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  • Sen. McCain assails Pentagon for relying on Russian rockets

    WASHINGTON (AP) The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee assailed Pentagon officials on Wednesday for relying on Russian rocket engines to launch American military satellites into space, arguing that the practice enriches friends of President Vladimir Putin and puts U.S. national security in jeopardy.

    "Today Russia holds many of our most precious national security satellites at risk before they ever get off the ground," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said at a hearing to examine military space launch capabilities.

    Yet McCain said the Pentagon has actively sought to undermine the committee's direction to limit that risk and end the use of the Russian RD-180 engines by the end of this decade. McCain also blamed the U.S. contractor that acquires the engines, United Launch Alliance, and two senators who support the company, Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., for thwarting the committee's instructions.
    AP - Full Article

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    But... but... but...

    Hope and Change! Hope and Change!

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      Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
      But... but... but...

      Hope and Change! Hope and Change!

      Did you even read the article?

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