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In the News: Sean O'Keefe

O'Keefe writes about returning to the moon in The Hill

"With the technology we have today, returning to the moon is within reach in five years. As we keep rediscovering, exploration really is a journey. It only gets longer when we take a break," writes Sean O'Keefe, Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership.

April 10, 2019

O'Keefe op-ed on Space Force issues published in The Hill

"If enacted, this directive will add an organizational overhead expense for this separation and will create countless bureaucratic fist fights over what goes into which part of this new Department of the Air Force enterprise," writes Sean O'Keefe, University Professor and Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership.

February 25, 2019

O'Keefe op-ed on journey of space exploration published in The Hill

According to University Professor Sean O'Keefe, " isn’t necessarily the beginning of a new space race as much as it is evidence that exploration beyond low Earth orbit is picking up momentum. That’s been a long time coming, but it signals the dawning of a new chapter of global ambitions to explore our neighborhood in this solar system." 

January 16, 2019

O'Keefe explains why Mars InSight is an important endeavor in The Hill

"Today’s technology gives us the means to minimize human risk of space ventures by having a much better idea of what we’re likely to encounter and the ability to have a much better plan of what we can do when people do arrive," says Sean O'Keefe, University Professor and Howard and Louise Phanstiel endowed Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership. 

December 3, 2018

O'Keefe discusses Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy on Moonstruck podcast

University Professor and former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe was tasked with informing the families and friends of the terrible fate of the astronauts on the Columbia Space Shuttle. "It went from being a moment of great anticipation and a stillness, recognizing that the time that had been anticipated for the shuttle to land had passed," he says of the tragic event.

September 21, 2018

Mary Lovely Named Inaugural Recipient of the Merget Fellowship Award

The fellowship is made possible by generous gifts to the Astrid Merget Fund honoring two-time alumna and former associate dean of the Maxwell School Astrid Merget ’68 M.P.A./’73 Ph.D. (SSc).

August 30, 2018

Deeper Connections

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) program's reputation and Washington location provide Maxwell students and faculty regular access to a range of leaders and practitioners—to an extent not feasible in Syracuse,” says University Professor and Phanstiel Chair Sean O’Keefe ’78 M.P.A., who is charged with developing opportunities to further nurture Maxwell/CSIS collaboration.

August 8, 2018

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New PAIA class includes four Robertson Fellows

Four Robertson Foundation for Government Fellows are among the 2018-2019 Public Administration and International Affairs graduate cohort. Maxwell is one of five schools nationwide to which the foundation has provided grants to fund the education of exceptional students focusing on public service careers.
July 24, 2018

O'Keefe featured in Popular Mechanics article on proposed Space Force

"There's been no effort to even address that point. I can barely call what was articulated [on Monday by the president] a vision. It was more of just an expression. You know, that's about it," says University Professor Sean O'Keefe.

June 25, 2018

O'Keefe weighs in on Trump's planned Space Force in TIME

"Creation of a separate military service as a ‘Space Force’ is a solution in search of a problem," says Sean O’Keefe, University Professor and Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership. "There’s no reason to believe that space-related programs would fare any better than they do today under the U.S. Air Force recognizance."

June 20, 2018

First EMIR in DC class reflects strength of unique degree program

“We’re thrilled to welcome this diverse group of accomplished professionals to be among the first to join the program” says Ryan O. Williams, assistant dean for Washington programs at the Maxwell School, about the twelve students who  have enrolled in this semester’s first-ever offering of the Washington, D.C.-based Executive Master in International Relations degree.

April 3, 2018

O'Keefe comments on space station headed toward Earth in USA Today

Sean O'Keefe, University Professor and Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership, says no one will really know when the Chinese space station will hit the earth until about an hour before it happens and, after the station enters the atmosphere, any debris that remains will fall to the ground in less than 20 minutes, likely flaming.

March 30, 2018

O'Keefe weighs in on Trump's military space force proposal in Associated Press

"This is more about boosting reconnaissance and cyber security than fighting in orbit," says Sean O'Keefe, University Professor and Phanstiel Chair in Leadership. "You can emphasize more help for the military in space without going to the massive organizational change and expense."

March 14, 2018

O'Keefe discusses reassignment of NASA crew member on

"Crew changes aren't unusual and when they do happen, the reassigned astronauts almost always fly on a later mission," says Sean O'Keefe, Howard and Louise Phanstiel endowed Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership. "The exceptions are very few and far between."

January 22, 2018

Sammies honor outstanding federal employees, innovative solutions

Maxwell alumna Emily Simonson ’15 M.P.A./M.A. (IR) was one of the recipients of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, as part of the Urban Waters team, which created public-private partnerships to clean and revive urban waterways and their surrounding lands. 

October 17, 2017

O'Keefe quoted in USA Today article on National Space Council

"The vice president has an interest in technology and space policy generally, so the council becomes a good venue to put some context to all of this," says University Professor Sean O'Keefe.

October 10, 2017

O'Keefe writes about the nominee for NASA administrator in The Hill

"His [Jim Bridenstine] policy views, voting record and insights on how he may choose to use skills honed as a politician and elsewhere will surely be revealed in the upcoming confirmation hearing. But if past is prologue, he’s qualified to clear the hurdles for Senate confirmation. And I’m willing to bet he’ll prove to be a fine choice as the 13th NASA administrator," writes University Professor Sean O'Keefe.

September 27, 2017

O'Keefe discusses military innovation with Defense News

"Now is the time to find more and better ways to harness the $2 trillion in global R&D spending lying just beyond the Pentagon’s reach. It is also time for the Pentagon to incubate a larger volume of potential defense technologies to outpace an ever-growing range of threats," says University Professor Sean O'Keefe.

April 25, 2017

O'Keefe discusses commercial space flights, NASA in LA Times

According to University Professor Sean O'Keefe, NASA’s role as a “development catalyst” has been part of the agency’s objectives since its earliest days.

March 8, 2017

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