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Trump to Nominate Michael Griffin as DoD Research & Engineering Head

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Michael Griffin, former NASA administrator, as undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, Defense Systems reported Monday. The Defense Department created Griffin’s potential new position, along with the role of undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, as a result of the reorganization of the department’s acquisition, technology and logistics …

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NASA Aims to Advance Comms, Proximity Operation Capabilities Via 2 Cubesat Demo Missions

NASA is set to conduct technology demonstration missions for two Cubesats that took off Sunday aboard Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft. The agency said Tuesday it will conduct the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration and Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna missions as part of the Small Spacecraft Technology Program. “Our primary mission …

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Former NASA Chief Michael Griffin to be Nominated DoD Acquisition Deputy Undersecretary

President Donald Trump will nominate Michael Griffin, former NASA administrator, as principal deputy defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, Reuters reported Saturday. Once confirmed, Griffin is expected to transition to the role of defense undersecretary for research and engineering by February 2018 as part of a reorganization plan the Defense Department announced in …

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James Mattis: Lawmakers OK DoD’s $400M Reprogramming Plan for Missile Defense

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said defense panels in Congress have approved the Pentagon’s plan to shift approximately $440 million in unspent fiscal 2017 funds from operations and maintenance accounts into missile defense initiatives amid North Korea’s nuclear weapon pursuit, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Mattis announced the approval at a Senate …

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DISA Supports Air Force Command ORS-5 Satellite Communications

The Defense Information Systems Agency has contributed a converged access network for the Air Force Space Command and a military satellite tracking station to communicate with a new space surveillance satellite currently in orbit. AFSC and its mission partners receive data from Operationally Responsive Space-5 via DISA’s Converged Access Lite Network, the agency said Tuesday. The …

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NASA to Install Equipment on Orbital ATK Spacecraft as Part of TESS Explorer Mission

NASA will install cameras and science data processing computers for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-built Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite onto an Orbital ATK spacecraft in the coming weeks following the platform’s completion of a systems integration review. The space agency said Saturday that independent technical and scientific experts reviewed the TESS …

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Senate OKs Russia, Iran Sanctions Bill With Amendment for Russian-Made Rocket Engines

The Senate voted 98-2 Thursday to pass a bill that would enact new sanctions against Russia and require the White House to secure congressional approval before lifting any current sanctions, Reuters reported Thursday. The proposed legislation seeks to penalize Russia for its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, involvement in …

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