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Gen. John Raymond: Air Force Could Mull Space Launches With Reused Rockets

Gen. John Raymond, head of Air Force Space Command, has said the U.S. Air Force could consider a launch of spacecraft with reused rockets once the technology has been validated, Defense News reported Thursday. Valerie Insinna writes Raymond said at the Space Symposium that cost factors could drive industry toward the use of reusable rockets in …

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Stratcom Renames Space Operations Center, Eyes Multinational Space Collaboration With Germany

The U.S. Strategic Command and the National Reconnaissance Office replaced the name of the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center April 1 to reflect the organization’s new mission against threats to space assets. The renamed National Space Defense Center will continue to operate at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado and advance …

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DHS S&T Inaugurates New Explosive Detection System Testing Facility; Robert Griffin Comments

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has opened a facility at DHS’ Transportation Security Laboratory in New Jersey for testing and evaluation of explosives detection systems. DHS said Wednesday the new T&E building, located at the William J. Hughes Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center, includes space for specialized explosive storage and handling …

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Gen. John Raymond: Air Force to Appoint a Deputy Chief of Staff for Space Operations

The U.S. Air Force will open a three-star Air Staff position to help increase the visibility of space-related matters within the Defense Department, Defense News reported Tuesday. Valerie Insinna writes the selected candidate will act as a space advocate tasked to spread awareness on the needs of space operators and help drive a cultural change across the …

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Vice Adm. Mary Jackson Assumes Navy Installations Command Leadership

Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, former commander of Navy Region Southeast, officially assumed the role of commander of the Navy Installations Command during a change-of-command ceremony held Friday in Washington. The service branch said Friday Jackson succeeded Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, who served as the fifth CNIC and managed 71 Navy installations under 11 regions that include …

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Capt. John Dougherty Named Navy Precision Strike Weapons Program Manager

Capt. John Dougherty, formerly class desk officer for the U.S. Navy‘s unmanned carrier aviation program office, has taken a new role as manager of the service branch’s precision strike weapons program office. The Navy said Thursday that Dougherty will oversee 30 programs that cost more than $4.7 billion combined, including the Naval Air Systems …

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Reports: Trump Eyes ‘Unilateral’ Action to Stop North Korea’s Nuclear Threats

President Donald Trump has said he will take unilateral action to restrain North Korea’s nuclear weapons program if China does not cooperate with the U.S. to address the problem, CNN reported Monday. Eli Watkins writes Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week to discuss nuclear threats from North Korea and possible …

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DoD Officials: Sequestration, Continuing Resolution Impede Efforts to Recover Military Readiness

Five Defense Department officials have asked Senate lawmakers to pass a budget to help mitigate the impact of sequestration budget cuts and lack of stable funds on DoD’s industrial infrastructure and military readiness, DoD News reported Thursday. Jim Garamone writes the officials told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s readiness …

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