Space didn't come up in the congressional hearings, but a continuing resolution could still derail the military's plans.
After years of relatively flat budgets, the Republican-controlled Congress and Trump administration might support increased spending for federal defense, intelligence and civil agency programs focused on geospatial intelligence, said Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
The White House’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal seeks to cancel five NASA Earth science projects and confirms plans to shut down the agency’s education office as part of more than $560 million in cuts from 2017.
More than $560 million in budget cuts will be spread across many NASA programs, from science to human spaceflight, when the White House releases its complete fiscal year 2018 budget proposal next week.
Don’t look for a line item marked “resiliency” in the space budget. That was the message from top Defense Department space officials at this month's Washington Space Business Roundtable lunch.
A long-overdue fiscal year 2017 spending bill unveiled early May 1 will provide NASA with $19.65 billion, more than $600 million above the original request for the agency by the previous administration.
"Perhaps there will be some future bill that makes a difference for Mars, but this is not it," he wrote.
During his campaign, President Trump called for more airplanes, more ships and more soldiers, but said little about bolstering the space capabilities these forces rely upon.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank is among nine federal programs targeted for elimination under a hit list the White House Office of Management and Budget circulated this week, according to The New York Times.
The space community likely has a few more months to wait before it gets an idea of what U.S. space policy under the Donald Trump administration may look like, a top aerospace analyst said Jan. 25.
U.S. defense stocks rode Donald Trump’s unexpected victory to solid gains, a sign Wall Street thinks the president-elect will make good on his campaign promise to boost defense spending. Analysts say some of that increase, presumably, would find its way into military space programs.
The U.S. Air Force plans to invest more than $1.2 billion over the next five years to develop a new launch system that would aim to end the Defense Department’s reliance on a Russian rocket engine, according to budget documents released Feb. 9.
A massive U.S. government spending bill, released Dec. 16, effectively ends a ban on the Russian rocket engine that powers ULA's Atlas 5 rocket.