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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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House Panel Offers Recommendations for Space Force via FY 2022 Budget Report

Capitol Hill

The House Appropriations Committee has released a report calling for the U.S. Space Force to come up with a clear plan for its future system architectures based on “rigorous technical analysis with executable plans resourced by realistic budgets" and reassess the organizational construct of the Space and Missile Systems Center.

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Space Force Named Lead Service for Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Department of the Air Force has announced Rocket Cargo as the fourth Vanguard program and designated the U.S. Space Force as the lead service branch for Rocket Cargo Vanguard. AFRL will study the capability to land a rocket at remote sites and other nontraditional surfaces and near personnel and structures, among other research initiatives.

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Space Force Eyes Large Investment in Cloud to Drive Data-Driven Decision Making

Space Training

The U.S. Space Force intends to consolidate large amounts of data in a cloud environment for faster data-driven decision-making. To make this happen, USSF will make a large investment in cloud consolidation efforts throughout the next decade. Col. Jennifer Krolikowski, senior materiel leader for space command and control at the Space and Missile Systems Center, said space operations require a lot of data for decisions to be made.

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Space Force To Restructure Acquisition Organization; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) announced Thursday it will reorganize its acquisitions organization this summer. In an attempt to accelerate new technology delivery, the Space Systems Command (SSC) will replace the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). The new SSC will be responsible for developing, acquiring, fielding, sustaining space capabilities

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Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo: Space & Missile Systems Center Eyes Further SDA Partnerships

Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo

Lt. Col. Tim Trimailo, a materiel head at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said his office is working to develop recommendations on streamlining the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) contracting process. He noted that CASINO serves as the focal point for SMC’s activities in low-Earth orbit and has “a natural tie” to SDA’s initiatives. 

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Space Force Projects New Anti-Jamming Capability by 2022; Steve Hayden Quoted

Narrowband Satellite

The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has completed three tests of a new anti-jamming capability for satellite communications at the end of 2020. The Mitigation and Anti-Jam Enhancement (MAJE) Program will provide advanced anti-jamming support for Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS), which provides satellite communications to warfighters. SMC expects to complete the transition of the anti-jamming system to the U.S. Army for operational use in spring 2022.

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Space Force Eyes Government-Owned Open Platform for Data From Missile Warning Satellites; Lt. Col. Kellie Brownlee Quoted

Narrowband Satellite

The U.S. Space Force is advancing the development of a government-owned open system to process and share data derived from existing and future missile warning satellites. Lt. Col. Kellie Brownlee, materiel leader for future ground integration at SMC, said the service is working to transfer Lockheed Martin’s proprietary technology and data to a government-owned open architecture.

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Lt. Col. Ryan Rose on Space Force’s Small Satellite Launch Plans

Lt. Col. Ryan Rose

Lt. Col. Ryan Rose, chief of the small launch and targets division of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) launch enterprise, said the U.S. Space Force plans to assess and work with as many small launch providers as possible and determine how to procure services from such companies to meet future demand.

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Space Operations Command Assumes Control Authority Over Lockheed-Made AEHF-6 Satellite

Lockheed-Built AEHF-6

The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center handed control authority of the sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite to Space Operations Command in late October. Space Vehicle 6 completes the AEHF satellite constellation designed to provide military leaders and warfighters jam-resistant communications and command and control capabilities during a nuclear war.

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