WASHINGTON — NASA announced Oct. 16 that it has hired Doug Loverro, a former Defense Department official responsible for space policy, to lead its human spaceflight programs.
NASA said that it selected Loverro to be the next associate administrator for human exploration and operations, more than three months after the agency reassigned Bill Gerstenmaier to a senior advisor position. Ken Bowersox, who had been acting associate administrator since that reassignment, will return to his prior position as deputy associate administrator.
Loverro is a newcomer to civil space, but has extensive experience in national security space in the Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office and Defense Department. From 2013 until his retirement in 2017 he served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and deputy program executive officer for space.
Since leaving the Pentagon in 2017 he’s run his own consulting company and has been an outspoken advocate for some national security space initiatives, notably the proposed Space Force. “Space is too vital for the nation to not have a military service devoted to the idea that its singular job is to keep the ...