Space 

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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Air Force space budget choices under scrutiny; SecAF Wilson explains why SBIRS and JSTARS must go

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter published Tuesdays. Sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: Air Force makes bold modernization moves. Boeing, Northrop Grumman weigh whether to challenge Lockheed for GPS 3 For those who have been waiting for the Air Force to shake up its space investment portfolio, the budget request for 2019 was as disruptive as can be expected from the military. Money was taken from legacy programs to fund next-generation systems. This is what many “new space” companies and commercial tech firms have been hoping…

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The end of SBIRS: Air Force says it’s time to move on

Air Force is seeking a “survivable missile warning capability by the mid-2020s.” WASHINGTON — The Air Force will develop a new constellation of missile warning  satellites amid worries that the current system is vulnerable to attack and not a good return on investment. In the budget proposed for fiscal year 2019, the Air Force accelerates the development of the next-generation of missile warning satellites. It provides $643 million for the program and eliminates funding for vehicles 7 and 8 of the Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS. Funding for further…

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Space 

Plan to modernize air and space systems takes Air Force out of its comfort zone

Secretary Wilson: “This budget changes the way in which we intend to execute battle management command and control.” WASHINGTON — In the budget request that was submitted to Congress last week, the U.S. Air Force made investment decisions that just a few years ago would have been jaw-dropping. A $7 billion surveillance aircraft program is being jettisoned in favor of an information network that connects sensors from across the battlefield and in outer space. And billion-dollar satellites known to be engineering marvels are being replaced by simpler, less costly platforms.…

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US surrounds North Korea fearing mass nuclear attack as Kim threatens NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST

The US, which has been threatened with mainland nuclear strikes, is preparing to pump cash into the Pentagon after the military requested a major boost for spending. Congress will be asked to approve a budget of $686 billion — one of the largest in US history – just days after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un declared he could bring a nuclear holocaust to Donald Trump’s “empire of evil”. Security sources are being gathered and experts called out of retirement it is claimed, as the threat from the Korean peninsular ramps…

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US developing high-powered LASER DRONES to counter North Korea ‘direct threat’

As part of US President Donald Trump’s massive $716billion national security budget for next year, some $66million has been set aside to build remote-controlled robots capable of destroying enemy rockets. Military commanders say the new weaponry has the potential to be a “game changer” in the theatre of missile defence. Making the case for funding, the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) said: “Recent escalation of the threat from North Korea has demonstrated an advanced and accelerated capability. “North Korea is committed to developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile that is capable…

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Science 

Why Americans Started Buying Military-Style Weapons Like the One Used in the Florida Shooting

It’s become a sadly familiar American routine. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., bore many of the hallmarks of the other school shootings that have shocked the nation over the course of the last weeks, months and years. Among those similarities was the weapon used by accused shooter Nikolas Cruz: the AR-15. This semiautomatic version of the U.S. military’s M-16 infantry rifle and similar weapons have been used in most of the deadliest mass shootings in the last decade, including the one at Sandy Hook…

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Space 

Pentagon budget funds ‘small launch services’ to gain greater access to space

Defense budget establishes a “small launch” program with a dedicated funding line of $192.5 million over five years WASHINGTON — It’s been widely reported that the U.S. military views its satellites in space as prime targets of enemy aggression. But opinions diverge over how to deter and defeat potential attacks. One school of thought is that satellites could be made less attractive targets if the military were able to launch new ones into orbit at will, within minutes or hours of an attack. This approach appears to be gaining traction…

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Moment US destroys Russian tanks ‘killing hundreds of soldiers’ as conflict ERUPTS

The US-led coalition drone destroyed the Russian-designed tank in eastern Syria close to the scene of last week’s attack on pro-regime forces that left more than 100 Damascus loyalists dead. But both Russia and America gave hazy details about the event, which, if true would rank as the biggest clash between American and Russian forces since the end of the Cold War. The aggressive strike on the T-72 tank occurred on Saturday near Al Tabiyeh, in Deir Ezzor province, the Pentagon said in a statement. Russian news, as well as…

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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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