Credit: Air Force Space Command





The Air Force Space Command hosted a Space Futures Workshop (SFW) to explore the role of space to the year 2060.









Key workshop conclusions reached were:

  • The U.S. must recognize that in 2060, space will be a major engine of national political, economic, and military power for whichever nations best organize and operate to exploit that potential.
  • The U.S. faces growing competition from allies, rivals, and adversaries for leadership in the exploration and exploitation of space.
  • China is executing a long-term civil, commercial, and military strategy to explore and economically develop the cislunar domain with the explicit aim of displacing the U.S. as the leading space power. Other nations are developing similar national strategies.
  • A failure to remain a leading space power will place U.S. national power at risk. To avert this, the U.S. coalition must promote and optimize the combined civil, military, and commercial exploitation of space to best serves the nation’s interests.
  • The U.S. military must define and execute its role in promoting, exploiting, and defending the expanded military, civil, and commercial U.S. activities and human presence in space.

Credit: U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri

Thought leaders

The SFW was conducted at the U.S. Air Force Academy over three days, with 52 senior scientists, decision makers, leaders, and professors participating.

Participants were from the Air Force Air University, the Air Force Space Command, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Defense Innovation Unit, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, industry, federally funded research and development corporations, and academia.

The Air Force Space Command issued on September 5th a report — The Future of Space 2060 and Implications for U.S. Strategy: Report on the Space Futures Workshop – and can be viewed by going to this site:


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