National Research Council Reviews NASA’s Strategic Direction

Source: American Institute of Physics
Posted Friday, January 25, 2013

In 2011, Congress directed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Office of Inspector General to assess NASA’s goals, objectives, and strategies that were set forth in the 2011 NASA Strategic Plan. NASA requested that this assessment be conducted by the National Research Council (NRC). The NRC Committee on NASA’s Strategic Direction was formed and was asked to address the relevance of NASA’s strategic direction as it relates to achieving national priorities, to examine the viability of these plans given the current economic conditions, and provide insight on the appropriateness of resource allocations among various NASA programs.

The NRC was also charged with addressing NASA’s organizational structure to determine whether potential changes could be made to improve efficiency and effectiveness; lastly, they were tasked with determining “ways in which NASA could establish and effectively communicate a common unifying vision of the future that encompasses the agency’s full array of missions.”

The 67-page report, NASA’s Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus was prepared by a 12-member NRC committee chaired by Albert Carnesale, chancellor emeritus and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. The committee made its recommendations following meetings with current and former NASA officials, officials from other relevant agencies, non-governmental experts on space policy, and representatives from the aerospace industry. The committee visited the 10 NASA field centers and solicited input from the general public.

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