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House Subcommittee to Review National Security Space Programs; Rep. Mike Rogers Comments

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers

The House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee, led by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), will hold a hearing Tuesday to tackle national security space programs.

Rogers said in a statement published Friday a new Government Accountability Office report showed that 60 different stakeholders take part in decisionmaking about space-related acquisition efforts at the Defense Department.

“As we see serious foreign space threats increasing and a pattern of significantly delayed and over budget national security space programs, we cannot permit this status quo to continue.”

“This hearing is the first step in what I anticipate will be a major reform effort leading to the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act.”

The meeting, themed “National Security Space: 21st Century Challenges, 20th Century Organization,” is scheduled to commence at 3:30 p.m. and take place at Capitol Hill’s Rayburn House Office Building.

Space News reported Friday that Rogers advocates for the replacement of Russia’s RD-180 with a U.S.-made rocket engine technology to support national security satellite missions as well as the use of commercial satellite systems to help address DoD’s communication requirements.

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