DoD is taking a "clean sheet" look at how reserve components would support the U.S. Space Force
In his Feb. 3 SpaceNews opinion piece, Louis Friedman argues that the NASA authorization bill that recently cleared a House space subcommittee is best direction for America in space. The bill, H.R. 5666, would require the United States to abandon the moon after a flags and footprints lunar landing (while effectively preventing commercial firms from participating). We could not disagree more.
Language in a fiscal year 2020 spending bill suggests that Congress is unlikely to act soon on the future of the Office of Space Commerce or the Commerce Department’s proposed role in handing civil space traffic management.
A final fiscal year 2020 spending bill released by congressional appropriators Dec. 16 would give NASA more than $22.6 billion, but falls short of the agency’s request for lunar lander development.
Smith said he offered to help Boeing but the company wasn't interested.
Senate defense appropriators support DoD space request, propose ‘tactical responsive launch’ program
The SAC-D fully funded the $1.2 billion request for the National Security Space Launch program.
The intelligence community and the DoD agreed to align U.S. Space Command and the NRO into a unified defense structure.
The committee cited concerns about the "turmoil surrounding the Space Development Agency."
The House and Senate voted in support of a space service to be nested inside the Air Force, but much still remains unresolved.
Several provisions in the markup address space procurement policy and assign specific tasks to the Space Development Agency.
The small launch amendments made it into the SASC markup that the committee voted in a closed session May 22 to advance to the Senate floor.
The HAC notes that the decision to not back the $72 million request should not be read as a complete rejection of the idea of establishing a Space Force.
House appropriators would block funding for the Space Development Agency pending a report on SDA's future projects and roles.
Defense appropriators complained about a lack of information despite efforts by Pentagon officials to brief lawmakers and staffs since the proposal was rolled out in late February.
The United States should do more to protect its space systems and build capabilities as a form of deterrence, experts said.
Moore’s Law has come home to roost in the space business. Taking seven to 10 years to develop and deploy operational space systems is no longer efficient nor acceptable.