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Tauscher… in… SPAAAAACE!

This news release just in from the office of Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo:

This week, Chairman of the Strategic Forces Committee of the Armed Forces Committee Rep. Ellen Tauscher received the Satellite Leadership in Government Award from the Satellite Industry Association.

The award recognizes those in government who have done the most to modernize our nation’s export control laws to recognize the dynamic role that satellite technologies play in the nation’s economy, video distribution, and national and homeland security.

“I am deeply concerned that the current export control system is broken; harming both our national security and our economy,” said Rep. Tauscher. “We need a thorough scrub of the munitions list that attempts to control all dual-use items and remove dated, non-sensitive and foreign available items. We need one agency to handle licensing and we need to facilitate defense trade and technological cooperation with our allies — not hamstring it. It is time for Congress to begin a serious debate on how we can improve our current regime.”

Also receiving the award this year is Maj. Gen. James B. Armor (director of the National Security Space Office). Previous recipients of the Satellite Leadership in Government Award include Senator Ted Stevens (2006) and Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., former Commander of US Strategic Command (2005).

As the Chronicle reported Sunday, Tauscher — who noted in a speech last September that the U.S. share of the global satellite market has fallen from 64 percent in 1998 to 36 percent in 2002 — spoke yesterday at the Satellite 2007 conference in Washington.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.