U.S. intelligence report: “Russia and China aim to have nondestructive and destructive counter-space weapons available for use during a potential future conflict.”
Elon Musk: "This vehicle opens up a whole new class of payloads and it’s up to customers what they want to launch.”
A two-year budget deal with give the Pentagon $700 billion in fiscal year 2018 and $716 billion in fiscal year 2019.
The Air Force kicked off the sixth competitive launch service solicitation under the current phase of the EELV program.
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With still no budget four months into fiscal year 2018, the Pentagon is waiting to see where the chips fall. Defense officials are ready to take the FY19 budget proposal up to Capitol Hill but that may prove a tricky bet not knowing what Congress will appropriate for FY18.
Gen. Selva: “What are you going to do when the enemy knows everything about you simply because they can exploit big data?”
Air Force Space Command's Gen. Raymond: "We have officially transitioned the national space defense center from an experiment to a functioning 24/7/365 operations center.”
CSIS: From 2013 to 2015, contracts on space products plummeted by 56 percent, and R&D fell by 47 percent.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: “In space we will do our best to deter. But for right now, it’s about sizing up the problem."
“What are we going to do about deterrence in space?” That is a question the administration should answer in the new strategy, said CSIS analyst Todd Harrison.
Pentagon auditors found gaps in EELV quality assurance management that “could increase program costs, delay launch schedules, and increase the risk of mission failure.”
The U.S. military has moved to upgrade GPS spacecraft, control systems on the ground and user terminals with new security features. Fears are growing, however, as Russia’s military and other potential adversaries step up their electronic warfare game and come up with fresh techniques to deny U.S. forces access to positioning, navigation and timing data.
AIA CEO Melcher: “I’m very concerned about how our nation has come to accept several anchors that are dragging our industry down"
The protracted budget stalemate is bad news for the Air Force’s 2018 space investment budget.