Space Security and Defense

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Date(s) - 4/16/201412:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Space Security and Defense
APRIL 16, 2014 AT 12:00 PM

Event Information

The American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) is hosting a lunchtime briefing series for Congressional Staff in the House and Senate, featuring presentations by noted subject matter experts. The April 16th event will feature a briefing by Mr. Eric Sterner who will provide an assessment of U.S. space security, the weaponization of space, and missile defense.

Eric Sterner is a Fellow at the George C. Marshall Institute and an Adjunct Professor at Missouri State University. He served at NASA and the Department of Defense, and held senior staff positions for the House Armed Services and Science Committees.

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Future lunchtime briefing topics to be covered include an array of contemporary issues related to cyber security, missile defense, space security, and emerging U.S. national security threats.


About the American Foreign Policy Council
For over three decades, the American Foreign Policy Council has played an essential role in the U.S. foreign policy debate. Founded in 1982, AFPC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assisting world leaders with building democracies and market economies. AFPC is widely recognized as a source of timely, insightful analysis on issues of foreign policy, and works closely with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and the policymaking community. It is staffed by noted specialists in foreign and defense policy, and serves as a valuable resource to officials in the highest levels of government.

Guest Speaker Biography

Eric R. Sterner is a Fellow at the George C. Marshall Institute, teaches at Missouri State University’s Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, and consults on national security and aerospace issues. His work addresses national security policy with a focus on the challenges new technologies pose for U.S. national security, particularly in space and cyberspace. He was the lead Professional Staff Member for defense policy on the House Armed Services Committee, where he managed the full committee staff charged with executing Congressional responsibilities regarding defense and foreign policy. During the 1990s, he served on the House Science Committee staff and was the Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics at the time of his departure.
In the Executive Branch, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy and, at NASA, was dual-hatted as Associate Deputy Administrator for Policy and Planning and Chief of Strategic Communications. At NASA, he was concerned with all aspects of NASA’s internal management on behalf of the Deputy Administrator and directly managed a staff of 150 personnel, including 19 members of the Senior Executive Service.

In the private sector, Sterner served as Vice President for Federal Services at TerreStar Networks Inc., and as a national security analyst at JAYCOR and National Security Research Inc., where he focused on the strategic implications of emerging technologies. His work on national security, military history, space, and cyberspace issues has appeared in a range of publications, including The Washington Post, The Washington Quarterly, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Comparative Strategy, the Journal of International Security Affairs, Naval History, The Washington Times, and Aviation Week & Space Technology. Sterner earned a B.A. in International Studies and USSR Area Studies from The American University and separate M.A. degrees in Political Science and Security Policy Studies at The George Washington University.

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