Tag Archives: Space Force

AFRL Rolls Out Effort to Expand S&T Partner Network; Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle Quoted

Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has launched a program that seeks innovative concepts from a wider pool of science and technology professionals. The Department of the Air Force said Sunday its new Air and Space Forces Science & Technology Front Door program seeks to expand AFRL's network of S&T partners.

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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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DOD Agencies, Space Force Eye Multiorbit Sensor Network for Hypersonic Missile Detection

Multi-Orbit Sensor

The U.S. Space Force, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Department of Defense’s Space Development Agency (SDA) are pursuing the development of a multi-orbit sensor network that can help detect and monitor hypersonic and ballistic missiles. The Space Force is advancing the development of a constellation of Next-Generation Overhead Infrared missile warning satellites through contracts with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

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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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Air Force Materiel Command Establishes Digital Transformation Office

AFMC

Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) has created its own office that would help both the U.S. Space Force and U.S. Air Force pursue digital transformation. AFMC said Tuesday that its new Digital Transformation Office (DTO) will manage digital transformation across the USAF-USSF enterprise and establish a structure for digital governance.

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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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Department of the Air Force Unveils $173.7B Budget Request for FY 2022; John Roth Quoted

John Roth

The Department of the Air Force proposed a $173.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2022 to help deliver joint lethality and build up the future force. The FY 2022 budget request includes $17.4 billion in funds for the U.S. Space Force and $156.3 billion for the U.S. Air Force.

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NRO To Use Commercial Launch Providers For Low-Risk Space Missions; Col. Robert Bongiovi Quoted

National

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) plans to use launch services outside of its usual National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program when needed to launch missions on tight schedules or deploy lower-cost research payloads. The NRO develops and operates the U.S. government’s spy satellites and typically uses the U.S. Space Force run NSSL program to get satellites into orbit. 

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DOD Plans To Replace DMSP Weather Satellites Within Five Years; Gen. David Thompson Quoted

Gen. David Thompson

The Department of Defense (DOD) is on track to replace the aging polar-orbiting Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) with two new military satellite systems designed to monitor weather data. The recent developments follow an unsuccessful attempt to replace the DMSP with only one satellite system that satisfied both civil and military requirements.

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Advanced Battle Management System Moves to New Operational Phase; Gen. Charles Brown Quoted

Gen. Charles Brown

The Department of the Air Force is transitioning the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) into a new operational phase after meeting key standards in the past 18 months. ABMS seeks to help commanders and soldiers expedite sharing of information to achieve decision superiority and serves as the department’s contribution to the Pentagon’s Combined Joint All Domain and Control effort.

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