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Is The National Space Council Going Away?

By Keith Cowing
February 9, 2021
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Is The National Space Council Going Away?

NSC Memo May Spell End Of National Space Council, Breaking Defense
“It is not quite clear what this portends for the National Space Council,” said Brian Weeden, head of program planning at the Secure World Foundation, echoing the sentiments of a number of space insiders. “It does seem like they are going with the NSC, as they mention NSMs will be used for national security and space policy documents, but it’s not entirely clear. … Weeden explained that “both the George W. Bush and Obama admins used the NSC process and documents for their space policy decisions, but had either NSC or OSTP as the lead agency.” During the Obama administration, when Biden was VP, the NSC had the lead for natsec space and OSTP had the lead for civil and commercial space.”
Memorandum on Renewing the National Security Council System
“This document is one in a series of National Security Memoranda that, along with National Security Study Memoranda, shall replace National Security Presidential Memoranda and Space Policy Directives as instruments for communicating Presidential decisions about national security policies of the United States.”
Dealing With NASA’s New Science Challenges, earlier post
“It will be interesting to see what happens to the National Space Council since OSTP has been elevated to cabinet-level ranking and the PCAST is being established as the nation’s focal point for generating scientific advice, policy etc. The National Space Council and its Users Advisory Group would seem to be duplicative and a needless layer of government.”

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