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Space: Bedrock of U.S. Economic, Strategic Power

August 2, 2009
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Space “is the bedrock of America’s economic and strategic power,” but the U.S. government needs to improve the acquisition of space systems in order to maximize the benefits of space investment. This was part of the feedback Space Foundation Board member Patti Grace Smith gave to the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on…

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Letter Urges Obama to Modernize Export Controls

August 2, 2009
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The Space Foundation is among 14 organizations signing a July 13 letter to President Barack Obama encouraging U.S. export control modernization to improve the United States’ technological competitiveness. The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness, which was formed in 2007 to draw attention to the need for fundamental export control modernization, asked the president to “adopt…

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Washington Abuzz with Space Activity

August 2, 2009
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On July 28, the Space Foundation, in partnership with the National Defense Industrial Association, held the second Space Power Lecture Series breakfast of the year, with Dr. Peter Wegner, director of the Operationally Responsive Space Office, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., as the featured speaker. Dr. Wegner spoke to an audience of Congressional members and…

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Space Foundation Applauds NASA Confirmations

August 2, 2009
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On July 15, Major General Charles Bolden, USMC (Ret.) was confirmed as the 12th NASA Administrator and Lori Garver was confirmed as NASA Deputy Administrator. Both began their new positions on July 17. “Charlie Bolden is an American hero who brings deep NASA knowledge and experience, and unsurpassed leadership skills to the key position of…

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Report from Washington

July 2, 2009
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On June 24, the Space Foundation, in partnership with the Secure World Foundation, hosted a discussion and briefing on space weapons for congressional staff. See related story in this issue of Space Watch. On June 17, the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, chartered to examine NASA’s human spaceflight plans and programs, held…

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Space Foundation to Co-Sponsor Global Space Development Summit

July 2, 2009
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Participants at this fall’s 2nd Global Space Development Summit, organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Space Foundation and the Chinese Society for Astronautics, will examine critical developments on issues of space exploration and Earth observations. Scheduled for Nov. 12-13 in Washington,…

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Briefing Keeps Staffers Informed on Space Weapons

July 2, 2009
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The Space Foundation and the Secure World Foundation co-hosted a standing-room-only policy briefing on space weapons June 24 in Washington, D.C. The audience comprised primarily congressional staff, representing the House and the Senate at both an office and a committee level. Other attendees included representatives from a number of major aerospace companies. Space Foundation Vice…

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Report from Washington

June 2, 2009
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On May 6, the Space Foundation hosted a Space Foundation Correspondents Group breakfast with Gen. C. Robert Kehler, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command. Speaking with about a dozen reporters, Gen. Kehler said that the United States is working to update its Cold War-era space situational awareness (SSA) system, a need made more urgent by…

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Space Foundation Briefing Features Kehler

June 2, 2009
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Space situational awareness (SSA) was a recurring theme at the Space Foundation Correspondents Group (SFCG) meeting May 6 in Washington, D.C. Speaking with about a dozen reporters, General C. Robert Kehler, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command, said that the United States is working to update its Cold War-era SSA system, a need made more…

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Space Foundation Applauds NASA Nominations

June 2, 2009
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On May 23, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Major General Charles Bolden, USMC (retired), as NASA administrator and Lori Garver as Deputy NASA administrator. In making the nomination, Obama said, “These talented individuals will help put NASA on course to boldly push the boundaries of science, aeronautics and exploration in the 21st…

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