On Tuesday a few dozen space officials met nearly to simulate how a National Space Council would possibly function throughout a Joe Biden administration, ought to the Democratic Party nominee win the 2020 presidential election.
The American Foreign Policy Council convened what it characterised as a “closed-door” and “scenario-based simulation” to perceive how the Biden administration would assume via essential space occasions. Invitations have been despatched to officials in the aerospace trade whom the Biden administration would possibly name upon as advisers or to fill key management roles. The occasion was not organized at the behest of the Biden marketing campaign.
Invitations from the non-revenue group to would-be individuals defined that they might be assigned numerous roles to play, such as NASA administrator and the head of different companies such as the Department of Defense and Department of Commerce. The individuals would then act as a “National Space Council” to struggle-sport situations.
“The simulation moderator will provide anticipatable year-by-year headlines, and members of the National Space Council will roleplay and discuss how they would react in each situation,” the invitation acknowledged. “We are hoping to field about 12 individuals with expertise across the space enterprise who could convincingly role-play interests and responses, and develop ideas for anticipatory policy under a democratic administration and individuals likely to be part of the brain trust of such an administration.”
The assembly was not public and was carried out beneath the Chatham House Rule, so two sources acquainted with what occurred declined to present specifics. “It was a great group of people, well executed, with a view to possible future scenarios that might arise in an upcoming administration,” mentioned one supply. “It was a healthy, serious dialog that was respectful and well done.”
About a dozen officials participated. Attendees included two former astronauts, Charlie Bolden and Pam Melroy, who have labored in space policy since their retirements. Bolden was NASA administrator beneath President Obama. Also collaborating have been two former senior NASA officials—Mike French, chief of workers beneath Bolden, and Doug Loverro, a chief of human spaceflight for the Trump administration. Loverro was pressured to step down in February and is now under investigation for improper contact with Boeing. The assembly additionally had participation from trade, together with entrepreneur Rick Tumlinson and Marc Berkowitz of Lockheed Martin.
Although among the assembly’s individuals could also be concerned in a future Biden administration, sources say there are not any formal advisers but to the marketing campaign particularly for space. It is anticipated that such a bunch would solely be named after the election, ought to Biden win, to assist lead his transition group on space-related points.