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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser

casey.dreier@planetary.org
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As Chief Advocate, Casey is the public face of The Planetary Society's efforts to advance planetary exploration, planetary defense, and the search for life. He educates and empowers the organization's members to take political action. He writes, teaches, and speaks to The Society's members, the public, and policymakers to impress upon them the importance, relevancy, and excitement of space exploration.

Casey is committed to demystifying the politics and policy process behind space exploration for all audiences. He is a trusted source for journalists and has been featured in many 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 an expert on BBC News and both seasons of National Geographic's MARS series as a "MARS Big Thinker".

As Senior Space Policy Adviser Casey helps lead the strategic planning of The Society's policy and advocacy efforts. He works closely with The Society's leadership, its Board of Directors, and other policy experts to craft the organizational positions and goals regarding the future of space exploration. He provides trusted analysis of the budgetary, political, and policy decisions relating to space, pursues original research, and works collaboratively to generate policy ideas and guidance for the U.S. space program.

He is a regular contributor to The Planetary Report, blogs regularly about space policy issues at planetary.org/blogs/casey-dreier, and co-hosts the monthly Space Policy Edition podcast of Planetary Radio.

Casey also teaches an occasional upper-level Honors Seminar at Western Washington University on space politics and history.

He has a degree in Physics (with a concentration in Astronomy) from Oberlin College.

You can contact Casey via email at: casey.dreier@planetary.org

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Space Policy Edition: Happy Fiscal New Year!

October 11, 2019 • 56:35

October 1st kicked off federal fiscal year 2020—a day that should also have kicked off a new budget for NASA. But Congress has not funded the space agency yet, instead passing a temporary stopgap measure to keep the government open until November 21st. Brendan Curry, The Planetary Society's Chief of D.C. Operations, joins the show to discuss the latest political developments in Washington, good news for planetary defense, and how the funding delay could spell trouble for the space agency's 2024 lunar goal.

Latest Blog Posts

How NASA's Planetary Defense Budget Grew By More Than 4000% in 10 years

September 26, 2019

NASA used to spend more on travel for its employees at headquarters than it did on finding dangerous near-Earth asteroids. Now it’s building asteroid-hunting space telescopes. What changed?

Registration Is Now Open for the 2020 Day of Action

September 18, 2019

Join The Planetary Society and advocate for space in Washington, D.C. this 9 - 10 February 2020.

Is a $2 Billion Prize for Landing on the Moon a Good Idea?

August 23, 2019

Though prize incentives can be useful for certain problems, huge cash payouts for human spaceflight are not good policy.

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