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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.
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.