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SATCOM, Offensive Space Key Challenges for SPACECOM Transition

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“Deterrence only works if can communicate our capabilities, and we must tell our adversaries what we have waiting if they choose to cross a red line,” says Maj. Gen. Rick Evans.

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STRATCOM Move to Space Command: 2 Years, 100s Of People

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Maj. Gen. Rick Evans says STRATCOM will have a difficult challenge in identifying which headquarters personnel should transfer to the new SPACECOM when it stands up.

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US, Japan To Ink Hosted Payload Pact to Monitor Sats

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Japan plans to host an American Space Situational Awareness (SSA) sensor payload on their QZSS satellites. American and Japanese officials are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding by the end of the year.

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SPACECOM Stand-Up: New Focus For Ongoing Missions

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LinQuest in April began work under a $9.2 million, sole-source contract to “hold the planks for the stand-up” of SPACECOM, working directly with Gen. Raymond and its joint staff directorates.

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Commercial Satellites: Will They Be Military Targets?

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“We anticipate that adversary nations are unlikely to discriminate between U.S. military satellites and commercial satellites providing services to the U.S. Government, in the event of a conflict,” Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper told the Senate during his confirmation hearing.

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Space ‘Force’ Vs. ‘Corps’: One’s Not Actually A Service

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Senate language on the Space Force leaves open the chance that a new administration could walk it back to merely changing the name of Air Force Space Command, says CSIS’s Kaitlyn Johnson.

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Space Force & Beyond: Gen. Raymond’s 3-Ring Space Circus

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


If the Senate has its way, Gen. John Raymond will lead the new joint US Space Command, the existing Air Force Space Command, and the new Space Force. If this sounds both confusing and daunting, that’s because it is.

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SASC OKs Space Force, But Imposes Tight Oversight

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SASC wants the Air Force and DoD “to come back to the oversight committee every single month” to explain how they are standing up the new Space Force — if it is finally approved by Congress.

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What About JMS? Air Force Reanimates ‘Old Clunker’ Space Tracking System

Posted by Colin Clark on


JMS was supposed to revolutionize how the US tracks objects in space. Its billion-dollar bust means the Air Force must revive SPADOC, a widely reviled vestige of the 1980s.

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Theresa Hitchens Joins Breaking D, Just In Time For Space Symposium

Posted by Colin Clark on


Some 21 years ago I started work at Defense News, working for their brand new editor. Today, the redoubtable Theresa Hitchens, space pundit, NATO and nuclear war expert, former UN diplomat, and my longtime colleague joins Breaking Defense to report on space. Theresa will add the rest of Air Force under her wing over the… Keep reading →

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