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Apr 27, 2023

Harnessing allied space capabilities

By Robert Murray, Tiffany Vora, and Nicholas Eftimiades

Forward Defense experts examine how US space strategy can recognize the comparative advantage of allies and partners in space and best harness allied capabilities.

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Please join the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and its Forward Defense program for a public conversation on “Harnessing Allied Space Capabilities,” on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET via Zoom.

This event will feature the launch of a paper series, produced in partnership with Thales, which explores how the United States can better work with its allies and partners to achieve common security, commercial, and exploration objectives in outer space.

Maintaining the US and allied technological edge on Earth increasingly rests on these nations’ ability to operate effectively in the space domain. As the space landscape transforms—driven by commercial and dual-use developments, lower costs of entry, and thus a growth in spacefaring entities—the United States ought to consider how allied and partner governments and industries can augment its own space architecture. While initiatives like the Artemis program bring likeminded nations together for capability development, US and allied collaboration is limited due to strict regulations and overclassification, as well as a limited understanding of the niche areas where allies and partners can complement US activities, ranging from space launch and satellite imagery to weather monitoring and space debris mitigation. How can the United States bring its allies and partners into the fold to achieve key goals in the space domain? 

On April 27, we will be joined by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Dr. John Plumb, followed by a panel featuring the series authors—Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Nicholas Eftimiades, Johns Hopkins University Senior Lecturer Robert Murray, and GeoTech Center Nonresident Fellow Dr. Tiffany Vora—and moderated by Thales North America Chief Executive Officer Alan Pellegrini. The event will explore the value of and way forward for US and allied integration in the space domain.

We hope you can join us for this timely discussion. To receive event information, please register using the form above.

Keynote remarks by

Dr. John F. Plumb
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, US Department of Defense

A panel featuring

Nicholas Eftimiades
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council;
Professor, Homeland Security Program, Penn State University

Robert Murray
Senior Lecturer and Director, Master of Science in Global Innovation and Leadership Program, Johns Hopkins University

Tiffany Vora
Nonresident Fellow, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council

Moderated by

Alan Pellegrini
Board Director, Atlantic Council; Chief Executive Officer, Thales North America

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