Lockheed Shares in Cost Burden of AEHF Delay

Lockheed Martin will lose $15 million in available award fees and has agreed to a contract restructure to offset the costs associated with the delay in the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite reaching its operational orbit, said Air...

Space Code of Conduct

A senior State Department official said Monday the United States will announce soon whether it will enter into negotiations with the European Union on a non-binding international “code of conduct for outer space activities.” Frank Rose, deputy assistant secretary of...

Avoiding Space Collisions

The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., has sent Russia 252 notifications and China 147 notifications in the past year “regarding close approaches between satellites,” said Frank Rose, deputy assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and...

Academy Turns on Solar Power Array

Officials with the Air Force Academy and Colorado power companies on Monday dedicated the academy’s new six-megawatt solar energy array. “At the strategic level, a lot of us talk about getting serious about the renewable energy business. We did it.”...

Farther than the Eye Sees

The Air Force successfully flight tested a new system that allows over-the-horizon audio and data communication with the ground via Milstar satellites. Recently flown for the first time aboard an RC-135 testbed, the Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of Sight Terminal...

New Name, Same Game

Officials with the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock AFB, Ark., redesignated the 314th Maintenance Operations Squadron as a flight. “To me, the redesignation is something for the history books, but the professionals here will produce the same excellence,” said...

Intelligent Counterinsurgency

Despite nearly a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department "lacks a common understanding" of counterinsurgency, according to the Defense Science Board. Further, DOD has assumed responsibility for COIN intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance "by default" since the US government "is not employing all elements of national power" for COIN operations, stated the DSB Task Force on Defense Intelligence in its recently issued report. "ISR capabilities have not been applied effectively against COIN operations that deal with populations in part because a comprehensive set of intelligence requirements for COIN does not exist," wrote ret. Maj. Gen. Richard O'Lear, task force co-chairman, in the document, released in May, but dated February. O'Lear said counterinsurgency intelligence is often "overshadowed" by counterterrorism and force-protection requirements. However, an increased focus on ISR for COIN would "reduce the need for major commitment of military forces" by providing more "whole-of-government options," he wrote. (Full report; caution, large-sized file.)

UAE Receives Second C-17

Boeing delivered the second C-17 transport to the United Arab Emirates in a ceremony at the company’s plant in Long Beach, Calif. The UAE Air Force and Air Defense’s first C-17 “delivered just one month ago, has already logged several...