The House Appropriations Committee commended the Air Force’s launch procurement strategy for increasing competition and eliminating U.S. reliance on Russian rocket engines.
The Army’s top leaders have voiced full support for the Trump administration’s Space Force proposal but don’t plan to turn over the entire Army space cadre to the new service.
When the Pentagon revealed March 13 that the Space Development Agency had been officially created, the reaction was a mix of confusion, excitement and disappointment.
The Air Force 45th Space Wing is gearing up for three high-profile space launches at Cape Canaveral over the coming months.
The fact that we are hearing conflicting stories coming from the Pentagon and from SMC speaks to the political scrutiny surrounding the National Security Space Launch program.
The trade association that represents small satellite manufacturers is making a fresh push on Capitol Hill to ensure funds are included in the Pentagon’s budget for smallsat technologies.
In these times of transition and uncertainty, the national security space industry needs a prominent voice in Washington, says Steve Jacques, the acting executive director of a newly formed nonprofit, the National Security Space Association.
The question of how SMC is positioning itself for the future is gaining attention in light of the Pentagon’s decision to establish a Space Development Agency, which some view as a long-term existential threat to SMC.
The Space Development Agency officially came into existence last week and already is causing a stir.
During hearings on Capitol Hill where the proposed Space Force has been a topic of discussion, lawmakers have not been shy about taking shots at the Air Force for doing a bad job managing space.
It has been a turbulent few days in the Air Force since Secretary Heather Wilson announced she will be stepping down to become president of the University of Texas El Paso.
From what we know so far about SDA’s intended mission — to bring cutting-edge commercial space technology into military space systems — this does not pose a direct threat to SMC, says one of its former commanders, retired Air Force Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski.
Once approved by the White House, the Pentagon will send a legislative proposal to Capitol Hill that lays out how the Space Force would be organized. Then officials will begin to brief lawmakers and staffers and they are sure to face a lot of tough questions.