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.现有的发射竞标列表中新增两颗卫星（据说是DMSP-20和一颗NRO的载荷），这个对SpaceX是个好消息，不过更劲爆的消息是，根据麦凯恩的修正案，现有合同结束后美国将停止订购RD-180，并研制新的火箭发动机。