Tag Archives: Space Force

Report: Department of the Air Force to Realign Space Policy Development

Space Policy Development

The Department of the Air Force will shift responsibility for initial space policy development from civilian officials to the military chain of command within the office of the Space Force chief as part of a realignment effort. Air Force officials noted that the civilian chain of command will continue to have decision-making authority over space policy.

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U.S. Space Force Taps Serco for Space Fence Operations, Maintenance; CEO Dave Dacquino Quoted

Dave Dacquino

Serco Inc. has secured a potential five-year $33 million Space Fence Operations and Maintenance contract from the U.S. Space Force’s Space Operations Command (SpOC). The contract has a five-month base period with five one-year options. Serco will provide management, operation, maintenance and logistical support for SpOC’s Space Fence surveillance system, the company said Tuesday.

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Maj. Gen. David Miller: Space Command Needs New Tech to Detect Malicious Space Activity

David Miller

Maj. Gen. David Miller, director of operations, training and force development at U.S. Space Command, said the military needs industry's help to attain new technologies that monitor the space activities of adversaries. Miller said at the Space Sector Market Conference in Massachusetts that Space Command currently relies on outdated ground system that were not designed based on modern needs.

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Andrew Cox: USSF to Give Industry Overview of Force Design Process

Space Warfighting

Andrew Cox, director of the U.S. Space Force's Space Warfighting Analysis Center (SWAC), said that SWAC plans to discuss its digital approach to the force design process with potential industry partners at an Oct. 27th classified business event. “We’re going to reveal our thought process on how we think that future force design will look,” Cox noted.

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GAO: Space Force Should Present More Transparent Schedule, Cost Risk Data for Next Gen OPIR Program

Next Generation

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Space Force provide congressional defense committees with more transparent data about cost and schedule risks facing the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) missile warning satellite program to improve congressional oversight and decision-making. The first Next Gen OPIR satellite is expected to launch in 2025. 

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Frank Kendall: Air Force Should Improve Analysis, Engineering Capabilities Amid Tech Competition

Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force and a three-time Wash100 winner, said he believes the service should improve its engineering capacity and strengthen its analysis capability to make informed decisions on technology requirements. “We’re in a technological competition. Our potential enemies out there are designing systems that are intended to defeat the ones we’ve designed. ... So I think we need to up our technical game quite a bit,” he said.

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Space Force Eyes New Capabilities to Improve Satellite Control Network’s Capacity; Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting Quoted

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting

The U.S. Space Force is looking to increase the capacity of the Satellite Control Network – a system of ground stations and tracking antennas used by the U.S. military to operate and communicate with satellites - by exploring new capabilities that could keep pace with the future growth in space activities.

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Military Seeks Expeditionary, Hybrid Satcom Services for the Future; Brig. Gen. Robert Collins Quoted

Brig. Gen. Robert Collins

Brig. Gen. Robert Collins, the U.S. Army's program executive officer for tactical networks, said the military wants to purchase end-to-end services and resilient hardware that can receive satellite communications in harsh environments. He spoke Wednesday at the Satellite 2021 conference about the military's need for a tactical, expeditionary network.

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Derek Tournear on Space Development Agency’s Move to Space Force

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said SDA has begun its transition to the U.S. Space Force. SDA, which officially launched in March 2019 as part of the office of the undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense, should be fully integrated with the space-focused military branch by October 2022.

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Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting: Space Force Needs More Sensors to Track Satellites, Debris

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, head of Space Operations Command, said the U.S. Space Force needs additional sensors to monitor the increasing numbers of satellites and space debris but faces uncertainty when it comes to securing funds for programs like the Space Fence 2 site in Australia.

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