AFSPC Officials Decide De-activation of AFSSS

Air-Force-Space-CommandSequestration has resulted in many resource constraints. Thus, according to the recent findings, officials at Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) have guided the 21st Space Wing to be ready to cease the Air Force Space Surveillance System's (AFSSS) operations by October 1.

Over the coming few weeks, final verdicts would be announced on each fiscal 2014 budget issue.

It is being said that the discontinuation of operations would mean the AFSSS not being maintained in operational status. Nevertheless, a final disposition determination would be awaited before removing the equipment.

According to the revelations, the sites of AFSSS run under contract. It has been informed by the 21st SW to Five Rivers Services in Colorado Springs, Colo., the vendor, that the next contract option to start October 1st might not be run by it.

The discontinuation of the AFSSS is being expected to bring a cost saving of almost $14 million a year. The start of the same would probably be seen in fiscal 2014.

The report said that modified operating modes have been planned by AFSPC officials for Cavalier Air Force Station's Perimeter Acquisition Radar Characterization System, N. D., and for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.'s space surveillance radar.

"When combined with the new Joint Space Operations Center's high-performance computing environment, the new fence will truly represent a quantum leap forward in space situational awareness for the nation", said AFSPC's commander, General William L. Shelton.