The House Armed Services Committee voted 43 to 14 to strike down a resolution disapproving the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure commission. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) ran the panel’s BRAC mark-up. After a bit of confusion over the “double negative” vote, the lawmakers swallowed hard and axed the resolution. The BRAC haters have one last chance to derail the politically painful closing of the bases. By law, the resolution must be approved by the full House, and that debate and vote could take place late next week or just after the Columbus Day break, said Weldon. In the now highly unlikely event the House overturns the BRAC decisions, a similar resolution would have to pass in the Senate, too. Otherwise, the measure automatically becomes law.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.