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The Defense Department has revived Boeing’s hopes for a near-term win in the hypersonic weapons market by inserting the company into a competition to build a Mach 6 cruise missile and reviving a decade-old concept based on dual-combustion ramjet technology. The Joint Hypersonic Transition Office, which was established by Congress this year, has funded a Boeing-led team to complete a preliminary design review and ground testing for a dual-combustion ramjet, Gillian Bussey, the office’s director, told reporters on Oct. 27.
The Defense Department’s new Space Development Agency is showing that the boring old processes embedded in the Federal Acquisition Regulation don’t have to be synonymous with slowness. Late last month, SDA awarded a somewhat complex systems integration contract to help build the first elements of a brand new architecture of low-Earth orbit satellites. The total time from final request for proposals to contract award: three-and-half months.
The U.S. Space Force has created a unit dedicated solely to orbital warfare—and it includes the secret experimental X-37B space plane. Space Force members overseeing the unmanned spacecraft are part of the newly established mission delta unit known as Delta 9, according to the service.
The 14th iteration of the space training event, which focused on strategic messaging in the space domain, was held virtually and included representatives from Japan, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, United Kingdom, and Germany.
U.S. military space activities today are confined to Earth orbit. That could change in the coming years as NASA begins to establish a permanent presence at the moon and works with the private sector to develop a cislunar economy. The military foresees playing a role protecting those interests if they were challenged by a foreign power.
The military must not get so fixated on using artificial intelligence to find targets that it neglects its wider applications from deployment planning to escalation control, warns the new director of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.
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The “Lone Star State” scheme is one of the most flamboyant to have been applied to a USAF jet in recent years.
No make-up date has been announced for the game that would have given the Falcons an opportunity to capture their first Commander-in-Chief's trophy in four years.