National Space Policy: Does it Matter?

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Date(s) - 5/12/200612:00 am

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Presidential decisions about launchers and satellites directly affect the nation’s space program. But the impact of a “national space policy” seems at best distal. Sometimes it sets future priorities; sometimes it ratifies previous ones; sometimes it reflects a president?s views; and sometimes it is bureaucratic sausage. Producing it often involves plenty of bureaucratic sound and fury. But what does the product signify? The Marshall Institute assembled a panel of experts to discuss these issues:

    • Roger Launius, Chair, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution: “Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership”
    • Cargill Hall, Historian Emeritus, National Reconnaissance Office: “Presidential Decisions on National Security Space”
    • Richard DalBello, Vice President of Government Relations, Intelsat General Corp.: “Clinton National Space Policy: 10 Years After”
    • Richard Buenneke, Senior Policy Analyst, The Aerospace Corporation: “Communicating National Space Policy”

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