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Vision - Mission

Vision:  To be America’s think tank for Space

Mission: Position the US optimally for long-term (multi-decade) competition in the Space Domain, focusing on comprehensive space power and developing recommendations for innovation in strategy, technology and policy.

Issues and Initiatives

Issues:

  • Optimal Pathways to Space Industrialization
  • Organization of the Space Enterprise
  • Constructing International Regimes for Space Industrialization, Scenarios for Cooperation & Competition
  • Planetary Defense
  • Space Power Theory and Strategy
  • Interaction Between Commercial Industrial Capabilities and National Security Applications
  • Geo-political impact of commercial activities (Lunar & Asteroid Mining, Space-Based Solar Power, Space Property Rights, Habitats & Settlement)

Initiatives:

  • Recommendations for National Space Policy & Strategy
  • MINERVA Grant: "Contemporary Great Power Attitudes Toward Space Expansionism, Territoriality, and Resource Nationalism"
  • Fast Space: Leveraging Ultra Low-Cost Space Access for 21st Century Challenges

Featured Research

  Fast Space  Fast Space: Leveraging Ultra Low-Cost Space Access for 21st Century Challenges

This study, conducted by a team of leaders in industry, research and development, finance, policy and strategy, explores whether and how the USAF can form private sector partnerships to create a virtuous cycle of launch cost reductions of between 3 and 10 times lower than today’s costs. Doing so could enable completely new approaches for the Air Force to defend American values, protect American interests, and enhance opportunities to exploit the unique global advantages of the ultimate high ground.
  Introducing "Fast Space: Rethinking Access to Space

The “Fast Space” approach to space operations is an ecosystem of concepts, capabilities, and industrial partnerships that make speed the defining attribute of advantage in space, on both the supply and demand sides. This approach, if implemented, will answer global multi-domain problems like command and control (C2), intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), ballistic missile defense, and other challenges such as anti-access and area denial threats to space assets (A2/AD). Fast Space’s architecture directly supports all of the future core missions articulated in the Air Force’s recent Future Operating Concept (AFFOC).

Fast Space: Leveraging Ultra Low-Cost Space Access for 21st Century Challenges

This study, conducted by a team of leaders in industry, research and development, finance, policy and strategy, explores whether and how the USAF can form private sector partnerships to create a virtuous cycle of launch cost reductions of between 3 and 10 times lower than today’s costs. Doing so could enable completely new approaches for the Air Force to defend American values, protect American interests, and enhance opportunities to exploit the unique global advantages of the ultimate high ground.


https://community.apan.org/wg/aucoi/au_space_horizons/

SPACE HORIZONS IN THE PRESS

6 Sep 2017 TVIW featured speakers includes AU Commander Gen Kwast

3 Sep 2017  Is India looking toward space resources?

3 Sep 2017  Statement of Solidarity for the Interstellar Vision  (originally posted 18 Jun)


7 July 2017 REACTIONS TO "America Needs a Space Corps" by Dr. "Coyote" Smith

Remarks of Congressman Mike Rogers

http://www.airuniversity.af.mil/Portals/10/SSQ/documents/Volume-11_Issue-2/Rogers.pdf 

Has the Air Force Been a Good Steward for Space? By Dr. Everett Dolman, Air University

http://www.airuniversity.af.mil/Portals/10/SSQ/documents/Volume-11_Issue-2/Dolman.pdf 

Rogers calls for separate “Space Corps” within the Air Force

http://spacenews.com/rogers-calls-for-separate-space-corps-within-the-air-force/ 

Air Force to Congress: No 'Space Corps'

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/06/22/air-force-congress-no-space-corps.html

Nation briefs: Armed Services committees differ on Pentagon bills

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/07/05/Nation-briefs-Armed-Services-committees-differ-on-Pentagon-bills/stories/201707050082

Senate, House Disagree on Creation of U.S. Space Corps, NDAA Priorities

https://www.govconwire.com/2017/06/despite-disagreement-house-moves-forward-on-creation-of-u-s-space-corps/ 

Against An Air Force Space Corps: Space Belongs to the Navy!

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/against-air-force-space-corps-space-belongs-the-navy-21350 

Lamborn-backed space corps proposal raising concerns

http://gazette.com/lamborn-backed-space-corps-proposal-raising-concerns/article/1606395 

Poll: Do you think a Space Corps is a good idea?

https://www.airforcetimes.com/articles/poll-do-you-think-a-space-corps-is-a-good-idea 

US Plans to Split Air Force to Create New ‘Space Corps’

http://interestingengineering.com/us-plans-split-air-force-create-new-space-corps/ 

Colorado Springs congressman pushes separate ‘space corps’ for satellite troops

https://coloradopolitics.com/colorado-springs-congressman-pushes-separate-space-corps-satellite-troops/

Congressional Panel puts plans for a US Space Corps in 2018 Defense Budget

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/congressional-panel-puts-plans-for-a-us-space-corps-in-2018-defense-budget/

Space Corps, opposed by Air Force, survives House debate

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/space-corps-opposed-by-air-force-survives-house-debate/article/2627392

PREVIOUS SPACE CORPS/SPACE GUARD ARTICLES WORTH READING:

http://iisc.im/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/The-US-Space-Guard-Ziarnick.pdf

http://www.airuniversity.af.mil/Portals/10/ASPJ/journals/Volume-14_Issue-1-4/2000_Vol14_No1.pdf


http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/proposing-a-coast-guard-for-space 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.cnas.org/documents/CNAS-Report-FromBluetoBlack-2016.pdf

http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/a-space-program-for-the-rest-of-us

3 July 2017 The Space Review: Re-opening the American frontier: Recent Congressional hearings on space by Lt. Col. Peter Garretson

 

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3275/1  

19 June 2017The Space Review: Better than Paris: space solar power

http://thespacereview.com/article/3266/1 

10 May 2017 (Mitchell Forum FAST SPACE Press)

http://spacenews.com/military-could-have-truly-low-cost-launch-market-in-five-years-if-government-puts-in-the-effort-experts-say/

9 May 2017 (Mitchell Forum FAST SPACE Press)

http://www.janes.com/article/70171/key-us-air-force-officer-endorses-fast-space-concept

8 May 2017 (Mitchell Forum FAST SPACE event on Capitol Hill)

http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/events/fast-space-rethinking-space-access-afa-may-2017-dc

http://www.mitchellaerospacepower.org/fast-space-press-release

http://media.wix.com/ugd/a2dd91_baa5a811eb8d486f890972c0e7dcd6c1.pdf

http://www.defensedaily.com/time-ripe-for-u-s-military-to-pursue-fast-access-to-space-experts-say/

http://www.intelligent-aerospace.com/pt/2017/05/08/air-univ-study-suggests-air-force-further-use-otas-for-low-cost-access-to-space.html

3 May 2017 (ULCATS Symposium Press)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/a26347/future-space-exploration-private-industry/

http://www.satellitetoday.com/government/2017/05/03/executive-order-reinstate-national-space-council-imminent/

2 May 2017 (ULCATS symposium Press)

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/air-force-study-says-us-government-should-get-serious-about-reusable-rockets/  

http://spacenews.com/executive-order-creating-national-space-council-expected-soon/

1 May 2017 (ULCATS Event)

http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/whats-happening-in-space-policy-may-1-6-2017    

8 April 2017 (USAF Police Space)

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3289808/us-air-force-wants-to-police-outer-space-to-safeguard-pioneering-humans-living-off-earth/

7 April 2017 (Space Symposium Future Role of USAF Protect Commerce in Space)

http://www.space.com/36380-space-economy-security-air-force.html

5 April 2017 (Space Symposium ULA & Reusable Rockets)

https://www.ft.com/content/78d8b22e-1a39-11e7-bcac-6d03d067f81f

21 Mar 2017 (CSIS Panel on Implications of Ultra Low Cost Access to Space)

https://www.csis.org/analysis/implications-ultra-low-cost-access-space  

https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/publication/170316_Harrison_UltraLowCostAccess_Web.pdf?LPQ6EI200hsZglqXWA8bYrdWflQ4ucPJ  

http://defaeroreport.com/2017/03/28/csis-implications-ultra-low-cost-access-space/

13 Mar 2017 (America Needs a Space Corps)

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3193/1

28 Feb 2017 (America Needs a Space Corps)

http://warisboring.com/america-needs-a-space-corps/

12 Feb 2017 (Fast Space Hi Res Video)

https://community.apan.org/wg/aucoi/au_space_horizons/m/mediagallery1/184240

13 Jan 2017 (Fast Space Report Released)

http://www.airuniversity.af.mil/Portals/10/Research/documents/Space/Fast%20Space_Public_2017.pdf

28 Jan 2017 (Chinese Space Policy Regarding Space Resources)

http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/are-china-and-the-us-set-for-a-showdown-in-space/

18 Dec 2016 (Make America Great in Space Again)

http://bigthink.com/laurie-vazquez/art-of-the-bill-how-america-can-make-space-great-again

14 Dec 2016 (Space Policy Recommendations: Make Space Great Again)

https://www.wired.com/2016/12/dear-president-trump-heres-make-space-great/

4 Dec 2016 (Space Solar Power)

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/04/houston-we-have-power-space-based-solar-power-could-be-the-final-frontier-in-renewable-energy/

18 Oct 2017 (Air Guardian Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf8tQO5sdBo&sns=em

29 Sep 2016 (A National Space Policy for this Century)

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3099/1

29 Sep 2016 (Space and National Intelligence Council (NIC) Global Trends Document)

https://warisboring.com/guess-what-could-be-totally-missing-from-the-new-u-s-presidents-intel-briefing-9ce4881643e5#.3vsats67i

27 Nov 2016 (Radio Interview on Future Space Policy)

http://thespaceshow.com/show/27-nov-2016/broadcast-2819-lt.-col-peter-garretson-usaf

10 June 2016 (Cheap Launch the Key to National Defense)

http://www.popsci.com/is-cheap-launch-key-to-space  

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/other/cheap-rocket-launches-may-be-key-to-national-defense/ar-AAgTm6u

8 June 2016 (Consolidate ULCATS)

https://leadingedgeairpower.com/2016/06/08/the-united-states-must-consolidate-ultra-low-cost-access-to-space-ulcats/

20 Apr 2016 (Space Solar Power Solution Carbon Crisis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrcoD_vHzxU

17 April 2016 (Lt Gen Kwast Future of Space at Hollywood Panel)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/science-future-hollywood-kent-matsuoka

27 Mar 2016 (US should lead in Space Solar Power)

http://blog.nss.org/alabama-and-america-should-lead-in-space-solar-power/

24 Mar 2016 (Alabama Should Lead in Space Solar Power)

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/03/24/alabama-should-lead-space-solar-power/82205528/

18 Mar 2016 (D3 Win)

http://www.maxwell.af.mil/News/Display/Article/704165/au-team-shines-at-dod-innovation-awards/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/air-university-concept-space-solar-power-makes-peter-garretson    

14 Mar 2016 (D3 Win)

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/dispatch/2016/03/03/space-based-solar-energy-wins-big-dod-contest/81288054/

11 Mar 2016 (D3 Win)

https://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2016/NRL-Space-Based-Solar-Power-Concept-Wins-Secretary-of-Defense-Innovative-Challenge

https://www.democraticunderground.com/112798092  

https://gcn.com/articles/2016/03/11/d3-challenge-finalists.aspx      

8 Mar 2016 (D3 Win)

http://innerspace.net/space-commerce/space-based-solar-power-wins-big-in-d3-competition/

7 Mar 2016 (D3 Win)

http://www.nss.org/news/releases/NSS_Release_20160307_SSPD3.html

http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=53094

6 Mar 2016 (Radio Interview)

http://www.thespaceshow.com/show/06-mar-2016/broadcast-2659-chris-stone-lt.-col.-pete-garretson

5 Mar 2016 (D3 Presentation)

http://blog.nss.org/d3-space-solar-power-presentation/

4 Mar 2016 (D3 Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9dQsRv1XDg

29 Feb 2016 (D3 Finals)

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=48047

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/02/space-based-solar-power-winner-in.html

8 Dec 2015 (Bill for a Starfaring Future)

https://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=34593

19 Nov 2015 (D3 Semi Finals)

https://plus.google.com/103320199673025612541/posts/DzSU1xemoxj

24 Aug 2016 (TVIW Lt Gen Kwast America’s Future in Deep Space)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltc6SLvpQA8