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Tue, May 4, 2021

Mulder and Piliero in National Interest on spaceflight

On May 4, Forward Defense Senior Military Fellow Christopher Mulder and Young Global Professional Raphael Piliero wrote an op-ed for National Interest on the importance of US efforts in space as they relate to the Moon race. They argued that the 60th anniversary of the first American in space provides historical context—and necessity—for our future space endeavors.

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Thu, Apr 22, 2021

#93: Adopt a Long-Term Space Strategy

By: Christopher P. Mulder, Clementine Starling, Mark J. Massa, and Julia Siegel What is the kernel of the issue? The US lacks a long-term, actionable strategy that will secure space for many years to come. Previous such strategy documents lay out shorter timeframes for securing space. However, space activity requires a much longer-term vision and […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Wed, Apr 21, 2021

#92: Accelerate Sending Americans to Mars

By: Christopher P. Mulder What is the kernel of the issue? China and Russia have publicly stated their ambitions to send humans to Mars in the coming years. Why is the issue important? If China and Russia accomplish this goal first, US credibility and resolve will be significantly degraded and questioned. Making our way to […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher P. Mulder is the senior US Air Force fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Prior to his fellowship, Lt Col Mulder served as the 80th Operations Group deputy commander at Sheppard AFB, TX, responsible for assisting the Operations Group commander in leading operations for the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program. In addition, Lt Col Mulder instructed and trained new pilots from fourteen nations, including Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Lt Col Mulder previously served as the 80th Operations Support squadron commander, leading a diverse squadron of 530 personnel that maintained the airfield and navigation equipment, controlled aircraft, produced weather reports, taught aerospace physiology concepts, and also included all student pilots.

Lt Col Mulder graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2001. He instructed in the T-6 as a first assignment instructor pilot and served as a mission commander, evaluator, and instructor in the F-16. He has held various squadron positions at Moody AFB, Osan AB, Shaw AFB, and Spangdahlem AB. During his time as the current operations flight commander, 20th Operational Support Squadron, he was responsible for executing a multi-million dollar flying hour program, managing the Ready Aircrew and SERE programs, and maintaining Shaw AFB’s F-16 simulator complex. As part of the 480th Fighter Squadron, Lt Col Mulder led missions in both Operation Odyssey Dawn and Operation New Dawn in support of national security objectives. He also served as Aide-de-Camp to the United States Air Forces in Europe-Africa commander. He planned and executed more than two hundred strategic events, traveling to twenty-nine countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, entailing high-level meetings, academic and think tank round tables, and industry engagements. Prior to moving to Sheppard AFB, TX, he served on the Joint Staff in various roles.

Lt Col Mulder is a command pilot with more than 2,600 hours in the F-16 and T-6, including 270 combat hours.