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Shawn Barnes: Space Force Should Handle Contracts by Portfolio

Shawn Barnes

Shawn Barnes, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for space acquisition and integration, said the Space Force could improve contracting through an organized portfolio-based approach. He said Tuesday at the Sea-Air-Space conference that managing contracts by portfolio provides more agility compared to managing them per single program.

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USAF Secretary Barbara Barrett Prefers Redstone Arsenal as Space Command HQ Location

Barbara Barrett

Barbara Barrett, secretary of the Air Force, wants to establish U.S. Space Command's headquarters at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, following a series of on-site and virtual assessments. The secretary selected the site based on an evaluation of mission factors, community support, costs and infrastructure capacity. Other alternative locations for the HQ include sites in Florida, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

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Michael Brown: DIU Now Focuses on Drone Swarming Tech

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said at a recent AFWERX event that his organization has been working to study drone swarming technologies. He said autonomous drone swarming is something the military has to be concerned about as a result of the technology's potentially dangerous uses by terrorists.

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Patrick AFB, Cape Canaveral Redesignated as Space Force Bases; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral AF Station have been respectively renamed as Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station during a recent ceremony in Florida. The redesignation ceremony took place at Cape Canaveral and saw Vice President Mike Pence unveil the two U.S. Air Force bases’ new names in line with their operational transition to the U.S. Space Force.

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SpaceWERX Program Launched to Foster Space Force Innovation; Barbara Barrett Quoted

Barbara Barrett

The U.S. Space Force now has its own innovation program that would engage in new space technology development, similarly to the U.S. Air Force's AFWERX. The SpaceWERX program will operate as a space-focused arm of AFWERX, now part of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). AFWERX announced SpaceWERX's creation at the Accelerate event that commenced on the same day.

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Space Force to Manage X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Ops; Barbara Barrett Quoted

Barbara Barrett

The U.S. Space Force will oversee the operations of an experimental space plane built by Boeing to demonstrate systems to provide the Space Force with an unmanned space test platform. Space Force has established the Delta 9 unit to manage the X-37B platform and carry out orbital warfare operations for the service branch.

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Barbara Barrett Discusses Air Force ‘eSeries’ Weapons System Designator

Barbara Barrett

Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced Monday the service branch’s “eSeries” classification for digitally engineered weapons systems at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, the service reported. Air Force officials said the digital eSeries acquisition program will help speed up the production of weapon systems. 

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Space Force Eyes Annual Updates to $150M Orbit-Monitoring Program

Space Control

The U.S. Space Force plans to facilitate updates to orbit-monitoring technologies every 90 days as part of the $150 million Space Command and Control (Space C2) program. The fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) currently requires the Space Force to enact annual updates to the Space C2 initiative.

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Air Force Dept Unveils Strategy for Arctic Region; Barbara Barrett, Gen. David Goldfein Quoted

Barbara Barrett

The Department of the Air Force has released a strategy on how to support the National Defense Strategy through unique functions in the Arctic region. The strategy would focus its efforts in alignment with inter-domain vigilance, combat-credible power projection, cooperation with allies and Arctic operational preparations.

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