It only took a week and a half, but the new national space policy quietly released on the eve of Columbus Day weekend has finally received some heavyweight mainstream media attention, in the form of a front-page article in today’s Washington Post. The article is a fairly basic review of the policy, with a not-unexpected emphasis of provisions that support, or at least do not prohibit, potential weaponization in space. (The article does quote a “a senior administration official who was not authorized to speak on the record” as saying that “this policy is not about developing or deploying weapons in space. Period.”)
Other media outlets are following in the Post’s wake, including Reuters, which has an article based on the Post article and nothing else.
Meanwhile, UPI had an article yesterday about one aspect of the policy: a potential conflict between the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence. That conclusion comes from Steven Aftergood of FAS after a review of the policy statement that he believes “creates overlapping and possibly conflicting responsibilities” for the two officials.