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  • New decade heralds new era for SMC’s Launch Enterprise

    The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise capped off another decade of tremendous success for the nation’s premier launch acquirer in 2019.“Our National Security Space Launch program successfully launched four National Security Space missions last year and maintained its perfect mission success record, which now stands at 78 of 78
  • Counter Communications System Block 10.2 achieves IOC, ready for the warfighter

    The first space control platform in the United States Space Force, the Counter Communications System Block 10.2, achieved Initial Operating Capability on March 9, providing quick reaction capability with direct operational support to the warfighter.The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Special Programs directorate and the 4th Space Control
  • WGS-11+ Leveraging Model-Based Systems Engineering to Speed Delivery to the Warfighter

    The Space and Missile Systems Center Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program is utilizing Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to speed delivery of its latest satellite.WGS-11+ will provide double the operational utility over legacy WGS satellites while allowing greater operational flexibility to our warfighters. The satellite uses narrower spot
  • Barrett, Goldfein, Raymond outline Air Force priorities to House lawmakers while acknowledging difficult budget choices

    The three most senior leaders of the Department of the Air Force told the House Armed Services Committee March 4 that the service is moving aggressively to build and incorporate the newly created Space Force and modernizing the full force to meet new and emerging threats.
  • Space Force holds inaugural ISR-focused conference

    Originally planned as a MAJCOM-level conference, the recent establishment of USSF changed the focus of the event to Service-level issues.  The focus expanded beyond individual unit needs to discussing the future of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance within the USSF, to include training and exercises, defensive cyber operations for space, and future organizational structures.  
  • 1st SOPS provides upgrade to GSSAP

    The 1st Space Operations Squadron completed a trial period in December for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program ground system and conducted an operational acceptance February 12
  • Gen. Charles Q. Brown nominated to be next Air Force Chief of Staff

    If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Charles Q. Brown would assume one of the two highest positions in the Air Force from Gen. David L. Goldfein, who is retiring June 30 after four years as Chief of Staff. Brown would be the first African-American to serve as a service chief.
  • Vandenberg all call addresses future of space

    Members from the 30th SW gathered to listen as Mastalir and Hogan discussed information about the United States Space Force and what that means for the installation and members assigned. They also addressed upcoming improvements and upgrades across the base to include facilities, equipment and quality of life.
  • Gen. Thompson makes case for U.S. Space Force, encourages campaign to educate public

    Invoking history and a vivid recent example, Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, the vice commander of the newly created U.S. Space Force, presented the case Feb. 27 for the new service and how its development as a separate, new force differs from circumstances surrounding the Air Force's birth in 1947.
  • Kirtland is an integral hub for U.S. Space Force

    Kirtland’s 52,000 acres have been referred to as a national security complex—where 108 mission partners under five different Air Force major commands, and the Departments of the Air Force and Energy, populate the mega base. Now this includes elements of the newly created sixth armed service—the United States Space Force.