House Debates Funding for NASA, NOAA, NSF

House Debates Funding for NASA, NOAA, NSF

The House of Representatives is currently debating the FY2010 appropriations bill for Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), including NASA, NOAA and NSF. Aficionados may follow the debate on C-Span (www.c-span.org). No votes are expected tonight.

Gil Klinger to be New Director of Space and Intelligence Capabilities in USD/ATL?

Gil Klinger to be New Director of Space and Intelligence Capabilities in USD/ATL?

Space News (subscription required) reports that Gil Klinger will replace Josh Hartman as director of space and intelligence capabilities and senior advisor to Ashton Carter, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD/ATL), the top acquisition post at DOD. Mr. Hartman had been advisor to Mr. Carter’s predecessor, John Young. Klinger is …

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New NRO Director Named

New NRO Director Named

Gen. Bruce Carlson (USAF, Ret.) is the new Director of the National Reconnaissance Office according to a Department of Defense press release. One of his previous assignments was commander, 8th Air Force and Joint Functional Component Commander for Space and Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command. His appointment had been rumored for several weeks.

Events of Interest Week of June 15-19, 2009 (revised June 14)

Events of Interest Week of June 15-19, 2009 (revised June 14)

This revision adds a House Rules Committee meeting to formulate the rule for House consideration of the CJS appropriations bill on Monday, and two more hearings on Thursday (House Armed Services re export controls, and House Oversight and Investigations on Oversight of Federal Financial Management) . Check our calendar for details of these meetings. All …

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Fate of FY2009 Funding for Commercial Crew and Cargo Still Unclear

Fate of FY2009 Funding for Commercial Crew and Cargo Still Unclear

The House Appropriations Committee published a list of terminations and reductions in the FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill last week. A notable item was a reduction of $113.9 million for commercial crew and cargo in FY2009. To reduce or eliminate existing appropriations is called a rescission. Just as a law must be passed to …

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Fireworks Expected at HASC Markup Tuesday

Fireworks Expected at HASC Markup Tuesday

Congress Daily (subscription required) reports that Republicans are likely to use the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC’s) full committee markup of the FY2010 DOD authorization bill on Tuesday as a venue to “portray Democrats as failing to keep America safe from rogue nations and terrorists.” The debate is likely to center on the Obama Administration’s …

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House Appropriations Committee Report on CJS Bill Now Available on the Web

House Appropriations Committee Report on CJS Bill Now Available on the Web

The report to accompany the FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations act is now available on the Web. It provides details about the committee’s decisions regarding NASA and other agencies in the bill. The bill number is H.R. 2847 and the report number is H. Rept. 111-149. Both are available through the Thomas website: http://thomas.loc.gov. Or …

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House Appropriations Committee Details NASA Cuts and Terminations in FY2009 and FY2010

House Appropriations Committee Details NASA Cuts and Terminations in FY2009 and FY2010

The House Appropriations Committee has posted the FY2010 Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations bill (unnumbered) as ordered reported from committee, along with a summary of the bill, and a list of terminations and reductions. The committee made the following terminations and reductions to NASA for either FY2009 or FY2010: Termination NASA visitor centers, program terminated to …

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Mike Griffin Unleashed

Mike Griffin Unleashed

It’s not as though former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin shied away from speaking his mind when he was in Washington, but now that he is a professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, he is even more free to say what he thinks. The Associated Press printed an interview with him today, when he provides …

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HASC Strategic Forces Subcommitte Marks Up FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill (H.R. 2647)

HASC Strategic Forces Subcommitte Marks Up FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill (H.R. 2647)

The House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic Forces marked up its portion of the FY2010 DOD authorization bill, H.R. 2647, on June 11, 2009. The subcommittee’s mark includes $11 billion for national security space programs, including $9 billion for Air Force space programs. Other HASC subcommittees also are marking up this week, and full …

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