Scott Pace

Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Director, Space Policy Institute
Suite 403
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Areas of Expertise

Civil, commercial, and national security space policy; Analysis and assessment of space projects and programs; International space cooperation and competition; Global Navigation Satellite Systems; International and domestic spectrum management

Dr. Scott Pace is the Director of the Space Policy Institute and Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He is also a member of the faculty of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. His research interests include civil, commercial, and national security space policy, and the management of technical innovation.


Dr. Pace rejoined the faculty of the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2021 after serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the National Space Council from 2017-2020. He previously served as the Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA from 2005-2008 and Deputy Chief of Staff for the NASA Administrator from 2002-2003. Prior to NASA, he was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. From 1993-2000, he worked for the RAND Corporation's Science and Technology Policy Institute, and from 1990-1993, he served as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Office of Space Commerce, in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1980; Masters degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982; and a Doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in 1989. 


Dr. Pace received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2008, the US Department of State’s Group Superior Honor Award, GPS Interagency Team, in 2005, and the NASA Group Achievement Award, Columbia Accident Rapid Reaction Team, in 2004. He has been a member of the US Delegation to the World Radiocommunication Conferences in 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2007. He was also a member of the US Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications Working Group, 1997-2000. He has served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2009, and 2011-15. Dr. Pace has been a member of the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), a member of the Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society.


PhD, Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School

MS, Aeronautics & Astronautics and Technology & Policy, MIT

BS, Physics, Harvey Mudd College


“U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness” testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness, February 2015.

“U.S.-Japan Space Security Cooperation” in Schrogl KU, Hays PL, Robinson J, Moura  D, Giannopapa C (Eds) Handbook of Space Security, Policies, Applications and Programs. Springer, New York, 2015.

“National Security Space Launch Programs” testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense, March 2014

“Strengthening Space Security,” Harvard International Review 33. no. 4. (2012): 54-59.

“Space: Emerging Options for National Power,” with Dana Johnson and C. Bryan Gabbard, MR- 517-JS, RAND, June 1998.  Also translated into Chinese.

"The Global Positioning System: Assessing National Policies," with Gerald Frost, Irving  Lachow, David Frelinger, Donna Fossum, Donald K. Wassem, and Monica Pinto, MR- 614-OSTP, RAND, December 1995.  Best selling RAND report for 1996.

Personal Interests

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Skiing

Classes Taught

IAFF 3180 Space Power in Global Affairs

IAFF 3190 Special Topics in International Affairs: U.S. Space Policy

IAFF 6158 Issues in U.S. Space Policy – Tools and Scenarios

IAFF 6145 U.S. Space Policy