Secured Space Access is Needed Now – Time to look at the Commercial Market

posted by August Cole on April 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Space SOlar

In one critical but usually overlooked corner of the national security realm, attention is focusing on how intertwined Russia is with the U.S. space program. What has caught the wary eye of lawmakers and Defense Department officials is the use of Russian rocket engines to power America’s heavy rockets, which frequently carry secret, and expensive, military and intelligence payloads.

Guest Post: Egypt’s Political Process Continues – but needs world support

posted by American Security Project on April 10, 2014 at 9:46 am


While every country in the world is important, Egypt merits the attention and concern of all nations due to its natural position as the leader of the Middle East and Africa; its counter-terrorism efforts; the importance of securing its border with Israel; the Suez Canal; and its key position on both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

Cheney: The Pentagon’s review of the RD-180 engine is an important step for US space program as well as our national security

posted by BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.) on April 10, 2014 at 1:00 am


The RD-180 rocket engine is built by NPO Energomash, a largely Russian state-owned enterprise based in Khimki. The engines are currently used as the primary propulsion system of the Atlas V rocket, the backbone to US payload launches.

ASP’s El-Adawy on CNN – Egypt and Sisi

posted by American Security Project on April 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm


Egypt’s next president will have to work hand in hand with a complex bureaucratic structure that has been in a state of transition for the past three years.

Notes from Egypt

posted by Dina Khayat on April 1, 2014 at 10:46 am


The news that Marshall Sisi announced his intention to run for president overshadowed an otherwise tense ten days.

Risk of Russia’s space tie-ins emerge with Crimea crisis

posted by August Cole on March 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Russian President Putin at the G20 Summit.

Many of Russia’s tie-ins with the U.S. space program are well known. A lesser-known connection in the military space world is America’s reliance on Russian rocket engines for the Atlas V rocket.