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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: NASA’s Gamble Pays Off

June 05, 2020 • 1:17:25

The safe arrival of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon at the International Space Station is a huge success for NASA and policymakers who gambled years ago on the value of commercial partnerships for the agency.

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NASA's Commercial Crew Program is a Fantastic Deal

May 19, 2020

NASA's commercial crew program stands to be the agency's lowest-cost human spacecraft effort in nearly 60 years.

Dive deep into the history of planetary exploration funding

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This unique, comprehensive dataset includes the full budget history, by year, of every NASA planetary science mission and related activities.

Two Mars Missions Are Gutted Despite Near-Record Funding for Planetary Science

February 28, 2020

A new budget submission from the White House would continue record-high funding for planetary science, but proposes deep cuts to 2 productive Mars missions and defers funding for deep space telescope dedicated to finding hazardous near-Earth objects.

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