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The status of proposals to create a separate branch of the U.S. military devoted to space will be the subject of the next meeting of the National Space Council on Oct. 23.
The U.S. Air Force announced on Wednesday it is awarding three contracts collectively worth about $2 billion to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems and United Launch Alliance to develop launch system prototypes.
In a keynote speech at AUSA, Shanahan called on the Army to change how it buys technology for its future force, especially in newer areas of warfare like cyber and space.
Esper: “Army is a big user of space. We’re heavily reliant on it.”
Top Pentagon official Mike Griffin proposes new space agency that ‘disrupts’ traditional procurement
Griffin is proposing a D.C.-based Space Development Agency that would report to him initially, but eventually would shift to the control of a new assistant secretary of defense for space.
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department on Friday dismissed a news report that says President Trump is considering removing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.
“This is nonsense,” Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana White said in a statement…
Sen. Joni Ernst said it remains a wide open question whether a Space Force should be a “separate stand-alone force or if it can be better maximized as part of the existing Air Force.”
President Trump’s directive to create a Space Force, however, hung like a dark cloud over the Air Force Association's annual symposium, creating an awkward climate at what’s normally a celebration of Air Force space prowess.
Rogers: All the president said is “I want a separate but equal space force. It could be what we proposed: a separate service within the Department of the Air Force.”
Dunford: "The U.S. SOCOM model is particularly informative on the development and shaping of U.S. Space Command."
A December deadline looms for the Pentagon to submit a legislative proposal to the White House on how to organize an independent military service for space. And internal battles are heating up.
So far the company that has most benefitted from the push for faster acquisitions and more security is Lockheed Martin.
Thornberry said he worries that too much attention is being paid to org charts and not enough to the substance of what space forces need.
One thing a highball estimate does accomplish is “shift the debate to how expensive this is going to be."
Shanahan on space reorganization: “We’re going to find the best way. There will be some hammering and arm wrestling. "