Space 

Pentagon space posture: Don’t even try to mess with us

Mattis: “We have to have capabilities to deny them what they want to achieve.” WASHINGTON — The title of the 2018 National Defense Strategy — “Sharpening the American Military’s Competitive Edge” — pretty much sums up the tone that has been set by Secretary Jim Mattis. The plan is straightforward: compete, deter and win. And that applies to outer space, too. “Space is like any other domain of war,” Mattis said Friday following a speech at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies here, where he laid out the broad…

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Space 

Pentagon nominee Griffin promises stronger DoD leadership in advancing technology

Griffin: “Our most pressing challenge will be to field new capabilities faster than our adversaries.” WASHINGTON — The United States military can no longer count on having technological dominance over its adversaries. For the Pentagon, this is a pivotal moment that demands bold action, said Michael Griffin, the Trump administration’s nominee for the position of undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. Global spread of technology that the Pentagon used to own exclusively has shifted the balance of power, a situation that “demands that we reassert our technological leadership,” Griffin…

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Have 7th Fleet collisions impacted confidence in U.S. Navy?

The United States Navy’s largest overseas fleet is coming off a troubling year: five accidents, 17 sailors killed, leaders summarily dismissed. And on Tuesday, a military spokesperson said the Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against sailors tied to two deadly collisions last year. The spate of collisions involving the 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, has alarmed allies, emboldened adversaries and raised urgent questions about American military readiness at a time of heightened tensions in the Pacific, experts say. “What we have done is discourage our allies,…

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Have 7th Fleet collisions hurt confidence in U.S. Navy?

The United States Navy’s largest overseas fleet is coming off a troubling year: five accidents, 17 sailors killed, leaders summarily dismissed. And on Tuesday, a military spokesperson said the Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against sailors tied to two deadly collisions last year. The spate of collisions involving the 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, has alarmed allies, emboldened adversaries and raised urgent questions about American military readiness at a time of heightened tensions in the Pacific, experts say. “What we have done is discourage our allies,…

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Space 

New national defense strategy to shed light on Pentagon’s thinking about war in space

How the military views outer space and cyberspace as battlefronts in future wars are likely topics in the administration’s new national defense strategy. WASHINGTON — Space and cyber warfare moved up the national security priority list during the Obama administration, and are expected to rank even higher under the Trump presidency. Details on how the military views outer space and cyberspace as battlefronts in future wars should emerge in the national defense strategy that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to unveil Friday. The national defense strategy — a forward-looking take on…

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Space 

New U.S. missile-warning satellite set for launch at Cape Canaveral

SBIRS is the United States’ main source of persistent, space-based surveillance of missile launches around the globe. WASHINGTON — The U.S. military’s newest missile-warning satellite is set to lift off later this week just as tensions continue to mount over North Korea’s ICBM program. Crews at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, are preparing to launch the SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite on Thursday from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. “Everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the Space Based Infrared System GEO Flight 4 mission…

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Science 

What If Hawaii's False Missile Alert Had Been Real? Here's What Would Happen Next

Hawaii’s false ballistic missile alert was the latest reminder of the nuclear threat that North Korea poses to the U.S. amid the rising tensions and war of words between the two nation’s leaders. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” said the emergency system alert pushed to people’s smartphones statewide. It was until a second message popped up 38 minutes later that people learned the missile alert was a mistake, later blamed on someone pushing the wrong button. But had the alert been…

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What Should You Do in Case of Nuclear Attack? ‘Don’t Run. Get Inside’

The threats seem to come almost daily now out of North Korea — ballistic missile firings, preparations to test a nuclear bomb and routine bravado. State-owned media in the rogue nation last week vowed a “super mighty preemptive strike,” one that will reduce the U.S. to “ashes.” On Saturday, residents in Hawaii were sent into a panic when they received alerts on their mobile phones and televisions warning that a ballistic missile was on its way. The warning, which claimed “this is not a drill,” quickly prompted officials to say…

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Space 

SN Military.Space | What happened to Zuma? – Budget standoff continues – Big week for Orbital ATK

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: What happened to Zuma? Something appears to have gone seriously wrong with the secret government mission, code-named Zuma, that SpaceX launched Sunday night. Exactly what, however, is far from clear. But if SpaceX keeps launching in the days and weeks ahead, we will be fairly sure Falcon 9 isn’t to blame for what went wrong. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed…

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Caught amid ‘nuclear button’ dust-up, South Koreans shrug

SEOUL, South Korea — This week’s “nuclear button” Twitter storm between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might be expected to have stirred fear on the streets of South Korea — which would likely suffer the worst devastation in a nuclear war. But fear is hard to detect in Seoul, a modern, fast-paced city where people have long lived with the threat of conflict. The first week of a new year was no different. If anything, the atmosphere has been optimistic — especially as the country…

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