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Space Alert

January 6, 2011

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 6, 2011

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.

October 22, 2010
Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's acquisition executive, has established new rules for developing and procuring space systems, issuing guidance that effectively concludes work started by his predecessor to pull purchases of unclassified military satellites -- that total approximately $11 billion annually -- under the umbrella of regulations that guide acquisition of other major weapon systems.
September 30, 2010

The Pentagon is advancing development of the Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar while seeking new ways to coordinate the program with a key Air Force radar initiative, according to Defense Department, service and industry officials.

September 28, 2010

The Pentagon's pending National Security Space Strategy will focus on deterring and defeating threats to U.S. space systems and increasing those systems' resilience to intrusion, according to the Defense Department's No. 2 policy official.

During a packed Aerospace Industries Association event this morning, James Miller, the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy, previewed five key points of the space strategy -- which is in the final phases of development.

September 27, 2010

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee wants to terminate the most advanced variant of the Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system and has slashed $1.2 billion from previously appropriated modernization programs, some of which have not adhered to full-funding financial regulations, according to previously unreported details of the panel's new military spending proposal.

August 27, 2010
Despite claims to the contrary on previous Pentagon reprogramming requests, the first launch of a Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite is scheduled for the summer of 2011, not December of that year, and Congress' recent denial of funds to deal with technical issues will not affect that launch date, a Navy spokesman said last week.
August 27, 2010

The Air Force plans to realign multiple space oversight positions at the Air Staff level following the completion of a major review of space management and responsibilities at the Pentagon, according to service documents.

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley directed several changes in an Aug. 25 memorandum and named the Under Secretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton as the “focal point” for space within service headquarters. Donley also placed David Van Buren, assistant secretary of the Air Force of acquisition, in charge of space procurement.

August 18, 2010

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

July 29, 2010

The Defense Department's acquisition directorate is poised to bless the start of production for the next phase of a major Pentagon satellite program.