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CNO Adm. John Richardson Statement on Recent Trip to Japan

170618-N-UT312-001 WASHINGTON (June 18, 2017) The Department of the Navy seal modified with the traditional black ribbon signifying remembrance or mourning. (U.S. Navy graphic illustration by Jason Kelly/Released) June 18, 2017 170620-N-FN963-017 YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 20, 2017) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, center right, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, top right, commander U.S. 7th Fleet, and [...]

Smallsats promoted as “insurance” for national security space systems

WASHINGTON — Advocates of small satellites argue that such systems could offer a much-need “layer of resiliency” for national security space applications for as little as one percent of current spending on such programs. At a June 21 discussion about small satellites at the Center for Strategic and International Studies here, developers of launch systems [...]

Wilson talks milspace priorities at national security space budget forum

WASHINGTON — “We are heavily dependent on space, and our adversaries know it. In any future conflict, space will be contested,” Heather Wilson, who was sworn in last month as the 24th secretary of the U.S. Air Force, told a Capitol Hill audience June 16. Wilson, an Air Force academy graduate who represented New Mexico in [...]

Navy Updates Wear of Earrings and Ball Caps for Women

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Wednesday, the Navy released NAVADMIN 146/17, which announces several uniform changes that are effective immediately.Officially authorized in the message is the decision by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson to permit women to wear a hair bun through the rear opening of a command or Navy ball cap. The change was [...]

Russia studying dedicated space tourism missions using its Soyuz spacecraft

Russia is studying dedicated space tourism missions using its Soyuz spacecraft. Glavkosmos Director General Denis Lyskov said at the Paris Air Show Tuesday that future missions could fly two tourists and one professional cosmonaut, possibly visiting the ISS. The head of RSC Energia, meanwhile, said he thought Soyuz missions could continue to fly even after [...]

House panel takes first step towards military “Space Corps”

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Tuesday took the first step towards establishing a ‘Space Corps’ within the Air Force — similar to the way the Marine Corps functions in the Navy — by drafting legislation that would require the new organization to be set up by January 1, 2019. As the House Armed Services Committee prepares to [...]

B612 studying smallsat missions to search for near Earth objects

WASHINGTON — The B612 Foundation, which once sought to privately develop a large space observatory to search for potentially hazardous near Earth objects (NEOs), is now studying an alternative approach that uses much smaller spacecraft. The California-based non-profit organization unveiled plans in 2012 for Sentinel, a spacecraft that would go into a Venus-like orbit around [...]

NNSA leadership shares tips to build a highly technical, inclusive workforce

NNSA leaders joined academic researchers, federal practitioners, and industry partners to exchange ideas on human resources management at the 2nd annual U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Research Summit June 7 at American University in Washington, D.C. The summit highlighted organizations using innovative strategies to advance human capital policy and invited leaders to present strategies [...]

If America wants to succeed, it needs to learn to fail, top general says

WASHINGTON — If the United States is going to stay a preeminent world power, it’s going to require failure, said Gen. John Hyten, the head of U.S. Strategic Command. “We’ve lost the ability to go fast, test, and fail,” Hyten said. “We tie the hands of our engineers and acquisition folk because we expect every [...]