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DoD Takes ‘Strategic Pause’ as Distinctions Between Military and Civilian Comsats Blur November 11, 2013

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Interesting article in Space News on U.S. military’s thinking regarding its satellite communications needs and growing dependence on commercial providers for those services.

http://www.spacenews.com/article/military-space/38069dod-takes-strategic-pause-as-distinctions-between-military-and-civilian

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US Seeks GPS Alternative November 1, 2013

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A recent Defense News article suggests the U.S. military is looking to strengthen the security of the transmissions from the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) and perhaps even examining alternatives to lessen the military’s dependence on the system.  See http://www.defensenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310290012.

 

Chinese ASAT Developments November 1, 2013

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A recent Chinese test raises concerns about the development of an anti-satellite program.  See http://www.policymic.com/articles/70951/china-might-have-just-amped-up-the-space-race

Beyond Earth: Removing the Barriers to Deep Space Exploration November 1, 2013

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On Tuesday, November 12, the Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council will convene a panel discussion to consider the challenges facing the U.S. space exploration program.

William Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, will moderate the panel.

Panelists include:

  • Julie Van Kleeck, Vice President, Space Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Charlie Precourt, Vice President & General Manager, ATK Space Launch Division
  • John Elbon, Vice President & General Manager, Boeing Space Exploration
  • Jim Crocker, Vice President & General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

RSVP by November 4 to Martin Quigley at martin.quigley@techamerica.org

India Tests Long-Range Missile September 16, 2013

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India successfully test-fired for a second time a nuclear-capable missile on Sunday that can reach Beijing and much of Europe, bringing a step closer production of a weapon designed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent.

 

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/09/15/india-missile-idINL3N0H82TD20130915

Air Force Planning on GPS September 10, 2013

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GAO reviews the Air Force’s planning for future investment in the critical GPS satellite constellation.

See http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-729

Future of MILSATCOM September 10, 2013

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Investment in next generation military satellite communications (milsatcom) systems must respond to cost reduction pressures as well as demands to reduce vulnerability and improve performance.  

On September 19, the Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council will convene a panel discussion to consider the challenges facing U.S. MILSATCOM and options to meet those challenges.
 
The meeting is part of the continuing Day Without Space series, which is designed to highlight the importance of space capabilities to the national security and economic prosperity of the United States.

 

Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments will brief his recent study of the subject (availablehere). 
 
A panel discussion will follow.  Panelists include:
  • Greg Edlund, Director, Communication Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Len Schiavone, Director of Technology, 
    Integrated Communications Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems  
  • Marc Johansen, Vice President, Satellites & Intelligence Programs, Boeing

GAO Looks at Space Launch Costs September 10, 2013

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As part of an investigation into the affordability of space launch for government missions, the GAO compiled projections of launch costs for the period 2014-1018 finding that government can expect to spend $44 billion.

Find the study at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-802R.

Chinese ASAT Program Continues Unabated August 27, 2013

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Recent news reports suggest that China’s development of anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities is continuing.  See http://missilethreat.com/china-launches-three-asat-satellites/ for details.

That China has prioritized these capabilities is hardly surprising.  They long ago realized the importance of interdicting and degrading space capabilities in a future crisis with the U.S. or other adversaries.

See http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=492http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=459, and http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=1110 for further discussion of Chinese space program and implications for the US.

Russian Missile Launches South Korean Rocket August 23, 2013

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Recent reports of a Russian SS-18 being used to launch a South Korean satellite offer further illustration of the close linkage between offensive missiles and space launch – something to remember when viewing Iranian and North Korean “space” launches.

http://missilethreat.com/russian-icbm-to-take-s-koreas-satellite-into-orbit/