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USAF Space Command Releases RFI to Drive 5G Wireless Connectivity in Space

5G Wireless Connectivity

The U.S. Air Force’s Space Command has issued a request for information (RFI) for space 5G to improve data transportation for ground and space-based communications. With the space-based transport layers of the next-generation network, the military has the potential to expand its ability to move data, communicate and support enterprise networks with more bandwidth. 

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Avantus Federal Names New Executives to Space Unit; Andy Maner Quoted

Avantus Federal

Avantus Federal has appointed Doug McCobb, Taylor Edwards and Scott Anderson to the  company’s Space team to provide a collaborative, technology agnostic approach to neutralizing risks for Avantus’ space clients. "Doug, Taylor and Scott’s expertise will enable Avantus to tackle  this emerging sector of our market. I look forward to working with our teams to provide  innovative solutions to our clients.” said Andy Maner, CEO at  Avantus Federal. 

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Rep. Jim Langevin Lays Out Priorities as Chairman of New House Cyber Subcommittee

Rep. Jim Langevin

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., will serve as chairman of the newly established panel within the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) that will focus on cybersecurity and efforts to advance innovation within the Department of Defense (DOD). Langevin said the new cyber, innovative technologies and information systems subcommittee’s agenda will focus on cyber force structure, artificial intelligence, supply chain safety, combatant commands and cyber infrastructure.

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Gen. James Dickinson Backs Plan to Transfer Space Traffic Control to Commerce Department

Gen. James Dickinson

Army Gen. James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), said he supports a plan for the Department of Commerce (DOC) to take over space traffic management responsibilities to enable Space Command to focus on monitoring space activities that have an impact on national security. Dickinson said his command and the department have been collaborating in the past two years to come up with a plan for the transition. 

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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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Lt. Col. Brad Townsend: Service Branches Must Establish Own Space Control Capabilities

Space Control

Lt. Col. Brad Townsend, space operations office at the U.S. Army assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the other service branches should integrate space control systems to support the U.S. Space Force’s operations. “Space control from within the space domain is a uniquely Space Force mission, but space control from other warfighting domains is not,“ he said.

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Rep. Doug Lamborn: USSPACECOM Headquarters Must Remain in Colorado to Optimize Taxpayer Dollars

Rep. Doug Lamborn

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, has said that retaining the U.S. Space Command’s headquarters location in Colorado Springs is crucial to national security and fiscal interests as taxpayers have already invested billions into the USSPACECOM complex. “Our nation simply does not have time to fiddle around with moving USSPACECOM,” he noted. “There is no strategic value in moving it when it is working superbly now.” 

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NASA Publishes Best Practices Handbook to Improve Space Operations; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA has published the Spacecraft Conjunction Assessment and Collision Avoidance Best Practices Handbook to provide insight on best practices for coordinating in-orbit activity safely. “Now is the time for all space operators to leverage innovative commercially available space situational awareness data, information, and analysis to mitigate the potential for in-orbit collisions and sustain key orbital regimes,” said NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Jim Bridenstine.

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Space Force Enhances Agility within Workforce; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Space Force has announced that the agency will maintain its workforce of approximately 6,400, which will enable the unit to effectively complete missions. The Space Force’s minimal personnel will provide faster mission accomplishments with more agile methodologies. The Space Force has cut its initial estimates of the headquarters personnel it will need from more than 1,000 to fewer than 600.

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Maj. Gen. Tim Lawson: Space Command Working on New Tech Capabilities Against Russian, Chinese Threats

Maj. Gen. Tim Lawson

Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Tim Lawson, mobilization assistant to the commander of U.S. Space Command, said anti-satellite missiles, on-orbit platforms and other counter-space weapon systems from Russia and China keep Spacecom “up at night” but the command is working on new technology capabilities that could mitigate such threats.

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