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Space Alert

August 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

In an effort
to control costs, Defense Department space programs ought to look into using
private launch providers such as the California-based SpaceX, according to the
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

August 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Five members
of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence criticized cuts to commercial
satellite imagery programs in the report accompanying the panel's fiscal year
2013 authorization bill.

June 21, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Commerce
Department has launched an extensive review of the space industry designed to
closely map its supply chain in what is believed to be the broadest effort of
its kind.

June 21, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

concern over how quickly insurgents are able to get access to commercial
imagery services, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking
industry proposals for inexpensive satellites that could respond to requests
from U.S. troops within 90 minutes.

June 05, 2012 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee opposes Air Force plans to close the Operationally Responsive Space office, recommending instead that more money be directed to fund ORS activities.

May 31, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Concerned that the Defense Department has launched space systems into orbit without first completing work on related ground stations, Senate authorizers are pressing DOD to coordinate such efforts at the outset of major satellite acquisition programs.

May 10, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee wants the Defense Department's acquisition chief to submit an annual assessment for five years on the synchronization of satellite, ground and user terminal segments of major space acquisition programs.

April 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is asking Congress for new authority to permit the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to provide imagery intelligence and geospatial information support to regional organizations with defense or security components and security alliances of which the United States is a member.

April 24, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force today is scheduled to seek permission from the Pentagon's acquisition executive to issue a solicitation for the $3 billion Space Fence program, a move that would formally launch the final phase of a competition between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to build a new ground-based radar network designed to exponentially improve the military’s ability to track orbiting objects.

April 13, 2012 | Inside the Navy
As the Navy begins the process of replacing the legacy communications satellite constellation with the next-generation Mobile User Objective System, Boeing sees a future opportunity in the legacy Ultra-High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) satellite market, according to a top company executive.
March 23, 2012 | Inside the Navy
Even though the Navy launched the first Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System satellite in February, the Defense Department estimates that over 90 percent of MUOS-1's on-orbit capabilities won't be fully utilized due to delays in the Joint Tactical Radio System program, a Government Accountability Office official testified last week.
March 16, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The contracting and funding process is the primary hurdle when it comes to the Navy using hosted payloads -- or carrying military equipment on commercial satellites -- according to Vince Squitieri, the Navy's communications and global positioning system navigation program manager.
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.