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Other Reports of Interest

The following are links to reports, articles, briefings and speeches from Government agencies, organizations and individuals that may be of interest. See also our lists of GAO reports, NRC reports, and our Top Picks Reading List of books, all on our left menu.


DOD.  Military and Security Developments in China, 2015.  (Also known as the "Chinese Military Power" report).  May 8, 2015.

NASA.  Aeronautics and Space Report of the President:  Fiscal Year 2013 Activities.  [April 2015]

NASA. Aeronautics and Space Report of the President: Fiscal Year 2012 Activities.   [circa February 2015]

Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) Annual Report for 2014.  NASA, ASAP, January 28, 2015.   ( published a summary of the report on January 28, 2015)


NASA.  Aeronautics and Space Report of the President: Fiscal Year 2011 Activities.   [September 2014.]

Roger Launius.  Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce.   Monographs in Aerospace History, No. 54.  NASA, Washington, DC. 

Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2014 (annual "Chinese Military Power" report).   Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, June 2014.

Draft International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. (fourth revision)   European Union. 31 March 2014

NASA.  Spinoff 2013.   April 2013.

NASA.  Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel annual Report for 2013.   NASA, ASAP, January 2014.


White House.  National Space Transportation Policy, November 2013.  (And associated Fact Sheet)

Draft International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities (third revision).  European Union.   16 September 2013.

Global Exploration Roadmap.  International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG, including NASA and other international governmental space agencies).  August 2013.  (Update)

NASA Office of Inspector General. Audit Report.  NASA's Management of the Commercial Crew Program.  Report No. IG-14-001 (Assignment No. A--12-024-01)  [Excellent history of the commercial crew program]

NASA Office of Inspector General.  Audit Report.  Commercial Cargo:  NASA's Management of Commercial Orbital Transportation Services and ISS Commercial Resupply Contracts.  Report No. IG-13-016 (Assignment No. A-12-024-00).  June 13, 2013.  [In addition to providing its audit finding that NASA should restructure its payment schedule to Orbital Sciences Corp., the 46 page report provides an excellent history of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) and Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program.)

Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) annual report for 2012.  NASA, ASAP, January 2013.


Departments of Defense and State.  Risk Assessment of United States Space Export Control Policy.  Report to Congress.  Section 1248 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Public Law 111-84).   (The "sec. 1248 report")   Released April 18, 2012.   

White House Fact Sheet on the Sec. 1248 report, April 18, 2012.

Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) annual report  for 2011, NASA, ASAP, January 2012.


UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.  Report on the United Nations/International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space for Human and Environmental Security, co-sponsored by the European Space Agency, Secure World Foundation and the Developing Countries Support Programme of the International Astronautical Congress 2011 (Cape Town, South Africa).

UN-SPIDER Report on Crowdsourcing Mapping, based on two meetings organized by UN-SPIDER (United Nations Platform for Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response), the Secure World Foundation and the Government of Austria, December 2011,

Lyn Wigbels, Using Earth Observation Data to Improve Health in the United States:  Accomplishments and Future ChallengesCenter for Strategic and International Studies, September 2011.

Global Exploration Roadmap.  International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG, icluding NASA and other international governmental space agencies).  September 2011.   (First version, stemming from 2007 Global Exploration Strategy:  The Framework for Coordination.)

Mark Uhran, NASA Assistant Associate Administrator for International Space Station (ISS), remarks to the Space Transportation Association, June 15, 2011, on ISS as the backbone of a new space economy in low Earth orbit.

Commercial Space Transportation: 2010 Year in Review. Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation. (cover date: January 2011)

National Security Space Strategy (NSSS), February 2011

Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel 2010 Report. NASA, ASAP, January 2011.

Joan Johnson-Freese. An Allard Commission Postmortem and the Need for a National Space Council. Joint Forces Quarterly, issue 60, 1st quarter 2011 (January 2011), pp. 54-60.


Aerospace Corporation "Lessons Learned" from NPOESS Briefing Slides, December 1, 2010 (posted on NOAA's website February 7, 2011)

European Union's Revised Draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, October 2010.

President Barack Obama. National Space Policy
. June 28, 2010. Download from White House website.

President Barack Obama. National Security Strategy. May 2010. Download from White House website.

Gen. James E. Cartwright, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adapting to Tomorrow's Strategic Challenges. Audio of speech to CSIS' Global Security Forum, May 13, 2010. Download audio at the CSIS website. There are several excellent panel sessions from that symposium for which the audio is also available on the CSIS website; look for them under May 13 and May 14.

President Barack Obama. Remarks by the President on Space Exploration in the 21st Century. Kennedy Space Center, April 15, 2010. Download from OSTP website.

Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) 2009 report. NASA, ASAP, January 2010.

Eric Sterner. Beyond the Stalemate in the Space Commons. In: Contested Commons: The Future of American Power in a Multipolar World. Chapter IV. Center for a New American Security (Abraham M. Denmark and Dr. James Mulvenon, eds,) January 2010. pp. 107-133.


Report of the Human Spaceflight Plans Committee (the 2009 Augustine Committee). Seeking a Human Spaceflight Program Worthy of a Great Nation. Available on the website of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). View PDF.

Remarks by Patti Grace Smith at the AIAA Symposium on Innovation in Orbit: An Exploration of Commercial Crew and Cargo Transportation. June 18, 2009. View PDF

Report of the Independent Review Team on the National Polar-orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), or the "Tom Young NPOESS Report." This report was made available on the website of the House Science and Technology Committee as part of its June 17, 2009 hearing on NPOESS, but that link no longer is active. downloaded it from that site, so even though it is labeled For Official Use Only, it was made publicly available at the time of the hearing and we will continue to make it available.

The Budgetary Implications of NASA's Current Plans for Space Exploration. Congressional Budget Office. April 2009 View pdf (

NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel 2008 Annual Report. NASA, ASAP, April 2009.

America's Leadership in Space: Memorandum for the President. Committee for U.S. Space Leadership. March 2009 View PDF

Beyond Fortress America: National Security Controls on Science and Technology in a Globalized World. National Research Council. January 2009. Chaired by Brent Scowcroft and John Hennessey.



Future of Human Spaceflight. White Paper by MIT's Space, Policy and Society Working Group. December 2008.

Health of the U.S. Space Industrial Base and the Impact of Export Controls (the "Young-Ballhaus report on ITAR"). An expert panel co-chaired by Mr. A. Thomas Young and Dr. William Ballhaus, Jr. assessed the impact of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) on the nation's space program. The panel met under the auspices of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A briefing on the panel's findings is available on the CSIS website.

Independent Assessment Panel on the Organization and Management of National Security Space (the "Allard Commission" report). Then-Senator Wayne Allard, who sponsored the legislative provision that created the Independent Assessment Panel on the Organization and Management of National Security Space, detailed the panel's findings in a speech to the U.S. Senate on November 19, 2008. The panel was chaired by Mr. A. Thomas Young. The full "Allard Commission" report is available here. Sen. Allard had left the Senate by the time the report was completed, so the letter of submittal is addressed to Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.




The congressional Office of Technology Assessment (1972-1995) published many reports about the space program that are still relevant today. Princeton University hosts an online archive of the complete library of OTA reports.




A Journey to Inspire, Innovate and Discover: Report of the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Exploration Policy (the "Aldridge Report"). June 2004. Chaired by E.C. "Pete" Aldridge, Jr.


Report of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, which investigated the 2003 space shuttle Columbia tragedy (the CAIB report). August 26, 2003. Chaired by Adm. Harold Gehman (Ret.)



Anyone, Anything, Anytime, Anywhere: Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry (the "Walker report"). November 2002. Chaired by the Honorable Robert S. Walker.


Report of the Commission to Assess U.S. National Security Space Management and Organization (the Rumsfeld "Space Commission" Report). January 2001. Chaired by Mr. Donald Rumsfeld. [Mr. Rumsfeld previously chaired a commission on ballistic missile defense that is sometimes confused with this one since both often are referred to as the "Rumsfeld Commission." The BMD report is also available on the Internet.)


Report of the Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program (the "Augustine Committee" report). December 1990. Chaired by Mr. Norman Augustine.


Leadership and America's Future in Space: a Report to the Administrator by Dr. Sally K. Ride (the Sally Ride report). August 1987.


Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident (the "Rogers Commission report"). June 6, 1986. Chaired by William P. Rogers.


Pioneering the Space Frontier: An Exciting Vision of Our Next Fifty Years in Space. Report of the U.S. National Commission on Space (the "Paine report" ). May 1986. Chaired by Dr. Thomas O. Paine.


The Post-Apollo Space Program: Directions for the Future. (The "Space Task Group report"). September 1969. Chaired by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew.


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