About the Center

About the Center

The Aerospace Corporation established the Center for Space Policy and Strategy in 2000 as a Center of Excellence for civil, commercial, and national space policy. Recently, the Center was expanded to address the growing need for expert analysis to ensure the development of well-informed, technically defensible, and forward-looking space and technology policy. The Center does not advocate for particular policies, but rather identifies areas that would benefit from a stronger policy focus and provides objective analysis and data to support key decision makers.

The nation’s space enterprise is facing tremendous change, driven by technology advancements, entrepreneurial investments, new business models, rapidly changing threats, and a new political landscape. With nearly 60 years of experience in national security space, The Aerospace Corporation is unique in its ability to apply the analytical skills, technical expertise, and institutional memory needed to address these challenges from a policy basis.

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Leadership Team

Ed Bolton

Senior Vice President, Defense Systems Group

Edward Bolton is senior vice president of the Defense Systems Group. In this capacity, he also oversees the Center for Space Policy and Strategy. Bolton retired from the Air Force in 2013 as a major general after 37 years of service. His assignments at Patrick Air Force Base, Vandenberg Air Force Base, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Air Force Headquarters, and the Space and Missile Systems Center involved program management, acquisition, operations, requirements, and launch and range systems. After leaving the Air Force, he served as assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he led efforts to modernize the National Airspace System. He holds an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in national security strategy from the National War College. His numerous honors include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the NRO Gold Medal.

Jamie Morin

 Vice President, Defense Systems Operations

Dr. Jamie Morin is vice president of Defense Systems Operations. In this role, he also serves as executive director of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy. Previously, he served as director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) for the Department of Defense, where he led the organization responsible for analyzing and evaluating the department’s plans, programs, and budgets in relation to objectives, threats, estimated costs, and resource constraints. Prior to joining CAPE, Morin served for five years as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller). During that time, he also served concurrently as Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force, where he led the Air Force Space Board and Air Force Council. He earned his M.Sc. in public administration and public policy from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum.

Frank Rose

Principal Director, Government and Legislative Policy

Frank Rose is principal director of Government and Legislative Policy. In this capacity, he serves as primary liaison to members of Congress, the executive branch, and state and local government. Prior to joining Aerospace, Rose worked in the Department of State as assistant secretary of state and deputy assistant secretary for space and defense policy in the Bureau for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance. Previously, he was a staff member for the Committee on Armed Services and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence within the House of Representatives. He also served as a foreign affairs officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Security Policy at the Department of Defense and a special assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction. He holds a master’s degree in war studies from King’s College, University of London. His numerous honors include the Department of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award, the Office of Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence, and the State Department Superior Honor Award. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

David Eccles

General Manager, National Space Systems Engineering

David Eccles is general manager of National Space Systems Engineering. He oversees corporate support to senior decisionmakers in the Pentagon and U.S. Strategic Command. He has broad experience in space systems engineering, with particular expertise in computer-aided engineering, simulation and analysis, ground systems, acquisition, software development, structural mechanics, and microelectronics. Eccles joined Aerospace in 1983, and worked for many years in the areas of computer-aided engineering, modeling and simulation, and 3-D computer graphics analysis. In 2000, he joined the Program Executive Officer staff in Rosslyn, Virginia, where he provided technical support for the Defense Support Program and the Space-Based Infra-Red Satellite system. In 2002, he joined the Missile Defense Division, serving first as principal director for battle management, command, and control, and later as principal director for systems engineering and integration. He has an M.S. in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and is an Associate Fellow of AIAA.

Policy Expertise

James Vedda

Senior Project Engineer, Center for Space Policy and Strategy

Dr. James Vedda is senior policy analyst in the Center for Space Policy and Strategy. In this role, he performs analyses on national security, civil, and commercial space issues for various government customers, including NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Commerce, the Air Force, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Before joining Aerospace in 2004, he worked for an independent research firm supporting the Space Policy Directorate in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense. He also served as associate professor in space studies at the University of North Dakota, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on civil, commercial, and military space policy. He was one of the founding members of the faculty, helping to create the curriculum for the master’s degree. He holds an M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida. Vedda is the author of two books: Choice, Not Fate: Shaping a Sustainable Future in the Space Age (2009), and Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America’s Space Program (2012). He served as vice president for Public Policy at the American Astronautical Society and also sat on the society’s Board of Directors.

Karen Jones

Senior Project Leader, Center for Space Policy and Strategy

Karen Jones is senior project leader in the Center for Space Policy and Strategy. She has particular expertise in technology strategy, program and policy evaluation, and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Aerospace in 2004, she worked as a management consultant, focusing on business and policy analysis, competitive strategy, technology assessments, resource alignment, and process design and reengineering. Her experience spans the public sector, aerospace defense, energy, natural resource, clean technology, information technology, and telecommunications industries. She has an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

Jack Clarke

Principal Director, National Security Space Programs, Policy, and Oversight

Jack Clarke is principal director of National Security Space Policy, Programs, and Oversight. In this role, he connects the policy center with members of the space community throughout the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Pentagon. He has supported the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and conducted international policy development efforts for Air Force Headquarters and the National Security Space Office. He served for 20 years in the Air Force, working with space and missile operations, international military wargame facilitation, and defense space policy development. He has an M.S. in systems engineering from George Washington University. He joined Aerospace in 2008, and currently serves as corporate representative to the Satellite Industry Association.
Lina Cashin

Senior Project Engineer, National Security Space Programs, Policy, and Oversight

Lina Cashin is senior project engineer in the Defense Systems Group, where she develops strategies, policies, and requirements for space-based systems and national security missions. She has extensive background in space operations, particularly space situational awareness, satellite communications, and space launch. Before joining Aerospace in 2015, she was a planner for integrated missile defense. She served 24 years in the Air Force as a space operations and policy expert, leading the team that developed the U.S. Space Situational Awareness program. Other assignments included orbital analyst and Delta II launch controller. She also directed training programs and courses in space and intelligence. Cashin has an M.A. in space systems management from Webster University, Colorado. Notable honors include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. She serves as national secretary of the Aerospace Military Veterans and as regional vice president of the Aerospace Women’s Council. She is also a member of the Air Force Association and the Military Officers Association.


Ted Muelhaupt

Associate Principal Director for Systems Analysis and Simulation

Ted Muelhaupt is associate principal director for Systems Analysis and Simulation, the primary corporate resource for predicting and analyzing the system-level performance of satellite systems. Muelhaupt also manages the corporation’s Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS) and provides technical leadership of studies and analyses in the area of space debris, collision avoidance, object reentry, space situational awareness, and space operations. Based in Chantilly, Virginia, Muelhaupt focuses on support to the intelligence community. His technical expertise encompasses orbit analysis, modeling and simulation, performance analysis, and software development. He has been a leading proponent of system visualization techniques and has spearheaded the development of several major software tools. In recent years, he led an expansion of Aerospace’s capabilities in support to real-time space operations. He also created the Mission Operations and Analysis Department, which focuses on issues such as collision avoidance, debris analysis, and space operations. He joined Aerospace in 1980. Past assignments have focused on disciplines such as controls analysis, advanced planning, performance modeling, and reconnaissance systems. He has an M.S. in mechanics from the University of Minnesota and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and a member of the American Astronautical Society.
Marlon Sorge

Senior Project Engineer for Space Innovation

Marlon Sorge is senior project engineer for Space Innovation. Located in Albuquerque, Sorge supports a wide variety of projects related to space debris and space situational awareness as well as strategic planning, conceptual design, technology development, and astrodynamics analysis. He is a core member of the corporation’s Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS). Sorge has conducted space debris research and analysis for more than 20 years in a broad range of fields, including debris risk assessment, fragmentation analysis, operations support, debris mitigation technique implementation, debris event reconstruction, satellite design for debris survivability, orbital and suborbital range and space safety, ballistic debris management, debris environment projection, collision avoidance, orbital reentry prediction, and national and international mitigation guideline and standards development. He developed the Aerospace fragmentation model and conducted some of the first work in real-time fragmentation event risk assessment. Sorge joined The Aerospace Corporation in 1989. He holds an M.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University.

Contributing Authors

Joseph Gangestadt, project engineer, System Engineering and Development

Leslie Wickman, senior engineering specialist, Space Architecture

David Tratt, director, Imaging Spectoscopy

Supporting Organizations

The Center for Space Policy and Strategy is supported by numerous organizations within The Aerospace Corporation, each with particular expertise of interest to policy makers.

Project West Wing was established in 1957 by the U.S. Air Force as a response to the emerging Cold War Soviet ballistic missile and space threats of the time. The initial Project West Wing staff became part of The Aerospace Corporation when it was founded in 1960. For 60 years, Project West Wing has sustained its original mission of technical intelligence research and analysis in support of national security space and related missions. That includes strategic and global awareness counsel to a broad portfolio of national agencies responsible for defense, homeland security, intelligence, diplomacy, and commerce. In particular, as the counterpart to the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Director of Intelligence, Project West Wing serves both the program offices and the commanders of SMC with special intelligence support not available elsewhere in the intelligence community. Project West Wing staff are also colocated with customers at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio; the Missile and Space Intelligence Center at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama; the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California; and in the National Capital Region.

The Economic and Market Analysis Center was established to address the increasing importance of economic and market trends on the development of system and mission requirements. The group provides rigorous insight into economic factors, government policies, and commercial forecasts that affect the acquisition of complex systems. The center merges the corporation’s well-known systems engineering acumen with market research and economic analysis. The center emphasizes collaborative efforts among industry experts, government agencies, and Aerospace analysts, many of whom are leading experts in their fields. Read more about the center here.