17 July 2009. In meetings today, ESPI’s Director discussed with the responsible staff for space policy in the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Damon Wells, and the Staff Director of the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Richard M. Obermann, recent ESPI studies and the joint statement of ESPI and the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute on transatlantic cooperation. In further meetings at the Department of State, study results in the field of space and security were presented.
Published on 14 May 2009, the joint statement of SPI and ESPI deals with the strategic economic importance of space (related webnews with download here). It contains a detailed list of areas for coordination between the US and Europe based on an analysis of the common interests of the two actors. The joint statement has already been sent to decision-makers in the US and Europe. During a visit to Washington, ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl received the opportunity to speak with Damon Wells, Senior Policy Advisor on space policy in the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on the perspectives presented in the joint statement. Meeting the legislative branch, Richard M. Obermann, the Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the House of Representatives also showed great interest in the joint statement and other ESPI study results. In addition, he was informed that ESPI has been resuming the task of supporting the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), in order to explore future contacts of the House with EISC.
Damon Wells, White House Office for Science and Technology Policy and Kai-Uwe Schrogl
Richard M. Obermann, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, House of Representatives
and Kai-Uwe Schrogl accompanied by (from left) Jürgen Drescher (Head DLR Washington Office), Andreas Diekmann (Head ESA Washington Office) and Agnes Mellot (Office Administrator DLR Washington Office)
In meetings at the Department of State, Kai-Uwe Schrogl introduced the recent ESPI Report on “Space Security – A Formative Role and Principled Identity for Europe” authored by Wolfgang Rathgeber and Nina-Louisa Remuß. Another topic was ESPI’s current project on a European concept for space and internal security, which also draws from the experience, the US has made with space for homeland security. He was meeting there with Kenneth Hodgkins, Director, Office of Space and Advances Technology and Richard H. Buenneke, Deputy Director, Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy.
Richard H. Buenneke, Deputy Director, Office of Missile Defense and
Space Policy Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation U.S. Department of State
and Officers Jaisha Wray and Laura Lucas with Kai-Uwe Schrogl
The organisation of the visit was supported by the Washington Offices of ESA and DLR.
photo credits: ESPI, White House, House of Representatives