U.S. Air Force
As the U.S. Air Force looks to hone its recently issued warfighting operational concepts for space, Lockheed Martin has developed a digital battle manager that promises to integrate the domain into overall planning to a much greater degree than before.
“I will continue to advocate for space for all the services, and in particular for the Air Force,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said Sept. 18 at the Air Force Association’s Air Space Cyber conference here.
“We need to update our research priorities, but validation of research areas isn't enough,” Wilson said during her keynote speech at the annual Air Force Association Air Space Cyber Conference.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $45.5 million contract Sept. 12 to provide Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS) but questions remain about when the service will be able to deploy the capability.
With former U.S. Air Force officials demanding more time for the service to prove it is on track with space development, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) continued to argue Sept. 7 the time is now to create a Space Corps, or something akin to it.
Officials in Cape Canaveral, Florida, are forecasting only a 50 percent chance of acceptable weather for Thursday’s launch, which is expected to occur sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern.
Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems will not protest the U.S. Air Force’s decision to move ahead with teams led by Boeing and Northrop Grumman for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program to replace Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
An Orbital ATK Minotaur 4 rocket lifted off from Cape Canveral, Florida, early Saturday morning, carrying the U.S. Defense Department's Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite. The launch comes as a debate is flaring up again about whether companies should be able to use converted surplus intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) motors to launch commercial satellites
While the U.S Air Force is taking more steps to oversee nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3), the service must focus more on short-term problems than long-term issues, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says.
For the U.S. Air Force Space Command, the question is no longer if war is battle zone, but how to fight it.
Rep. Mike Rogers says Air Force "better shape up or they’ll figure out who is in charge here," while Gen. David Goldfein says "now’s not the time to build seems and segregate and separate."
If made law, the move would require setting up a Space Corps organization by Jan. 1, 2019.
Gen. John Hyten, the head of U.S. Strategic Command, said the nation must take risks and learn from what doesn't work, both in space and with nuclear deterrence.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said she approved the order Friday setting up a new deputy chief of staff for space operations position on the Air Staff of the Air Force, with a goal of making the office operational by Aug. 1.