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The President's Space Policy: The Facts, The Truth, and The Myths

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2006

Location: The University Club University Hall 1135 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC, US,

Editor's note: Looks like OSTP is afraid that taxpayers will be able to learn about what they have to say about the nation's space policy. Small wodner Mike Griffin never mentions it - or that the White House never mentions the VSE in their new space policy.

What I simply do not understand is how a civil servant, speaking in an official capacity, can talk to a group of people about what they are paid to do (with tax dollars) - yet their comments cannot be relayed to the tax paying public. There's an ethical issue here, folks. Indeed, this is the height of arrogance as far as this Administration is concerned. For the Washington Space Business Roundtable to agree to such conditions calls their own ethics into question.

SPEAKER: Damon R. Wells, Senior Policy Analyst Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

TOPIC: "The President's Space Policy: The Facts, The Truth, and The Myths"*

*Please note all parts of this presentation are to be strictly off the record. For a complete copy of the President's Space Policy go to:

On August 31, 2006, President George W. Bush authorized what some consider a sweeping new national space policy that will govern the conduct of America's space activities. In just ten pages, the policy ranges from commercial space policy, international cooperation, national security, to orbital debris. Damon Wells a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) through discussion followed by Q & A will help to sort out the real goals of the sweeping policy.

Wells, in his role as Senior Policy Analyst in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), is responsible for space policy issues across the civil, commercial, and military space sectors, coordinating with counterparts in other EOP offices such as the Office of Management and Budget and the National Security Council. Prior to joining OSTP in May 2005, he was Director for Technology Policy with the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In that capacity, he addressed a range of foreign policy issues related to commercial satellites and launches, GPS, and international telecommunications, and was actively involved in leading various international negotiations and policy reviews in such areas.

Wells previous worked on commercial space launch policy issues for the FAA's Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, including market forecasting activities and the launch trade agreements with China, Russia, and Ukraine. Prior to that, he was engaged in fighter aircraft design at LTV Aerospace and Defense in Dallas, TX.

Wells earned an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1991 and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1984.


DATE: Thursday, November 16, 2006

LOCATION: The University Club University Hall 1135 16th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.. Nearby Metro Stations: Farragut North McPherson Square


11:45 AM - Registration 12:15 PM - Luncheon 12:45 PM - Speaker 1:45 PM - Adjourn

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