Technicians tend Air Force X-37B space plane after tarmac touchdown.
Credit: U.S. Air Force

This one-day symposium on September 6, 2017 was hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Aerospace Security Project.

As both the U.S. military’s dependence on space and the threats posed to space systems have grown, some in Congress and the space community have called for sweeping changes in how space forces are organized, trained, and supported within the military.

Both the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018 contain language that would significantly reorganize military space forces and authorities.

Credit: U.S. Air Force

Warfighting domain

The symposium explored how the military space enterprise should be organized given the increasing importance of space as a warfighting domain.

Speakers examined previous efforts to reorganize military space forces, problems that need to be addressed, and the pros and cons of different organizational models that have been tried in other parts of the military.

The Symposium agenda includes talks by Deborah Lee James, former Secretary of the Air Force and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), leading advocate for a Space Corps and General Robert Kehler, USAF (ret.).

To view the program, go to this video at:

https://youtu.be/-cWw-6vQ_5E

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