Washington DC Gets Back to Work, RD-180 Hearing On Track

Washington DC Gets Back to Work, RD-180 Hearing On Track

The Washington, D.C. area is slowly recovering from the Snowzilla blizzard and government offices reopen today with a three hour delay.  The Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC’s) website shows that the 9:30 am ET hearing on RD-180 rocket engines will take place as scheduled.

Most schools are still closed and the traffic reports at this hour (6:00 am) are chock full of accidents closing portions of major highways, so still be sure to check to see if any meeting you plan to attend will, in fact, take place.

Virtually all congressional committees webcast their hearings, so the SASC hearing should be viewable on the committee’s website without making the trek to Capitol Hill.  Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall are scheduled to be at the witness table to continue the debate over how quickly an American alternative to Russia’s RD-180 rocket engine will be ready.  The issue is a bone of contention between SASC and the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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