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Jim Bridenstine: Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

By Keith Cowing
November 8, 2020
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Jim Bridenstine: Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

Keith’s note: A lot of people want Jim Bridenstine to stay at NASA. There’s even a petition online. It should be no surprise to people that I am a fan of Jim Bridenstine – starting with my posts prior to his nomination and confirmation. And I’d like to see him stay in the job. But as Jim notes in these quotes from Irene Klotz, it is preferable for an incoming Administration to have their agency heads and cabinet secretaries totally aligned politically with the Administration’s policies.
Moreover, the Administration needs to know that they can count on their political appointees to work toward these goals. Not that Jim Bridenstine is incapable of doing so under a Biden Administration. Rather, he feels that they should have the best person they can find who they have the strongest confidence in. And before you cite Dan Goldin’s ability to span 3 Administrations, let’s just say: that was then – this is now. Let me add that space exploration is not done with Jim Bridenstine.

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.