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As space launch business heats up in Florida, Air Force commander Wayne Monteith tries to break records

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith took command of the 45th Space Wing in August 2015. As of this writing, 50 satellites have gone to space under his watch. The 50th was Luxembourg’s GovSat-1 that flew Jan. 31 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. “That started a 30-day cycle when we’ll do four launches,” Monteith told SpaceNews. The second of those four was last week’s Falcon Heavy debut, soon to be followed by a late February launch of a Falcon 9 carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite and a…

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Wilson: Airmen must get creative if they want to beat China and Russia

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson: “We no longer control or define the pace of innovation.” ORLANDO, FLA. — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson warned young airmen that in a future war against a near peer rival, they should be prepared to fight without technologies that most consider essential, like GPS navigation and satellite phone lines. Rival nations like China and Russia are developing advanced missiles and electronic weapons to target U.S. military space-based communications, command and control networks, intelligence analysts have reported. For better or worse, the most wired generation…

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SN Military.Space | DoD space budget: Billions for next-gen satellites, launch vehicles; New funding lines for ‘rapid acquisitions’

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: New direction for DoD space investments. Pentagon 2019 budget proposal ‘pivots’ to next-generation satellites Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. (Credit: USAF) It had been hinted for months that the Trump administration’s FY-19 defense budget would make serious investments in military space in response to growing threats…

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Air Force to acquire new jam-resistant GPS satellites

Air Force Secretary Wilson: “The GPS 3 that we are moving toward is intended to be able to operate in a contested environment.” WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion over the next five years on a new constellation of Global Positioning System satellites that will be hardened to withstand electronic interference from hostile nations. In a solicitation for bids posted Feb. 13, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced it will “conduct a full and open competition” for the production of 22 GPS 3 satellites…

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Pentagon space budget shaped by threats from Russia, China

The Air Force’s space budget is up by 8 percent, even though the service is cutting procurement of space systems by more than a billion dollars. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s budget request for the Defense Department includes $9.3 billion for space programs — $4.8 billion for satellites, $2.4 billion for launch vehicles and $2.1 billion for maintenance and support. The funds also cover space tests and classified programs. Officials said this budget marks a “pivot” in military space programs from systems that were built for an era when the…

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Mattis incensed there’s still no budget – DepSecDef at Space Command – Military pulling for Falcon Heavy

The SN Military.Space newsletter delivers news and insights to military space professionals every Tuesday. Sign up for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: Mattis to Congress: Do your job; defense strategy, nuclear posture mean nothing if they’re not backed by resources U.S. government funding again expires this week and the only budget proposal in sight is one on the House floor today to fund the military for the remainder of FY-18 but only extend funding for the rest of the government for six weeks. The Senate is not expected to go…

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Air Force attempts to bring private-sector investment, innovation to space

The Air Force will develop a “space architecture” to experiment with new types of satellites, hosted payloads and encryption tools. WASHINGTON — For years Air Force officials have talked about building a “space enterprise” as a way to connect the military, the intelligence community and companies that are developing cutting-edge technology that the government needs. But first, the Air Force says it needs to have in place a “space architecture” to experiment with new types of satellites, hosted payloads and encryption tools to protect space systems. So a contract was awarded…

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SN Military.Space | Vice Chief Selva: With no budget ‘We’re gambling’ – Why it’s hard to defend space – Space industry adapts to changing market

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: No budget in sight • Vice Chairman Gen. Selva: ‘We’re gambling’ • How long can defense contractors hang on? With still no budget four months into fiscal year 2018, the Pentagon is waiting to see where the chips fall. Defense officials are ready to take the FY19 budget proposal up to Capitol Hill but that may…

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A space corps in the U.S. military a ‘no brainer,’ says former astronaut

Terry Virts: Space warriors require unique skills. ‘It’s not like flying F-16s.” WASHINGTON — With 28 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and 16 years as a NASA astronaut, Terry Virts understands why the Pentagon has fought back proposals to create an independent military space corps. Virts now believes the momentum is shifting. “It’s such a no brainer,” Virts told SpaceNews. “Space, air, cyber, those are truly different domains.” Space is becoming a battlefront in a broader competition among world powers, he said, making it more of an…

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SN Military.Space | HASC chairman blasts Congress for ‘immoral’ funding process

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: Congress reopens government for 16 more days. Funding military by CR ‘immoral’ says HASC Chair Thornberry The federal government shutdown only lasted 69 hours but it was enough to stir anxiety across the defense industry. In a deal struck Monday, Congress passed its fourth continuing resolution since late September to keep the government funded at last…

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