The U.S. Air Force must head back to the drawing board in 2012 to once again rethink its successor to the aging Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft currently in orbit, now that Congress has preemptively taken the budget ax to Northrop Grumman’s Defense Weather Satellite System (DWSS). The fiscal 2012 defense spending bill passed last week provides $43 million in termination costs for DWSS and $125 million for a follow-on satellite. Lawmakers cut the Pentagon’s ...

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