Tag Archives: space policy

Report: Department of the Air Force to Realign Space Policy Development

Space Policy Development

The Department of the Air Force will shift responsibility for initial space policy development from civilian officials to the military chain of command within the office of the Space Force chief as part of a realignment effort. Air Force officials noted that the civilian chain of command will continue to have decision-making authority over space policy.

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White House Appoints Chirag Parikh as National Space Council Executive Secretary

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh, former director of space policy at the National Security Council, has been named executive secretary of the White House National Space Council chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris. He will join the council from Microsoft, where he has served as senior director of Azure Space since January 2020.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Receives Briefing on Space Programs, National Security Threats

Lloyd Austin

Gen. Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, met with John Hill, who is performing the duties of assistant secretary for Space Policy at the Pentagon, and other senior government and military officials to discuss space domain-related national security threats and programs.

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Sen. Roger Wicker: President Biden Must Revive National Space Council

Sen. Roger Wicker

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has said the nation must take a “whole-of-government approach” and relaunch the National Space Council (NSC) to drive the discussion on the space domain while eliminating bureaucracy. The council must also have a diverse set of experts to reflect space policy's implications on commercial, military and civil customers, he noted.

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DoD, NASA Sign Agreement to Push Space Collaboration

Gen. Jay Raymond

The Department of Defense and NASA have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further advance collaboration in space, DoD News reported Tuesday. The MOU was announced by Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

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Gen. Jay Raymond: Space Force Establishing Digital Service, Strategic Roadmap

Gen. Jay Raymond

Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, wrote in a commentary published Monday on Defense News that the service branch is establishing a digital service that leverages the latest technology platforms to provide economic stability and security to the U.S. and its allies.

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GAO Initiates Activities at Strategic Foresight Center

The Government Accountability Office hosted a conference on certain policy issues to formally initiate activities at the agency's Center for Strategic Foresight. Experts convened at the conference to discuss space policy management and the issue of deep fakes, falsified media materials that criminals use for deception, GAO said Tuesday.

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NASA Releases Roadmap for Future Space Exploration

NASA has published its space exploration roadmap for the next several years, detailing efforts that will transition human space-based activities from low-Earth orbit towards the moon, Mars and beyond. The roadmap, referred to as the National Space Exploration Campaign, is the agency’s response to the challenge put forth by President Donald Trump’s Space Policy Directive-1 as well as the requirements itemized in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

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Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell to Prioritize Industry Advocacy, Regulatory Concerns

Kevin O'Connell, director of the Office of Space Commerce, said his priorities for the space-based regulatory body include modifying space policy and safeguarding national security by encouraging industry participation in the endeavor, SpaceNews reported Thursday.

 

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