OSTP Director Speaks About America's Potential Soft Power

Remarks by Science Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. Eric Lander to The World Academy of Sciences, OSTP

"The United States can and must do more ourselves. We're proud to directly support local scientific researchers: from physician-scientists in Ghana studying if a certain gene increases risk of preeclampsia in mothers-to-be, to tropical forest ecologists in Colombia working to institute science-based forest management policies after devastating wildfires. And those are just two of hundreds of examples, across more than 50 countries in South America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. The United States is blessed with unique financial and scientific resources. We must make sure that these programs endure, expand, and receive more funding. And we must continue to welcome and exchange global scientific talent, with renewed commitment. Our shared scientific values are crucial to maximizing the benefit of science for humanity. These values will guide the United States' science, technology, and innovation policies in the years ahead. I am so grateful for the work of the World Academy of Sciences and look forward working together in the coming years. Thank you very much."

Keith's note: This is a nice speech and says many things I totally agree with. Alas, at NASA, other than a very small handful of people at NASA HQ, I do not think that anyone in NASA management actually cares - or is even aware that this is subtle - yet clear guidance (soft power projection) from President Biden's top science guy, You see, NASA has been conditioned to not pay attention to what the White House wants NASA to do. The only time NASA really pays quality attention to the White House is when something really bad happens to NASA. Meanwhile, as I have ranted about for years, NASA has an immense, potent, global soft power capacity- one that no one at NASA remotely understands.

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