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August 22, 2013 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command has released a white paper touting the potential of disaggregated space architectures to boost the resiliency of Defense Department satellites against Chinese capabilities while also lowering costs, an approach that could shape military investment plans for years to come.

August 21, 2013 | Daily News

A contract award for the Air Force's new Space Fence has been delayed until at least next spring, pushing the program's expected initial operations to 2018, according to the chief of Air Force Space Command.

August 15, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is weighing the benefits and risks associated with reducing government oversight at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, and the Eastern Range, as part of a capabilities-based assessment of privatizing the East Coast launch site.

August 14, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

As Pentagon officials scramble to adjust to cutbacks in defense spending, the debate over a potentially revolutionary approach to operating space capabilities has so far failed to pick up steam, recent comments by key leaders indicate.

August 13, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department is setting aside nearly $40 billion in its long-term spending blueprint to support a 12-year extension of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, including 60 additional launches from fiscal years 2018 to 2028, according to a Pentagon report explaining cost growth in the Air Force program.

August 13, 2013 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command is preparing to cease operation of the Space Surveillance System by Oct. 1 -- a move forced by sequestration, according to a press release issued this evening.

August 08, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

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

August 08, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Just a few days after releasing a request for proposals for a first-of-its-kind commercially hosted payload contracting vehicle, the Air Force this week issued a request for information regarding the development of a wide-field-of-view payload to be hosted by a commercial satellite.

August 08, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's third Operationally Responsive Space satellite, set to launch in November, is being designed to demonstrate several launch and range improvements, including automated targeting and commercial-like procurement practices.

August 08, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force estimates the total acquisition cost of the Global Positioning System Next Generation Control System -- dubbed GPS OCX -- will be $4.8 billion, including $3.4 billion for research and development, according to the Pentagon's first survey of the  command and control system.

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.

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