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