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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.
May 11, 2011 | Daily News

Air Force officials will urge House lawmakers to reconsider their recommendation to deny advanced appropriations for a new space acquisition plan, but service officials believe the program can move forward using incremental funding, according to a top service official.

May 03, 2011 | Daily News

A top House panel supports the goals of the Air Force's new Evolutionary Acquisition for Space Efficiency strategy but does not approve of current plans for its implementation, according to congressional  documents.

April 25, 2011 | Daily News

Multibillion-dollar efforts to build nuclear ballistic missile submarines, Army vehicles and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will spearhead a new Defense Department initiative challenging program managers to deliver weapons under budget.

April 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department needs to make changes concerning its space programs because they are too expensive, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter said Wednesday.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

Air Force officials would like to save at least 10 percent in space acquisition costs with their new Evolutionary Acquisition for Space Efficiency strategy, money they hope to invest in new technologies including protected communications-on-the-move, according to a service official.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to invest $197 million in maturing technologies for the new long-range penetrating bomber, according to the fiscal year 2012 budget request released today.

February 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon intends to make a "stronger commitment" to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles program in its soon-to-be-released budget request as it establishes a new approach to space acquisition, Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn said today.

Announcing the release of the first National Security Space Strategy, Lynn told reporters that the commitment to the launch vehicle program and the Evolutionary Acquisition for Space Efficiency (EASE) approach are “concrete manifestations” of the department's desire to protect U.S. advantages in space and the space industrial base.

January 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army
plans to operate satellite technology comparable to its unmanned aerial
vehicles, with plans to launch an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
nanosatellite later this year.

January 06, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Lawmakers are calling on the Pentagon and the White House's intelligence director to develop an integrated process for national security space architecture activities to steer key investment decisions.

January 06, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Lawmakers angling for more advanced commercial imaging satellite capacities have set a new aperture requirement for telescopes, but they also let the defense secretary waive the rule in the interest of national security.