Tag Archives: National Reconnaissance Office

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein to Lead USSF’s New Space Systems Command

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, formerly the National Reconnaissance Office's deputy director, has assumed leadership of Space Systems Command, which will gather and develop space technologies that support the Pentagon's National Defense Strategy. SSC, which serves as the U. S. Space Force’s second field command, will launch, produce, maintain and test the service branch's space systems, USSF said Friday.

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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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NRO To Use Commercial Launch Providers For Low-Risk Space Missions; Col. Robert Bongiovi Quoted


The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) plans to use launch services outside of its usual National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program when needed to launch missions on tight schedules or deploy lower-cost research payloads. The NRO develops and operates the U.S. government’s spy satellites and typically uses the U.S. Space Force run NSSL program to get satellites into orbit. 

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NRO Plans Commercial Radar Imagery Procurement

Commercial Satellite

A National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) official said the agency is looking to award multiple contracts to access commercial imagery from synthetic aperture radar satellites to study how space data products could support the intelligence community mission. Pete Muend, director of NRO’s commercial systems program office, said the agency began the sourcing process after its market survey in November drew many responses from the private sector.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Receives Briefing on Space Programs, National Security Threats

Lloyd Austin

Gen. Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, met with John Hill, who is performing the duties of assistant secretary for Space Policy at the Pentagon, and other senior government and military officials to discuss space domain-related national security threats and programs.

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Space Force Eyes Satellite Imaging for Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Targeting; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force is in the early stages of studying the use of imaging data from small tactical satellites to detect targets beyond line of sight. Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that the Space Force seeks to closely coordinate with intelligence sector partners to explore the use of tactical satellite imaging,

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Executive Mosaic Names 2021 Wash100 Award Recipients; Cast Your 10 Votes TODAY

2021 Wash100

Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, has announced the recipients of the 2021 Wash100 Award. “We are thrilled to honor the winners of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic. With the announcement, Executive Mosaic will begin to accept votes for this year’s Popular Vote Rankings.

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Intelligence Community Stands up Council for Commercial Space Systems

Dave Gauthier

The U.S. intelligence community has established a new council to augment how commercial space systems deliver data for intelligence operations. The Commercial Space Council seeks to identify how to accelerate intelligence deliveries that rely on commercial satellites. David Gauthier said the council will work to increase IC's understanding of commercial technologies and advise on the community's policy and strategy.

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NRL Appoints Stephen Meier as Director of Naval Center for Space Technology

Stephen Meier

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has appointed Stephen Meier, a three-decade federal government and private industry veteran, as director of its Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST) in a string of executive leadership appointments. Meier will be responsible for managing the center and its efforts to develop spacecraft systems and ground command-and-control terminals.

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Scot Currie: NGA Explores Commercial RF Data Integration With Agency’s Analytics Platforms

Next NGA West Project

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is examining the potential of analytics technology with commercial radio frequency data to support GEOINT applications as part of a pilot program that commenced in September 2020. The agency noted it wants to know the use of such information in mapping activity associated with radar imaging satellites and electro-optical sensors.

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