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November 14, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center says it remains on track to announce a critical decision on the long-delayed Family of Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals program this quarter, despite the negative impact that sequestration and a government shutdown have had on so many service acquisition efforts.

October 31, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force has not yet rescheduled a Delta IV Global Positioning System satellite launch that was slated for Oct. 23 as it continues to assess the implications of technical findings from an ongoing investigation into a flawed but otherwise successful Delta IV launch last year.

October 24, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is working with industry to establish requirements for a standard hosted payload interface that it hopes will help address some of the security risks associated with latching classified government payloads to commercial satellites.

October 24, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is delaying by one year a key follow-on space test contract due to funding constraints caused by sequestration.

October 24, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this month announced a competition for sustainment of its more than 40-year-old Defense Support Program, which is being replaced by the Space Based Infrared System.

October 23, 2013 | Daily News

Senior Air Force officials today told members of Congress that long-term budget cuts imposed by sequestration and the disruptive nature of continuing resolutions could lead the service to a dramatic reduction in force of 550 aircraft and 25,000 airmen.

October 22, 2013 | Daily News

The U.S. military's technological preeminence may be "at risk" by 2030, an influential Pentagon advisory panel warns in a new report that recommends adopting a new framework to guide weapon systems investment decisions, launching "low-cost" weapons programs and increasing spending on space and cyber defenses.

October 18, 2013 | Daily News

An Air Force Delta IV launch slated for Oct. 23 has been pushed back due to results revealed during an ongoing investigation of a flawed launch that occurred in October 2012.

October 18, 2013 | Daily News

A stop-work order issued to Aerospace Corp. during the 16-day government shutdown has stalled the certification process for what could be the first new entrant into the Air Force's medium-class launch market.

October 17, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force continues to mature and expand its concept for virtual and integrated training exercises, the call for incorporating space capabilities into these environments is increasing, according to the service's director of the Distributed Mission Operations Center for Space.

October 10, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Satellite industry representatives say they are encouraged by the Air Force's recent step forward on a commercially hosted payload program that is aimed at leveraging private-sector business practices -- and space vehicles -- to send government payloads to space.

October 10, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Lockheed Martin and the Air Force are finalizing negotiations on a full production contract for the fifth and sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites -- and according to a Lockheed official, an award is "right around the corner."

October 10, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A space industry group that works to consolidate and normalize data about commercial space vehicle positioning is pitching the Air Force a plan to funnel some of that information into the service's current space command-and-control capability, the Joint Space Operations Center.

October 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The two companies competing for the prime contractor role on the Air Force's new Space Fence program said this week that the service's decision to move forward with risk-reduction studies while a development contract is stalled indicates its commitment to the program.

October 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force expects to move into the final stages of the settlement process with Northrop Grumman next month for the termination of the failed National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, which was canceled in 2010.

October 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The relocation of a C-band radar from Antigua to Australia will improve the Air Force's space situational awareness capabilities, but it won't mitigate the shutdown of the Air Force Space Surveillance System, which went offline Sept. 1.

October 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is asking industry to inform an analysis of alternatives considering how the service will effectively and affordably meet long-term protected military satellite communications needs.

October 02, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon has updated its space science and technology strategy to set seven new goals, which include improving Global Positioning System anti-jam capabilities and detecting and discriminating space objects, Defense Department officials told lawmakers in a recent report.

September 26, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Exelis is preparing to deliver data encryptors and software updates this fall that will help ensure the security of the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System satellite constellation and ground segment.

September 26, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Space Command, forced to delay other high-profile contracting efforts because of funding concerns, remains on track to issue a draft solicitation for a $2 billion radar and missile-warning sensor sustainment program next month, according to its program manager.

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