Jason Callahan received an M.S. in History and Sociology of Technology and Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University. He worked as a consultant on NASA’s FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015 Annual Budget and performance reports.
Moon or Mars? Should NASA depend on private companies? What’s the goal of human spaceflight? These questions were debated three decades ago, yet are just as relevant today. Does that mean space policy is stagnant?
Congress has made good progress so far this year in moving the annual appropriations bills that fund the government. However, a looming budget battle over the sequestration and budget caps threaten to sideline progress until Congress and the White House reach agreement. Here’s the current situation.
It takes a year to make, and is the starting point for all coming debate by Congress. It's the President's Budget Request, and understanding how it comes together is an important part of being an effective space advocate.