On Saturday American Solutions for Winning the Future, the organization created by Newt Gingrich to, in its words, “provide real, significant solutions to the most important issues facing our country”, will be hosting a Solutions Day featuring a number of workshops on various policy topics. (The event actually kicks off tonight with a speech by Gingrich in Atlanta.) Among the workshop sessions will be one titled “Space – The Race to the Endless Frontier”, hosted by former Congressman Bob Walker:
Future national greatness depends on leading the world in the creation of new knowledge and nowhere is the potential for new knowledge development more evident than on the endless frontier of outer space. Yet, our national space efforts and programs have become politicized and bureaucratized in ways that retard rather than enhance our access to that endless frontier. Sparking entrepreneurial, scientific and exploratory interest in space demands an agenda that recognizes the need for significant private sector involvement and investment, and further recognizes the national security imperative of space leadership. Former Congressman Robert Walker will discuss ideas for fundamentally changing our space policy.
The workshop, from 4-5 pm Saturday, will take place at the University of West Georgia, but will be streamed on the Internet. There will apparently be an option for interaction with the audience; perhaps someone can ask Walker what he thinks of NASA administrator Mike Griffin’s thoughts about prizes.