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Report: Air Force’s Tactical Aircraft Study Could Reshape Fighter Inventory; Todd Harrison Quoted

F-35A Joint

The U.S. Air Force is carrying out a tactical aircraft study as it prepares its budget request for fiscal year 2023 and looks to whittle down the types of fighter jets it operates from seven to four platforms. The four fighter platforms could include the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter; the sixth-generation Next Generation Air Dominance system or NGAD; F-15EX; and F-16 or its potential replacement.

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CSIS Report Describes Passive, Active Defenses Against Adversary Counterspace Weapons

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has released a report outlining several technologies and methods that the U.S. government can use to protect space systems from counterspace weapons and deter attacks in space. Architectural, technical and operational are three categories of passive space defenses described in the report. 

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Report: Foreign Power Competitors Advance Anti-Satellite Tech


Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C., said U.S. adversaries have been developing technologies designed to attack satellites, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. The think thank recently published a report that tackles the four different aspects threatening U.S. space assets: kinetic physical, non-kinetic physical, cyber and electronic.

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Army Working on Near-Earth Orbit Satcom Network Capabilities

The U.S. Army is seeking new ways to utilize near-Earth orbit and medium-Earth orbit satellite communications technology to establish a tactical satcom network, C4ISRNET reported Friday. The Army has launched initiatives like the Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced pilot program, which involves the deployment of small to medium-sized terminals to support satellite constellations in closer orbits.

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US-China Security Review Commission Seeks Action on Chinese Space Dev’t

Experts from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission urge lawmakers to take action as China continues to advance its space-related activities, Space News reported Thursday. Members of the commission, which was established in 2000 to analyze the national security impacts of U.S. trade relations with China, testified before Congress on the actions the government must take to address China’s space achievements and growing anti-satellite arsenal.

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House Committee’s 2019 NDAA Includes Hosted Payload Coordination Language

A fiscal 2019 defense appropriations bill crafted by the House Armed Services Committee contains language that would require a Defense Department component to manage commercially hosted payloads, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J., introduced the language as amendment to the panel’s version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. …

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Gary Cheek: Continued Overseas Demand to Pressure Army Budget

Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek has said the U.S. Army could face additional challenges in maintaining its force size, readiness and mission operations if sequestration cuts remain for fiscal year 2016, Defense News reported Monday. Joe Gould writes that Cheek, the service’s assistant deputy commanding general for operations, plans and policy, said U.S. needs to retain an ability …

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