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Sun, Apr 11, 2021

The future of security in space: A thirty-year US strategy

Outer space is rapidly transforming as new actors test new limits. This Atlantic Council Strategy Paper calls for the United States and its allies and partners to secure space over the next three decades or risk wasting the promise of this emerging domain.

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The Scowcroft Center’s Forward Defense practice is delighted to invite you to the public launch of the latest Atlantic Council Strategy Paper, titled “The Future of Security in Space: A Thirty-Year US Strategy.” This star-studded event will feature key voices from the commercial, government, and expert space communities and will take place on Monday, April 12, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT via Zoom.

We will be joined in conversation with Atlantic Council board directors and report co-chairs Gen James E. Cartwright, USMC (Ret.) and The Hon. Deborah Lee James, former NASA administrator and astronaut The Hon. Charles F. Bolden Jr., MajGen, USMC (Ret.), former executive secretary of the National Space Council, Dr. Scott Pace, Airbus U.S. Space & Defense’s Debra Facktor, and many more (see speakers below).  In addition to these distinguished panelists, we are pleased to feature a live interview with NASA astronaut COL Andrew R. Morgan, who will speak about his personal experience living on board the International Space Station and the role that human spaceflight plays in diplomacy.

Activity in space is rapidly expanding with an explosion of actors and commerce in recent years. More than seventy nations operate national space programs, making international space governance prime for a reboot. Private-sector investment in unique space technologies and more affordable space launch creates the exciting prospect of a space commerce boom. Meanwhile, the increasing salience of space in great-power competition and counterspace capabilities threaten freedom of access. Space exploration will likely evolve at pace over the next decades, offering potential resource abundance and the ability to expand the frontiers of space development. The United States and its allies require a strategy to meet the moment and shape the strategic landscape through 2050 and beyond.

In this forward-looking report, “The Future of Security in Space: A Thirty-Year US Strategy,” Forward Defense lays out an ambitious vision for a US space strategy spanning the next thirty years. Offering an actionable plan to reform space governance, form a space alliance, accelerate space commerce, and take a cislunar approach to space development, this landmark report offers recommendations for the short, medium, and long term to advance US and allied objectives in the space domain.

This event features:

Introductory remarks by:

Mr. Frederick Kempe

President & CEO
Atlantic Council

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A keynote discussion featuring:

Moderated by

Ms. Jennifer Griffin

National Security Correspondent
Fox News

An interview with:

COL Andrew R. Morgan

Astronaut
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

In conversation with

Lt Col Christopher Mulder, USAF

Report Co-Author & Senior US Air Force Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

A panel featuring:

Moderated by

Ms. Jacqueline Feldscher

National Security and Space Reporter
POLITICO

Forward Defense shapes the debate around the greatest military challenges facing the United States and its allies, and creates forward-looking assessments of the trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of warfare.

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