Recently, Air Force Space Command indicated that the space fence will be discontinued on October 1.[source]
Due to resource constraints caused by sequestration, Air Force Space Command officials have directed the 21st Space Wing to prepare to discontinue operations at the Air Force Space Surveillance System by Oct. 1. Final decisions on all fiscal 2014 budget issues will be made over the next few weeks.
How will this decision affect contractors who are involved in the development and maintenance of the space fence?
I've read a lot of public information about contracts possibly getting canceled, but also about new systems possibly replacing the old ones. Has the Air Force released any plans for what new systems might be and how they will be divided between contractors?
More info on the space fence:
The AFSSS, which has been operational since 1961, is just one part of AFSPC’s global Space Surveillance Network. The system is designed to transmit a “fence” of radar energy vertically into space to detect all objects intersecting that fence. The operational advantage of the AFSSS is its ability to detect objects in an un-cued fashion, rather than tracking objects based on previous information. The disadvantage is the inherent inaccuracy of the data, based on its dated design. The new operating modes at Cavalier AFS and Eglin AFB will provide more accuracy than the AFSSS and still collect un-cued observations.