Considerations For the Next National Space Policy

Over the last four decades, presidential directives on national space policy—with the intent of providing overarching guidance on civil, commercial, and national security space—have become standard. A new policy directive could simply reiterate many long-held positions—or set new directions and settle unanswered questions.

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Considerations For the Next National Space Policy Paper CoverIf the Trump Administration chooses to continue this practice, the resulting directive undoubtedly will include re-articulation of many long-held national policy positions. It could also be an opportunity to set new directions and settle unanswered questions. This paper explores some of the possibilities for change.