Center for Space Policy and Strategy Hosts Inaugural Event

Steve Isakowitz, Aerospace president and CEO, speaks at the Center for Space Policy and Strategy breakfast. (Photo: Clifton Jones) Steve Isakowitz, Aerospace president and CEO, speaks at the Center for Space Policy and Strategy breakfast. (Photo: Clifton Jones)

The Center for Space Policy and Strategy held an inaugural breakfast meeting on Thursday, March 30, at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC.

The invitation-only event brought together Aerospace policy analysts with senior staff from numerous government agencies, including the Government Accountability Office, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Air Force, and the Department of Energy as well as launch providers, prime contractors, and congressional representatives and staffers. The theme for the convocation was “Space Policy for the Next Generation.” Nearly 140 people attended. The event was held in partnership with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, an independent, nonpartisan policy research group based in Arlington, Va.

Aerospace President and CEO Steve Isakowitz delivered opening remarks and moderated a panel discussion on major challenges and opportunities in the space policy domain. Topics ranged from expansion of public-private partnerships to the prospects for a new National Space Council at the White House. The panelists were Maj. Gen. Roger Teague, director of space programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition for the U.S. Air Force; Dr. Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs; and Dr. Jamie Morin, the new executive director of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy. Before joining Aerospace, Morin served as director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation for the Department of Defense, responsible for analyzing and evaluating the department’s plans, programs, and budgets.

In conjunction with the breakfast, the center unveiled its new website and released several policy papers on subjects including commercial spaceflight, orbital debris, commercial remote sensing, and national space policy. These papers are available for download from the site.

The Center for Space Policy and Strategy is an interdisciplinary research branch within The Aerospace Corporation. It is chartered to provide timely, independent, well-informed thought leadership, policy context, and strategy information to U.S. government and private-sector decisionmakers. The center examines issues at the intersection of technology and policy and provides objective analysis and data to support policy development.

—Gabriel A Spera