Our 21st century lives are highly dependent on satellites and space-based technologies, and our military depends on these technologies heavily for its operations. This keynote event will address the ways in which the military uses outer space, the risk of weaponization of outer space, and issues faced by the U.S. in terms of protecting its assets while seeking to avoid a space conflict. The effects of a conflict in outer space would be difficult, if impossible to contain, and a different strategy is required than in other domains such as land, sea and air. What role can international diplomacy and information sharing play in protecting against an arms race in space? What can and should the U.S. be doing to protect against attacks on satellites? How does the law of armed conflict apply to outer space? And how would a space conflict affect us all in our daily lives?
This panel of high level experts will provide a unique insight into these issues, and into why we all need to be aware of the importance of space security.
Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson is the new Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command. He is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining space and cyberspace forces, and providing missile warning, communications and cyber capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and the other combatant commands.
Mr. Stephen Oswald is a former NASA Shuttle pilot, who has completed three missions in space. He later joined NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC as Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Operations, before retiring in 2000. He will share about his experience in outer space, and why space matters to us all.
Dr. Laura Grego is Senior Scientist in the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists. She focuses on the technology and security implications of national missile defense and of space security. She is the author or co-author of roughly 30 peer-reviewed papers on a range of topics, including cosmology, space security, and missile defense.
This program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($30.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.