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Gen. James Dickinson: Space Command Reaches Initial Operational Capability

Gen. James Dickinson

Army Gen. James Dickinson, head of U.S. Space Command, said Spacecom has achieved initial operational capability, which marks an inflection point for the Department of Defense’s 11th combatant command. "United States Space Command has matured to the point where we have strategic effects,” he said.

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Gen. John Raymond Confirms U.S. is Developing Directed-Energy-Systems For Space Defense; Gen. James Dickinson Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, recently acknowledged that the U.S. is currently developing directed-energy systems to maintain American space superiority. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has researched using space-based lasers to intercept ballistic missiles in the past and some nations have ground-based laser dazzling weapons that blind on-orbit sensors. 

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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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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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