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Pentagon procurement chief Ellen Lord: ‘Lots of needs, opportunity in space’

  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is coming to grips with the possibility that Congress will pass a law to create a new military service dedicated to space. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Air Force leaders oppose the measure, but regardless of the final legislative outcome, there is a growing recognition that military space issues demand more attention in the building, [...]

Upcoming Events from Your SBA

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. SBA New Mexico District Office Upcoming Events from Your SBA Workshop: Managing Business RiskDate: Tuesday, October 17, 2017Time: 9:00am - 12:00pmLocation: Kaplan Real Estate School, Classroom 3 Address: 8205 Spain NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109Presented By: SCORE Albuquerque and the SBA New Mexico District OfficeRegistration Required: Register Here  “Risky Business” Management [...]

Lockheed seeing payoff from investments in commercial space technology

ARLINGTON, VA — Electronics in small packages can do big things in space. That sort of sums up the thinking behind defense industry giant Lockheed Martin’s move to invest in commercial companies that build tiny satellites and sensors, and develop data-crunching software. The Orion deep-space exploration vehicle that Lockheed Martin is building for NASA will have miniature infrared focal plane [...]

Featured Graduate Fellow: Ruby Russell

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a unique opportunity for recent graduates to join the Nuclear Security Enterprise. These full-time, salaried positions offer a year of specialized, on-the-job training and the chance to tackle real-world challenges in one of NNSA’s program offices. Program participants are able to develop technical and leadership skills to launch their careers with a full [...]

Dena Edwards named DOE Outstanding Contractor Security Professional of the Year

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 11, 2017—Dena Edwards, a security professional in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Associate Directorate for Mission Assurance, Security and Emergency Response, was named Outstanding Contractor Security Professional of the Year by the Department of Energy. “Dena is a true professional who has made a visible and valuable positive difference in our laboratory and our community,” said Laboratory [...]

USS John S McCain CO and XO Relieved

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, 7th Fleet, Oct. 11.Both were relieved due to a loss of confidence.John S. McCain was [...]

Jam-proof satellite terminals to shrink dramatically

WASHINGTON — The satellite communications systems that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency uses to send targeting data to interceptor missiles are huge — about the size of a building. Such high level of SATCOM security has been unheard of in small systems that troops could take to the battlefield aboard a helicopter. But the technology is available, said industry officials. [...]

Orbital ATK eyes investments in advanced rocket motors

WASHINGTON — A new market for super high-speed weapons is fueling investments in rocket engine technologies as companies seek to gain an edge. The industry foresees a demand for advanced rocket engines, particularly if the U.S. military moves to acquire revolutionary missiles that fly at hypersonic speeds. The Pentagon expects to invest $2 billion over the next five years in [...]

Solstar plans give Blue Origin payloads access to the internet

SAN FRANCISCO — Early next year, Solstar Space plans to demonstrate the first commercial internet link in space by connecting experimental payloads traveling in Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital capsules with researchers on the ground. NASA is covering the cost of flying Solstar’s Schmitt Space Communicator (named for former Apollo astronaut and U.S. Senator Harrison Schmitt) on two New Shepard flights [...]

In the face of growing threats, Army scrambles to secure satellite links

WASHINGTON — A recent examination of the Army’s combat networks turned out to be a huge wakeup call: The technology is not up to the job of ensuring systems are protected from enemy electronic attacks. Following years of experiments and failed procurements, the Army is back to the drawing board in its efforts to acquire modern tactical networks that are [...]

Army rolls out new plan to modernize communications networks and weapons

WASHINGTON — Frustration over lagging modernization has reached a tipping point in the U.S. Army. Rising powers like Russia and China are arming their militaries with advanced weapons and electronic warfare systems that could threaten U.S. dominance in precision-guided missiles and communications technologies. Army leaders acknowledge that a dysfunctional procurement system is mostly to blame and are moving to reorganize [...]

Industry and government differ on future of FAA commercial space office

WASHINGTON — While much of industry would like to see an office that licenses commercial spaceflight activities moved out of the Federal Aviation Administration, a new report finds little support for doing so within government itself. An Oct. 5 report by the Government Accountability Office found split opinions between government and industry on whether the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space [...]

USS Washington Brought to Life, Commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk

NORFOLK, Virginia (NNS) -- The Navy with assistance from the submarine's sponsor Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, commissioned and brought to life the newest Virginia class submarine, USS Washington (SSN 787), during a ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 7.Washington, named in honor of the 42nd state, is the 14th Virginia-class, fast-attack [...]

USNS Comfort Underway to Provide Aid from the Sea in Puerto Rico

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Ray Nunez Jr. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NNS) -- The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) got underway Oct. 5, to provide aid from the sea in Puerto Rico after completing a planning phase in San Juan with local and federal stakeholders to synchronize efforts to provide humanitarian assistance."We have [...]

Blue Origin shows interest in national security launches

CHANTILLY, Va. — The new chief executive of Blue Origin told the National Space Council his company is in discussions about certifying its New Glenn rocket for government missions, a shift in strategy that could put the company in competition with a customer. In a presentation to the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council at the National Air [...]