Sam Wilson is a policy analyst for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy at The Aerospace Corporation. In his role, he is responsible for leading work on international space; nuclear command, control, and communications; and missile issues. Wilson has authored papers on the impact of Brexit on UK space; Japan’s shift toward space security; the future of space-based nuclear command, control, and communications; and space traffic management. He has led work for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Integration, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. As a result of his work, Wilson has testified to the House of Lords in a public hearing, discussed space issues in Track II dialogues in Moscow, guest lectured at universities, and presented on panels at think tanks in Washington, at U.S. Strategic Command, and at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Prior to joining Aerospace, Wilson served as a senior analyst in the Defense Capabilities and Management division at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. There, he led reports on nuclear command, control, and communications; strategic force structure; arms control; and U.S. nuclear forces in Europe. He also drafted statutory language, including sections in the National Defense Authorization Act, at the request of congressional staff.
Wilson has completed fellowships with the National Defense University’s Program for Emerging Leaders, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Project on Nuclear Issues, the German Marshall Fund, and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center.
Wilson received his bachelor’s degree in political theory and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with distinction.