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Broadcast 1941 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on February 1st, 2013
Guest: Alan Steinberg
Guest: Alan Steinberg. Topics; Protecting our space assets, weapons in space, space policy and public opinion. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We welcomed Alan Steinberg to the program to discuss both is latest Astropolitics article, "Weapons in Space: The Need to Protect Space Assets," and his 2011 Space Policy article, , "Space policy responsiveness: The relationship between public opinion and NASA funding." Both of these articles are available for purchase by using Google the full title of the article. During the first half of the program, we focused on Alan's Astropolitics article. As you will hear, the issue of protecting our space assets is not an easy one to address or solve. Furthermore, as Alan and listeners suggested, the response the U.S. might make to an attack on space assets is unclear, especially if the attacking party or nation had an excuse, said it was an accident, or denied intentionally doing the deed. Alan and listener Michael defined the term space weapon and Michael provided us with the PPWT proposed treaty language defining space weapons. Alan had much to say about protecting space assets and weapons in space in the context of the U.N. treaties. We talked about U.S. as well as international enforcement here and in other countries. Space debris was discussed, especially in light of the difficulty in diplomatic action leading to tangible action against a debris causing country or party. Also discussed was government being responsible for commercial space assets under its flag. In the second segment, we mostly talked about Alan's 2011 Space Policy article, "Space policy responsiveness: The relationship between public opinion and NASA funding," although many listeners via email and the phone kept returning to the space weapons topic. Alan took lots of questions about the role and impact on policy of space advocacy and as you will hear, its not easy or clear to pin down. Alan had much to say on how best to influence members of congress but was clear in pointing out that space advocacy does not have the numbers of the larger and more powerful lobbying groups that are far more effective in influencing policy than is the space community. Another of his points focused in on the significant influence of the aerospace industry as compared to space advocates and enthusiasts. We also learned from his concluding paragraph that when researching this issue, "research on what influences space policy attitudes and even space policy public opinion is in short supply." In addition, we learned that while Americans like our space program and NASA, they don't have a good understanding of it, the actual amount of funding NASA gets in relationship to the budget, and that their liking of the space program simply does not translate to more funding and more programs. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you want to contact Alan Steinberg, you can do so through

About our guest...

Alan Steinberg
Alan Steinberg is currently a political consultant, space enthusiast, and social commentary pundit though his blog “Steinberg For Congress.” Alan’s entry into politics began in July 2007 when he became the third person to announce his intentions to run for Texas’ 22nd U.S. Congressional District. In December, Alan withdrew from the race and endorsed Pete Olson, one of the ten candidates seeking the Republican nomination. By January Alan had been asked to help with a half dozen campaigns and is currently focused on state and federal elections in Texas. In addition, Alan has become more involved with his original love, space exploration. Alan currently serves as a National Point of Contact for the United States for the Space Generation Advisory Committee as well as on the Yuri’s Night planning committee for Houston, TX. From 2005 to 2007 Alan served as the Director of Central Operations and as a Senior Researcher for the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, a national security group in Washington, DC that applies the intent-centric paradigm to promote research, innovation and education in the fields of information sciences, cognitive studies and global security. Previously Alan worked with the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Continuity and Crisis Management where he researched, wrote and presented on sensitive topics such as Continuity within the Department, Decision making during crisis situations and Best Practices in Crisis Management. His emergency management experience includes serving on Local Emergency Planning Committees in Virginia and Missouri, developing Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans, and he maintains a commission as a Reserve Deputy for the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office. Alan also has experience working with the non-profit group Business Executives for National Security, the National Institute for Public Policy, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, as a university research assistant, as an academic lecturer, and serving as the Interim Director of Wireless World Net, a next generation wireless company.Alan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University, a graduate certificate in International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service, has completed the FEMA Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Series and earned Master’s of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University. Alan has presented and published work on issues ranging from terrorism to weaponization of space, and was honored as an H.B. Earhart Fellow from 2005-2006, and a CADS Fellow from 2007-2008.

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