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Project Title: NASA's Strategic Direction

PIN: DEPS-DEPS-11-06         

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit:

Moloney, Michael

Subject/Focus Area:
Space and Aeronautics

Evaluating NASA's Strategic Direction
May 1, 2012 - May 2, 2012
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Linda Walker
Phone: (202) 334-3477
Fax: (202) 334-3701


This is a TENTATIVE draft agenda. Open and closed sessions are still to be determined. (4/24/2012)


Tuesday, May 1, 2012 (Room 105)


1:00 pm
Panel Discussion, NASA Strategic Directions
John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus, Space Policy Institute
Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute
David Goldston, Director, Government Affairs, NRDC
Peter Marquez

2:00 pm
Break (15 minutes)

2:15 pm
Panel Discussion

NASA Strategic Directions, the view from Congress
Diana Simpson, staff, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science

Ed Feddeman, staff, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

Richard Obermann, staff, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (invited, possible)

Jeff Bingham, staff, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Science and Space

4:30 pm
Committee discussion
(committee may go into closed session)

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Working Dinner at Morrison-Clark Historic Inn located at 1015 L Street, NW

8:00 pm
Meeting adjourns

Due to room capacity concerns we encourage attendees to pre register via our webpage:

or by contacting Linda Walker at

The following information is provided for any members of the general public who may be in attendance:

This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time and no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy’s Report Review committee and the chair of the NRC before it is considered an NRC report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee’s work based on today’s discussions will be doing so prematurely.

Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person’s future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual’s position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report are therefore also premature.

Last updated: April 24, 3:30 pm.

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Albert Carnesale
Ann Karagozian
Michael Turner
Marcia Smith
Ron Sega
Warren Washington
Jacques Blamont
Mark Lewis

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Planning for future meetings, work plan, site visits, report outline.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: May 3, 2012