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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B Committee Meetings and Site Visits." National Research Council. 2012. NASA's Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18248.
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Committee Meetings and Site Visits

Committee Meeting 1 May 1-2, 2012 Washington, D.C.
     
Site Visit—Glenn Research Center June 11, 2012 Cleveland, Ohio
     
Site Visit—Jet Propulsion Laboratory June 22, 2012 Pasadena, California
     
Committee Meeting 2 June 25-27, 2012 Washington, D.C.
     
Site Visit—Marshall Space Flight Center June 28, 2012 Huntsville, Alabama
     
Site Visit—Ames Research Center July 9, 2012 Moffett Field, California
     
Site Visit—Dryden Flight Research Center July 13, 2012 Dryden, California
     
Site Visit—Langley Research Center July 19, 2012 Hampton, Virginia
     
Site Visit—Johnson Space Center July 20, 2012 Houston, Texas
     
Site Visit—Kennedy Space Center July 24, 2012 Kennedy, Florida
     
Committee Meeting 3 July 26-27, 2012 Washington, D.C.
     
Committee Meeting 4 August 6-7, 2012 Irvine, California
     
Site Visit—Goddard Space Flight Center August 17, 2012 Greenbelt, Maryland
     
Site Visit—Stennis Space Center August 22, 2012 Stennis, Mississippi
     
Committee Meeting 5 September 20-21, 2012 Los Angeles, California
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B Committee Meetings and Site Visits." National Research Council. 2012. NASA's Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18248.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is widely admired for astonishing accomplishments since its formation in 1958. Looking ahead over a comparable period of time, what can the nation and the world expect of NASA? What will be the agency's goals and objectives, and what will be the strategy for achieving them? More fundamentally, how will the goals, objectives, and strategy be established and by whom? How will they be modified to reflect changes in science, technology, national priorities, and available resources?

In late 2011, the United States Congress directed the NASA Office of Inspector General to commission a "comprehensive independent assessment of NASA's strategic direction and agency management." Subsequently, NASA requested that the National Research Council (NRC) conduct this independent assessment. In the spring of 2012, the NRC Committee on NASA's Strategic Direction was formed and began work on its task. The committee determined that, only with a national consensus on the agency's future strategic direction—along the lines described in the full NRC report—can NASA continue to deliver the wonder, the knowledge, the national security and economic benefits, and the technology that have been typified by its earlier history. NASA's Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus summarizes the findings and recommendations of the committee.

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