White Papers, Reports and Analysis

We provide credible and authoritative information on space to policymakers, industry and finance, educators and academia, the media and the general public in White Papers, space-related policy and budget analyses, special reports, briefings and presentations.

07/20/2014
This document provides an overview of unclassified space-based and -related programs requested in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) FY 2015 Budget in comparison with the DoD’s FY 2014 budget request, the FY 2015 NDAA and the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Act. The first section provides a comparison of funding levels for major satellites, programs and launch service acquisitions, followed by a more detailed analysis of each program. An appendix at the end of the document provides a chart of unclassified DoD space and space-related programs organized by the various funding proposals.
06/10/2014
This document provides an overview of the President's FY 2015 NASA budget request in comparison with the FY 2014 NASA funds and proposed appropriation and authroization bills under consideration by the 113th Congress.
06/10/2014
This document provides an overview of the President's NOAA FY 2015 budget request in comparison with the FY 2015 NOAA appropriations.
04/11/2014
The Space Foundation has created this fact sheet detailing U.S. use of Russian-made rocket engines. The fact sheet provides an overview of the engines’ history, technical details and performance. Similar to our annual publication The Space Report, the Space Foundation is providing information to help policy makers arrive at informed decisions without the Space Foundation asserting a particular policy direction. 
01/14/2014
This document provides an overview of unclassified space-based and -related programs requested in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) FY 2014 Budget in comparison with the DoD’s FY 2013 budget request, the FY 2014 NDAA and the FY 2014 Defense Appropriations Act. The first section provides a comparison of funding levels for major satellites, programs and launch service acquisitions, followed by a more detailed analysis of each program. An appendix at the end of the document provides a chart of unclassified DoD space and space-related programs organized by the various funding proposals.
01/14/2014
This document provides an overview of the President's NASA FY 2014 budget request in comparison with the FY 2013 NASA funds and proposed appropriation and authroization bills under consideration by the 113th Congress.
01/14/2014
This document provides an overview of the President's NOAA FY 2014 budget request in comparison with the FY 2014 NOAA appropriations.
12/29/2013
There are a plethora of legislative proposals currently being considered in Congress regarding cybersecurity, and certainly more can be expected. These proposals range a broad spectrum of issues dealing with privacy and information sharing to cybercrime offenses and punishment. However, this document only deals with military cybersecurity-related provisions proposed in the House and Senate FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act and the FY 2014 Defense Appropriations Act. We will update this document as Congress takes legislative action regarding these programs.
11/12/2013
There are a plethora of legislative proposals currently being considered in Congress regarding cybersecurity, and certainly more can be expected. These proposals range a broad spectrum of issues dealing with privacy and information sharing to cybercrime offenses and punishment. However, this document primarily deals with non-military cybersecurity research and development, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) activities, federal cybersecurity workforce issues, and promotion of cybersecurity awareness and education efforts, among other things.
Weather Satellites: Critical Technology in an Uncertain Environment
07/23/2013
Weather satellites are an essential component of U.S. weather monitoring and forecasting, generating billions of dollars in benefits for the nation every year. The next generation of weather satellites is currently being built, and both the polar-orbiting and geostationary programs are on track to meet their most recent estimated launch dates. However, a gap in some forecasting capabilities is very likely and it is critical that both programs receive full funding to ensure that any gaps are minimized.

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