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March 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Frank Kendall, the Defense Department's acting procurement chief, is expected to approve Air Force plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to pave the way for the production of the fifth and sixth geostationary satellites in the multibillion-dollar Space Based Infrared System program.

February 17, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's Mobile User Objective System satellite will reach initial operational capability in the August time frame, six months after the first satellite launches this month, Cmdr. Jeff King, MUOS systems engineer, told Inside the Navy in a Feb. 15 interview.
February 13, 2012 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information released by Air Force officials this afternoon.)

The Air Force's fiscal year 2013 budget request recommends moving the procurement of 98 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft out of the current five-year defense plan, buying half as many MQ-9 Reapers as in FY-12, cutting two acquisition programs designed to build partnership capacity and continuing early research on a next-generation bomber to the tune of $6.3 billion over the next five years, two senior service budget officials said this morning.

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's $525 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request cuts F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement quantities, reduces funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program because of a delay caused by a contract dispute, and curtails the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System due to concerns about its cost and operational mobility, states a DOD white paper released today.

January 13, 2012 | Daily News

Military leaders are rushing new weapons into operational testing despite signs the systems are not ready, the Pentagon's top tester warns in a new report that spotlights big problems threatening to undermine an array of major programs.

The latest annual report from J. Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department's operational testing chief, counsels the armed services to conduct rigorous developmental testing, aimed at early detection of software and hardware problems, before moving on to trials in an operationally realistic environment.

January 12, 2012 | Daily News

The United States has decided not to go along with the European-proposed code of conduct for cooperation in space because it is too restrictive, according to a senior State Department official.

Ellen Tauscher, under secretary of State for arms control and international security, told reporters today the United States has always said it would not agree to the code of conduct, but had not given the Europeans a definite no.

December 12, 2011 | Daily News

LightSquared executives have asked the Pentagon and Transportation Department to investigate a leak of information suggesting that the company's new communications network interfered with 75 percent of certain Global Positioning System receivers that were recently tested.

December 02, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Despite continued delays of the Navy's Mobile User Objective System, Lockheed Martin Space Systems plans to make the first delivery of a satellite to the Navy this week in Cape Canaveral, FL, according to Steven Davis, Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command spokesman.
December 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Lawmakers are awaiting a response from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Intelligence Director James Clapper on a request to avoid cutting a $7.3 billion commercial satellite imaging program in the Pentagon's long-term budget.

November 21, 2011 | Daily News

A pair of new Lockheed Martin-built satellites could cost $438 million more than previously estimated and could be delivered a year late, the Defense Department states in a new report to Congress on the Space Based Infrared System-High program.

November 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department has added the Air Force's VC-25A Presidential Aircraft program as well as an unnamed National Security Agency effort to a list of priority military projects permitted to cut ahead of other military and commercial customers for industrial materials and parts.

On Aug. 3, William Lynn -- then the deputy defense secretary -- approved adding the programs to the Defense Department's list of high-priority "DX" rated program, expanding the list from 11 to 13, according to a Pentagon official.

November 15, 2011 | Daily News

Sequestration cuts would hammer the Defense Department's top weapons programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Air Force's new bomber, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers today.

October 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A Defense
Department initiative to counter an enemy's ability to interfere with satellite
communications is preparing a report on a test that showed there is no single
solution to the problem.

October 25, 2011 | Daily News

Lower-tier space suppliers are worried about how expected defense budget cuts could affect their future, the president of the Aerospace Industries Association said today.

Second- and third-tier suppliers will have "nowhere to go" if the Defense Department's space budget is cut back significantly, Marion Blakey said today during a press briefing at the National Press Club. DOD is facing hundreds of billions in budget cuts, with more possible if a supercommittee of 12 lawmakers cannot agree to a set level of reductions to federal spending by Thanksgiving.

October 21, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to hold a pair of industry days next month to gauge potential contractors' interest in working on an effort to refurbish and repurpose defunct yet still in-orbit satellites.

One industry day will be held on the East Coast on Nov. 2 at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel in Dulles, VA, while the second will be held on the West Coast on Nov. 9 at the NASA AMES Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice posted this week.

October 14, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Defense Department's inspector general began an examination regarding the "existence and completeness" of ships, ballistic missiles and satellites on June 30 and expects to issue a final report in January, Dennis Taitano, Navy deputy assistant secretary for financial operations, told Inside the Navy last week.
October 07, 2011 | Daily News

In one of his first acts as deputy defense secretary, Ashton Carter has established a new senior-level governance body -- the Deputy's Management Action Group -- to guide decisions on critically important issues like the Pentagon's five-year investment plan, force structure, global posture and key capabilities such as space and nuclear deterrence.

October 06, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate appropriators stripped $416 million from a Pentagon satellite program designed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, arguing that it is an unjustified request and the Defense Department could find a more cost-effective way to provide the needed capabilities.

September 22, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate appropriators fully funded a ballistic missile defense program that House appropriators zeroed out -- setting up a conference issue between the two chambers.

September 15, 2011 | Daily News

National Reconnaissance Office officials believe the Delta IV heavy-lift capability for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program is expensive, the agency's director says, and are open to considering other options to satisfy the launch requirement the Delta IV is slated to fill.