Archive: Congress

Bush Scores Dual Home Runs For European Missile Defense, But Fails To Win Putin Backing For System During Meetings

Czech Republic Agrees To Host U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Radar; NATO Endorses Planned GMD System Installation On Czech, Polish Sites NATO Sees GMD System As Substantial Contribution To Counter ‘Increasing Threat’ To Allied Forces, Territories, Populations, Posed By Ballistic Missile Proliferation; Key U.S. Republicans Hail Both Czech, NATO Statements Favoring GMD President Bush won […]

Griffin: A Troubled U.S. Space Program Faces ‘Silent Sputnik’-America May Lose Long-Held Leadership On The High Frontier

His Warning Sounded As European Robotic Cargo Spaceship Automatically Docks At International Space Station; Griffin Hails Europe As ‘Full-Fledged Space Power’ Mikulski Renews Efforts To Add $1 Billion NASA Recovery Fund, But Other Lawmakers Seek Funding Cuts In Agency Programs; Spaceship Exploration Program May Face Funding Reductions The top leader of America’s space program said […]

Analyst: Obama Would Be A Nightmare For Defense Programs, Firms

By Dave Ahearn If Sen. Barak Obama of Illinois wins the Democratic presidential nomination and then goes on to be elected to the White House, the defense industry better brace for tough times, according to Heidi Wood, Morgan Stanley defense analyst. While Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, might be better, […]

Transcript Of Remarks By NASA Administrator Michael Griffin

This is a transcription of excerpts from NASA Administrator Michael Griffin’s remarks before the Senate Appropriations Committee commerce, justice, science and related agencies subcommittee on April 3, 2008: " … I am concerned that our nation is now facing a silent Sputnik, [at] a moment when many other countries are racing for a new high […]

GAO Says Airborne Laser Costs Up Markedly, But Obering Says They Stabilized Recently

Placing Limits On MDA Funding Flexibility Mulled While the Government Accountability Office (GAO) told members of Congress that costs of the Airborne Laser (ABL) missile defense system jumped from $1 billion to $5 billion, that occurred in early days of developing the airborne shield, with costs stable and schedules met in recent years. Lt. Gen. […]

Orion-Ares Spaceship Program Faces Myriad Risks Of Cost Overruns, Delays: GAO

Excessive Rocket Vibration, Another Problem, May Be Resolved With Design Changes The Constellation Program to develop the next-generation Orion-Ares spaceship faces multiple risks of technology development problems, schedule delays and cost overruns, according to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal watchdog agency. Excessive thrust oscillation vibration caused by the Ares rocket, a history […]

Terrorist Intent To Develop Nuclear Weapons Remains But Capabilities Unclear, DHS’ Allen Says

By Calvin Biesecker Terrorists are still intent on acquiring nuclear weapons but the intelligence community is "uncertain" regarding the capabilities of terrorists to either acquire or develop such devices, the top intelligence official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told a Senate panel this week. The most difficult challenge facing terrorists is acquiring enough […]

DHS Still Needs To Get S&T Priorities Right, Langevin Says

By Calvin Biesecker Attempts by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) office to develop a strategic plan based on budgets and overall priorities is still lacking although the "foundation" of the directorate has been strengthened in the last 18 months, Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee […]

Missile Defense Opponent Sees Its Funding About To Tumble

Funding for ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs will slump, a BMD critic predicted, likening support for missile defense to the home-prices bubble and the sub-prime home mortgage industry that just slumped. Joseph Cirincione, vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, a think tank, predicted "the second bursting of the missile defense […]

Congress Should Weigh Forcing Secretary Of Defense, Director Of National Intelligence, To Issue National Security Space Strategy: GAO

Strategy Document Was Written Four Years Ago But Never Agreed To Or Released, GAO Reports A quickly-written watchdog-agency letter to key Senate lawmakers disclosed that a National Security Space Strategy (NSSS) was written four years ago, but then sat gathering dust while disputes over the report were left unresolved. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said […]