National Security Space: Policy and Program Developments

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Date(s) - 10/6/201012:00 am


On October 6, the George C. Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council convened a workshop to discuss recent developments and emerging issues that will impact U.S. national security space systems and policies.

Consideration of space policy and program issues have been dominated by two themes: (1) The release of the President’s National Space Policy earlier this year has focused much attention on the possibility of new diplomatic initiatives to craft international norms governing space; and (2) Considerable changes are contemplated for the nation’s space exploration efforts.

All the while, the U.S. military and intelligence agencies continue to deepen their use of space assets and space-enabled information and services. Important policy and programmatic decisions loom, as budgetary pressures mount and as the need to shore up vulnerabilities and lessen dependencies becomes more apparent.

The forum featured presentations from:

  • Col. Jeff Farnsworth, Director, Space Policy Implementation, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Peter Marquez, formerly Director, Space Policy, National Security Council

A panel discussion followed.  The panel consisted of:

  • John Sheldon, a Marshall Institute Fellow, and Visiting Professor, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB
  • David Trottier, TASC, Inc.
  • Pat Frakes, Integrity Applications, Inc.

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