 2 military official said today he is using internal budget deliberations to try to increase future spending on the Space Sensor Layer program to track hypersonic missiles and other potential threats around the globe.

August 10, 2020

The Space Force today released its first spacepower doctrine, meant to set the foundation for the new service and provide a key step toward distinguishing it as an independent entity.

August 7, 2020

The Space Force has selected United Launch Alliance and SpaceX to receive contracts under its Launch Services Procurement program, with ULA receiving 60% of the manifest and SpaceX the remaining 40%.

August 5, 2020

As Space Force leaders establish the service's new field command focused on space acquisition and development, efforts in recent years to re-architect the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center will help set the foundation for the new organization.

July 30, 2020

The Air Force is developing implementation plans for a series of reforms aimed at improving space acquisition as a key report due in late March -- meant to lay out those reforms and request legislative approval where needed -- awaits final approval from the White House.

July 30, 2020

The acting head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Peter Highnam, said today the organization has no plans to pursue a follow-on to the DARPA Launch Challenge, after the competition ended in March without a winner.

July 28, 2020

A new report on the state of the space industrial base released today highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on space companies, and urges the Defense Department to take advantage of "offensive and defensive economic tools" to support technology development that will be key to a healthy industry base today and in the future.

July 28, 2020

The White House is objecting to three missile defense provisions in the House version of the fiscal year 2021 authorization bill, including legislation that would reinstate funding for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, mandate an analysis of alternatives for a homeland defense architecture, and the panel's recommendations regarding the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor.

July 28, 2020

The head of Airbus U.S. Space & Defense says the company has reshaped to focus on pursuing space and intelligence work, bringing on new advisers and expanding its workforce.

July 9, 2020

House appropriators are pushing the Air Force to move quickly to create a separate acquisition executive for space -- direction that comes as the Air Force in recent months has slowed down those plans, opting to focus on crafting a new acquisition system before committing to an organizational structure.

July 9, 2020

A third congressional defense oversight committee is objecting to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 proposal to put the Space Development Agency in charge of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor, a development that could keep the Missile Defense Agency running the project.

July 2, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill, which the panel approved last night, includes several amendments related to space acquisition programs -- including one that questions the Air Force's efforts to craft an alternate Space Force acquisition system.

June 30, 2020

The Space Force today successfully launched the third GPS III satellite from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket -- the company's second GPS mission and the Defense Department's launch to include a booster recovery.

June 26, 2020

Two congressional committees are again coming to the rescue of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program, each recommending a $120 million increase for an ostensible Pentagon priority that was not funded in the fiscal year 2021 budget request and rejecting the Defense Department's gambit to shift responsibility for the project from the Missile Defense Agency to the Space Development Agency.

June 24, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill includes language to establish a space launch capability development program with a $250 million funding ceiling that would help the Air Force inject new technologies for future competition and support industry in meeting launch requirements.

June 22, 2020

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing legislation it hopes will focus the Space Development Agency's mission on top Defense Department priorities -- like the planned transport and missile warning layers -- and encourage greater use of commercial services.

June 18, 2020

The Air Force needs to partner closely with Congress and other stakeholders as it works to make a case for using digital engineering for future space development programs, according to the service's deputy under secretary for space acquisition and integration.

June 18, 2020

The Air Force is looking closely at how its fiscal year 2022 budget request might invest in the Defense Department's future space-based missile warning architecture, according to the service's deputy assistant secretary for space acquisition and integration.

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