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Maintaining U.S. leadership in the face of global competition warrants a reevaluation of the U.S. political and legal landscape governing space.

On July 24, the Hudson Institute was joined by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, and House Science, Space, & Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss the Department of Commerce’s evolving role in the space sector.

Updating needed

The web of national, regional and international institutions—organized to guide and serve an industry undergoing dramatic transformation—needs to be updated.

Rising to meet this challenge, Congress and the Executive Branch have been working together to reshape the legal environment for the commercial use of outer space.

Keynote addresses by Secretary Ross and Congressman Smith were followed by a panel with senior government officials responsible for executing the reform agenda laid out by the Trump Administration.

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Reform agenda

Speakers at the Hudson Institute gathering:

Hon. Wilbur Ross Speaker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Hon. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Speaker, Chairman, Committee on Science, Technology & Space, U.S. House of Representatives

Earl Comstock Speaker, Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, U.S. Department of Commerce

Hon. Ian Steff Speaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Acting Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service

Dr. Steve Volz Speaker, Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

James Uthmeier Speaker, Senior Advisor & Regulatory Reform Officer, Office of the Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Brandt Pasco Speaker, Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute

Kevin O’Connell Speaker, Director, Office of Space Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Dr. Joe Pelton Speaker, Director, Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute, George Washington University

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