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June 13, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The House Armed Services Committee has, for the second year in a row, rejected the Air Force's proposal to defund Operationally Responsive Space, and lawmakers are claiming that the Defense Department may have avoided the need to renew a one-year satellite lease with a Chinese company had it appropriately utilized the office.

June 13, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The House Armed Services Committee is asking the Air Force to continue to explore and engage the use of solar electric propulsion systems in its spacecraft.

June 13, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

House lawmakers want to boost the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System's data exploitation capabilities and are proposing an additional $20 million in funding for this effort.

June 13, 2013 | Daily News

As the Defense Department continues to work toward introducing competition into its medium-class space launch market, its biggest challenge will be to enforce the processes and practices that come with a new way of doing business, a department official said this week.

June 06, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Missile Defense Agency continues
to explore its options for meeting future sensor requirements, the Office of
the Secretary of Defense last month completed and submitted to Congress a Cost
Assessment and Program Evaluation study on the now-canceled Precision Tracking
Space System program.

June 06, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is asking for industry input in an ongoing
assessment of upcoming decisions related to the future of national security
space launch, according to an Air Force spokesman.

May 30, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force on May 24 successfully sent its fifth Wideband
Global Satellite Communications spacecraft into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, FL.

May 30, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Space Command officials say a life-extension
program for the service's aging weather satellite constellation has not faced
any setbacks, seemingly contradicting a recently released reprogramming
document in which the Defense Department requests shifting funds from the
program due to technology challenges and schedule delays.

May 30, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force's 50th Space Wing works to modernize and improve
its range of satellite operations responsibilities, service officials are eying
a more cost-effective, more capable and less redundant future.

May 30, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Space Command officials believe they have designed a contracting structure for a missile warning hardware sustainment competition that will deliver maximum competition and are confident the service's relatively fast-paced schedule for awarding several contracts is achievable.

May 23, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A push for efficiency in space system operations and
maintenance has led the Air Force to break a contracting process that would
have provided support to three different types of programs into separate
contracts for each of those three areas: the Air Force Satellite Control
Network, Global Positioning System and military satellite communications.

May 22, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

A House subcommittee is calling for the Pentagon to establish a strategy for the multiyear procurement of commercial satellite services that analyzes the risks and benefits of such an approach, according to a draft of the subcommittee's fiscal year 2014 defense authorization mark released Tuesday.

May 21, 2013 | Daily News

Almost a week after the Defense Department renewed a satellite-services lease with a Chinese company, House legislators are proposing a policy that would prevent the Pentagon from purchasing satellite services from foreign entities with certain business or ownership connections to the governments of China, North Korea or any country deemed a state sponsor of terrorism.

May 20, 2013 | Daily News

A Wideband Global Satellite Communications launch scheduled for this week has been delayed by one day due to an engine anomaly involving a Delta IV rocket booster.

May 16, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As with many space programs that require dedicated ground terminals, the Air Force's Enhanced Polar System payloads will be ready for launch before the EPS program's ground stations are fully developed, leading the service and contractor Northrop Grumman toward putting together an interim capability to fill that gap.

May 16, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

As the Air Force's space programs mature, the Space and Missile Systems Center is working to apply broad-based principles to streamline acquisition processes, reduce costs and make its programs more efficient, according to the general in charge of SMC.

May 16, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

An Air Force decision to shift acquisition responsibility for a space system operations contract from a local space wing to the Space and Missile Systems Center is based on an expectation that "vertical integration" will yield efficiencies, savings and strong performance, according to Air Force Space Command.

May 16, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force and the United Launch Alliance this week put the service's fourth Global Positioning System IIF satellite into orbit with a successful launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

May 10, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force is about a week away from cosigning a plan that would move launch provider SpaceX into the certification process to compete for the service's medium-class space launch business, according to the chief of the Space and Missile Systems Center.

May 09, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force and United Launch Alliance officials said this week that there is enough time between the upcoming back-to-back launches of the fourth Global Positioning System IIF satellite on May 15 and the fifth Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft on May 22 to account for marginal schedule and checkout delays, should they arise.

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