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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: Should the U.S. be in a space race with China?

February 01, 2019 • 66:01

China's space program notched an impressive "first" last month when its Chang'e 4 spacecraft landed on the far side of the Moon. The U.S. space program, in contrast, was in the midst of an extended shutdown. Some observers expect China's growing space capability and lunar ambitions to trigger a new space race.

Latest Blog Posts

NASA’s Lucy mission gets caught in a fight between rocket companies

February 20, 2019

SpaceX says it wants to save NASA money, but its actions could cost taxpayers more in the end.

NASA just got its best budget in a decade

February 15, 2019

After months of unrelated political turmoil, multiple stop-gap spending bills, and an unprecedented government shutdown, NASA's 2019 budget was finally signed into law.

NASA Gets a Three Week Reprieve

January 26, 2019

If ever there was an example of how quickly political winds can shift, look no further than the sudden end to a seemingly endless government shutdown on January 25th.

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