Dr. Xavier Pasco (Doct. In Political Science- University of Paris-Sorbonne) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) based in Paris where he is in charge of the Department “Technology, Space and Security”. Previous to 1997, he was researcher at CREST (Center for Research and Evaluation of the relationships between Strategies and Technology) associated to Ecole Polytechnique, France.
His research is currently focused on space and high technology policies and decision-making processes associated with national security strategies. He is working more specifically on the European and U.S. policies and on their impact on the transatlantic relationship in the space activity, both in the civilian and military domains. He has also been involved in a number of projects studying the use of space for the security, both at national and European levels (notably in relation with the R&D Framework Programme) coordinated by the European Commission. He has also supported several analytical works of the subcommittee on Security and Defence of the European Parliament on these issues and has been contributed to ESA on-going work on governance and data policy issues for future programmes. He was particularly in charge of the ESA-commissioned study related to governance and data policy models suitable for a European Space Situational Awareness System. He has also led many research programmes in France and has been the author, coordinator or “rapporteur” of many research reports on space issues including official reports.
Xavier is also associate Research Fellow at the Space Policy Institute in the George Washington University (Washington D.C., U.S.A.). He is also giving lectures in the French Military School in Paris and at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. He has also been associate Professor at the University of Marne-la-Vallée and is the European Editor of the international academic review Space Policy. In 2012, Xavier Pasco has been elected full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has also been named Expert at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels in 2007.