Our Military / National Security Hearing Summaries
The Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on June 15, 2016 on "Human Spaceflight Ethics and Obligations: Options for Monitoring, Diagnosing and Treating Former Astronauts." Three current and former astronauts, including Scott Kelly who just set a new U.S. record for a long duration (340 days) spaceflight, NASA's Chief Medical Officer, and a medical ethicist, testified. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on June 15. Witnesses were:
A joint hearing was held on July 16, 2014 between the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). The hearing, Options for Assuring Domestic Space Access, was co-chaired by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) from Commerce and Sen, Mark Udall (D-CO) from SASC. Two main themes were how to cope with the possibility that Russian RD-180 engines might no longer be available because of strained U.S.-Russian relationships over Ukraine and SpaceX's effort to be certified by the Air Force to be awarded launch contracts. Space PolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on July 16.
A hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on February 4, 2014 on worldwide threats included discussions about counterspace threats to U.S. space assets as well as a pitch to support the U.S. commercial space sector. Ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) was the committee member who raised these issues in his opening statement and in a dialogue with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the space-related portions of the hearing was published on February 5.
Two subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) held a hearing on January 28, 2014 to discuss China's counterspace capabilities and their threat to U.S. national security. Witnesses were:
SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on January 28, 2014.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on October 11, 2013 on "The Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Our Economic Security." The hearing took place while the U.S. Government was partially shutdown at the beginning of FY2014 because Congress had not passed any of the FY2014 appropriations bills. Among the witnesses was Marion Blakey, President of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on October 12, 2013, under the title "Nelson Tells Blakey: Put a Fire Under Your Executives."
The Strategic Forces Subcommittees of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and House Armed Services Committee (HASC) held hearings on April 24 and April 25, 2013 respectively on the FY2014 budget requests for military/national security space programs. SpacePolicyOnline.com published three articles summarizing various aspects of these hearings:
The Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) held a hearing on the FY2014 budget request for national security space activities on April 25, 2013. One of the topics discussed was the somewhat surprising revelation that the Department of Defense is using a Chinese communications satellite for services needed for a particular area of operations. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on April 27, 2013.
The Senate Armed Services Committee's Srategic Forces subcommittee held a hearing on March 21, 2012 on the FY2013 budget request for military space programs. These SpacePolicyOnline.com hearing notes were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on March 23, 2012 under the title “Senators Cool to Space Code of Conduct; GAO Praises DOD on Acquisition Progress.”
The Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on February 8, 2012 on "A Review of Issues Associated with Protecting and Improving our Nation’s Aviation Satellite-Based Global Positioning System Infrastructure." This SpacePolicyOnline.com recap of the hearing originally appeared as an article on SpacePolicyOnline.com on February 8 under the title "LightSquared Gets Pounded Again at Another Congressional Hearing."
The Senate Armed Services Committee's Strategic Forces Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2010 military space budget on May 20, 2009. A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of this congressional hearing is available here (View PDF).