The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) worked into the middle of the night before approving the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which sets policy and spending guidance for the entire U.S. Defense Department. Credit: HASC video screen grab
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Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, the MDA’s director, said the organization hopes to draft a preliminary RKV design, one that cobbles together the best ideas from three concepts submitted by industry, by the end of the year. Credit: C. Shamwell
DMSP satellite. Credit: U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin artist's concept
The U.S. Air Force will use a Minotaur 4 rocket (pictured above) from Orbital ATK to launch the ORS-5 satellite.
The Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) launch. Credit: ULA
Doug Loverro (right), the deputy assistant defense secretary for space policy, and Pam Melroy, the deputy director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, during an April 13 panel discussion at the 32nd Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Tech. Sgt. Michael Roberts, a sensor management analyst from the 614th Air and Space Operations Center, verifies the accuracy of a radar tracking station's observations of several man-made objects floating in space March 4 here. The purpose of Joint Space Operations Center is to provide a focal point for the operational employment of worldwide joint space forces, and enable the commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Space to integrate space power into global military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)
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Lockheed Martin has built a scaled-down version of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation space surveillance system in New Jersey. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for operations, talks with Mike Gruss of SpaceNews. | Credit: Michael Moser.
DMSP satellite. Credit: U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin artist's concept
The U.S. Air Force's  upcoming fifth and sixth satellites in its missile warning constellation will have a new satellite bus. CREDIT: Lockheed Martin.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on the Defense Department's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., March 22, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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