A Close Look at the Space Renaissance Act’s National Security Provisions

Rep. Jim Bridenstine
Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Rep. Jim Bridenstine’s (R-OK) American Space Renaissance Act calls for major changes in the way national security space operations are carried out.

The measure calls on the president to develop a doctrine to deal with attacks on U.S. government and commercial satellites.

It also broadly focuses on integrating commercial assets to supplement defense systems, including hosting DOD payloads on private satellites, using commercial communications systems, and purchasing commercial space data for weather forecasting.

A summary of the provisions follows. A number of the changes have been incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act, which was recently approved by the House Armed Services Committee. Adopted provisions are marked in blue.

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Operationally Response Space Office Developing New Mission

ORSLOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (ORS PR) — The Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office, in partnership with SMC’s Space Superiority Systems Directorate and Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, is developing a new mission to answer a United States Strategic Command need for Space Situational Awareness of the geosynchronous earth orbit belt. The Defense Space Council and ORS Executive Committee approved this mission for SMC’s ORS Office located at Kirtland AFB, N.M.
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Lockheed Martin Proposes Modular LEO Space Vehicle to DOD

LOCKHEED MARTIN PRESS RELEASE

DENVER, April 23rd, 2008 — Lockheed Martin has submitted a series of innovative proposals to the Department of Defense designed to advance state-of-the-art technologies in support of fielding rapid and responsive space systems for the warfighter.

The proposals were submitted to the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.in response to three Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) released in March that address a range of capabilities in the ORS mission area. These include responsive spacecraft bus and payloads technologies; a multi-mission low earth orbit modular space vehicle; and responsive launch, range and system architecture and modeling technologies. Lockheed Martin responded to each of these BAAs with innovation and end-to-end solutions.

“The need to design, build and deploy responsive space systems that provide timely data to the warfighter is a top priority for our customer,” said Phil Bowen, director of Surveillance and Intelligence Systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “Our responsive space capabilities combine Lockheed Martin’s proven experience and leading edge technologies in providing affordable and responsive solutions and we look forward to collaborating with the ORS office and our industry teammates on this important initiative.”

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