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SDA Will Control Many Sat Buys, But NOT NROs: Tournear

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“We are the ones that say this is what needs to be done” to build a next-gen space architecture, says SDA Acting Director Derek Tournear. Except when they don’t.

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Intel Community’s Secrecy Culture Frustrates DoD Sat Safety Effort

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“People at the NRO and others hiding in unmarked cubicles in other parts of northern Virginia started breathing into bags like never before,” said one DoD about the 2018 SSA transparency policy.

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DoC’s Ross: Streamlined Rules For Remote Sensing Sats Out By October

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The new satellite export control rules being finalized by the Commerce and State Depts. will take into account the “need to maintain export controls with some countries, while streamlining them for others,” says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

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Air Force Eyes New Deep Space Sensors in Australia, Spain

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The Air Force is increasingly interested in Australia as a host for SSA capabilities because they can watch satellites over the Southern Hemisphere.

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MG Crider To Roll Out New AFSPC Data Strategy

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‘Enterprise Data Strategies’ — that mimic a company’s technology roadmap and business strategy and treat data as a separate entity of operations in its own right — are all the rage in the corporate sector.

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O’Connell: Debris Top Priority in New Space Safety Rules

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Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and debris mitigation can be seen as just “another high-end data analytics problem,” says Kevin O’Connell, of the Commerce Department.

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HASC Markup Punts Space Force Decision, Chops Next-Gen OPIR

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“I don’t trust the Air Force, on its own, given its existing structure to properly prioritize space,” Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith says.

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HAC Stiffs New Commerce Bureau for Satellite Regulation

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House appropriators rejected Trump’s plan to put satellite regulation under the Commerce Department and chide Secretary Wilbur Ross for his refusal to testify on the 2020 budget request.

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Will FAA Or Commerce Track Civil Satellites? Congress Must Decide – And Soon

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The Air Force can’t regulate civilian satellites. The White House wants the Commerce Department to do it. But Democrats say FAA.

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Crider: SSA Data ‘Library’ Will Open To Allies

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Air Force Space Command’s ‘Unified Data Library’ combining DoD and commercial SSA data will be open to allied governments.

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