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Ten Numbers About Our Past And Future In Space

0.5: From inception to landing the first two men on the moon on July 20, 1969, through putting 10 more there in the following three years, the entire Apollo program cost less than 0.5% of the cumulative U.S. GDP. 1: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong set the first human foot […]


National Defense Magazine Article on Marshall Institute Directed Energy Roundtable

 Lasers Could Become Cost Effective Missile Defense Weapons By Dan Parsons The U.S. military invests more money than any other country to maintain technological superiority, but its expensive high-tech defenses are increasingly countered by the proliferation of relatively cheap but effective weapons like cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft. Without a more efficient and cost-effective method […]

Murkowski”s Moment

This week Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will meet with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to discuss expanding the classification of refined oil exports to include condensate products. The meeting comes as part of an important larger movement in Washington to relax decades-old restrictions that create a glut of domestic crude oil here at home. Sen. Murkowski […]

Dr. Spencer’s ICCC9 Presentations

Following my detour through California after attending the 9th International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas, I’m finally back home to find low temperatures in the 50s in Alabama (was Al Gore in town?). Here are the two presentations I gave. The first presentation briefly summarized our published paper on the role of El […]

What We Are Reading

Race for North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner is all about oil

North Dakota’s biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state’s agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines.

Forty five years after man first walked on the moon, a new space race is beginning to take shape

All the key national players — Russia, the United States, China, India and the European Union — are in the game, and for the same old reason: However they may gussy it up, national space programs remain driven by a mixture of national security interests and bragging rights.

2 more Aegis destroyers set for FY20

The government will start building two Aegis-equipped destroyers with the latest missile defense systems starting next fiscal year, in light of the progress seen in missile development by North Korea, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

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