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Disaggregation in the Era of Austerity: A Path Forward January 14, 2013

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The Techamerica Space Enterprise Council and the George C. Marshall Institute present a forum on

Disaggregation in the Era of Austerity: A Path Forward

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
TechAmerica 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 600 North Building (Indiana Ave. entrance)
Washington, D.C.

The TechAmerica Space Enterprise Council and the George C. Marshall Institute are hosting a forum focusing on the pros and cons of DISAGGREGATION of military satellite constellations.  The U.S. Air Force expects to decide in 2015 whether to redesign some of its key space missions by dispersing payload sets currently flown aboard large satellite platforms to larger numbers of smaller craft. The disaggregation concept is being considered for two key space missions in particular: secure communications, including nuclear command and control; and weather forecasting.

Featured speakers include:

  • Marc Berkowitz, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Lockheed Martin
  • Peter Marquez, former Director, Space Policy, National Security Council
  • Josh Hartman, CEO, Horizons Strategy Group
  • William P. (Bill) Reiner, Director, Missions & Programs, Commercial Satellite Services, The Boeing Company

     

Is China Preparing for an ASAT Test? January 14, 2013

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Several articles in recent weeks suggest China may be preparing to conduct another anti-satellite (ASAT) or missile defense test.  That they should do so should surprise no one.  Chinese strategists have been writing for years about the vulnerabilities of U.S. space systems and the importance of those systems to U.S. military power.  These tests, however sophisticated, signal strongly intentions and capabilities to hold those systems at risk, and thereby complicate matters for the United States.

Background and details at:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/9/inside-ring-chinese-missile-defense-test/?page=all#pagebreak

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73964330/

North Korea’s Adventures in Space January 14, 2013

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The launch of the Unha-3 space launch vehicle on December 12, 2012 is without doubt another iteration of North Korea’s long-range ballistic missile program, as numerous commentators have pointed out in recent days.

While a great deal of attention is understandably devoted to North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs, what is often left out of the analysis of Pyongyang’s activities and intentions is its longstanding space program – a program that can be traced back to the 1980s, predating many Western concerns surrounding the nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

In this short essay, Dr. John Sheldon, examines North Korea’s space program and what little is known about it, its regional implications, and argues that it must be taken much more seriously than has previously been the case.

http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=1162

A Day Without Space – What Would a Major Space Weather Event Mean to the U.S. January 14, 2013

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Ever more frequently, we hear of a news story about a communications satellite which has been partially or completely disabled as a result of a solar flare from the sun. What would it mean to our communications satellites if we had a solar event equivalent to the 1989 solar storm, which plunged millions of people in Quebec into total darkness? Now that our economic and national security is increasingly tied to our space-based assets, what would a major solar event meant to our economic and national security?

On December 4, the TechAmerica Space Enterprise Council and the George Marshall Institute presented a forum “A Day Without Space- What Would a Major Space Weather Event Mean to America’s Economic and National Security?”

Featuring:

Michael Bonadonna, Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology, NOAA
Tom Mahony, Senior Advanced Systems Manager, Ball Aerospace
Dr. Kevin Forbes, Associate Professor of Economics, The Catholic University of America