Changing Spaces and Places: National Security Space in a Time of Transition

Date & Time
July 15, 2019 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Eastern Time
George Washington University City View Room (7th Floor), 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052, United States


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Join The George Washington University Space Policy Institute and The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy & Strategy for discussions on the issues underlying today’s debates about how to reorganize national security space.  


8:00 am - Registration, light breakfast

8:30 am - Welcome 

  • Dr. Jamie Morin, Executive Director, Center for Space Policy & Strategy 

8:45 am - Food for Thought: Six Schools of Operational Thought in Space 

  • Russell Rumbaugh, Center for Space Policy & Strategy 

The debate on how to organize for space operations overshadows the competition among views on how future wars will be fought and what role space will play in those wars. Can we identify distinct schools of thought about future war underlying today’s organizational debate?  

9:00 am - Discussion: How Will the Intelligence Community Coordinate with a Space Force? 

  • Dr. Mike Vickers, Principal, Telemus Group and former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence  

  • Doug Loverro, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy 

  • Moderated by Dr. Rebecca Reesman, Center for Space Policy & Strategy 

Most major proposals have left the NRO out of the Space Force, protecting its unique intelligence mission. But as space becomes more contested, adversaries may not distinguish between intelligence assets and defense assets. How can the two organizations best coordinate their actions, both in peace and war?  

10:00 am - Break 

10:15 am - Discussion: How Much Can International Cooperation in Space Be Modeled on the Norms of Maritime Cooperation? 

  • Mark Rosen, General Counsel, Center for Naval Analyses and former Navy JAG officer 

  • Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, the Heritage Foundation 

  • Moderated by Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, George Washington University Space Policy Institute 

As space becomes more contested, nations need to use space even as they prepare for the possibility a conflict will extend into space. The high seas have experienced just such a tension for centuries leading to a robust set of norms and practices that allow warships to interact with each other and commercial ships even as they also stand ready to attack each other. Is this a workable model or is space — or today’s strategic competition — fundamentally different? Are there specific norms and practices from the maritime domain that might serve as a starting point for space?  

11:15 am - Food for Thought: Whither National Technical Means if New START Expires? 

  • Dr. Michael Gleason, Center for Space Policy & Strategy 

Non-interference with National Technical Means (NTMs) of verification has been incorporated into arms control agreements for 50 years. If New START expires in 2021, there will be no legally binding agreement between the United States and Russia prohibiting interference with space-based NTMs. Will that matter, especially as space becomes more contested?  

11:30 am - Challenges and Opportunities for National Security Space

  • Dr. John J. Klein, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Space Policy Institute

U.S. space deterrence strategy needs to evolve to better incorporate the increased role of the commercial space sector, along with additional capabilities of allies and partners.

  • Dr. Peter L. Hays, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Space Policy Institute

Evolving thinking about space schools of thought and national technical means.


11:45 am - Closing

  • Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, Director, George Washington University Space Policy Institute

About GWU Space Policy Institute

The SPI focuses its activities on policy, economic, and legal issues related to the space efforts of the United States, as well as the cooperative and competitive interactions in space between the US and other nations. The Institute provides a setting in which scholars, policy analysts, practitioners, and students can work together to examine and evaluate options for the future in space. 

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About the Center for Space Policy and Strategy

The Center for Space Policy and Strategy is dedicated to shaping the future by providing nonpartisan research and strategic analysis to decisionmakers. The Center is part of The Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit organization that advises the government on complex space enterprise and systems engineering problems.


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Dr. Jamie M. Morin Vice President Defense Strategic Space
Henry Hertzfeld
Dr. Henry Hertzfeld Director, Space Policy Institute and Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at The Elliott School The George Washington University
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Dr. Michael P. Gleason Senior Project Engineer Center for Space Policy and Strategy
Picture of Rebecca Reesman
Dr. Rebecca Reesman Senior Project Engineer and Policy Analyst The Aerospace Corporation