With lean fiscal years ahead and its credibility in procuring military satellite systems eroded, the U.S. Air Force is reluctant to propose new space programs. So senior leaders are pushing industry to squeeze more capability out of systems being fielded in the coming months, starting with the service’s premier missile-warning constellation. “We need to figure out a way to make the missions go farther without spending any more money,” Gen. Robert Kehler, who oversees U.S. Strategic ...


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