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U.S. India ASAT Test React May Backfire, Experts Say

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The India ASAT test could have provided an opportunity for leadership from the Trump administration to help prevent the creation of space debris.

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New UN Guidelines For Space Sustainability Are A Big Deal

Posted by Brian Weeden on


You probably don’t know it, but in early February 87 countries agreed to voluntary guidelines to enhance the long-term sustainability of the space domain, a significant achievement in space diplomacy. Given that it took eight years to reach this agreement on a set of non-legally binding measures that largely reaffirm existing practices, it is not surprising that it was not widely covered in the news. But it matters.

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US Must Rethink Space Policy In Face Of Enormous Change

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: In the vast swirling enterprise of global security space, the United States must come to terms with the tectonic shifts occurring as commercial companies come to dominate launch, the building of satellites and the sensors and software on which they depend, and figure out how to lead the way. That’s the conclusion of what… Keep reading →

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CSIS On The Second Space Age: ‘Diverse, Disruptive, Disordered And Dangerous’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: We knew space was congested, contested and all that. But the folks at CSIS have recast that to good effect in a report actually worth reading in detail. The Second Space Age (yes, they’ve come up with a catchy rubric!) is, they say, more diverse, disruptive, disordered, and dangerous than the first space age.” How… Keep reading →

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Build Bare-Bones Network & Small Satellites For Multi-Domain Battle

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Navy wants the Army’s help win a future Multi-Domain Battle with China, a senior defense official told me last week, but to get it, the two services have to connect through a simple, robust network using small and rapidly-launched satellites. We don’t need massive bandwidth to handle video teleconferences, full motion video from drones,… Keep reading →

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Air Force Space Budget Up $1.5B; Teague ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ On OCX DAB Meet

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: The big news on the 2018 Air Force space budget: it grew at least $1.5 billion. That’s a large increase considering the total budget request is $10.4 billion. For perspective, the entire Defense Department space budget last year — known as the space Major Force Program — was $22 billion. The Air Force oversees the vast… Keep reading →

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Issues To Watch At Space & Missile Defense Conference: Heritage

Posted by Michaela Dodge on


Monday marks the beginning of the Army-centric Space and Missile Defense Symposium, an annual conference in Huntsville, Ala.  Here are a few topics likely to generate conference buzz. Missile Defense The Obama administration’s 2016 budget request for missile defense investments went up slightly to $9.6 billion for missile defense development and operations, of which $8.1 billion is for the Missile Defense… Keep reading →

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Would Spies Command In A Space War? Dunford Says Maybe

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: If a spy satellite is attacked, who will command America’s response — the head of Strategic Command or the Director of National Intelligence? If an Air Force satellite is attacked first, who would command America’s response? These questions are being hotly — but very quietly –debated at the highest reaches of the U.S. government. Since an… Keep reading →

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Work Unveils First Space Ops Center For Intel Community And Military

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GEOINT: For the first time, all the nation’s spy satellites and the military’s satellites will be tracked from a single   location, allowing the two communities to develop tactics, techniques and procedures together, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said here today. “But the thing we need most is a space operations center, and we are intent… Keep reading →

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STRATCOM Must Be Warfighters, Not FAA In Space: Lt. Gen. Kowalski

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The US military spends too much time acting as the FAA of space and not enough watching for potential threats, the deputy chief of Strategic Command said today. That has to change as outer space becomes increasingly contested and increasingly intertwined with cyberspace, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski told a Peter Huessy breakfast here.… Keep reading →

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