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Senate Committee Proposes Additional $110M to Accelerate Blackjack LEO Satellite Program

The Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed adding $110 million to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act in a push to accelerate a satellite development program under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, SpaceNews reported Thursday. The Blackjack program aims to develop a constellation of small military satellites in low-earth orbit, which, …

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Report: DoD Establishes Border Security Support Cell

Dana White, chief Defense Department spokesperson, told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing that the department has formed a border security support cell effective immediately, DoD News reported Thursday. Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary for homeland defense and global security at DoD, will head the support cell that will serve as …

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DoD Considers New Military Service for Space Operations

The Defense Department is looking into the creation of a new military service that will focus on space operations, Washington Examiner reported Thursday. Kenneth Rapuano, assistant defense secretary for homeland defense and global security, said during a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing that the establishment of a Space Force is among a …

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Pentagon Eyes Formation of Space Combatant Command

The Defense Department looks to establish a combatant command to manage space warfare missions in response to foreign militarization efforts in outer space, Nextgov reported Wednesday. DoD told Congress in a report last week that department officials are exploring strategies for joint space forces to manage multidomain, trans-regional and space warfighting operations. Officials …

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Report: DoD Seeks 12% Military Electronics Funding Boost for Fiscal 2019

The Defense Department has asked Congress to earmark $12.93 billion in fiscal 2019 funds for research and procurement of communications, electronics, telecommunications and intelligence technology platforms, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Friday. DoD’s proposed CET&I budget represents a 12.3-percent increase from the amount requested for FY 2018 and excludes military activities that cover “substantial” …

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