PJM> It’s a sad day when the stubborn federal bureaucracy prevails over an entity attempting to manage taxpayer dollars efficiently. And when billionaire businessmen are allowed to dictate space policy to the United States Air Force, it’s tragic. But that’s what is happening to the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program.
The NSSL is the Air Force’s premier aerospace initiative, designed to keep America First in space by limiting the U.S.’s over-reliance on other countries’ products and services through the thing America does best: competitive enterprise. That would be the case, unless influencers like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk get their way.
Thus far, the Air Force has run the NSSL efficiently, protecting America’s national security with competitive contract bidding that has resulted in minimal waste to taxpayers. But big-name cronies and federal bureaucracy evidently won’t permit an efficient government program and are doing their best to derail it. read more