by | Jul 20, 2019

Fifty years ago tonight, there were about 200 of us crowded around a small black and white television set at Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts. We were Air Force ROTC cadets attending the four-week summer camp between our junior and…

by | Jul 20, 2019

Tinsel Town is worried about American jingoism. In First Man, a 2018 movie about Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the moon, Hollywood has expurgated the planting of the American flag. That image, witnessed by about 15 percent…

by | Apr 5, 2019

Last week, the world was up-in-arms over the fact that democratic India, one of the world’s leading economies with nuclear arms, launched an anti-satellite test. Codenamed “Mission Shakti” by India’s military, the test of their anti-satellite capability was a resounding success: the…

by | Aug 26, 2018

A few weeks ago, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed into law, providing spending authority for our nation’s military and defense capabilities for the upcoming year. In particular, the bill also specifically encourages the military to utilize reusable…

by | Jul 12, 2018

The Trump Administration has set a new course for American leadership in space, prioritizing space exploration and innovation — a welcome and necessary change to U.S. policy. Reconstituting the National Space Council was an important first step. The President’s plan…

by | Jun 21, 2018

On June 18th, 2018, President Trump directed the Department of Defense in a public statement to “immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.“ This was only one of several…

by | Mar 15, 2018

Last week, President Donald Trump publicly praised entrepreneur Elon Musk at a cabinet meeting, applauding the Tesla and SpaceX leader for his work in producing aeronautical technology and rockets. Amid more general praise for private sector efforts to advance space…

by | Mar 8, 2018

Last week, a congressional committee released a jarring and persuasive report on Russian meddling in American politics. Despite a media feeding frenzy over anything tangentially connected to questions of Russian interference, this report went largely unnoticed. The U.S. House Science,…

by | Dec 11, 2017

Imagine a sub-zero winter morning. You are worried your car might not start. You turn the ignition key and wait, and wait, and wait. For a total of 19 hours, 35 minutes, you wait to learn that your car has…

by | Nov 29, 2017

Aeronautical technology is in the midst of rapidly taking off with enormous potential economic and societal benefits. Thanks to significant advancements in the technology in recent years as well as a renewed interest across the nation and world in pushing…

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