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Pentagon Watchdog Reviewing Air Force Certification for SpaceX Falcon Launch Vehicles

The Department of Defense’s inspector general plans to review the U.S. Air Force’s previous certification for SpaceX to offer its Falcon launch vehicles for military launch service contracts. DoD's watchdog announced an evaluation on Monday that will examine if the service branch complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide while certifying the launch system. 

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Lt. Gen. David Thompson: USAF Relies on Industry for Space Launch Services

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of U.S. Air Force Space Command, told reporters after a Capitol Hill event that the service branch relies on industry to support the military's rocket launch needs, Space News reported Saturday. The service branch is confident the U.S. space industry will provide rockets for missions to lift military and intelligence satellites, he said.

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Heather Wilson: Air Force Pursuing Space Mission as Trump Pushes Space Force

Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force, said the service will continue advancing its space capabilities amid the Trump administration’s push to reorganize the Pentagon and establish a Space Force, SpaceNews reported Monday. Wilson said the Air Force is working on programs and tactics to protect U.S. satellites from adversaries. 

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Air Force Space Command to Assume Commercial Satcom Acquisition Responsibility; Clare Grason Quoted

The Defense Information Systems Agency is set to hand over by December its oversight of satellite communications services procurement to Air Force Space Command, SpaceNews reported Thursday. Clare Grason, division chief for satcom at DISA, said her office will become part of the command and will draft an acquisition strategy next year to address commanders’ satcom requirements.

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Report: Air Force Mulls Satellite Constellation Expansion

The U.S. Air Force is considering procurement of small satellites that can augment or serve as backups to the country’s existing military satellite constellation, Defense One reported Monday. The report said Air Force officials aim to make it more difficult for adversaries to disrupt space-based services through a satellite diversification effort. …

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