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Update, March 12:  This event has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Original entry: Space Advocates, a nonpartisan congressional staff association, will hold its next meeting on March 13, 2020 in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building from 2:00-3:00 pm ET.

Russell Rumbaugh, systems director in the Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy, will speak about the “FY2021 President’s Budget Request for Defense Space.”

The emailed announcement  is reproduced below:

From John Shelton

(FYI: Starting March 11th, I will be moving to the Senate to work for Senator Mike Lee. I am handing management of Space Advocates over to Rick Podliska. If you have any questions or ideas for the group, please reach out to him.)

FY2021 President’s Budget Request For Defense Space

2-3 PM, March 13th in 2325 Rayburn

Please join us for the next meeting of Space Advocates on Friday, March 13th at 2:00 p.m. for a briefing on the President’s FY2021 Budget Request for Defense Space. There will be coffee and donuts, and the briefing will be followed by a question and answer session. RSVP to rick.podliska@mail.house.gov if you plan to come!

 For those of you new to the group, Space Advocates is a non-partisan staff association that promotes awareness of space and related issues through monthly briefings.

Defense Space

With the creation of the Space Force, the defense budget for space has become ever more salient and also more accessible. Russell Rumbaugh, an analyst for the Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy will discuss what is in the FY21 President’s Budget Request for defense space, how it compares to previous budgets, and what it forecasts for the future. At this time of increasing threats and commercial opportunities, defense space is a dynamic area with a direct impact on U.S. national security.

Info on Our Speaker

Russell Rumbaugh is a systems director in Aerospace’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. He is a recognized expert on the institutions, processes, and budgets of US national security because of his practical, academic, and operational experience.

Rumbaugh has practiced institutional defense policy at the highest levels. Twice he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, which runs the resourcing process in the Pentagon. He served as both special assistant to the Director and as operations research analyst. He also served as the defense and international affairs analyst on the Senate Budget Committee as professional staff, giving him practical experience in how Congress authorizes and appropriates defense resources. In addition, he served as military legislative assistant for Rep. Jim Cooper, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and as a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. In recognition of his contributions, Rumbaugh has twice been awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and also the OSD Award for Excellence.

Academically, besides his current role, Rumbaugh was analyst on defense acquisition policy for the Congressional Research Service and director of the Stimson Center’s budgeting for foreign affairs and defense program. At CRS, he published reports on acquisition, readiness and requirements. In his time at Stimson, he published work in Foreign Affairs, Joint Force Quarterly, and the New York Times, as well as independent studies examining topics such as defense procurement, public diplomacy, and the cost of nuclear weapons. He also has taught defense policy and programs as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Security Studies Program, George Mason University’s Schar School of Government, and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science and security studies.

Operationally, Rumbaugh began his career as a US Army infantry officer, earning a Ranger Tab and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.



March 13
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm