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Toward Greater Preparedness and Resilience in Planetary Defense

Whitepaper #055 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: planetary defense; primitive bodies; ground- and space-based telescopes

Published onMar 18, 2021
Toward Greater Preparedness and Resilience in Planetary Defense

With respect to its critical mission, planetary defense (PD) in the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has seen chronic underfunding for decades. Rationale is provided for a study of possible organizational conflicts-of-interest associated with PD funding. This study would assess if PD operations are best served in SMD or in another organization.


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