The White House will reexamine its current policy toward how the Defense Department and intelligence community use commercial imagery, which if it downplays the importance of using such imagery in a revised policy would likely further dampen the commercial imagery market.
NATO officials have signed a $1.7 billion contract with Northrop Grumman for five Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles that the alliance plans to use for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
Satellite imaging services provider DigitalGlobe has rejected a $792 million takeover offer from rival GeoEye maintaining that the hostile bid substantially undervalued the company.
The House Armed Services Committee has designated $260 million in its mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 for the Air Force to continue operating its Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles.
Momentum for satellite export reform stalled by complex and technical nature of the issue.
The Air Force is reflecting on the size of its satellite systems, but not in the traditional military sense, where bigger has always seemed to be better.
DARPA wants to reduce the military's reliance on Global Positioning System satellite guidance for advanced munitions, missiles and other weapons by putting a navigation system on a chip.
Satellite communications take on a new role as military space assets redeploy and budgets decline.