MUOS-4, the next satellite scheduled to join the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System  secure communications network, has been encapsulated in its protective launch vehicle fairing for its  launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Credit: ULA
U.S. Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh. Credit: DOD/Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command
Vice Adm. James D. Syring, Director, Missile Defense Agency
Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command
Retired Gen. Larry Welch, a former Air Force chief of staff, led the Broad Area Review 15. Credit: U.S. Air Force, Joseph Pagán
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.
Skynet 5 satellite
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 launches the Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP)-F19 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on April 3, 2014. Credit: United Launch Alliance
The U.S. Air Force will use a Minotaur 4 rocket (pictured above) from Orbital ATK to launch the ORS-5 satellite.
Gen. James Dunford at his confirmation hearing for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Credit: U.S. Senate video capture
Tory Bruno, president and chief executive of United Launch Alliance, testifies before the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee June 27.
Orbital ATK Bacchus facility
MUOS-4 hangs above its shipping container. Credit: Lockheed Martin
Betty Sapp, director of the National Reconnaissance Office, hinted in a speech at the Geoint 2015 conference that one organization in the broader national security community isn't moving fast enough to protect satellites. Credit: USGIF
Elon Musk looks on as U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski signs a June 2013 agreement between the service and SpaceX for the company to launch national security satellites. Credit: U.S. Air Force/ Joe Juarez
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), above, said after a three-hour hearing he would prefer the Air Force re-engine the Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: C-SPAN.
SBSS satellite artist's concept. Credit: Boeing
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper addressed GEOINT 2015 on June 25. Credit: U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command said the Defense Department should consider giving civilians responsibility for preventing collisions in space. CREDIT: U.S. Air Force

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