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May 18, 2018 | Daily News

Although the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle procurement strategy may require more upfront funding than other alternatives for meeting the service's assured access to space requirement, the plan may have the best long-term payoff, according to a recent report.

May 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is working closely with launch service providers to assure they install a key autonomous safety system on new and legacy launch vehicles, a move aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of its ranges.

May 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department recently submitted an interim report to Congress on the organization and management of the military space enterprise, and while it doesn't include any evaluation of the proposal to create a separate Space Corps, it does reveal several ongoing efforts to improve space acquisition, budgeting and warfighting.

May 15, 2018 | Daily News

The new Pentagon-based vice commander of Air Force Space Command said Tuesday that although the last-minute $600 million plus-up provided in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to buy two more legacy Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft was not something the service asked for, the Air Force may be able to apply some "innovative approaches" the way it buys the satellites.

May 10, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers this week approved an amendment to the House Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would fence all funding for the Air Force's Joint Space Operations Center Mission System upgrade and impose significant spending restrictions on the service's Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control research and development efforts.

May 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force announced Friday it plans to award sole-source contracts to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to produce the initial satellites in its new Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrastructure architecture.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

House lawmakers want the Defense Department to give greater consideration to responsive and reusable launch capabilities as they pursue future launch services and may require DOD to solicit reusable spacelift services beginning in March 2019.

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.