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

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