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Pentagon Eyes Military Space Station

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The fact that the Defense Innovation Unit is even considering the idea of a space station in orbit is a pretty big deal — and an even bigger deal if it grows over time to accommodate a human crew.

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NRL’s LARADO Project Hopes To Track Tiny Space Debris

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Navy Research Lab’s LARADO (Laser-sheet Anomaly Resolution and Debris Observation) project conjures images of a Wild West cattle drive, and in a way that is apropos as space scientists have long been attempting to wrangle better estimates of the population of on-orbit debris.

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Indian ASAT Debris Threatens All LEO Sats: Update

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Indian claims of no threat from ASAT test debris is “nonsense.”

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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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Huge Intel Leadership Shifts: New Directors For NRO, NGA

Posted by Colin Clark on


NGA HQ: The low grading noise you could barely hear yesterday was the sound of the tectonic plates of American intelligence shifting as the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Agency got new directors. The nugget of news is that Vice Adm. Bob Sharp replaces Robert Cardillo as NGA director and President Trump… Keep reading →

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Army, NASA Want Laser Micro-Satellites For 50 Times The Bandwidth

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


It was hard enough keeping the data flowing to the far mountains of Afghanistan, but at least the Taliban didn’t have the technology to attack the network. Russia and China, however, are investing heavily in capabilities to eavesdrop on or jam the radio transmissions and to blind or outright shoot down the satellites.

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GAO Decision Threatens US Military Dominance; Reject It

Posted by Bill Greenwalt on


Bill Greenwalt is sort of the Pied Piper of military acquisition policy. Where he leads, others often follow. After he wrote a series of op-eds for Breaking Defense recommending major changes to the Pentagon’s acquisition system, Sen. John McCain lured Bill back to his old job at the Senate Armed Services Committee. Greenwalt rewrote the laws, shaking up Defense Department acquisition. Bill is back, pointing to new acquisition problems, this latest one with his former employer — the Government Accountability Office. It’s a doozy, as you’ll see.

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Space Force: Go Slow, Learn From Army Air Corps

Posted by David Deptula on


The stakes are high for President Trump’s nascent Space Force because a poorly integrated service is a price America cannot afford to pay. This means a careful, thoughtful, conditions-based approach must be followed to assess if and when an autonomous military space organization will provide the best path forward. All four services will contribute to… Keep reading →

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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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Eye On AF Weather Sat Decisions, Raytheon Offers VIIRS [Sponsored]

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


As the Air Force tries to decide — after more than a decade of false starts  — just what weather satellites and sensors it needs to build, a Raytheon executive says his company is conducting an internal assessment of how it could meet any emerging needs. “The Air Force now is going through a process, as… Keep reading →

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