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April 10, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force has requested a topline budget of $144 billion, and a "blue" operational budget of $114 billion for fiscal year 2014, to continue funding top priorities like the Joint Strike Fighter and KC-46 tanker programs.

April 10, 2013 | Daily News

The Precision Tracking Space System is one of the highest-profile casualties of the Defense Department's fiscal year 2014 budget request, with DOD officials citing high cost and risk in announcing the missile defense program's cancellation today.

April 10, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department’s fiscal year 2014 budget request, slated to be unveiled today, would end production of Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aircraft, ramp up funding for C-130J Hercules cargo planes and maintain plans to buy 29 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, according to budget documents reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

April 09, 2013 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. -- A much-anticipated Space Fence contract award could be delayed as the Air Force works to prioritize its spending in a time of fiscal uncertainty, a top service official said today.

March 28, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Information assurance will be a key component of the
next-generation Global Position System ground control capability and, with the
completion of some key testing in February, prime contractor Raytheon is
working with the Air Force to close vulnerabilities and build a secure system.

March 28, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Members of industry are awaiting direction from the Air Force
about how it intends to proceed with a contracting competition to operate and
maintain a number of satellite systems, including some that function at very
remote locations.

March 28, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Research Lab is looking to gauge the state of
existing research related to cyber resiliency and protecting ground- and
space-based assets, according to a notice issued this week.

March 21, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Industry leaders this week praised a Space and Missile Systems Center effort to develop a contract vehicle for hosted payloads as a "first step" toward making the rideshare concept more common.

March 21, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The concept of on-orbit satellite servicing and life extension is not unreasonable, according to several government and industry officials whose offices are working to develop and demonstrate satellite repair, refueling and supplementary propulsion capabilities.

March 21, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Several months behind its original schedule but updated to reflect changes in its acquisition strategy and today's budget reality, the Air Force is close to releasing a formal solicitation for a potential $2 billion launch range support contract -- a release that could occur any day, according to an industry executive monitoring the program.

March 21, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Now that Congress has prevented the Air Force's plans to close its Operationally Responsive Space office, service officials are working to refocus the office's mission

March 21, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is conducting a one-year study on a low-risk weather imaging sensor for satellites designed to help the service advance its polar weather satellite mission.

March 21, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department has not closed the door on adding an 11th satellite to the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, according to a DOD official.

March 19, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force today successfully launched its second Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous Earth orbit satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

March 14, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The unique qualities of the Air Force's
space programs -- namely, high unit costs and low production quantities -- make
a traditional developmental test and evaluation organization prohibitive to the
service's budget and acquisition time line, officials told Congress in a report
released last month.

March 14, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

In the lead-up to next week's launch of the second Space Based Infrared System satellite to geosynchronous Earth orbit, Air Force and Lockheed Martin program officials say their teams are building on their experiences from the constellation's first satellite to shorten operational and production time lines.

March 12, 2013 | Daily News

A communications issue with the Air Force's first Space Based Infrared Systems satellite in geosynchronous Earth orbit, identified last fall, will not impact next week's scheduled launch of the constellation's second satellite, according to service officials.

March 07, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A 2013 defense spending bill introduced earlier this week
includes provisions that would bolster the Air Force's space modernization
efforts and split Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle funding into two separate
line items to increase the program's cost visibility.

March 07, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A piece of legislation passed by the House of Representatives
this week would fund development of the Operationally Responsive Space office
well above what the Air Force had requested while cutting some funding from the
F-35 program.

February 28, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force has indicated that it might purchase a seventh Space Based Infrared System satellite -- a possibility reflected in a recent contract award for procurement of the constellation's fifth and sixth space vehicles.

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