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Proposed Fiscal 2013 Budget Allocates $9.6B for Space Programs

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President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 allocates $9.6 billion for space programs, American Forces Press Service reported.

Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, told a House Armed Services subcommittee on Friday that 2013 funds will target programs for missile warning, navigation, satellite communications and space situational awareness.

AFPS also reported the Air Force is looking to speed acquisition processes for its Advanced Extremely High Frequency Program and the Space-Based Infrared System, which supports the U.S.’s missile early warning and defense system.

Shelton said the space programs budget proposal is a 22 percent decrease from fiscal 2012 and the Air Force and cuts funding in modernization programs.

As a result, Shelton said the Air Force will have to re structure its approach to the Operationally Responsive Space Office and the Space Test Program, AFPS reported.

ORS was established in 2007 to help shorten the space acquisition cycle.

The Space Test Program has been around since 1965 and assists the Defense Department’s space research and development community.

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