IFPA Roundtable: Space-Based Sensors Missile Defense and More

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Date(s) - 7/14/201512:00 pm - 2:00 pm

562 Dirksen Senate Office Building


The latest Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis Capitol Hill Roundtable features experts on how space-based sensors can fill missile defense surveillance and discrimination shortfalls and help ground- and sea-based interceptors engage the growing ballistic missile threat more effectively. In addition, important contributions of space-based sensors to other critical national security missions – such as space situational awareness, monitoring treaty compliance, and tracking the activities of potential proliferators – will also be explored.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mr. Richard Ritter, Program Executive, C4ISR, Missile Defense Agency
  • Dr. John B. Sheldon, Executive Director, The George C. Marshall Institute
  • Dr. Peter L. Hays, Intelligence Policy Analyst, Leidos
  • Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., IFPA President and Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, moderator


Topics include:

  • New and emerging threats in the contested space environment;
  • Current gaps in the tracking of ballistic missiles (i.e., from “birth to death”) based on the existing terrestrial sensor network; and,
  • The role space-based sensors, in combination with other assets, can play to fill present missile defense gaps.


The Roundtable on space-based sensors for missile defense and other critical national security missions is organized by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), in association with the Independent Working Group (IWG) on Missile Defense and will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 12 noon until 2:00 pm at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Room 562.  A buffet luncheon will be provided.


Please register with Polly Parke as soon as possible so that we may have an accurate tally for lunch.

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