Policy & Politics
With a two-week extension of the stopgap spending bill funding much of the federal government enacted, the outgoing chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA says he’s hopeful to get a final spending bill approved before that bill expires.
During a Q&A session at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit to promote the space industry as an engine of innovation and economic growth, Griffin said he does not know when or how a new military branch will be organized.
President Trump has been insistent that a Space Force should be a completely independent military department. One way to organize the new service would be by establishing a Space Force under a larger Department of the Air and Space Force.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, the winner of SpaceNews' 2018 military space Government Leader of the Year award, said as the Trump administration moves forward with plans to create a new military branch for space — an effort she supports — the Air Force is keeping focused on the space mission.
At the Reagan National Defense Forum and the West Coast Aerospace Forum this weekend, analysts and former defense officials roundly criticized the Pentagon for lacking a solid plan to modernize capabilities in areas where China and Russia are advancing.
Despite serving just a single term in the White House, the late President George H.W. Bush is remembered as playing a key role in space policy as the country transitioned from the Cold War competition with the Soviet Union to a more cooperative relationship with Russia.
A Space Force without the complementary effort of diplomacy and confidence building would be a recipe for incalculable escalation of unnecessary tension between states.
The plan has drawn criticism and stirred questions about why DoD is creating a new agency to do what existing space procurement organizations already do in the Air Force, the Army, the Navy and the intelligence community.
Instead of using Galileo's military-grade signal, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the U.K. will explore building its own GNSS.
Defense officials acknowledge that rearranging budget priorities is like turning around a battleship.
During a White House meeting on Thursday, Pentagon and administration officials discussed the possibility of establishing a Space Force under a larger Department of the Air and Space Force.
Survey reveals President Trump’s proposal to create a new U.S. Space Force lacks broad public support.
The clock is ticking for Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and a team of senior Pentagon officials to complete a legislative proposal that fulfills President Donald Trump’s orders to establish a military branch for space.
Gen. C.Q. Brown: One of the concerns is that China will jam military satellite communications. “If I can’t guarantee that comms will be up the entire time, how do forces execute mission orders?”
While there are indeed real threats the United States faces in space, the political and public discourse about both the threats and solutions leaves much to be desired.