Vice President Pence appoints Heritage Expert to National Space Council

Heritage experts continue to make a difference–both on and off Heritage’s headquarters.

Last week, Vice President Pence nominated Heritage national security expert Dean Cheng to serve on the National Space Council User Advisory Board.

Cheng, a senior research fellow in Heritage’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, specializes in Chinese military and foreign policy. He has written extensively on China’s military doctrine and the technological implications of its space program. He is also the only member on the Council to hail from a think tank.

Other members of the Council include dignitaries such as Buzz Aldrin, an Apollo 11 astronaut, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and Presidential Candidate and GP Bud Peterson, the President of Georgia Institute of Technology.

According to the White House announcement, “The selected members of the Users Advisory Group will serve to fulfill President Trump’s mandate to ‘foster close coordination, cooperation, and technology and information exchange’ across our nation’s space enterprise.”

We are thankful for Cheng and his willingness to serve in this capacity.

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