It’s not very surprising, but a Senate subcommittee voted earlier this week to cut money from several high-profile, troubled military space programs. The cuts, made by the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, include $250 million from the T-Sat program, $125 million from Space Radar, and $100 million from SBIRS. The House had already made similar cuts in its version of the budget. The cuts come at a time when there’s a strong debate over whether military space acquisition programs in general are “broken”, since nearly every major program is suffering from delays and cost overruns. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) said yesterday that these problems “threaten our space dominance”, while Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), who co-chairs the Congressional Space Power Caucus with Sen. Allard, warned last week that budget cuts like those working their way through Congress “seriously risk damaging our industrial base, and in turn, our capabilities.” This is a key issue arguably as important to the nation as NASA’s exploration plan, but with only a small fraction of the public visibility.