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USSF Solicits Input to Shape Commercial Space Access Expansion Strategy

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The U.S. Space Force (USSF) has issued a request for information on transformational approaches to expand space access, mobility and logistics operations as part of plans to establish a technology research, development, test and evaluation program. SMC/ECL is also looking to deploy technologies that “can be on-ramped when available,” the notice states.

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SMC’s Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern on Continuing Partnerships With Heavy-Lift Launch Providers

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Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the U.S. Space Force will continue working with launch providers after selecting two contractors for a national security mission. The Space Force previously awarded contracts to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to utilize the former’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy vehicles.

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson on Phase 2 National Security Space Launch Competition

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, said the service branch is in the process of assessing plans that were submitted in response to a solicitation for the second phase of the National Security Space Launch program, Bloomberg reported Monday.

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Pentagon Increases Major Defense Procurement Cost Estimate to $2T

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The Department of Defense’s cost estimates for the acquisition of major weapons platforms climbed from $1.92T in 2017 to $2T in 2018 covering 87 programs. According to the annual Selected Acquisition Reports, the total program costs for DoD rose by 4 percent to $624.1B driven by the F-35 program. The total acquisition cost of the program jumped by $15.3B in base year 2012 dollars.

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Air Force Releasing Final Nat’l Security Space Launch RFP in April

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson, the U.S. Air Force’s Space And Missile Systems Center commander, said the military branch is releasing a final launch services solicitation within the next two weeks, Space News reported Wednesday. Thompson noted in a testimony to the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces that competition for the National Security Space Launch program must push through according to schedule despite industry concerns.

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Report: Air Force Eyes March 29 Release of Final Launch Service Procurement Solicitation

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An Air Force official said service leaders and Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the details of the final request for proposals for the Launch Service Procurement program, SpaceNews reported Saturday. The report said the service issued draft RFPs in December and February with plans to release the final solicitation on Friday, March 29, for the LSP program.

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