Please join the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Forward Defense practice for our latest virtual event titled “State of the Space Industrial Base 2021: Building Space Infrastructure & Services for Security and Prosperity.” This event will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST via Zoom.

Militaries, economies, and societies are increasingly dependent on services offered from space. Indeed, commerce through and enabled by space applications make up an increasing portion of the global economy. Yet threats to space abound, from mismanagement of finite space in Earth orbit, to states taking aggressive action with satellites. Atlantic Council experts have called for a long-term approach to space, including better space governance at the domestic and international levels. This event will discuss these themes and launch the 2021 “State of the Space Industrial Base Report.”

In July 2021, the US Space Force, Defense Innovation Unit, and the Air Force Research Laboratory convened the third State of the Space Industrial Base Conference, hosted by NewSpace New Mexico. With input from 250 experts from across government, industry, and academia, the “State of the Space Industrial Base Report 2021” discusses a comprehensive unified civil, commercial, and national security space strategy. Prior reports were released in 2019 and 2020.

This Atlantic Council event will feature two panels with authors of the report and industry experts to discuss the report’s findings and recommendations for national security innovation. Join us to hear what is required of the administration, the Defense Department, and the investment community to secure US leadership in the space domain.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion. To receive the virtual Zoom link, please register by completing the registration form below.

Featuring report authors

Brig Gen John M. Olson, USSF

Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force

Mandy Vaughn

CEO and Founder, GXO, Inc.

Steven J. Butow

Director, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit

Col Eric Felt, USAF

Commander, Phillips Research Site and Director, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory

Moderated by

Dr. Mir Sadat

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Featuring Atlantic Council experts

Stephanie Wander

Acting Director and Senior Fellow, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council

COL David Palazzo, USA (Ret.)

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council; Director of Corporate Strategy, LinQuest

Stephen Rodriguez

Senior Advisor, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council; Founder, One Defense

Moderated by

Jacqueline Feldscher

Senior National Security Correspondent, Defense One

Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.


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