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SMDR for Mon., May 8, Vol. 17, Issue 10

Congress Urges Intelligence Agencies To Integrate Space Efforts

The newly enacted fiscal year 2017 intelligence author‎ization act requires the director of national intelligence (DNI) to develop a plan to better integrate the intelligence community’s space and counter-space efforts.The DNI is expected to work with the defense secretary on the plan, which is supposed to include such matters as acquisition, analysis, collection and policy.“The…

SpaceX Launches NRO Satellite For First Time

SpaceX launched a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite for the first time May 1, and achieved a secondary goal by landing the rocket’s first stage in Florida.SpaceX lands its upgraded Falcon 9 first stage Dec. 21, 2015, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo: SpaceX.SpaceX lands its upgraded Falcon 9 first stage Dec. 21,…

Air Univ. Study Suggests Air Force Further Use OTAs For Low Cost Access To Space

A December study produced by Air University suggests the Air Force further use the Pentagon’s other transaction authority (OTA) to partner with domestic commercial firms pursuing quick and rapid launch capabilities.The study, “Fast Space: Leveraging Ultra Low-Cost Access for 21st Century Space Challenges,” said the Air Force should assemble a team to pursue the authority to proceed…

Meyerson Laments Air Force Lethargy Toward Streamlining Commercial Launch Licensing

A top commercial space executive on April 26 lamented the Air Force’s slow pace toward eliminating duplicative requirements and approvals for commercial launches, despite a pair of 2016 letters from a top Air Force officer both identifying, and providing action items, for these issues.“The leadership’s vision has not yet been fully adopted at all levels…

Raytheon Wins $327 Million Initial Production Contract For AMDR

The U.S. Navy on May 1 awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $327 million fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract modification option to produce the first three low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) units.In exercising the LRIP option, the contract also includes non-recurring engineering efforts in support of production.The AMDR SPY-6 is a Gallium…

PACOM Chief Says Hawaii Needs More Protection Against North Korean Missiles

The United States should put a missile-tracking radar in Hawaii and consider placing interceptor missiles there as well to better protect the island state against North Korean ballistic missiles, according to the head of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM).While existing U.S. ballistic missile defenses, including ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, are adequate to protect Hawaii…

DoD Hires Hill Veteran To Handle Missile Defense Policy

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has appointed longtime Capitol Hill aide Robert "Rob" Soofer as deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, the Pentagon announced April 26.Soofer was most recently the staff lead fGround-Based Midcourse Defense (or the Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) strategic forces panel, which oversees such matters as missile…