Iridium said Sept. 16 that the new seven-year, $738.5 million contract ensures continuity for voice, data, broadcast and other services to Defense Department and associated users.
Senate defense appropriators support DoD space request, propose ‘tactical responsive launch’ program
The SAC-D fully funded the $1.2 billion request for the National Security Space Launch program.
Esper: 'I’m excited for tomorrow’s activation of the United States Space Command.'
Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said DoD supports Air Force plans for Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement.
In September, SASC plans to consider additional DoD civilian and military nominations.
NSSL costs over the entire life of the program increased 7.2% — from $57.2 billion to $61.3 billion.
SASC Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said the committee conducted its own probe and concluded the allegations were “unproven.”
Defense nominee Mark Esper calls on Congress to provide ‘necessary resources’ to stand up Space Force
Esper told the SASC that, if confirmed, he intends to get involved in the Space Force legislative debate.
Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer became the third acting secretary of defense since Jim Mattis resigned.
Gen. Mark Milley said he fully supports the establishment of a Space Force and rejects the criticism that the new branch is just an “added layer of bureaucracy.”
In the coming weeks, the Defense Department, the Air Force and the Army will have new secretaries.
DoD sources said Esper is likely to continue to advocate for space investments.
Gen. Paul Selva: Military forces in the field need “ubiquitous communications”
Shanahan “has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” President Trump tweeted.
The HAC notes that the decision to not back the $72 million request should not be read as a complete rejection of the idea of establishing a Space Force.
Thornberry is proposing legislation that would make it easier for startups like Capella Space to continue to get private funding and compete for DoD small business awards.