President Joe Biden issued a national security blueprint that lays out broad goals and priorities for his administration.
The White House said Feb. 23 has no schedule for nominating a NASA administrator as a new round of rumors swirl about who might be selected to lead the agency.
The Space Force, NASA and executives in the space industry breathed a collective sigh of relief earlier this month when the Biden administration finally provided some answers to lingering questions about its support for military and civilian space activities.
The White House said the National Security Council from now on will issue “national security memorandums” to replace the Trump administration’s space policy directives.
The Biden administration's national security space policy is not expected to depart significantly from the previous administration’s guidelines.
Eleven Democratic members of the U.S. Senate have asked President Joe Biden to maintain “robust funding” of NASA’s Human Landing System program given uncertainties about how the agency will proceed with that effort.
"We are not revisiting the decision to establish the Space Force,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Deputy defense secretary nominee Kathleen Hicks had a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 2.
The chief executive of Virgin Orbit's sister company VOX Space called on the Biden administration to continue the National Space Council.
As Joe Biden begins the first year of his presidency, there is still much we don’t know about where he and his vice president, Kamala Harris, stand on major issues in civil and national security space. There are, nonetheless, several key space issues the new administration will have to address.
David Zikusoka will serve as special assistant at the office of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Leonor Tomero will be deputy assistant director for nuclear and missile defense programs.