Space, The Final Frontier – NASA Establishes Planetary Defense Office
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
January 11, 2016

2016 looks like this will be a year of some major, though quiet, space-related developments, and some of these developments appear to be kicking off the year, though regular readers here will recall some of them we’ve been expecting for some time. This article was shared by many readers here, and it does indeed contain some bombshells and a great deal of grist for the mill of high octane speculation:

NASA Opens Planetary Defense Office to Protect Earth from Asteroids

In this article, we note the usual steps in the creation of an entirely new federal agency:

First, establish an office:

NASA has announced the creation of a Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). Lindley Johnson, NASA’s current near-Earth object (NEO) program executive will lead the newly established office. The PDCO will reside within NASA’s Planetary Science Division, in the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.

Second, make it a “coordination” office liaising with other agencies that actually have functional overlap, until in the capacity as a mere “liaison office” it can no longer be functional, and has to be elevated to the status of an agency. When that happens, the fun will begin, for will it be part of the military establishment, or not? Chances are, the latter, for as many researchers – including NASA follower Richard Hoagland – have pointed out, the original law creating NASA makes it clear that it is a close functionary of the defense department, since national security issues can override its “civilian” and “open” status.

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