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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Sen. Cantwell Says NPOESS IRT Report is "Pretty Damning"

Sen. Cantwell Says NPOESS IRT Report is "Pretty Damning"

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Commerce subcommittee with jurisdiction over NOAA, said that the report of the NPOESS Independent Review Team, chaired by Tom Young, is “pretty damning of the current process.” NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said that fixing NPOESS was one of her highest priorities, and the three agencies (NOAA, DOD, …

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Augustine Panel Meetings: Mark Your Calendars!

Augustine Panel Meetings: Mark Your Calendars!

NASA has announced the dates of not only the first meeting (June 17) of the Augustine panel on options for NASA’s human space flight program, but for other meetings throughout its three-month term. In addition to June 17 in Washington D.C., other public meetings are scheduled for July 28 in Huntsville, July 30 in Cape …

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Aligning Policies and Budgets: Dwayne Day's Recap of the GWU Symposium

Aligning Policies and Budgets: Dwayne Day's Recap of the GWU Symposium

Dwayne Day has written an excellent summary for The Space Review of last week’s symposium “Aligning Policies and Budgets,” sponsored by George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute: “Space policy 101: Civil Space 2009.” I was pleased to be invited to be a member of one of the panels. My Powerpoint presentation is available here. Three …

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NASA Budget Markup Today — Will Money for Exploration be Restored?

NASA Budget Markup Today — Will Money for Exploration be Restored?

The full House Appropriations Committee will markup the bill that includes NASA’s FY2010 funding (the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill) at 11:00 am today, June 9, in 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. According to the committee’s website, the markup will be webcast. This is a crucial step for NASA’s budget and the Constellation program. Last …

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No Changes to NASA Budget in Markup

No Changes to NASA Budget in Markup

No changes were made to the NASA budget today during full committee markup of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill for FY2010. The budget for the Constellation program remains at $3.2 billion, or $700 million below the $3.9 billion requested by the Obama Administration. CJS subcommittee chairman Alan Mollohan (D-WV) said that he expects …

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New SpacePolicyOnline.com Fact Sheet Now Available: "What's a Markup?: Answers to That and Other Legislative Mysteries"

New SpacePolicyOnline.com Fact Sheet Now Available: "What's a Markup?: Answers to That and Other Legislative Mysteries"

Our listing of events includes two markups this week. Wonder what a markup is? Check out our new fact sheet, “What’s a Markup?: Answers to That and Other Legislative Mysteries” on the left menu of our home page under “Fact Sheets and Reports.” Or just View it now.

Augustine Panel Seeks Public Input

Augustine Panel Seeks Public Input

NASA has set up a website for the Augustine panel that is assessing options for NASA’s future human space flight program — officially the Review of Human Space Flight Plans Committee. Not only does it provide information about the committee’s activities, but it is a place where the public can connect with the committee and …

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Events of Interest Week of June 8-12, 2009 (Updated June 7)

Events of Interest Week of June 8-12, 2009 (Updated June 7)

The following events that may be of interest have been announced for next week. This article is updated to add the June 9 House Appropriations Committee full committee markup of the CJS bill (which includes NASA, NOAA and NSF) since it is now on the Congress Daily (subscription required) calendar. Note: dates, times and witnesses …

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NASA Receives $18.2 Billion in CJS Markup, $486 Mission Less Than Requested

NASA Receives $18.2 Billion in CJS Markup, $486 Mission Less Than Requested

Rep. Alan Mollohan, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science (including NASA), released a statement that the subcommittee approved $18.2 billion for NASA for FY2010. While the statement says that it is an increase of $421 million over last year’s level, it is a cut of $486 million from the President’s request …

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