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January 7, 2013 —– For Immediate Release

Commentary of the Testimony by the Honorable Robert Walker

Amazing Hearing in Congress Yesterday, 12/12/12, The Honorable Ralph Hall chaired his last hearing concerning American spaceflight. Sadly, it wasn’t attended by all the members of the full Committee on Science, Space and Technology. What a shame – it was the best hearing the committee has had in memory. Nothing against the hearing that included Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Maria Zuber, and Mike Griffin; but this hearing had real substance.

The Space Leadership and Preservation Act of 2012 is NO Good - Part 1

Last Thursday Congressman Culberson (Texas), along with Congressmen Wolf (Virginia), Posey (Florida), and Smith (Texas) introduced the “Space Leadership and Preservation Act of 2012”. It was widely covered by my media outlets and overall, and in some cases, wildly praised. However, monumental legislation like this deserves scrutiny as often times, monumental legislation contains monumental errors.

NewSpace 2012 and ITAR

Here is a video of Andrew at NewSpace 2012 talking ITAR and what you can do to help.  
You can skip to 2:35 to watch the five minute presentation.

NASA Field Centers Under Scrutiny

Space News is reporting that an “ad hoc” panel of the National Research Council (NRC) is looking into possible NASA Field Center closures. This is a codeword for “downsizing”. If NASA is to survive this must happen sooner rather than later. Here is a brief portion of the article:

The ad hoc panel of the National Research Council (NRC) has its origins in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 (H.R. 2112), which funded NASA and other federal agencies. The law set aside $1 million for the NASA inspector general “to commission a comprehensive independent assessment of NASA’s strategic direction and agency management.”

Time for Senators to Acknowledge Need for ITAR Reform

It is time for Senators on both sides of the aisle to acknowledge that our commercial communications satellite manufactures need relief from oppressive International Trafficking of Arms Regulations (ITAR).  For too long ITAR has crushed American companies and put them at a direct disadvantage to foreign competitors in the free market.  Competitors to such companies as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ATK, and Loral openly advertise ITAR free satellites which are easier to buy. 

ITAR Reform Hits the Senate

The International Transfer of Arms Regulations (ITAR) reform has hit the United States Senate.  Senator Bennet (D-CO) has introduced Senate Bill 3211 which would allow the President to remove certain items, commercial satellites, from the US Munitions List (USML) and ITAR requirements and move them to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Please click here for a one page white paper on the bill.

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