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.

Leadership Team

Ed Bolton Edward Bolton is senior vice president of the Defense Systems Group at The Aerospace Corporation. In this capacity, he also oversees the Center for Space Policy and Strategy, based in Arlington, Virginia. Bolton retired from the U.S. 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, 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.

Jamie Morin

Dr. Jamie Morin recently joined Aerospace as 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 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 U.S. defense objectives, threats, estimated costs, and resource constraints.

Frank Rose

As Aerospace’s chief of government relations, Frank Rose serves as primary liaison to members of congress, the executive branch, and state and local government. He also conducts outreach for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy. Prior to joining Aerospace, Rose served as assistant secretary of state and deputy assistant secretary for space and defense policy in the Bureau for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was a staff member for the Committee on Armed Services and for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as a foreign affairs officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Security Policy, U.S. Department of Defense, and a special assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction.

Policy Expertise

James Vedda Dr. James Vedda is senior project engineer, National Security Space Programs, Policy, and Oversight, performs analyses on national security, civil, and commercial space issues. Before joining Aerospace in 2004, he worked at the Office of the Secretary of Defense in space policy and homeland defense, and as an associate professor in space studies at the University of North Dakota.

Karen Jones Karen Jones, senior project leader, Policy and Strategy Analysis, develops and manages projects involving natural resource assessments, remote sensing, and renewable energy. Her current focus is on technology strategy and commercialization, renewable energy, and natural resource policy and eco- nomics. She has a B.S. in geology from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. She joined Aerospace in 2004.

Jack Clarke Jack Clarke is principal director for National Security Space Policy, Programs, and Oversight. In this role, he connects the policy center with members of the space community across the Secretary of Defense and Air Force staff in the Pentagon and as a corporate representative to the Satellite Industry Association. He has supported the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and conducted international policy development efforts for the Headquarters Air Force and the National Security Space Office. He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and has an M.S. in systems engineering from The George Washington University and an M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University.
Lina Cashin Lina Cashin, senior policy analyst in the National Security Space Programs, Policy, and Oversight Directorate, develops strategies, policies, and requirements for space-based systems and supports national security missions. Before joining Aerospace in 2015, she was a planner for integrated missile defense and served 24 years in the Air Force as a space operations and policy expert, where she led a team creating the U.S. Space Situational Awareness program.

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.