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Space News has a thought-provoking op-ed by John Logsdon this week. Dr. Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University, is the "dean" of space policy analysts and the Apollo era is a particular speciality. He also was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.
The Secure World Foundation and the Arms Control Association sponsored a seminar yesterday on President Obama's new national space policy. The organizations plan to post a transcript of the meeting in the near future. In the meantime, DODBuzz reported on it.
Jeff Abramson of the Arms Control Associaion was the moderator. Speakers were:
Also, Jeff Kueter at the Marshall Institute has posted his analysis, including a side-by-side comparison, of the Obama policy compared with President George W. Bush's 2006 version.
National Security Adviser James Jones yesterday announced plans to create a new single independent agency to handle export controls at a luncheon on Capitol Hill for the Senate Aerospace Caucus. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) praised the decision in a press release that summarized the talk, which was also reported by news organizations. This "Single Licensing Agency" will be governed by a board of directors composed of cabinet officials from agencies with export control responsibilities according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and The HIll.
UPDATE: House Subcommittee Takes No Position On Obama Exploration Plan, Restricts Availability of Funds
UPDATE: Subcommittee staff explained after the markup that funding for the various mission directorates was not cut, but that funds for labor costs were shifted into the Cross-Agency Support line. Also, the restrictions on spending for exploration do not apply to the COTS commercial cargo activity since that it already authorized.
Subcommittee chairman Alan Mollohan (D-WV) made it clear that he considers the Constellation "program of record" unexecutable from a fiscal standpoint, but said that the subcommittee takes no position on the President's proposal. Instead, he feels that this should be determined through the authorization process and therefore no funds could be spent until Congress deliberates on an authorization bill, passes it, and the President signs it into law.
Subcommittee staff explained after the markup that funds were not cut from the various mission directorates, but money in those accounts for labor costs were transferred into Cross-Agency Support.
Here are links to the new national space policy and official comments by government officials.
- Statement by President Obama: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report yesterday assessing how export controls in six countries -- Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom -- differ from the United States. It also assesses how two proposed Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties, with the United Kingdom and with Australia, will change export controls. The report does not make any recommendations, but notes that the report may help inform U.S. efforts to reform the export control system.
The White House released a new national space policy today. Its tone is markedly different from that of the 2006 policy released by President George W. Bush, reaching out to industry and international partners. In a written press statement, the President said that "above all, this policy is about the boundless possibilities of the future...We do not fear the future; we embrace the future. Even in times of trial, we do not turn inward; we harness the ingenuity and talents of our people, we set bold goals for our nation, and we lead the world in new frontiers...."
Andy Pasztor at the Wall Street Journal has a story about what he's heard about the new national space policy.
The following events may be of interest in the coming week. For more information, see our calendar on the right menu or click the links below. Times, dates, and witnesses for congressional hearings and other activities are subject to change. Check the relevant committee's website for up to date information. All times are EDT.
During the Week
Wednesday-Thursday, June 30-July 1
Whenever it is formally released, President Obama's new national space policy will have a very different tone than his predecessor's.
"Responsible use of space. The United States considers the sustainability, stability, and free access to, and use of, space vital to its national interests. It is the shared interest of all nations to act responsibly in ways that emphasize openness and transparency, and help prevent mishaps, misperceptions, and mistrust.
Events of Interest