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A Day Without Space: The Role of Space in American Prosperity September 8, 2011

Posted by George C. Marshall Institute in Uncategorized.
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Space-based assets offer enormous benefits to the U.S. economy and national security. From television to telecommunications, financial transactions to farming, precision guidance to weather monitoring, space systems offer enormous value. Despite the growing recognition and appreciation for space, much work remains. Space programs have difficulties staying on time and on budget. Accessing space and operating there is expensive and far from the routine operations needed to make space activities affordable and accessible. The health and vitality of the industrial base servicing both commercial and military space needs is a continuing concern. Furthermore, U.S. adversaries recognize our dependency and the vulnerability of our space assets and therefore the incentives to interfere with, disrupt, or deny the use of satellites is high. And, decision makers are far from united in their views of how to respond to challenges to U.S. interests in space.

The Day Without Space series, launched by the George C. Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council in 2008, strives to educate policy makers and the public about the growing importance of space to their daily lives and to U.S. economic and national security. Through a series of meetings, we discuss how the use of space for economic and military purposes has changed, consider why and how adversaries would seek to interdict or degrade U.S. space capabilities, and detail the challenges confronting the U.S’s ability to respond or recover from attacks on its space assets.

On March 11, 2011 we convened a panel discussion of The Role of Space in American Prosperity. Panelists included:

  • Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Hamel, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development for Orbital Sciences, and formerly Commander of the Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space
  • Richard “Rich” Cooper, Partner with Catalyst Partners, LLC, and formerly, Business Liaison Director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Private Sector Office (PSO)
  • Richard Dalbello, Vice President of Government Relations, Intelsat General Corp., and formerly Assistant Director for Aeronautics and Space in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Video: A Day without Space: The Role of Space in American Prosperity

A summary of the event is available at http://www.marshall.org/pdf/materials/932.pdf

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