Today’s Tidbits: September 23, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: September 23, 2017

Here are our tidbits for today, September 23, 2017.  Be sure to check our website for feature-length stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live-tweeting of space policy events.

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Mattis Slams Lack of Budget Predictability As Greatest Threat

Mattis Slams Lack of Budget Predictability As Greatest Threat

Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned on Wednesday that Washington’s inability to provide funding stability is the greatest threat facing military readiness. If defense budget caps are not lifted, “we are questioning whether America has the ability to survive.”

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Bridenstine Wins Shelby’s Endorsement, Identifies Key NASA Challenges

Bridenstine Wins Shelby’s Endorsement, Identifies Key NASA Challenges

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) endorsed Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be the next Administrator of NASA today. Shelby chairs the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, making his support quite significant. Bridenstine also has submitted answers to questions posed by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in preparation for his nomination hearing.  They lay out what he sees as the key challenges facing the agency.

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WSJ Reports Northrop Grumman to Buy Orbital ATK

WSJ Reports Northrop Grumman to Buy Orbital ATK

The Wall Street Journal is reporting tonight that Northrop Grumman is close to a deal to purchase Orbital ATK. An announcement could come as early as tomorrow (Monday).  The two companies are major defense contractors with substantial involvement in space programs, though they are only part of each company’s broad portfolios. [UPDATE, September 18:  OrbitalATK confirms this morning that it will be acquired by Northrop Grumman for $9.2 billion ($7.8 billion in cash plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt.]

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