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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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Space Force Eyes Large Investment in Cloud to Drive Data-Driven Decision Making

U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force intends to consolidate large amounts of data in a cloud environment for faster data-driven decision-making. To make this happen, USSF will make a large investment in cloud consolidation efforts throughout the next decade. Col. Jennifer Krolikowski, senior materiel leader for space command and control at the Space and Missile Systems Center, said space operations require a lot of data for decisions to be made.

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force to Help Air Force Apply Ground Tracking Satellites

Gen.  John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. Space Force will help the U.S. Air Force implement a constellation of small radar satellites designed to track objects moving on land. Raymond said at the McAleese and Associates annual defense conference that the two service branches are working to develop concepts that apply GMTI satellites.

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Space Force Accelerating Efforts to Develop Into a Fully Digital Service; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) released its most recent vision document on Thursday, presenting the service’s desire to be the world’s first fully digital service. USSF believes it needs to be fully digital because technological solutions are necessary to accelerate its ability to develop, field and operate space capabilities quickly to protect U.S. space supremacy. 

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Raytheon Intelligence and Space Awarded $175M USAF Contract for Intelligence Services; David Appel Quoted

David Appel

Raytheon Intelligence and Space (RI&S), a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, announced on Thursday that it has been awarded a U.S. Air Force intelligence program contract worth potentially $175 million. The contract period runs for five years and requires the company to provide signals intelligence services for the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System, which collects, processes and analyzes intelligence.

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Raytheon Intelligence and Space Awarded $228M USSF Contract for OCX Ground Systems; Barbara Baker Quoted

Raytheon

Raytheon Intelligence and Space has been awarded a U.S. Space Force (USSF) contract for a follow-on control system for the GPS satellite constellation, estimated to be valued at $228 million. The contract will expand Raytheon’s current work on an innovative ground system for Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) GPS constellation. 

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Gen. David Thompson: Military Needs Civilian Agency to Oversee Commercial Space Traffic

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, the U.S. Space Force's vice chief of space operations, said the military would like to task an agency to manage traffic caused by commercial space systems. Thompson told Space News that the Department of Defense (DOD) does not mainly perform regulatory functions, despite the fact that Vandenberg Air Force Base tracks space objects and caution on orbital collisions.

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U.S. Space Force Aims to Fully Integrate Commercial Industry; Russell Teehan Quoted

U.S. Space Force

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is attempting to optimize its commercial industry use by opening avenues for small businesses to work directly with the service branch. While the commercial industry has already played a significant role in the military's satellite communications and launch enterprises, the Space Force has not incorporated integrated commercial services more widely.

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Space Force Releases Space Systems Command Structural Framework; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen.  John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force has created an organizational framework for its Space Systems Command (SSC) ahead of the component’s official establishment in summer. The Space Force said Thursday that it intends to use the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base as the new command’s headquarters.

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