"Other transactions authorities" allow the Air Force to go faster to prototyping.
Air Force and NRO leaders emphasized their close ties at the 34th Space Symposium here and offered proof the relationship is helping them share capabilities.
The first test for SMC 2.0 will be the next-generation missile-warning constellation that will replace the current Space Based Infrared System.
The Air Force will invite allied militaries, starting in 2019, to attend U.S. military schools where Air Force space officers learn about space warfare.
“The VIIRS sensor today was built to meet all of the DoD’s weather needs for electro-optical infrared,” said Wallis Laughrey, Raytheon Space Systems vice president
The Air Force today is responsible for about 70 percent of the 62 air, space and ground systems that make up the NC3.
Another reason space is a battleground: Satellites will be key weapons in the fight against fake news
The U.S. military will need “resilient information networks" to ensure enemies are not able to steer signals for nefarious purposes.
“Today feels like 1998, that was the last time we had the same level of enthusiasm with startups,” says Randy Kendall, vice president of launch program operations at The Aerospace Corporation.
The Air Force Space Command last week posted a “sources sought” notice for the operations and maintenance of the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System.
Wilson believes the Air Force should embrace its cultural past, when it took big chances on technologies.
The new vice commander Lt. Gen. Thompson will help Gen. Raymond advance Air Force Space Command issues in D.C.
The Launch Service Agreement fits the Air Force’s broader goal to get out of the business of “buying rockets” and instead acquire end-to-end services from companies.
The 2018 defense appropriation may be the one and only chance for Congress to add $600 million for two new satellites given how large of an increase the Pentagon is getting — $61 billion more than last year’s funding.
The Air Force's share of the Defense Department's $12.5 billion national security space budget is $11.4 billion.
In its budget proposal for the coming year, the U.S. Air Force is trying to send the same message to foreign adversaries and critics at home: the service definitely is not underestimating threats the United States and its allies face in space.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Kenneth Rapuano: “The president is very interested in ensuring that the department is best organized and equipped to achieve our vital missions in space."