3rd Annual Spacepower Security Forum

3rd Annual Spacepower Security Forum

March 27, 2024: 9 AM - 3 PM EDT

A Closer Look at Competitive Endurance

The Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Security Forum is Washington DC’s premiere gathering of spacepower leaders. Join us for a set of insightful conversations that will help you better understand key trends in national security space and what that portends for the defense community as a whole.

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2024 Program

0905-0910: Opening Remarks: Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.)

0910-0915: CSO Introduction: Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.)

0915-1000: Keynote: CSO

Gen B. Chance Saltzman, Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force

1010-1055: Deny First Mover Advantage

Through an acquisition lens, this panel will focus on the changes the Space Force is making to the existing and new systems to field a more resilient architecture. We will examine how these changes preserve an existing level of capability while also complicating adversary planning, ultimately contributing to a deterrent posture. Areas we will highlight include changes to accelerate space acquisition, proliferated constellations, integration of commercial and allied capabilities, use of small satellites, hybrid architecture, meeting emerging challenges, and rapidly integrating technology.

Dr. Kelly Hammett, Director and PEO for the Space Rapid Capabilities Office

Dr. Derek Tournear, Director of the Space Development Agency

Joe Laurienti, CEO, Ursa Major

1105-1155: Avoid Operational Surprise

Through an operational lens, this panel will highlight the imperative for robust Space Domain Awareness through the integration and synthesis of diverse sensor feeds from dedicated, ancillary, and partner sources. It will explore the changing landscape of space operations and the additional burden on the SDA architecture. Areas we will highlight include growth in the number of objects, increasing threats, the need for space domain awareness to extend to terrestrial activities, the importance of understanding space weather conditions, the contribution of allied and partner sensors, and large data exploitation.

Brig Gen James Smith,  Assistant Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear

Scott Forney, President, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

Charles Galbreath, Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies, Mitchell Institute Spacepower Center of Excellence

1205-1210: Lunch Keynote Introduction

1210-1315 Lunch Keynote

1320-1405: Responsible Counterspace Campaigning

This panel will examine the needed steps to develop and execute responsible counterspace campaigning. It will start with an essential discussion on what it means to conduct responsible counterspace operations, why they are needed, and how they support a deterrent posture. Additional discussion points will focus on training aspects to prepare Guardians to operate in a contested environment, the types of capabilities needed, the types of operations envisioned, and how commercial and partner capabilities may be integrated into a cohesive campaign.

1410-1415: Keynote Introduction

1415-1500: Keynote (End of Day): Lt Gen Thomas S. James, Deputy Commander, United States Space Command

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