The report says disaggregation is a way for the Air Force to preserve the United States’ operational advantage in space.
As the U.S. Air Force prepares to release a final bid solicitation for a contracting vehicle that will enable it to regularly utilize excess payload capacity aboard commercial satellites.
The U.S. military’s most robust communications satellites will be battle tested using a newly built device that simulates high-radiation events.
With the U.S. Air Force’s space leadership vowing to move away from a status quo dominated by large, exquisite satellite systems, an unlikely corner of the space industry is claiming to be perfectly suited to the change: the big contractors who for decades built those very systems.
The U.S. military does a good job of protecting its networks, said Repko, who in addition to running a consultancy is a senior fellow in cybersecurity with Virginia Tech.
The U.S. military space program is facing a perfect storm of emerging threats and declining budgets that will necessitate wholesale changes or result in an unaffordable and potentially untenable future, the U.S. Air Force’s top uniformed space official said.
The launch manifest includes science missions for the CSA, Argentina and NASA.
Federal budget-cutting should focus U.S. Air Force officials on hosted payloads as a way to cost-effectively deploy needed in-orbit capabilities more quickly and less expensively than by using dedicated satellites.
WASHINGTON — Pentagon guidance for hosting military communications payloads aboard commercial satellites is drawing criticism from industry for being too restrictive.
The U.S. economy is in a tenuous place. The nation is $16 trillion in debt and that is increasing by more than $1 trillion a year. Sequestration is bearing down on us, and the United States is now one of only three nations in the world with debt-to-gross-national-product ratios greater than one. Without further White House and congressional direction and guidance, the pressure to pre-emptively reduce the Department of Defense (DoD) budget is immense, and certainly further significant cuts seem unavoidable.