Archive: Space

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work speaks during a panel discussion on the White House's proposed Space Force Sept. 10. Photo: CSIS

Former DoD Official Warns of Cost Issues for Proposed Space Force

The former number-two civilian at the Department of Defense (DOD) said on Monday he is wary of how the Pentagon could divvy up funds for President Trump’s proposed Space Force. Robert Work, who served as deputy secretary of defense from 2014 to 2017, warned that the prospect of developing a full new branch dedicated to […]

Air Force Secretary Says Space Force Proposal Coming in 2020 Budget Request

The Air Force is putting together a 2020 budget proposal for something that will, more or less, resemble the Space Force President Trump proposed creating as a sixth military service branch, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said here Wednesday. “We expect to put forward a proposal with the President’s budget for FY ’20 that includes […]

Defense Sec. Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford brief media at the Pentagon Aug. 28. Photo: C-SPAN

Mattis Mum on Space Force Cost Estimates

The Defense Department is moving forward on several efforts to improve its acquisition structure when it comes to space, but has not yet defined how much it would cost to execute any of the efforts meant to move toward a new Space Force as envisioned by President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. In […]

The first GPS III satellite in transport to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo: Lockheed Martin

First GPS III Satellite Arrives at Cape Canaveral

The first of 10 new Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built GPS III satellites has arrived at Cape Canaveral, Fla., ahead of a projected December launch date, the company said on Monday.  The system was shipped on Aug. 20 from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, to the Cape on a C-17 transport aircraft, according to a Lockheed Martin […]

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe: ‘They’re Winning Me Over’ on Space Force

A former Space Force skeptic in the Senate is expressing more support for President Trump’s pet project to develop a sixth military branch devoted to space investment by 2020. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters Thursday that he is becoming more persuaded by the idea of a Space Force since Vice President Mike Pence revealed […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Senators Mulling Trump’s Space Force Roadmap

The road to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force by 2020 requires congressional approval, and several senators have mixed feelings about the proposed effort to build a brand new service dedicated to space. The Pentagon and Vice President Mike Pence revealed Aug. 9 a roadmap to building a sixth service that could combine all of […]

An Atlas V rocket carrying the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile-warning and infrared surveillance information to the president of the United States, the secretary of defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key decision makers. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Air Force Awards First Contract for New Missile Warning Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] was awarded Tuesday a contract not to exceed $2.9 billion for three Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles intended to enhance the U.S. military’s early missile warning and surveillance capabilities in space. The contract includes requirements analysis, design and development, critical path flight hardware procurement, early manufacturing and risk reduction […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Analysts: ‘Unanswered Questions’ For the Cost of a Space Force

A new Pentagon report released Aug. 9 described several potential steps and proposals to build up to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force, but was scarce on cost estimates. The Defense Department’s final report to Congress said the department will lay out specific budget numbers for a potential Space Force when it releases its legislative […]

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Affiliates 53rd Annual Convention in National Harbor, Maryland. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Senior DoD Leader Urges ‘Wide-Eyed’ Approach to Space Force

The Pentagon is putting all the building blocks in place to help fulfill President Trump’s vision of a future Space Force, but stakeholders need to fully comprehend the resources that will be required to stand up a new service branch, the Defense Department’s number-two general said Aug. 10. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman […]