It’s both AI technology and ethics that will enable JADC2 – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

Artificial intelligence graphic courtesy of Northrop Grumman. Questions that loom large for the wider application of artificial intelligence (AI) in Defense Department operations often center on trust. How does the operator know if the AI is wrong, that it made a mistake, that it didn’t behave as intended? Answers to questions like that come from … Read more

US space industry ‘tactically strong’ but lacks long-term investment, study finds – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: The space industrial base is “tactically strong” with high levels of capital investment and innovation, but “strategically shallow” in that a lack of funding from US government agencies, including the Defense Department, puts sustainment of the current boom in question, according to a new study sponsored by the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit. “While the … Read more

Space Force launches experimental sats to detect nukes, test laser communications – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

ULA’s Atlas V 511 prior to launching the Space Test Program-3 mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. (ULA) WASHINGTON: Space Force today launched two experimental satellites carrying payloads designed to detect nuclear explosions, keep tabs on space objects, monitor the weather and experiment with laser communications, in addition to some other classified capabilities. … Read more

An easy fix to Space Force’s most glaring vulnerability – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

Rendering of a satellite in orbit. (Space X via Pexels) As shown in a recent Breaking Defense exclusive, nation-states are having tense run-ins in space with regularity. But what happens if a rival takes things a step further to knock an American satellite out of orbit? In the op-ed below, Charles Beames, executive chairman of … Read more

Moving Beyond Assured Access to Space – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft launches on the Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station at Launch Complex 39A May 30, 2020, at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. (SpaceX via Getty Images) For years, the Pentagon has been required to have two military space launch providers available at all … Read more

Back To The Future With Nuclear Power In Space – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

An artist’s illustration of a nuclear-powered rocket. (DARPA) As humanity gets closer and closer to leaving footprints on Mars, questions remain about the best way to get there — and how to travel much farther into the unknown. In this op-ed, Dr. Mark Lewis argues that an idea from early in the Cold War is … Read more

Spectacular but unsuccessful debut of the Firefly Alpha rocket

The test space launch of the Firefly Aerospace rocket took place on September 3 this year. from the Space Launch Complex 2 launcher at the Vandenberg base in California, at 03:59 am Polish time (CEST). At the first attempt to fire, the countdown was interrupted at the last minute for unspecified technical reasons. The second … Read more

Northrop Breaks Into DARPA’s Blackjack – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

Blackjack concept, DARPA Tactical Technology Office image WASHINGTON: Northrop Grumman has nabbed its first contract under DARPA’s high-profile Blackjack program demonstrating military uses for small, cheap, low-orbiting satellites — with an award to develop alternate capabilities when GPS signals are jammed or degraded. Blackjack is widely seen by the satellite industry as a boot-strap into … Read more

What Satellite Attack Weapon Might The US Reveal Soon? – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

The GSSAP system. (US Air Force) WASHINGTON: With Defense Department leaders pushing to declassify and demonstrate an existing US anti-satellite weapon — news first reported by Breaking Defense — the question becomes what kind of system might be revealed. Considering that whatever the system is, it has long been covered by the deepest, darkest cloak … Read more

As BlackSky Tees Up Hourly Imagery, NRO Extends Contract – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

BlackSky mapping image showing the past 30 days of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul. WASHINGTON: When commercial imaging startup BlackSky launches six satellites, now scheduled for as early as next week, the company will be able to offer hourly pictures of most major population areas, says Peter Wegner, the firm’s chief technology officer. The launch … Read more