Fifth PSSI Space Security Conference

Evolution of the Counterspace Threat and Strengthening of International Space Partnerships

On June 9—11, 2019, the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) will convene in Prague the fifth event in its Space Security Conference series. 

It will focus on the rapidly advancing threats to space operations and the role of space partnerships in addressing – and, hopefully, mitigating – this higher risk environment. It will examine the issue of space hybrid operations that span an increasing number of areas (including the commercial space sector), as well as the non-democratic model of space partnerships. Previous PSSI Space Security Conferences were held in Prague (in 2011 and 2016), Tokyo (in 2013) and Washington, DC (in 2017), co-organized with the European Space Agency’s European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the Office of National Space Policy of the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office, the Secure World Foundation (SWF) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The topics of this year's gathering will include:

  • Evolution of the Counterspace Threat
  • Space Domain Awareness and Hybrid Operations
  • Space Resilience and Risk Mitigation
  • Competition for International Space Partnerships
  • Deterrence and Space Crisis Management
  • Private Sector Role in Space Security

Preliminary Conference Program

9 June 2019

Opening Reception (by special invitation only)

10 June 2019

Coffee and Registration
Opening Session
Panel 1:
Evolution of the Counterspace Threat
Coffee Break
Panel 2:
Space Domain Awareness and Hybrid Operations
Special Address
Buffet Luncheon
Panel 3:
Space Resilience and Risk Mitigation
Coffee Break
Panel 4:
Competition for International Space Partnerships
Gala Dinner (by special invitation only)

11 June 2019

Coffee and Registration
Opening Session
Panel 5:
Deterrence and Space Crisis Management
Coffee Break
Panel 6:
Private Sector Role in Space Security
Closing Luncheon


Lt Gen David D. Thompson
Vice Commander, United States Air Force Space Command

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Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson is Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the commander of Air Force Space Command in carrying out Air Force space missions and integrating space policy, guidance, coordination and synchronization of space-related activities, and issue resolution for Air Force Space Command and the Department of the Air Force.

General Thompson was commissioned in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a career space officer with assignments in operations, acquisition, research and development, and academia. He has commanded operational space units at the squadron, group and wing levels. The general is also an Olmsted Scholar, graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course and Level III-Certified Program Manager. Prior to his assignment as Vice Commander, General Thompson was the Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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Kai-Uwe Schrogl
Chief Strategy Officer, the European Space Agency

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Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is Chief Strategy Officer of the European Space Agency (ESA). From 2007 to 2011 he was Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, the leading European think tank for space policy. Previously, he was the Head of the Corporate Development and External Relations Department in the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. He also worked with the German Ministry for Post and Telecommunications and the German Space Agency (DARA) in Bonn, Germany. He has been a delegate to numerous international fora and served from 2014 to 2016 as Chairman of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the highest body for space law-making, comprising 73 Member States. He is President of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), a professional association of space law experts from 48 countries, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Russian Academy for Cosmonautics as well as Corresponding Member of the French Air and Space Academy.

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Shuzo Takada
Director General, National Space Policy Secretariat of the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office

Peter Martinez
Executive Director, Secure World Foundation

Brig Gen Michel Friedling
Commander, Joint Space Command, Ministry of Defence, France

Toshihiko Kasahara
Deputy Director, Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center

Kevin O’Connell
Director of the Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Doug Loverro
former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy,

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Mr. Douglas Loverro is a highly regarded senior DoD space thinker and leader. During his 30 years on active duty, he led multiple programs within DoD and the NRO including the AF’s GPS program, NRO’s Future Imagery Program, and all AF Space Control programs. He also served over 10 years as a DoD civilian in positions such as the Deputy for System Engineering at the NRO, Executive Director for the AF’s Space and Missile System Center as well as the Deputy PEO for Space, and most recently, as DoD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. He left the government in 2017 after almost 45 years of service.

He holds a Master’s Degrees in Physics from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s of Political Science from Auburn University, and an MBA from the University of West Florida in addition to his BS in Chemistry from the US Air Force Academy. He was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School, and was the top graduate from DoD’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Outstanding Public Service, AIAA’s Durand Lecture for Public Service, the National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Bob Hope Distinguished Citizen Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Galaxy Explorers, the Society of Satellite Professional Engineers Stellar Award, and the Armed Forces Communicants and Electronics Association's (AFCEA) Benjamin Oliver Gold Medal for Engineering amongst many other civilian and military honors.

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Christina Giannopapa
Head of Political Affairs Office, Strategy Department, Director General’s Services, European Space Agency

Pascal Faucher
EUSST Chairman and Security and Defence, CNES

Victoria Samson
Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation

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Ms. Victoria Samson is the Washington Office Director for the Secure World Foundation and has twenty years of experience in military space and security issues.

Before joining SWF, Ms. Samson served as a Senior Analyst for the Center for Defense Information (CDI), where she leveraged her expertise in missile defense, nuclear reductions, and space security issues to conduct in-depth analysis and media commentary. Prior to her time at CDI, Ms. Samson was the Senior Policy Associate at the Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers, a consortium of arms control groups in the Washington, D.C. area, where she worked with Congressional staffers, members of the media, embassy officials, citizens, and think-tanks on issues surrounding dealing with national missile defense and nuclear weapons reductions. Before that, she was a researcher at Riverside Research Institute, where she worked on war-gaming scenarios for the Missile Defense Agency's Directorate of Intelligence.

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Regina Peldszus
Policy Officer, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Co-Chair of Steering Committee, EUSST Support Framework

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Regina Peldszus is a policy officer with DLR Space Administration, Department of Space Situational Awareness. She leads the German delegation to the Consortium implementing the European Space Surveillance & Tracking (SST) Support Framework for the European Commission, serves as Co-Chair of its Steering Committee, and handles studies at the intersection of space policy, foresight, security, and infrastructure. From 2013 to 2015 Regina was an Internal Research Fellow with ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Studies & Special Projects Division, Advanced Mission Concepts Office, focusing on resilience during critical mission phases such as LEOP. Prior to this, she contributed to various future systems and safety projects, including at ESA’s Astronaut Training Division, Special Skills & Exploration Unit. Regina holds a Ph.D. from Kingston University, London, on human system integration for crewed exploration mission scenarios. Her interests include governance and dual use in complex systems and high reliability domains, including polar and nuclear. She is a member of the AIAA.

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Travis Langster
Vice President, Space Situational Awareness Business, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)

Steve Eisenhart
Senior Vice President for Strategic and International Affairs, the Space Foundation

Jean-Jacques Tortora
Director, European Space Policy Institute

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Since June 1, 2016 Jean-Jacques Tortora serves as the Director of the European Space Policy Institute.
From 2007 to mid 2016 he was the Secretary General of ASD-Eurospace, which is the trade association of the European Space Industry. From 2004 to mid 2007, he was head of the French Space Agency (CNES) office in North America and the Attaché for Space and Aeronautics at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.
Previously he was Deputy Director for Strategy and Programs, responsible for the Industrial Strategy of CNES, the French Space Agency. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Tortora was adviser to the French Ministry of Research for Industrial Policy Funds management. From 1996 to 1998, he was appointed by Arianespace in Evry, France.
From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Tortora was based in Kourou, French Guiana, as Head of Arianespace Operations Quality Department. Mr. Tortora started his career in 1984 at the French military procurement agency, DGA, as a naval weapons integration and test engineer, expert in signal processing and warships acoustic discretion.

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Jamie M. Morin
Vice President, Defense Systems Operations, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation

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Jamie Morin is vice president of Defense Systems Operations, Defense Systems Group. He assumed this position in March 2017. In this role, Morin also serves as executive director of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy, which provides objective analysis to ensure well-informed and forward-looking space policy.
Prior to joining Aerospace, Jamie served as director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) for the Department of Defense, where he led the Department’s premier analytical organization, responsible for evaluating plans, acquisition programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives, threats, estimated costs, and resource constraints.
Prior to his confirmation as CAPE director, Morin served for five years as the assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial management, overseeing an annual budget of more than $110 billion. Jamie also served for nearly a year as acting under secretary of the Air Force, where he was the Air Force’s Chief Management Officer, led the Air Force Space Board and Air Force Council, and guided Air Force implementation of new defense strategic guidance under the constraints of the Budget Control Act.
Previously, Morin was a member of the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, serving as the committee's lead analyst for the defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs budgets. He also served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and as an economist and strategist with the firm J.E. Austin Associates.

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John B. Sheldon
Chairman, ThorGroup GmbH

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Dr. John B. Sheldon is the Chairman and President of ThorGroup GmbH, a Swiss-headquartered publisher and consultancy group specialising in strategic space and cyberspace issues. ThorGroup GmbH is the publisher of SpaceWatch.Global.

Dr. Sheldon formerly served in the British Diplomatic Service and was a faculty member at the School of Advanced Air & Space Studies (SAASS) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He currently resides in the UAE where he is a strategic advisor.

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Nicholas Taylor
Principal Analyst, Defence and Security Analysis Division, Ministry of Defence, UK

Ashley J. Tellis
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ajey Lele
Senior Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India

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Dr Ajey Lele, is currently working as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He started his professional career as an Indian Air Force Officer and took early retirement from the services to peruse his academic interests. His specific areas of research Space Security and Strategic Technologies. He has various publications against his name and his important book publications include Strategic Technologies for the Military (Sage, 2008) and Asian Space Race: Rhetoric or Reality (Springer, 2013). Disruptive Technologies for the Militaries and Security (Springer, 2019).

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Martina Šmuclerová
Senior Fellow, PSSI

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Dr. Martina Šmuclerová is a Senior Fellow at PSSI. As an international legal expert and university lecturer, she provides counsel in Public International Law, with an emphasis on Space Law and Law of International Security.

Dr. Šmuclerová has served at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat and international lawyer and has represented the Czech Republic at the United Nations Committee for Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the European Space Agency, the European Union and other fora. She initiated and led important international law projects such as the UN Space Debris
Compendium. Dr. Šmuclerová is a Senior Lecturer at Institut d’études politiques de Paris (SciencesPO) and teaches various courses in Public International Law, including Space law in collaboration with ESA.

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About Series

The Institute, in partnership with PSSI Washington, initiated in 2010 what is now regarded as the leading NGO conference series in this field. The purpose of these events has been to illuminate the evolving threats to space security. These events have repeatedly called for more robust contingency planning and allied crisis management procedures as well as greater resilience, deterrence and creativity concerning measures available to penalize transgressions (e.g. cross-domain responses, etc.) Four such international conferences have been convened to date, involving leading space security experts and senior officials from Europe, the Unites States and Japan. Two were held in Prague (in 2011 and 2016), one in Tokyo (in 2013), and one in Washington, DC (in 2017). The key partnering organizations included ESA’s European Space Policy Institute, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office of National Space Policy, the Secure World Foundation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The fifth conference is currently planned to be held in Prague on June 9—11, 2019. More information about the past events available here

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National Space Council’s Dr. Scott Pace and AGI’s Travis Langster during a panel discussion at the March 2017 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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General Robert C. Kehler addressing gala dinner guests at the 2016 PSSI Space Security Conference in Prague.

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Andrew Davenport, Deputy Executive Director of PSSI Washington and Roger W. Robinson Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder of PSSI Prague at the 2016 Space Security Conference gala dinner. 

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Lt.Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, at the 2016 Space Security Conference gala dinner. 

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Space Security Conference Speakers. 

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PSSI’s Space Security Program Director Dr. Jana Robinson Director and Adm. Dennis Blair during the 2011 Space Security Conference.

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Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESA, Oldrich Cerny, PSSI, and Jiri Schneider, then 1st Deputy Foreign Minister at the 2011 Space Security Conference. 



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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
NEC Corporation
Bawd Foundation


Sponsorship Opportunities

Since 2011, PSSI has organized the premiere NGO conference series worldwide on the subject of space security. Four such international conferences have been convened to date, involving leading space policy-makers, academic experts, senior military officers distinguished NGO representatives and private sector operators from Europe, the U.S. and Japan. Two of these gatherings were held in Prague, one in Tokyo, and one in Washington, DC. The key partnering organizations included ESA’s European Space Policy Institute, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office of National Space Policy, the Secure World Foundation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

PSSI, in partnership with its affiliate organization PSSI Washington, is presently preparing its fifth conference in this series. The event will be held on June 9—11, 2019 in Prague. We are confident it will prove a special opportunity for companies seeking a higher profile in the space community. We would like to invite you to attend, and help sponsor, this established conference series.

Key sponsorship benefits

  • Relationship-building with high-level government officials, experts and leading representatives of the space industry
  • Attendance at the opening reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence
  • Attendance at the conference private gala dinner near the Charles Bridge
  • Corporate logo on all conference materials/banners and acknowledgements from the podium at the outset of the event
  • Other benefits tailored to the level of sponsorship

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Jana Robinson, Space Security Program Director
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Dr. Jana Robinson

Space Security Program Director
jrobinson at

Jakub Pražák

Space Security Project Assistant
prazak at