Experts in international affairs need to find ways to use space; but they should use space in part as a way of thinking outside their own toolbox. In other words, we need to apply systems thinking, using space as a tool for improving our international standing in various parts of the world.Read More
Let’s see if we can attach a dollar value to the international benefits of the public space program. The amount spent each year on international affairs by the federal government totals about $800 billion a year. That includes the State Department (about $50 billion), Defense ($600 billion), Energy ($24 million), and Veterans Affairs $150 billion). What if a fraction of that $800 billion went to the space program to help build our international standing?Read More
I was talking to a friend about America’s civil space program recently, telling all about its benefits to the economy, STEM, and America’s standing in the world. Just as I was winding up, he interrupted me.
“What if you were king of America? For a whole decade. What exactly would you do with space?”Read More
Space offers an unparalleled vantage point for viewing Earth. Only by backing away from our planet can we truly see our tenuous life and how closely related we are. Only from space can we obtain the global data we need to unravel the mysteries of our home planet.Read More
Private investors are beginning to inch into the market created by government investment of our tax dollars. Will this new industry succeed? There will be failures, just as there was during NACA’s long, patient investment in aeronautics. But there will be brilliant successes as well—provided NASA’s most active constituencies start working together to change the narrative.Read More
America's success in agriculture offers a critical economic lesson. In “sciencing” farms, the government sparked unprecedented growth in an essential sector. It should come as no surprise that the government used a comparable model to help create the aerospace economy.Read More