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April 27, 2018 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- For the first time, the Pentagon's top strategy documents include language about space as a warfighting domain -- a change that Defense Department officials say is driving changes to the way the military thinks about protecting its on-orbit assets.

April 26, 2018 | Daily News

As the Air Force looks to speed up its plans to field the follow-on to its Space Based Infrared System constellation, lawmakers want more details about the new architectures the service may pursue.

April 25, 2018 | Daily News

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is recommending the creation of a new numbered Air Force that would be responsible for the service's warfighting operations and could lay the groundwork for a future Space Corps.

April 19, 2018 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Incumbent Lockheed Martin is the only company to confirm its bid to develop the next generation of GPS III satellites, potentially forcing the Air Force to launch a sole-source acquisition for what was supposed to be a rigorous competition between at least three providers.

April 19, 2018 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – As Raytheon continues to implement agile software tenets into the next-generation GPS OCX development program, the company is working to provide more detailed performance metrics to Air Force and Pentagon leadership.

April 18, 2018 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Space Fence prime contractor Lockheed Martin is preparing to start a site survey in June for the second radar location that would bring the space-observing radar system to full operational capability.

April 18, 2018 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force on Tuesday announced a major restructure to its space acquisition enterprise as well as the creation of a new office that will oversee efforts to change the way the service acquires space capabilities.

April 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force confirmed this week it did not ask for the $600 million funding boost Congress provided in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to buy two additional Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicles, but it will comply with the language as directed.

April 05, 2018 | Daily News

U.S. Strategic Command expects to achieve initial operational capability this year for a new Satellite Communications Integrated Operations Environment that will bring together key capabilities and expertise from across the Defense Department.

April 04, 2018 | Daily News

Five Air Force procurement programs saw cost swings of more than $1 billion over the last year, and 24 of the service's systems shrank by $2.5 billion in aggregate, the Defense Department said this week.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The estimated cost for the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio grew by $177 billion, or more than 10 percent, over the last year, swelling from $1.7 trillion to $1.9 trillion.

March 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force expects its decision to competitively acquire future GPS III satellites rather than award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin, the current provider, will cut $20 to $30 million off the cost of each space vehicle it buys.

March 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department does not -- as this time -- require a program to develop space-based ballistic missile interceptors to shoot down enemy long-range rockets during the boost phase of ascent, according to the top U.S. military commander for missile defense and space operations.

March 22, 2018 | Daily News

The 2018 omnibus spending bill proposed this week requires the Air Force to brief Congress on the cost and schedule associated with its new Space-Based Infrared System strategy and designates overhead persistent infrared as a special interest item.

March 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force this week awarded contracts worth more than $640 million to SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance for five future national security space missions.

March 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is considering restructuring the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to manage space as an enterprise, rather than as a series of stovepiped mission sets.

March 01, 2018 | Daily News

A new small launch procurement line in the Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request may indicate the service is positioning itself to respond to anticipated growth in the small satellite market.

February 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is moving too slowly in its pursuit of a space-based sensor system for missile defense, the head of U.S. Strategic Command argued today, as the Missile Defense Agency's latest budget forecasts plans to spend billions more on ground-based radars instead. 

February 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's Space Rapid Capabilities Office received a nearly $300 million increase in the service's fiscal year 2019 budget request, but, as one analyst pointed out this week, it's unclear whether that funding will be sustained in the coming years.

February 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is delaying a decision about how to proceed with the second Space Fence radar site, excluding funding for the initiative from its fiscal year 2019 budget request.