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SOUTHWEST ASIA -- The Combined Air Operations Center at a forward-deployed location is the "nerve center" for aerial missions for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  CAOC officials also control humanitarian-relief missions in the Horn of Africa.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Demetrius Lester)
An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (U.S. Air Force photo)
Most of the Army's advanced weapons, including missile defenses, depend on space systems (Army photo)
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Satellite refueling (SSL)
The U.S. Air Force's  upcoming fifth and sixth satellites in its missile warning constellation will have a new satellite bus, Lockheed Martin's A2100. Credit: Lockheed Martin.
DARPA's director of tactical technology Fred Kennedy speaks at a meeting of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. (SpaceNews)
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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, is an advocate of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which would create a Space Corps within the Air Force analogous to the Marine Corps within the Department of the Navy. Credit: C-SPAN
Airmen practice tactical operations during a Predator simulator mission (Air Force)
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GovSat-1 will be a multi-mission satellite that will use X-band and military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission beams to support multiple operations. Credit: SES
Global Milsatcom conference under way in London Nov. 7, 2017
United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket (Courtesy photo/United Launch Alliance)

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