Scott Pace

Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and of Public Policy and Public Administration / Director, Space Policy Institute
Faculty: Full-Time
Suite 403
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St. NW
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-6615

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 a Professor of Practice in International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.  His research interests include civil, commercial, and national security space policy, and the management of technical innovation. From 2005-2008, he served as the Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA.

Prior to NASA, Dr. Pace was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  From 1993-2000, Dr Pace worked for the RAND Corporation's Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI).  From 1990 to 1993, Dr. Pace 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 NASA Group Achievement Award, NASA World Radiocommunications Conference Team, in 2005, the U.S. 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 U.S. Delegation to the International Telecommunications Union’s World Radiocommunications Conferences in 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2007.  He was also a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications Working Group, 1997-2000.  He is a past member of the Earth Studies Committee, Space Studies Board, National Research Council and the Commercial Activities Subcommittee, NASA Advisory Council.  Dr. Pace is a currently a member of the Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association, a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society.


Ph.D., Policy Analysis, 1989, RAND Graduate School

S.M., Technology & Policy, 1982, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

S.M., Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1982, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.Sc., with distinction, Physics, 1980, Harvey Mudd College


Recent Publications

“U.S.-Japan Space Security Cooperation” chapter in Handbook of Space Security, Springer, New York, June 2014

Space Policy, “American Space Strategy: Choose to Steer, Not Drift,” Viewpoint, June 2014

“Advancing U.S. Geopolitical and International Interests in Space,” chapter in America’s Future in Space, Marshall Institute, Washington, DC, November 2013

Science, “International Cooperation to Protect Human Heritage on the Lunar Surface,” with Henry Hertzfeld, November 2013

eJournal-USA, “Taking Business to the Moon and Beyond,” U.S. Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs, 30 September 2013

“Policy Innovations in Human Spaceflight,” for the 64th International Astronautics Federation Congress, Beijing, China, September 24, 2013

The Diplomat, “U.S. Space Interests in the Asia-Pacific Region,” March 28, 2013

“Integrating National Interests in Space,” for the 63nd International Astronautics Federation Congress, Naples, Italy, October 2012

38 North, “A Space Launch without a Space Program – North Korea,” The US-Korea Institute at the School for Advanced International Studies, April 2012

Harvard International Review, “Strengthening Space Security and Advancing US Interests,” Spring 2012

Classes Taught

IAFF 3190    Special Topics in International Affairs: U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6148    Special Topics in Space Policy: Issues in U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6158.8  Seminar in Science and Technology Policy
IAFF 6966       U.S. Space Policy

Professor Scott Pace in a NASA F18