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New Space Debris Rules Stalled By Year-Long Interagency Spat

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“Of all people, it’s the ‘space warmongers’ doing the most to try to sustain the (space) environment,” one DoD official said.

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The US Needs A ‘Coast Guard’ For Space: Semper Paratus Exteriores Spatium

Posted by Michael Sinclair on


A battle has been underway for several years now over who will become the FAA of space and how they will do the job. Some wanted the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Tranportation, which boasts the great acronym, FAST. Some wanted NOAA or NASA. Most did not want the Air Force, which has had a… Keep reading →

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Chinese Lasers Injure U.S. C-130 Pilots, Washington Responds Through Diplomatic Channels

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Several laser attacks on U.S. aircraft in Djibouti are another way the Chinese appear to be making their presence felt in Africa. One analyst calls it a warning shot to other countries in the region.

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Lockheed’s Prez Helo VH-92 DROPS In Cost, But…

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Wait for it — the costs of Lockheed Martin’s Presidential Helicopter Replacement program, known as the VH-92, have come down 2.4 percent, about $123 million to $5.06 billion, and it appears on schedule. But — you knew there’d be a but.

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Air Force Works To Speed New Air Force One FAA Certification

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WASHINGTON: Air Mobility Command, an experienced observer of gaining FAA certification for civilian aircraft rebuilt for military purposes, is using its knowledge to try to lower the costs of the replacement for Air Force One. The head of AMC, Gen. Carlton Everhart, told me this afternoon they hoped to find “efficiencies” in the process of… Keep reading →

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Concurrency Raises Its Head Again: Why KC-46 Is Late

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WASHINGTON: You’d think Boeing and the Air Force would have learned from Lockheed Martin’s experience with the F-35 and concurrency, which Vice Adm. James Venlet identified six years ago in our pages as a fundamental “miscalculation” in the Joint Strike Fighter program. The issue came to light Friday during a conversation about the KC-46 tanker… Keep reading →

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KC-46 Faces 3 Category One Deficiencies; Two Affect Boom

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Air Force photo

AFA: The four-star chief of Air Mobility Command wants his new KC-46 Pegasus tankers “yesterday,” but the tanker’s boom has a nasty tendency to scrape up planes it’s trying to refuel, as well as two other category one deficiencies, and contractor Boeing has to fix those. The paint scraping problem — formally known as “undetected… Keep reading →

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Air Force Confirms Late KC-46 Delivery– ‘Late Spring’ Not December

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UPDATED: ADDS Detailed Boeing Comment On “Being Much More Efficient” WASHINGTON: Boeing will probably deliver the first of the “low risk” KC-46 airborne tankers at least six months later than planned, the Air Force said this morning. “The Air Force will continue to support Boeing’s efforts to execute the program, however, the Air Force assessment… Keep reading →

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Counter-Drone Exercise Black Dart Expands, Moves To Eglin AFB

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Exercise controllers in the 46th Test Squadron’s Air Operations Center control the airspace and ground personnel participating in the Bold Quest Plus exercise held on Eglin ranges in 2008. Bold Quest Plus is designed to test in field conditions the updates and upgrades in the tactics, techniques and procedures used by coalition and U.S. forces to improve combat identification. The TTPs and technology was being developed and tested as part of the exercise, if successful, can be fielded almost immediately. (Department of Defense photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)

PENTAGON: The 2016 edition of Black Dart, the Defense Department’s formerly classified counter-drone exercise, expands to Eglin Air Force Base this year, in search of more space and more capabilities, including ships. “Eglin will allow us to deliver added uncertainty in the way of providing multiple locations for launching UAS at different distances so we can explore the… Keep reading →

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Commercial Space Needs Regulatory Clarity

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Commercial space has many military applications, The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency relies heavily on commercial imagery supplied by DigitalGlobe satellites. The National Reconnaissance Office recently joined with NGA in something called the  Commercial GEOINT Activity to buy commercial satellite imagery. A raft of companies are talking about  building and operating satellites to provide imagery and other data.… Keep reading →

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