DoD space programs need to invest in new technology and qualify new suppliers to ensure they have access to domestic sources, the Pentagon said in a report released Jan. 14.
The package approved by Congress for fiscal year 2021 provides $696 billion for the Defense Department, including $15.2 billion for the U.S. Space Force.
A survey of military organizations funded by ViaSat reveals that many don’t have access to modern communications technology despite growing availability of commercial satellite services.
The Trump administration released a new national space policy Dec. 9 that recognizes the U.S. Space Force as the primary organization responsible for defending the nation’s interests in space.
President-elect Joe Biden announced his pick to be the next secretary of defense is retired Army four-star general Lloyd Austin.
The Biden-Harris transition team this week is scheduled to meet with officials from intelligence agencies overseen by the Defense Department, the Pentagon said Dec. 5.
The transfer of space traffic management responsibilities from the military to a civilian agency in the Commerce Department is moving ahead even though Congress has yet to provide funding and authorities.
DoD announced Oct. 30 it has established the office of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy.
The idea that DoD can save time, money and make space systems more resilient by moving to proliferated systems has been talked about for years. But many reform efforts could not overcome bureaucratic inertia.
Rep. Adam Smith: “We remain concerned that COVID relief money isn’t getting to the right people."
Gen. Stephen Lyons: “Think about moving the equivalent of a C-17 payload anywhere on the globe in less than an hour."
Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach: “Yes, I am absolutely in favor of more space-based ISR."
DoD report: China intends to pursue ASAT weapons capable of destroying satellites up to geosynchronous Earth orbit.
The United States is the dominant space power and the "gains we possess are being threatened," said Defense Secretary Mark Esper