For America, space represents the next great strategic frontier. 

Associated Scholars: Peter Garretson, Richard M. Harrison, Lamont Colucci, Larry M. Wortzel, Jennifer McArdle, James Grant

Yet the United States now faces growing competition, and a growing threat, in that domain from countries like Russia and China, each of which are developing technologies capable of targeting U.S. space assets. At the same time, the global space economy is primed for lift off, as technological advances and scientific breakthroughs increasingly put investments and resources there within reach. According to some estimates, within the next two decades, ventures like space tourism, the harnessing of solar energy, and space mining will propel the overall value of the space economy to $1 trillion. 

As such, defining a strategy for ensuring space security, sustainability, and commerce needs to be a strategic priority for the U.S. Our top-notch array of experts—including Peter Garretson, one of America’s leading pioneers of spacepower—form a robust team that will make a major contribution to crafting space policy through briefings, conferences and publications designed to provide policymakers with the ideas and tools they need to chart a course in this emerging domain.

EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

In order to act, America’s leaders need to grasp the implications of the unfolding space race. AFPC’s Space Policy Initiative (SPI) is designed to broaden the knowledge base among key officials and stakeholders through a wide range of educational activities, from convening major space conferences to publishing cutting-edge analysis to hosting tabletop wargames and simulations. Our efforts focus on four main themes: 1) developing a robust space economy, 2) harnessing space energy, 3) ensuring that the U.S. military maintains a secure space environment, and 4) understanding the societal impacts of space.