House and Senate Unanimously Approve Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Bill

House and Senate Unanimously Approve Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Bill

The House unanimously agreed to the conference report on the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act (S. 454, conference report H. Rept. 111-124) on May 21, 2009, clearing the measure for the President. The Senate unanimously approved the conference report a day earlier. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

Operationally Responsive Space on Air Force FY2010 Unfunded Priorities List

Operationally Responsive Space on Air Force FY2010 Unfunded Priorities List

Thanks to Aviation Week’s Amy Butler for posting the Air Force’s unfunded requirements list for FY2010 on her blog so that is available on the Web. Third on the list of 20 items is $103 million for the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) program. Of the 18 unclassified programs on the list, it is the only …

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President Tells STS-125 Crew "You inspire us all"

President Tells STS-125 Crew "You inspire us all"

In a May 20, 2009 phone call with the orbiting STS-125 crew, President Obama told them “The space program’s always described our willingness to stretch beyond current boundaries and to look at things in new ways. So, in that way, you inspire us all…” He declined to tell the crew his choice for the new …

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House and Senate Conferees Reach Agreement on Defense Acquisition Reform

House and Senate Conferees Reach Agreement on Defense Acquisition Reform

House and Senate conferees reached agreement on May 19, 2009 on legislation (H.R. 2101/S. 454) to reform the defense acquisition process. GAO earlier had reported that for DOD’s 96 major acquisition programs in 2008, total R&D costs were 42% higher than originally estimated and the programs experienced an average delay of 22 months in delivering …

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White House Press Secretary on Bolden Meeting with the President

White House Press Secretary on Bolden Meeting with the President

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had the following comment during his press briefing at 1:46 pm regarding the meeting between President Obama and Charlie Bolden earlier in the day: Q Can you read out the meeting with Charles Holden [sic] today? MR. GIBBS: I will. I don’t know when that is, but we will …

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AP Reports Obama Met with Bolden But No Announcement "Immediately"

AP Reports Obama Met with Bolden But No Announcement "Immediately"

The Associated Press reports that President Obama met with Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden (Ret.), rumored to be his choice to become the new NASA administrator, but that “the administration isn’t expected to announce a new NASA chief immediately.”

Obama Meeting with Potential New NASA Administrator Postponed to May 19

Obama Meeting with Potential New NASA Administrator Postponed to May 19

According to reports from AFP and the Associated Press, the meeting between President Obama and Charles Bolden, rumored to be his choice for NASA Administrator, was postponed from May 18 to May 19.

House Armed Services Schedules Hearing on Space and Missile Defense Programs, May 21

House Armed Services Schedules Hearing on Space and Missile Defense Programs, May 21

Five congressional hearings on civil and military space are now scheduled for the week of May 18, 2009. In addition to the four announced earlier, the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee has added a hearing on the FY2010 budget request for National Security Space and Missile Defense Programs. Witnesses will be Gen. Robert …

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Senate Appropriations Hearing on May 21 to Include Live Videoconference with Hubble Crew

Senate Appropriations Hearing on May 21 to Include Live Videoconference with Hubble Crew

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science will hold a hearing on NASA’s FY2010 budget request on May 21 at 11:00 am in Room 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. According to the committee’s website, as part of the hearing a live videoconference will be held with the STS-125 crew that is in orbit …

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White House Confirms President will Meet with Potential New NASA Administrator on Monday

White House Confirms President will Meet with Potential New NASA Administrator on Monday

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed that the President would meet on Monday with the person he hopes will accept the job as NASA Administrator, but Charlie Bolden was quoted by Space.com as saying that he has not been asked to meet with the President. May 15 White House Press Briefing Q …

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