With the gap narrowing between the United States and other nations when it comes to a presence and governance in the space domain, funding slated for major space-based systems in DoD fiscal year 2017 totals $7.1 billion and the U.S. Air Force’s own budget underscores the need to sustain mission capabilities and improving space resilience by investing in command and control programs, situational awareness technologies, expendable launch systems and satellite communications.
Recognising that space is a shared frontier, the JFCC (Joint Functional Component Command) SPACE, a branch of U.S. Strategic Command, has been involved in a number of collaborative approaches to progressing operational satellite activity. Defence IQ gets the update ahead of the special briefing from Lt. Gen. David Buck (commander, JFCC Space) at this year's Mobile MILSATCOM conference...
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