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Space Alert

March 22, 2018 | Daily News

The 2018 omnibus spending bill proposed this week requires the Air Force to brief Congress on the cost and schedule associated with its new Space-Based Infrared System strategy and designates overhead persistent infrared as a special interest item.

March 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force this week awarded contracts worth more than $640 million to SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance for five future national security space missions.

March 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is considering restructuring the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to manage space as an enterprise, rather than as a series of stovepiped mission sets.

March 01, 2018 | Daily News

A new small launch procurement line in the Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request may indicate the service is positioning itself to respond to anticipated growth in the small satellite market.

February 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is moving too slowly in its pursuit of a space-based sensor system for missile defense, the head of U.S. Strategic Command argued today, as the Missile Defense Agency's latest budget forecasts plans to spend billions more on ground-based radars instead. 

February 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's Space Rapid Capabilities Office received a nearly $300 million increase in the service's fiscal year 2019 budget request, but, as one analyst pointed out this week, it's unclear whether that funding will be sustained in the coming years.

February 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is delaying a decision about how to proceed with the second Space Fence radar site, excluding funding for the initiative from its fiscal year 2019 budget request.

February 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's recent budget submission confirms that its highly secretive Silentbarker surveillance satellite is part of its strategy to replace the legacy Space-Based Space Surveillance constellation, providing new details on a little-known space situational awareness program.

February 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget offers new details on its plan to recapitalize the Space-Based Infrared System and support future overhead persistent infrared requirements, even as the effort still lacks an approved acquisition strategy.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

As the Space and Missile Systems Center works to establish a more enterprise-focused approach to operational command and control, a Space Defense Task Force is working to incorporate new software development and delivery concepts and to ensure that those deliveries are cybersecure.

February 02, 2018 | Daily News

Amid concerns from the Pentagon's top weapons tester that the Air Force had no plans to conduct operational cybersecurity testing of the GPS III Operational Control Segment's baseline capability, the service confirmed this week it is planning two cyber assessments this spring and summer.

February 02, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force released a combined request for proposals this week for five Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle missions that will be awarded later this year.

January 26, 2018 | Daily News

The director of operational test and evaluation said in his 2017 report the Air Force's test plan for the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System is unrealistic and could cause delays to the Space Fence radar.

January 23, 2018 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget told Congress in a recent report that significant changes to space organization within the Defense Department, including the option to create a separate 'Space Force,' are "not only prudent, but also necessary" -- an apparent departure from DOD's stance on space organizational reform.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is slated to launch its fourth Space-Based Infrared System satellite to geosynchronous orbit tonight, securing the baseline capability for the persistent missile warning constellation.

January 12, 2018 | Daily News

As momentum picks up on efforts to modernize the GPS enterprise, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin are working to mitigate demand for a key testing resource.

January 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's National Space Defense Center will transition to 24/7 operations this month, U.S. Strategic Command confirmed recently.

January 04, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Orbital ATK that puts the company on a path to compete with SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance to fly national security space missions.

December 22, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force's new mechanism to prototype space capabilities may be more popular than anticipated, prompting the service to consider what to do if the program hits its $100 million project ceiling before the end of its initial five-year term.

December 21, 2017 | Daily News

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters this week that the likely new Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin is a possible candidate to take over the duties of the principal Defense Department space adviser role after Congress terminated the position and stripped those responsibilities from the Air Force secretary in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

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