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US budget: Key space programmes overhauled

5th February 2015 - 14:23 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London


As the space domain becomes increasingly contested and adversaries beef up their space capabilities, the US military wants to accelerate space-based surveillance programmes and also drive down costs by increasing competition in the procurement of critical systems such as GPS.

In this year’s budget request from the Pentagon, $7.1 billion has been set aside for DoD space programmes with the US Air Force (USAF) increasing investment in space situational awareness (SSA) and space control capabilities.

The FY16 budget indicates the Pentagon wants to accelerate the delivery of low-earth orbit sensors, known as Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS), that track debris

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Grant Turnbull


Grant Turnbull

Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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