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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.

July 19, 2011 | Daily News

A Defense Department official believes that advanced procurement is "integral" to the Air Force's concept of a new space acquisition plan.

Procurement experts state the Evolutionary Acquisition for Space Efficiency (EASE) concept can save money in the cost of buying space systems, Amb. Gregory Schulte, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said at a breakfast with reporters this morning. He believes that the money that would be saved under the policy could be reinvested in block upgrades to provide more stability to the programs.

July 12, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon has issued new guidance outlining when U.S. government agencies may convert intercontinental ballistic missiles into space-launch platforms to haul payloads into orbit.

On July 5, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn signed a directive-type memorandum outlining Pentagon responsibilities and procedures for utilizing excess ballistic missiles for space launch. The document presages an update to the Defense Department's September 2000 policy on military missions to support space activities.

June 21, 2011 | Daily News

China will most likely be excluded from receiving any U.S. satellite and space technology items that migrate from the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to the Commerce Control List (CCL) if Congress passes legislation this year that would give the president the authority to move these items from one list to the other as part of the administration's broader export control reform initiative, according to congressional and private-sector sources.

June 17, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Continued delays of the Navy's Mobile User Objective System -- a next-generation ultra-high-frequency satellite constellation -- has prompted the Senate Armed Services Committee to slash the program by more than $200 million in its mark of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill.
June 10, 2011 | Inside the Navy
PHILADELPHIA -- Despite documented concerns about the aging, ultra-high frequency satellite constellation the Navy relies on and continued delays to the follow-on satellite, a Boeing executive insisted here last week that the company could keep the satellites functioning in orbit for many years.
May 26, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has formally advised lawmakers that cost estimates for a $7.3 billion Pentagon weather satellite program -- the former National Polar-orbiting Observational Satellite System -- have breached statutory thresholds established to flag weapon system programs with possible acquisition difficulties.

May 13, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's next-generation, ultra high-frequency satellite has encountered another major delay and won't be launched until next year, service officials told lawmakers at a hearing last week, downplaying concerns about a breach of Nunn-McCurdy cost thresholds.