Re: Air Force Space Command to discontinue space surveillance system

From: Nick Eftimiades (neftimiades@gmail.com)
Date: Wed Aug 14 2013 - 16:33:34 UTC

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    Brian,
    
    Just because the funding pots are different doesn't mean the decision is not linked. In fact, I can't possibly see how the decision could be made without considering the S band fence.
    
    
    
    On 14 Aug 2013, at 17:41, Brian Weeden <brian.weeden@gmail.com> wrote:
    
    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.
    
    
    
    ---------
    Brian
    
    
    
    On Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM, Allen Thomson <thomsona@flash.net> 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 <brian.weeden@gmail.com>
    > *To:*
    > *Cc:* "seesat-l@satobs.org" <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    > *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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