Space security hearing postponed

[Update: the hearing has been postponed “until further notice”, according to the committee’s web site]

The House Armed Services Committee Strategic Forces subcommittee is holding a hearing this afternoon on “space and U.S. security”, according to the brief description on the committee’s web site. The hearing is at 3 pm EDT in Rayburn 2212 and […]

Policy vs. implementation

In today’s issue of The Space Review, I have an article summarizing a recent space policy roundtable in DC organized by CSIS. (Because of the ground rules of the discussion, none of the comments are attributed to any of the attendees.) A quick summary of the article:

The problem is not developing policy but actually […]

Is NASA really at a disadvantage?

A Florida Today article reports on a hearing by the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on “The Place of NASA & NSF in the Overall Science Enterprise” (a hearing that, unfortunately, was neither webcast nor summarized by the subcommittee). At the hearing, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) argued that a lack […]

The wisdom of freshmen

Give Rep. Parker Griffith (D-AL), the new congressman from northern Alabama, credit for a little humility: “When asked how much his being on the House Science Committee affected a boost in President Obama’s NASA budget outline, Congressman Parker Griffith smiled Friday and admitted, ‘Very little.’” And that’s probably an overestimate.

Also over the weekend, Rep. […]

Florida vs. Alabama

Today is Florida Space Day, when representatives of the state’s space industry as well as Space Florida meet with state legislators in Tallahassee “to discuss the challenges we face in ensuring Florida remains at the forefront of the nation’s space program.” And that challenge, according to an article in today’s Orlando Sentinel, may be based […]