I started this thread because at another forum the discussion was closed.
Here is something else...
The Senate Armed Services Committee today passed 11 amendments sponsored by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Three provisions would improve the prospects of competition for military space launch and help move the Pentagon away from using taxpayer dollars to purchase rocket engines from Russia. Specifically, they would:
• Require that the Air Force have a full and open competition on two satellites that they tried to sole-source.
• Prohibit future contracts to buy Russian rocket engines to launch our national security satellites.
• Investigate undue reliance by the U.S. space industry on foreign suppliers and parts such as engines.