EXCLUSIVE SpaceNews interview with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Stephen Kitay
An initiative called "multi-domain command and control" is perhaps one of the most pressing priorities being pushed by Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.
Satellite communications providers for some time have been trying to show the military the potential advantages of multiple spot beam satellite designs.
About 2,220 active-duty soldiers, reservists and civilians make up the “space forces” under the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.
Will the United States see peer competitor militaries expand more aggressively into outer space? The answer lies in gray zone tactics and space militias.
Gen. Hyten: “I watch what our adversaries do. I see them moving quickly into the space domain, and I see our country not moving fast, and that causes me concern."
A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project is being touted as a major step in the transition of on-orbit services from experiment to reality, and ultimate commercial success.
The follow-on system has been discussed as an opportunity to exploit commercial space industry advances and design a lower cost system, possibly with a larger number of satellites that could more easily replaced if attacked.
What if the commercial space boom turns out to be a fad that fades in a few years? The Pentagon should be harnessing that energy now, said DARPA's Fred Kennedy.
BAE will create a virtual battle zone that DARPA believes will help U.S. military leaders better understand the space environment and the potential threats.
NDAA doesn't simply reject the Space Corps. "It slaps the Air Force pretty hard and appears to lay the groundwork for creating a separate department for national security space in the future.”
Could the military take advantage of cheaper and faster satellite broadband to siphon more data, faster, from its surveillance drones? It could, but it's easier said than done, according to satellite industry executives.
In the government and military, there is a “great debate” on how to procure available satellite capacity.
The defense market in general is still uncertain, and will stay that way until the Pentagon finds a way to mesh commercial providers into its communications infrastructure.
The military is looking for ways to tap into the space boom, said General Sir Chris Deverell, commander the U.K. Joint Forces Command.
If the House NDAA language ends up becoming law, it would set things back at least two years, said Claire Leon, director of the Launch Enterprise Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center, in Los Angeles, California.