U.S. Defense Department leaders suggested to the Government Accountability Office that to improve the management and oversight of the national security space enterprise, the Pentagon should consider creating a single space force, one that would handle duties currently assigned to the Defense Department and the National Reconnaissance Office.
Ash Carter, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and chief executive, will discuss innovation Wednesday in a private meeting, the Pentagon’s top spokesman said June 6.
As executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Rick Ambrose has worked to position the company to win its share of government and commercial business, taking a particularly keen interest as the Defense Department plans its future satellite architectures.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said Feb. 26 he plans to introduce a wide-ranging space policy bill in April, but acknowledges that the full bill is unlikely to pass this year.
Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, spoke to the Washington Space Business Roundtable Feb. 23, offering insight into how the U.S. Defense Department is approaching some of the military space community’s long-standing concerns.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has sided with Intelsat’s protest of a multi-year U.S. Defense Department satellite bandwidth-provision contract award to Inmarsat, a decision that apparently will at least suspend the award and may force a new competition.
Highlights from a Dec. 15 panel discussion in Washington examining U.S. Defense Department efforts to make greater user of commercial satellite communications to better meet its mission requirements and save money.
The U.S. Defense Department’s top acquisition official is continuing to keep close tabs on the troubled ground system for the Air Force’s next-generation GPS satellites, a complex software development program that continues to raise red flags both at the Pentagon and in Congress.
Deborah James is the Pentagon’s first principal defense space adviser, a role that subsumes her previous responsibility as executive agent for space. As the PDSA, James is tasked with solving one of the Defense Department’s longstanding space problems: capability integration between the military services.
The mobile satellite services provider says the U.S. military has been particularly hungry to use the company’s new Global Xpress Ka-band service.
The next 18 months are seen as crucial as the U.S. Air Force is expected to undertake an analysis of alternatives for wideband satellite capacity.
U.S. Defense Department officials would prefer that industry share the cost of developing a new rocket main engine, but are well aware of the possibility that companies will not be able to justify a substantial investment amid uncertainty about the future payoff.
Foreign nationals had access to restricted defense technology at NASA’s Ames Research Center in 2008 and 2009, but it is impossible to tell if they shared technical details about that technology with anyone overseas.
The U.S. Defense Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are planning a second space traffic management center to serve as a backup to the existing facility in light of what government officials say are rising threats from China and Russia.