WASHINGTON — At 3:04 PM on Monday the Senate received President Trump’s formal nomination of Mark Esper to be secretary of defense. At that time, Esper ceased to serve as acting secretary of defense and is solely serving as secretary of the Army. As directed by Executive Order 13533 issued in March 2010, “Providing an [...]
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WASHINGTON — The chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee have denied a Pentagon request to allocate $15 million to the Space Development Agency in fiscal year 2019. They made that decision based on concerns about a leadership upheaval at the four-month-old agency and confusion about what it is supposed to do. [...]
WASHINGTON — Small satellites that meet certain criteria from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will be eligible for simpler licensing at roughly one-fifteenth the cost of current licenses. Under newly proposed rules, smallsat operators will be able to choose a licensing path — for authorization as a domestic operator or for U.S. market access as [...]
Statement by Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on the Nomination of Dr. Esper to be Secretary of Defense
IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement by Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on the nomination of Dr. Esper to be secretary of defense: At 3:04 p.m. today, the Senate received the president's formal nomination of Dr. Mark T. Esper to be secretary of defense. At that time, Esper ceased to serve as acting secretary of defense and is [...]
IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Department of Defense released its Digital Modernization Strategy on July 12, 2019. This strategy will guide the DOD Information Technology transformation. The DOD Digital Modernization Strategy is critical for the advancement of the digital environment to ultimately ensure competitive advantage for warfighters. Within the strategy are four strategic initiatives: Innovation for advantage [...]
WASHINGTON — The Senate and the House have passed competing versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Both give the Pentagon the green light to stand up a military space branch, although they diverge on the details. The legislative action so far is being hailed by the Trump administration as a [...]
CORAL SEA (NNS) -- Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) underway in the Coral Sea July 12, during Talisman Sabre. While aboard Ronald Reagan, the Prime Minister met with several senior ranking U.S. Navy officials during a tour of the ship, observed flight operations and spoke with the Ronald [...]
WASHINGTON — A month after NASA rolled out a strategy to increase commercial use of the International Space Station, some in Congress are skeptical of the effort. At a July 10 hearing of the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee, some members suggested that allowing commercial activities on the station, including visits by private astronauts, wasn’t [...]
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 15, 2019—Abigail Hunter, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Computational Physics Division, and Shea Mosby, of the Laboratory’s Physics Division, have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. “Abigail has become a technical thought leader within the Laboratory’s weapons program and our materials modeling community, as well as an [...]
This article originally appeared in the June 10, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Founded in 1960 to help the U.S. Air Force develop the first missiles, rockets and satellites, the El Segundo, California-based nonprofit currently finds itself increasingly called upon to help the Defense Department navigate a rapidly evolving commercial space industry. Kevin Bell, vice [...]