Evaluating the Obama National Space Policy: Continuity and New Priorities

Nearly every president since Eisenhower has released a “national space policy,” outlining his views on the significance of space to American interests and identifying high level priorities intended to guide government action. Of course, the policies also are meant for international and public consumption, and so, they signal intentions and priorities meant to influence subsequent events. The new national space policy (released June 28, 2010) includes unique elements, but many of its principles, goals, and objectives are found in earlier space policies and reflect long-standing U.S. views on the use of and objectives in outer space.

In Evaluating the Obama National Space Policy, Institute President Jeff Kueter reviews the new policy and contrasts it with previous policies.

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