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Space superiority remains vital to national security

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Gen. William Shelton reviews his notes before testifying April 3, 2014, in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on strategic forces, in Washington, D.C. Shelton is the Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. William Shelton, the†commander of†Air Force Space Command, highlighted…

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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Northrop Grumman ships payload module two months early for AEHF satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation continued its record of shipping Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite payload modules ahead of schedule when the fourth arrived Feb. 11, nearly two months early, at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., AEHF system prime contractor.

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Increased space, cyber threats top concerns for AF Space Command

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., addresses Air Force Association Members during the Pacific Air and Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013. Shelton discussed the importance of space and cyberspace operations and the foundational capability they provide to our nation and joint military…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III successfully communicates With GPS constellation

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed, a full-sized, functional GPS III satellite prototype, now at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., recently communicated via cross-links with Air Force flight-like hardware simulators for the GPS IIR, GPS IIR-M, and GPS IIF satellites, which make up the bulk of the current GPS satellite…


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Boeing, Elbit Systems to Collaborate on Simulation for Super Hornet

Posted  March 30, 2012

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 27, 2012 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Elbit Systems are collaborating on a joint distributed simulation project that will link a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet simulator in St. Louis with an AEL Avionics Laboratory simulator in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The effort brings together Boeing’s and Elbit’s expertise in order to…

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Nation’s newest missile warning satellite exceeding performance expectations on path to operational certification

Posted  March 30, 2012

The first Space Based Infrared Systems geosynchronous earth orbit satellite, currently undergoing a rigorous operational certification process, is meeting or exceeding performance requirements, and on track to be delivered into operations. Within two months after launch, SBIRS began sharing initial GEO-1 satellite data with technical intelligence mission partners in order to enable early assessments of…

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SY director receives excellence award

Posted  March 30, 2012

The Space and Missile Systems Center proudly recognizes Col. Arnold H. Streland, director, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, as this year’s award recipient of the National Space Club’s General Bernard A. Schriever Award. NSC honored Streland with this award for his “excellence in military space operations and acquisition.” The panel of experts from across the aerospace…

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First Boeing 702 medium power satellite sends initial signals from space

Posted  March 30, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from Intelsat 22, the first of a series of 702MP (medium power) satellites it is delivering for Intelsat. The signals…

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Reaching your goals

Posted  March 30, 2012

How are your New Year’s resolutions doing? Did you set goals for yourself? A funny question for the end of March? Maybe. Or maybe it is a great time to check your progress to ensure you are happy with your progress before 2012 slips away. Maybe your goal is to lose some weight? To keep…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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Innovation key to Air Force future

Posted  March 26, 2012

Our nation is facing a number of challenges that affect our government. As a result, change is happening all around the Air Force. The institution of the Air Force will survive, but there is no doubt we’ll be operating differently. Over the past several years we have implemented a number of efficiency efforts to shape…

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Leave your shell behind; the lesson of the lobster

Posted  March 26, 2012

As a child growing up in New York City, I didn’t have much, but I did have a pet lobster and an early philosophy lesson (okay, it was actually a crayfish, but in my youth I didn’t know the difference). Every morning when I woke, the first thing I did was run to the fish…

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Northrop Grumman appoints chief executive for info systems business in Europe

Posted  March 26, 2012

Northrop Grumman has announced the appointment of Danny Milligan as chief executive of its U.K.-based Information Systems Europe business. In this role, he will focus on the strategic direction of Northrop Grumman’s activities in both the defence and civil information technology, C4ISR, cyber security and counter-IED markets in the U.K., mainland Europe and its export…

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High year of tenure change continues to affect assignments

Posted  March 26, 2012

The January return to pre-2003 enlisted high year of tenure rates continues to impact assignments, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced March 6. High year of tenure is the maximum number of years enlisted airmen in each grade may remain on active duty. In 2003, HYT was adjusted upward to retain experienced airmen for a…

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