The Institute’s space program examines the national security interests of the United States in space.  We explore how space supports military missions and needs, threats and obstacles to the pursuit of that mission, and critical examination of proposals designed to reduce costs.  As a corollary effort, the Institute supports a similar line of inquiry into the civil and commercial use of space.

Latest Space Policy Articles

World Insight 08/04/2015 China’s GPS

Dr. John Sheldon, Executive Director of the Marshall Institute, discussed China’s Global Positioning Satellites on CCTV’s World Insight program. The video is available at http://english.cntv.cn/2015/08/05/VIDE1438724768011913.shtml

An Opportunity to Take the Lead: How the Next National Space Policy Can Restore U.S. Leadership in Outer Space

The United States has been the de facto leader in outer space activities since it placed men on the Moon during Project Apollo. That success culminated the Cold War space race with the Soviet Union, and the resultant technological and scientific benefits gave the United States significant geopolitical prestige and the mantle of leadership in […]

In Defense of Space Control

Speaking on April 15 about the growing threat from China, Russia, and others against U.S. military satellites at the 31st National Space Symposium, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work told his audience that, “[w]hile we rely heavily on space capabilities, in both peace and war, we must continue to emphasize space control as challenges arise.” […]

National Security Space Quarterly Summary of Events: 2014 Q4

The National Security Space Quarterly Summary of Events is a quarterly report researched and written by the George C. Marshall Institute, reviewing all national security space activities and policy changes occurring worldwide in the previous quarter. The report is broken down into regions and then countries.  Each national section lists all the activities with a […]

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Putting Astronauts on Mars: NASA Lays Out Three-Phase Plan

The path to Mars goes through the moon — or the region of space near the moon, anyway. NASA aims to put boots on Mars in the 2030s after first gathering human-spaceflight experience and expertise in low Earth orbit and the “proving ground” of cis-lunar space near the moon. NASA has been working on this three-stage path to the Red Planet for some time, and the space agency lays out the basic plan in a 36-page report called “Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration,” which was released Thursday (Oct. 8).

Mars’ Missing Atmosphere Likely Lost in Space

The mystery of Mars’ missing atmosphere is one big step closer to being solved. A previous hypothesis had suggested that a significant part of the carbon from Mars’ atmosphere, which is dominated by carbon dioxide, could have been trapped within rocks via chemical processes. However, new research suggests that there’s not enough carbon in deposits on the Red Planet’s surface to account for the huge amounts lost from the air over time.

NASA Set To Launch Swarm of Laser-Guided Cube Satellites

NASA is planning to launch a group of miniature spacecraft that are set to have a significant impact on ground-space communication and technology. This project is known as the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) and includes three satellites to be sent into orbit in the next few months.

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