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Top DoD Lawyer Gathers All Ukraine Aid Docs For Congress: ‘Routine’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


General Counsel Paul Nay directed DoD officials to “preserve all documents, records, and writings, and any associated attachments, in any format,” that relate to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.

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EU Plan To Boost Space Industry Draws White House Ire

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Scott Pace, executive director of the National Space Council, warned the EU about its plan for promoting homegrown industry — ironically, while speaking at an Atlantic Council event on the need for improved transatlantic relations in space.

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New Space Debris Rules Stalled By Year-Long Interagency Spat

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“Of all people, it’s the ‘space warmongers’ doing the most to try to sustain the (space) environment,” one DoD official said.

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HAC Stiffs New Commerce Bureau for Satellite Regulation

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House appropriators rejected Trump’s plan to put satellite regulation under the Commerce Department and chide Secretary Wilbur Ross for his refusal to testify on the 2020 budget request.

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Pence: 5G Plan Will Spur Space Innovation

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“President Trump has made it clear that the race to 5G is a race America will win,” Pence said.

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Congress Applauds VP Pence’s Surprise Nixing Of Truman Retirement

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon and Navy leadership say the USS Harry S. Truman must retire so modernization might live. The White House wants to blow that plan up.

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What Would Space Force FIX? No One Would Notice Its Disappearance

Posted by Bob Butterworth on


Born as what most thought was a joke in March 2018, President Trump’s Space Force had by June become a White House directive to the Pentagon. Since then the Trump Administration has been considering possible variants in the Force’s subordination, authorities, size, and budget, while Acting SecDef Shanahan has already created a working group to… Keep reading →

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White House, Pentagon Remain In Dark Over Syria Withdrawal

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Republican Senators erupted in outrage, and there are some indications that Turkey pushed Trump to withdraw support from its traditional foes, the Kurds. The British government issued an equivocal statement, while the Kremlin applauded the move.

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Why We Need A Space Force: CSIS’s Todd Harrison

Posted by Todd Harrison on


Space Corps? Space Force? Space Command? Ever since Rep. Mike Rogers put the Space Corps cat amongst the Air Force pigeons in April last year, debate has raged within the Air Force, the wider space enterprise, Congress and across the four services about just what must be done. President Trump glommed onto the idea and… Keep reading →

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Pence: ‘We Must Have American Dominance In Space’

Posted by Colin Clark on


The “separate but equal” sixth service (don’t forget the Coast Guard) will be created in stages, because, as Pence finally admitted publicly, it “requires Congressional action.” And, as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Paul Selva, admitted today, if Congress passed the relevant laws in a year that would “unprecedented.”

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