The three U.S. agencies responsible for purchasing launches of government payloads into space are agreeing on long-awaited criteria that for the first time pave the way for new rocket companies to penetrate a national security launch sector now dominated by the United Launch Alliance, a Lockheed Martin and Boeing joint venture.
The article went on to describe a "coordinated strategy" signed by three agencies* to streamline the entry of new competitors into the the market for government launches.
In the article, the following people were quoted:
Under Secretary of the Air Force
Principal Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
Deputy Administrator of NASA
President of SpaceX
Suddenly I realized that all of them are women.
The U.S. has jumped through a few hoops itself, if we have arrived at a point where women simultaneously occupy three such government positions; the majority of their predecessors must surely have been male.
Or rather than "arrived at," I should say, "if we are passing through a point," for there is more progress yet to be made. But it is a small reason to be proud of my country.
*Here's a PDF of "Coordinated Strategy among the United States Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for New Entrant Launch Vehicle Certification."