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August 08, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force tonight successfully launched its sixth Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

August 01, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force estimates it will save $64 million by
integrating commercially available software into the second phase of its Joint
Space Operations Center Mission System development.

July 31, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Adm. Cecil Haney, nominated to lead U.S. Strategic Command,
this week vowed to continue a push for global alliances aimed at improving
space situational awareness as U.S. capabilities are reaching their limits.

July 25, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Sequestration has slowed down or temporarily halted several ongoing upgrades and modernizations of the Air Force's ground-based, space-weather sensing systems, according to an Air Force directorate of weather official.

July 25, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

With the Air Force on the verge of launching a new communications satellite procured entirely by the Australian government, a senior service official told reporters this week that the Defense Department is eagerly considering the possibility of international participation on future satellite acquisition efforts.

July 25, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A report released this week by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment offers several proposals for reshaping the Defense Department's military satellite communications enterprise to make it more agile, resilient and cost-effective -- and one of them involves consolidating all MILSATCOM operations under the control of a single service, presumably the Air Force.

July 25, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force commander who oversees nuclear and space operations at the combatant command level wants to condense the sprawling computer networks of U.S. Strategic Command into one network to bolster the command's defense against cyber attacks and is also interested in pursuing an intelligence platform capable of surviving the most challenging anti-access, area-denial environments, such as those seen in China and Iran.

July 25, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Conversion of the Air Force's Eastern Range and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to a commercially run facility could occur as soon as 2015, according to the chief of Air Force Space Command.

July 24, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

With the Air Force on the verge of launching a new communications satellite procured entirely by the Australian government, a senior service official told reporters this week that the Defense Department is eagerly considering the possibility of international participation on future satellite acquisition efforts.

July 19, 2013 | Daily News

The Navy's second Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, but the military will not be able use the full capability until the satellite's radio terminals are in place, according to an official.

July 18, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is in the very early phases of considering a move that would privatize all or some of the operations at its Eastern Range and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

July 18, 2013 | Daily News

The Precision Tracking Space System program was terminated in April after a statutorily mandated independent cost estimate calculated the ballistic missile-tracking satellite constellation would cost as much as $17.5 billion and carry a near-term price tag nearly 40 percent more than the Missile Defense Agency estimated, according to Defense Department officials.

July 16, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force continues to await a Space Fence acquisition decision from the Pentagon and, in the meantime, is considering how it may be able to upgrade and extend the life of existing sensors should the contract not be awarded.

July 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

LAUREL, MD -- Understanding the combined impact of space weather events and local conditions could enhance the military's ability to understand when and where satellite communications problems will occur, according to research being developed by a team of scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

July 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Electric propulsion is likely to have an increased presence in the Air Force's space systems in the future, according to an official in the service's military satellite communications directorate.

July 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

LAUREL, MD -- Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are using funding provided through an Air Force study and risk-reduction contract to develop a more compact and capable sensor design for the next-generation weather satellite system.

June 27, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Early data comparing testing time lines and anomaly resolution between the test prototype for the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System and the first flight vehicle reveals positive trends that prime contractor Lockheed Martin expects will continue as production moves forward.

June 27, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board has completed two key studies, one on non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and the other on the use of Air Force Space Command sensors, which are slated to complete a security review process in July. Their abstracts would then be released to the public in the fall.

June 27, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force, required to pay a $3.4 billion sequestration bill from its procurement accounts, financed the tab in part by drawing nearly $1.2 billion from funds appropriated in prior years, a move that allowed four of the service's top-10 largest acquisition efforts to escape cuts to newly appropriated fiscal year 2013 funds, according to a new Pentagon report.

June 20, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A reprogramming request submitted to Congress last month cites technology challenges and schedule delays in the Air Force's plan to extend the life of an aging weather satellite, but service officials say the language in the document misrepresents the situation.

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