Jim Vedda is one of the few individuals I know who is equally comfortable and capable in both the policy world and the technical world of space issues. That makes him someone whose ideas should be read, as his insights consider and encompass both - which is a rarity. Space is a part of America's strategic future. Jim Vedda helps us recognize why, and how we might best utilize its potential. - Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, chair, National Security Decision Making Department, U.S. Naval War College
In this important book, space policy specialist Jim Vedda argues for the necessity of formulating long-term goals for space exploration through a rigorous process and then pursuing them over a decade or more. He appropriately concludes that social and cultural perspectives, and the institutions that support them, are focused almost exclusively on short-term ends usually designed to resolve a crisis. In the space exploration world this is a powerful stricture for an endeavor that requires generations of effort. Vedda's analysis of this problem and his recommendations for resolution in Choice, Not Fate are most welcome. - Dr. Roger Launius, senior curator of space history, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Jim Vedda's analysis of space-related issues is thoroughly researched and thought-provoking. He clearly understands the mix of social, political, and fiscal realities that drive technology, and the need for immediate, long-term action. Vedda's insights are essential reading for anyone who knows, or wants to understand, the importance of space-related science, technology, and policy. His ability to explore and explain complex issues in a highly readable fashion further enhances the value of this work. - Dr. David C. Webb, space consultant, educator, and former member of President Ronald Reagan's National Commission on Space
James A. Vedda is a senior policy analyst with a government contractor in the Washington, D.C. area, where he does research on civil, commercial, and national security space issues. Previously, he was an associate professor in the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and a master's degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from George Washington University. He has published many space-related journal articles and book chapters, presented papers at a variety of professional conferences, and provided commentary for radio and television.
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