Re: Air Force Space Command to discontinue space surveillance system

From: Brian Weeden (
Date: Wed Aug 14 2013 - 15:41:01 UTC

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    The procurement of the new S-Band Fence is not linked to the shutdown of
    the old AFSSS. The money for the two projects comes from two completely
    separate funding pots - Operations and Maintenance (O&M) funds for
    operating the existing AFSSS versus Research, Development, Testing, &
    Evaluation (RDT&E) funds for procuring the new S-Band Fence.
    On Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM, Allen Thomson <> wrote:
    > A bit earlier 2017 was given as the IOC for the Kwajalein S-band radar,
    > but the project has been under review since sequestration.  The second
    > S-band seems to have disappeared from the discussion.
    > [OT]
    > BTW, note that the savings that are claimed from shutting down the present
    > VHF system are claimed to be $14M/yr, whereas the cost of procuring the
    > S-band system will run in the $1B-$3B range, presumably spread out over a
    > decade or so. The financial logic of that is not totally obvious.
    > [/OT]
    >   ------------------------------
    >  *From:* Brian Weeden <>
    > *To:*
    > *Cc:* "" <>
    > *Sent:* Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:02 AM
    > *Subject:* Re: Air Force Space Command to discontinue space surveillance
    > system
    > Note that no date for IOC of either the new S-Band Space Fence or JMS was
    > provided. They are still dreams for the future.
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