As Director of Space Policy, Casey leads the strategic planning and implementation of the Society's policy and advocacy efforts. He works closely with the Society's leadership, the Board of Directors, and other policy experts to craft the organizational positions about the future of space exploration. He also works to foster strong relationships between the Society and its members, educate and engage the public about space policy, and to empower individuals to advocate for space.
Casey is a trusted source for space policy analysis for journalists, and has been featured as a source in many general interest publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Vox, and The Verge, to name a few. He also has appeared as a space expert in National Geographic's MARS series, as well as BBC News. He is committed to demystifying the politics and poilcy of space for all audiences, and has been an invited speaker at conferences such as The Atlantic's Washington Ideas Week and Politicon.
Whether it’s discovering gravity waves, curing cancer or building a space station, the biggest science challenges increasingly require investments that are beyond what private industry can afford and collaborations that include many nations. Casey, Jason and Mat look at the history of big science and the outlook for future efforts. The team also reviews the 2018 budget proposed for NASA by the Trump Administration, and shares other space policy news from Washington.
NASA under a Trump Administration will be hard times for Earth Science, and human spaceflight to the Moon will likely get renewed focus. However, NASA won't go anywhere if massive cuts to spending are enacted as promised.