On March 22, 2017, the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) will convene in Washington, DC, the fourth conference in its Space Security series, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). This year’s gathering is entitled "Space Security: Issues for the New U.S. Administration" and should provide one of earliest opportunities to understand the Trump Administration’s approach to space security and offer insights that will hopefully help shape this policy portfolio in the period ahead. Previous PSSI Space Security Conferences were held in 2011 (in Prague), 2013 (in Tokyo), and 2016 (in Prague), co-organized with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Office of National Space Policy of the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office, and the Secure World Foundation (SWF), respectively.

The topics of this year’s conference include:

  • Space Crisis Dynamics
  • Cooperation in Space and Missile Defense
  • The Future of Space Launch
  • Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management

 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Vice Admiral Charles A. Richard, Deputy Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  • Jim Bridenstine, U.S. House of Representatives, Member of the House Armed Services Committee
  • Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé, Commander, Joint Space Command, Ministry of Defence, France
  • John Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS
  • Roger W. Robinson Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder, PSSI
  • Rear Admiral Jon Hill, Deputy Director, Missile Defense Agency
  • Tom Karako, Director, Missile Defense Project, CSIS
  • Todd Harrison, Director, Aerospace Security Project, CSIS
  • Peter Hays, Associate Director, Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies
  • Brett Alexander, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin
  • Travis Langster, Vice President, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)
  • Kazuto Suzuki, Associate Professor of International Political Economy, Public Policy School, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • William LaPlante, Vice President, Intelligence Portfolio, National Security Engineer Center, MITRE
  • Brian Weeden, Senior Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation
  • Victoria Samson, Director, Washington DC Office, Secure World Foundation
  • Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
  • Zack Cooper, Fellow, Japan Chair, CSIS
  • Andrew Philip Hunter, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, CSIS

To learn more about PSSI's past Space Security conferences, please click on the links bellow.

— 2011 Space Security Conference held in Prague

— 2013 Space Security Conference held in Tokyo

— 2016 Space Security Conference held in Prague

  • CONCEPT PAPER

  • CONFERENCE PROGRAM

    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Venue: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

     

    8:30—9:00 Coffee and Registration

     

    9:00—9:10
    Welcome Remarks:
    Dr. John J. Hamre
    , President and CEO,
    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
    Roger W. Robinson Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder,
    Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI)

     

    9:10—9:40
    Opening Keynote:
    Vice Admiral Charles A. Richard
    , Deputy Commander,
    U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) (conf.)
            

    9:40—10:00
    Q&A with Keynote Speaker

    Moderator: Dr. John J. Hamre, President and CEO,
    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

     

    10:00—11:00
    Panel 1: Space Crisis Dynamics

    Moderator: Jana Robinson, Director, Space Security Program, PSSI

     

    Panelists:
    Todd Harrison
    , Director, Aerospace Security Project, CSIS
    Zack Cooper, Fellow, CSIS (conf.)
    Victoria Samson, Director, Washington DC Office,
    Secure World Foundation (SWF) (conf.)
    Brian Weeden, Senior Technical Advisor,
    Secure World Foundation (SWF) (conf.)

     

    11:00—11:10 Coffee Break

     

    11:10—12:10
    Panel 2: Cooperation in Space and Missile Defense

    Moderator: Thomas Karako, Director, Missile Defense Project, CSIS   

     

    Panelists:
    Peter L. Hays, Associate Director,
    Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies (conf.)
    Rear Admiral Jon Hill, Deputy Director, Missile Defense Agency (conf.)
    Masami Oka, Deputy Director-General,
    Defense Policy Bureau, Ministry of Defense, Japan (invited)
    NATO Representative (invited)

     

    12:10—12:30 Break to serve lunch    

     

    12:30—13:00
    Lunch Keynote
    Address: Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel Testé
    , Commander, Joint
    Space Command, Ministry of Defence, France (conf.)

    Introduced by: Andrew Davenport, Deputy Executive Director,
    PSSI Washington (conf.)

     

    13:00—13:20
    Q&A with Keynote Speaker
    moderated by Jana Robinson
    , Space Security Program Director, PSSI

     

    13:20—13:30 Break

     

    13:30—14:30
    Panel 3: The Future of Space Launch

    Moderator: Todd Harrison, Director, Aerospace Security Project, CSIS    
        

    Panelists:
    Andrew Hunter
    , Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, CSIS (invited)
    Brett Alexander, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin (invited)
    William LaPlante, Vice President, Intelligence Portfolio, National Security Engineer Center, MITRE (conf.)

     

    14:30—15:30
    Panel 4:  Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management

    Moderator: Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute (conf.)

     

    Panelists:
    Paul Welsh
    , AGI (invited)
    Kazuto Suzuki, Associate Professor of International Political Economy, Public Policy School, Hokkaido University, Japan (conf.)
    ESA representative (invited)

     

    15:40—16:40
    Closing Keynote:
    Rep. James Bridenstine
    , U.S. House of Representatives (conf.)

    Introduced by: Thomas Karako, Director, Missile Defense Project, CSIS

  • CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

    Todd Harrison

    Todd Harrison is the director of the Aerospace Security Project and the director of Defense Budget Analysis at CSIS. As a senior fellow in the International Security Program, he leads the Center’s efforts to provide in-depth, nonpartisan research and analysis of space security, air power, and defense funding issues. Mr. Harrison joined CSIS from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where he was a senior fellow for defense budget studies. He previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton where he consulted for the Air Force on satellite communications systems and supported a variety of other clients evaluating the performance of acquisition programs. Prior to Booz Allen, he worked for a small startup (AeroAstro Inc.) developing advanced space technologies and as a management consultant at Diamond Cluster International. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with both a B.S. and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics.

    Zack Cooper

    Zack Cooper is a fellow with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Cooper focuses on Asian security issues and has coauthored or coedited numerous studies, including Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025: Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships (CSIS, 2016);The ANZUS Alliance in an Ascending Asia (Australian National University, 2015); Federated Defense in Asia (CSIS, 2014); Assessing the Asia-Pacific Rebalance (CSIS, 2014); and Strategic Japan: New Approaches to Foreign Policy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (CSIS, 2014). His research has also appeared in Security Studies, the Washington Quarterly, the National Interest, and International Security, and he works closely with the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. Prior to joining CSIS, Dr. Cooper worked as a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He previously served on the White House staff as assistant to the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism. He also worked as a civil servant in the Pentagon, first as a foreign affairs specialist and then as a special assistant to the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy. He received a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.P.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Tides of Fortune: The Rise and Decline of Great Militaries,” explains how changing perceptions of relative power alter national defense policies.

    Dr. John J. Hamre

    John Hamre was elected president and CEO of CSIS in January 2000. Before joining CSIS, he served as the 26th U.S. deputy secretary of defense. Prior to holding that post, he was the under secretary of defense (comptroller) from 1993 to 1997. As comptroller, Dr. Hamre was the principal assistant to the secretary of defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and management improvement programs. In 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Dr. Hamre to serve as chairman of the Defense Policy Board. Before serving in the Department of Defense, Dr. Hamre worked for 10 years as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. During that time, he was primarily responsible for the oversight and evaluation of procurement, research, and development programs, defense budget issues, and relations with the Senate Appropriations Committee. From 1978 to 1984, Dr. Hamre served in the Congressional Budget Office, where he became its deputy assistant director for national security and international affairs. In that position, he oversaw analysis and other support for committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Dr. Hamre received his Ph.D., with distinction, in 1978 from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where his studies focused on international politics and economics and U.S. foreign policy. In 1972, he received his B.A., with high distinction, from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, emphasizing political science and economics. The following year he studied as a Rockefeller fellow at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Andrew Philip Hunter

    Andrew Hunter is a senior fellow in the International Security Program and director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS. He focuses on issues affecting the industrial base, including emerging technologies, sequestration, acquisition policy, and industrial policy. From 2011 to November 2014, Mr. Hunter served as a senior executive in the Department of Defense (DOD). Appointed as director of the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell in 2013, his duties included fielding solutions to urgent operational needs and leading the work of the Warfighter Senior Integration Group to ensure timely action on critical issues of warfighter support. From 2011 to 2012, he served as chief of staff to Ashton B. Carter and Frank Kendall, while each was serving as under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics. Additional duties while at DOD include providing support to the Deputy’s Management Action Group and leading a team examining ways to reshape acquisition statutes. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Hunter served as a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee, leading the committee’s policy staff and managing a portfolio focused on acquisition policy, the defense industrial base, technology transfers, and export controls. From 1994 to 2005, he served in a variety of staff positions in the House of Representatives, including as appropriations associate for Representative Norman D. Dicks, as military legislative assistant and legislative director for Representative John M. Spratt Jr., and as a staff member for the Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Hunter holds an M.A. degree in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. degree in social studies from Harvard University.

    Dr. Thomas Karako

    Thomas Karako is a senior fellow with the International Security Program and the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he arrived in 2014 as a fellow with the Project on Nuclear Issues. His research focuses on national security, U.S. nuclear forces, missile defense, and public law. He is also an assistant professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon College, where he arrived in 2009. For 2010–2011, he was selected to be an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, during which time he worked with the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation, and NATO. Karako received his Ph.D. in politics and policy from Claremont Graduate University and his B.A. from the University of Dallas. He previously taught national security policy, American government, and constitutional law at Claremont McKenna College and California State University, San Bernardino. He has also written on executive-congressional relations, the thought of Niccolo Machiavelli, and international executive agreements.

    Roger W. Robinson, Jr.

    Robert W. Robinson, Jr. has served as President and CEO of RWR Advisory Group since 1985 and of the Conflict Securities Advisory Group, Inc. between 2001 and 2009. He is also the Chairman and Co-founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI). Mr. Robinson also served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Congressional mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission from 2001 to 2006. He was a Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from March 1982 until September 1985. Mr. Robinson has published extensively on security related risk in the global capital markets and East-West economic, energy and financial relations. He has served as an expert witness on numerous occasions both before Senate, and House Committees.