The U.S. Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 28) confirmed two more of President Obama’s picks for top military space posts, completing a leadership shuffle that began when Lt. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond got the nod to lead Air Force Space Command.
Every year, the space community tunes into the State of the Union speech to see what the President might say about space in the address. And, nearly every year, those people are disappointed by the end of the speech, as space gets crowded out by other domestic and foreign policy priorities. This year was different, though.
In a sort of state-of-the-agency address Jan. 20, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden warned against hitting the reset button on the space policies the Obama administration has set over the last six years.
The leader of the world’s pre-eminent space and military power is always in position to make a mark on space; the question is whether that person has any desire to do so. In the case of U.S. President Barack Obama, the desire is clearly there, and thus he tops the list of 10 difference-makers for the second year in a row.