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Heather Wilson

Hyten Endures: Sen. McSally Declares Him ‘Innocent’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


But Col. Kathryn Spletstoser doubled down on her accusations against her former boss: “He could have raped me.”

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Lots of DoD Small Launchers, But What Will They Launch?

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“The external and internal communication regarding [DoD] smallsat strategy is not consistent and not clear,” Carissa Christensen, CEO of Bryce Space and Technologies, said wryly.

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‘Physics Are Physics’: Lockheed Sees More Big, Complex Sats

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“Physics are physics,” says Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space. “There are still some things for which a geostationary approach makes more sense. There are other areas that a Low Earth Orbit makes more sense, and everything in between.”

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Trump Surprises With SecAF Nomination Of Barbara Barrett

Posted by Colin Clark on


Trump nominee for Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett “is a force to be reckoned with and has the leadership, experience, and knowledge to lead our Air Force into the future during a time of increased global threats,” says Sen. Martha McSally.

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DARPA Blackjack: Who’ll Get Prized Satellite Tech, Air Force Or SDA?

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Large networks of small, cheap satellites derived from commercial technology would be harder for China or Russia to kill than a handful of expensive, exquisite military-unique birds. But who gets to build it?

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Air Force Unveils S & T Strategy to Confound China, Russia

Posted by Colin Clark on


Air Force wants China and that other, much poorer competitor known as Russia, to worry the US is in the early stages of fielding weapons systems that will tip the strategic see-saw to the American side. As outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson made clear here today, it is, in part, a cost-imposition strategy.

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Will Senate Ground Trump’s Space Force: ‘We Need Some Convincing’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Sen. James Inhofe remains cool to the Space Force and most of his colleagues on a key Senate panel sound like they’re right there with him.

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Air Force Sec Says US May Demo New Space Weapon To Deter

Posted by Colin Clark on


The US has more to lose in space than our competitors, so the Pentagon is considering firing a warning shot to showcase what it can do.

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Wilson: DoD Study Finds ‘Exquisite’ Satellites Still Needed

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“Launching hundreds of cheap satellites each year as a substitute” for current milspace systems “will result in failure on America’s worst day if we relay on them alone,” Wilson says.

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Boeing KC-46 Deliveries Halted, Again

Posted by Colin Clark on


The revelation, made by the Air Force Secretary during Congressional testimony, is the latest black eye for the tanker program.

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