While the U.S. has had a lot of success with medium-altitude unmanned aircraft against non-state actors, more technologically formidable militaries such as China's could be a problem.
Budgetary pressures and the wide variety of threats prompt SOCOM to prioritize its ISR resources to reflect each threat.
The contract calls for continued support of three generations of satellite communications.
The low-power, low-cost Optical Orbital Debris Spotter will allow for greater monitoring of the space debris threatening critical satellite infrastructure.
The service is boosting pay and retention bonuses, training more pilots and reducing the number of missions.
Northrop Grumman will maintain and modernize the long-range ISR aircraft over the next five years.
The Space and Missile Defense Command is testing small satellites that could deliver over-the-horizon voice, data and imagery.
The Space and Missile Command has amended a research agreement streamlining EELV certification.