October 2014 Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan October 2014 -- "This report is the fourteenth in a series of reports required every 180 days through fiscal year 2014 (...) This report is an historical document that covers progress in Afghanistan from April 1 to September 30, 2014, and is divided into seven parts. The executive summary highlights the key developments over the six month reporting period. The next five sections outline the progress of Afghanistan in the following areas: security, Afghan security forces, governance, reconstruction and development, and regional engagement.
National Space Security PolicyUnited Kingdom Government April 2014 -- The aim of the National Space Security Policy is to set out a coherent approach to the United Kingdom’s space security interests that will underpin our prosperity, well-being and security.
National Space Transportation Policy Released 21 Nov 2013 -- "The overarching goal of this policy is for the United States to have assured access to diverse regions of space, from suborbital to Earth’s orbit and deep space, in support of civil and national security missions." [PDF]
China's Space Activities in 2011Information Office of the State Council, The People's Republic of China Dec 2012 -- "In order to help people around the world gain a better understanding of the Chinese space industry, we herewith offer a brief introduction to the major achievements China has made since 2006, its main tasks in the next five years, and its international exchanges and cooperation in this respect."
National Space Security Strategy Unclassified Summary January 2011 -- "Consistent with the guidance provided by the President in the National Space Policy, DoD and the IC will implement the National Security Space Strategy by using it to inform future planning, programming, acquisition, operations, and analysis guidance." [PDF]
National Space Policy of the United States of America 28 Jun 2010 -- "The United States hereby renews its pledge of cooperation in the belief that with strengthened international collaboration and reinvigorated U.S. leadership, all nations and peoples-space-faring and space-benefiting-will find their horizons broadened, their knowledge enhanced, and their lives greatly improved." [PDF]
Fact Sheet: The National Space Policy, 06/28/10The White House 28 Jun 2010 -- "The National Space Policy expresses the President’s direction for the Nation’s space activities. The policy articulates the President’s commitment to reinvigorating U.S. leadership in space for the purposes of maintaining space as a stable and productive environment for the peaceful use of all nations."
MEMORANDUM FOR THE FILES - Re: Status of Certain OLC Opinions Issued in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 15 Jan 2009 -- The purpose of this memorandum is to confirm that certain propositions stated in several opinions issued by the Office of Legal Counsel in 2001-2003 respecting the allocation of authorities between the President and Congress in matters of war and national security do not reflect the current views of this Office. We have previously withdrawn or superseded a number of opinions that depended upon one or more of these propositions. For reasons discussed herein, today we explain why these propositions are not consistent with the current views of OLC, and we advise that caution should be exercised before relying in other respects on the remaining opinions identified below [PDF Version]
U.S. National Space PolicyOffice of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, The White House 31 Aug. 2006, released 06 Oct 2006 -- "The President authorized a new national space policy on August 31, 2006 that establishes overarching national policy that governs the conduct of U.S. space activities. This policy supersedes Presidential Decision Directive/NSC-49/NSTC-8, National Space Policy, dated September 14, 1996." [PDF Version]
Final Report of the Return to Flight Task Group: Annex A.2 Return to Flight Task Group July 2005 - Observations by Dr. Dan L. Crippen, Dr. Charles C. Daniel, Dr. Amy K. Donahue, Col. Susan J. Helms, Ms. Susan Morrisey Livingstone, Dr. Rosemary O'Leary, and Mr. William Wegner -- "We agree that the improvements to the Space Shuttle and its organization are real, and often significant. (...) At the same time, we believe that the leadership and management climate that governed NASA’s return-to-flight effort was weak in some important ways that bear discussion. While we explicitly address the Space Shuttle return-to-flight effort, we believe these organizational and behavioral concerns are still pervasive throughout the human spaceflight programs."
Final Report of the Return to Flight Task Group - Executive Summary June 28, 2005 Return to Flight Task Group - Of the 29 recommendations issued by the CAIB, 15 were deemed critical enough that the accident board believed they should be implemented prior to returning the Space Shuttle fleet to flight. Some of these recommendations were relatively easy, most were straightforward, a few bordered on the impossible, and others have been largely overcome by events, especially with the decision by the President to retire the Space Shuttle by 2010. NASA has fully met the intent of the CAIB for 12 of these recommendations. The remaining three recommendations were so challenging that NASA could not completely comply with the intent of the CAIB.
A Journey to Inspire, Innovate, and DiscoverThe President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy Jun 2004 -- "On January 14, 2004, President George W. Bush announced a new vision for America's civil space program that calls for human and robotic missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. This vision set forth goals of: returning the Space Shuttle safely to flight; completing the International Space Station (ISS); phasing out the Space Shuttle when the ISS is complete (about 2010); sending a robotic orbiter and lander to the Moon; sending a human expedition to the Moon as early as 2015, but no later than 2020; conducting robotic missions to Mars in preparation for a future human expedition; and conducting robotic exploration across the solar system." [PDF 2.17 Mb]
Appendices 3-4 By Theodore A. Postol Professor of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 20 Apr 2004 [PDF 2.72 Mb]
Transcript: President Bush Announces New Vision for Space Exploration ProgramWhite House 14 Jan 2004 -- "America is proud of our space program. The risk takers and visionaries of this agency have expanded human knowledge, have revolutionized our understanding of the universe, and produced technological advances that have benefited all of humanity. (...) Today I announce a new plan to explore space and extend a human presence across our solar system. We will begin the effort quickly, using existing programs and personnel. We'll make steady progress -- one mission, one voyage, one landing at a time."
A Renewed Spirit of DiscoveryThe White House 14 Jan 2004 -- "The fundamental goal of this vision is to advance U.S. scientific, security, and economic interests through a robust space exploration program. In support of this goal, the United States will: Implement a sustained and affordable human and robotic program to explore the solar system and beyond; Extend human presence across the solar system, starting with a human return to the Moon by the year 2020, in preparation for human exploration of Mars and other destinations; Develop the innovative technologies, knowledge, and infrastructures both to explore and to support decisions about the destinations for human exploration; and Promote international and commercial participation in exploration to further U.S. scientific, security, and economic interests."
WHITE PAPER: Space: a new European frontier for an expanding Union An action plan for implementing the European Space policyEuropean Commission 11 November 2003 -- "Europe needs an extended space policy, driven by demand, able to exploit the special benefits space technologies can deliver in support of the Union's policies and objectives: faster economic growth, job creation and industrial competitiveness, enlargement and cohesion, sustainable development and security and defence. (...) If Europe does not adopt the proposed approach to space policy, it will decline as a space power because of an inability to develop new technologies and sustain applications with serious consequent damage to its overall competitiveness." [PDF Version 881 Kb]
NASA's Implementation Plan for Return to Flight and Beyond September 2003 - NASA's blueprint for acting on the recommendations from the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) and safely returning to flight is an initial outline to help guide the Space Shuttle Program. The CAIB issued 29 recommendations; the plan addresses every one of them. In addition, the plan reflects that NASA has been working since March on other Return to Flight issues identified early on by the Shuttle Program. Other portions of the plan represent corrective measures above and beyond any CAIB recommendations.
Acquisition of National Security Space ProgramsReport of the Defense Science Board / Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Joint Task Force on Acquisition of National Security Space Programs May 2003 [released 04 September 2003] - Over the course of this study, the members of this team discerned profound insights into systemic problems in space acquisition. Their findings and conclusions succinctly identified requirements definition and control issues; unhealthy cost bias in proposal evaluation; widespread lack of budget reserves required to implement high risk programs on schedule; and an overall underappreciation of the importance of appropriately staffed and trained system engineering staffs to manage the technologically demanding and unique aspects of space programs. This task force unanimously recommends both near term solutions to serious problems on critical space programs as well as long-term recovery from systemic problems. The task force found the FIA program under contract at the time of the review to be significantly underfunded and technically flawed. The task force believes this FIA program is not executable.
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report - Volume 1Columbia Accident Investigation Board August 26, 2003 -- The Columbia Accident Investigation Board today presented its final report on the causes of the Feb. 1, 2003 Space Shuttle accident to the White House, Congress and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Lockheed Martin Lawsuit Against the Boeing Company June 10, 2003 - Lockheed Martin Corporation filed a lawsuit against The Boeing Company and three of Boeing's former employees. The 23-count complaint alleges that Boeing and its employees committed violations of Federal and Florida law resulting from their solicitation, acquisition, and use of Lockheed Martin proprietary information during the competition for launch contract awards under the US Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.