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This podcast features content produced by the Secure World Foundation (SWF), an endowed, private operating foundation that promotes cooperative solutions for space sustainability and the peaceful uses of outer space. The Foundation acts as a research body, convener and facilitator to promote key space security, and other related topics, and to examine their influence on governance and international development.

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Summit Panel: The Relationship Between Commercial Space and Counterspace

Over the last several years, there has been a growing focus on two different conversations: one about the commercial and economic development of space, and another about the risk of conflict on Earth extending into space. Yet there is often very little dialogue on how these two issues interact and what impact each may have on the other. How might greater geopolitical instability or actual war in space impact commercialization? Can the private sector play a role in deterring space conflict or providing more resilient capabilities? | Moderator: Brian Weeden, SWF Director of Program Planning Panelists: Joshua Huminski, Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress Pam Melroy, Melroy & Hollett Technology Partners Bhavya Lal, Science and Technology Policy Institute Doug Loverro, Loverro Consulting Jeffrey Trauberman, VOX Space This audio was recorded June 25th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC as part of the Secure World Foundation's Summit for Space Sustainability.

1hr 5mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Space Weather Enterprise Forum: Implementation of Activities Across the Space Weather Enterprise for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure

Recorded in Washington DC, on July 25, 2018. The SWEF brought together the space weather community to share information and ideas among policymakers, senior government leaders, researchers, private-sector service providers, space weather information users, media, and legislators and staff from Capitol Hill to raise awareness of space weather and its effects on society. This year's event sharpened the focus on critical infrastructure protection, with the necessary underpinnings of research, improved products and services, and applications to serve a broad and growing user community. The ultimate goal is to improve the Nation’s ability to prepare for, avoid, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the potentially devastating impacts of space weather events on our health, economy, and national security. This recording features an presentations and a panel discussion on research-to-operations activities seeking to address threats from severe space weather. Speakers Mr. Steven Clarke, Senior Policy Analyst at the Office of Science and Technology Policy , Executive Office of the President Dr. Conrad Lautenbacher, Chief Executive Officer, GeoOptics Incorporated and American Commercial Space Weather Association Dr. Daniel Baker, Director, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder Dr. Christopher Cannizzaro, Office of Space and Advanced Technology in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State Dr. Mizuhhiko Hosokawa, Vice President of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan Moderator: Mr. Mike Ryschkewitch, Head, Space Sector at Johns Hopkins University of Applied Physics Laboratory Closing: Mr. Michael Bonadonna, Executive Secretary, Space Weather Operations Research and Mitigation Subcommittee and Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology More details can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

1hr 12mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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International Law and Military Activities in Outer Space

Recorded March 23, 2015 Although some may consider the two to be at odds with each other, international law has a direct impact on military activities in both peacetime and during conflict. International law defines what constitutes an armed attack, the right to national self-defense, and the limits on use of force during an armed conflict consistent with the Geneva Conventions. Over the last several decades, legal scholars and military practitioners have clarified the rules of international law applicable to military activities in several domains. This includes the Harvard Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare, and most recently the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare. However, to date there has not been any significant attempts to clarify how international law applies to military activities in space.  The panel discussion provided an overview of international law as it applies to military activities, and examples of how it has been clarified in certain domains, such as air and cyber, or for certain types of weapons, such as autonomous systems. It also examined the current status of international law as applied to military activities in the space domain, and potential benefits of further clarifying the existing norms and interpretations. Speakers: Wing Commander Duncan Blake, Royal Australian Air Force Mr. Gary Brown, Head of Communications, Washington Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross Dr. Cassandra Steer, Executive Director, Centre of Research in Air and Space Law, McGill University Dr. Peter Hays, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Moderator: Mr. Brian Weeden, Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation

1hr 49mins

24 Mar 2015

Rank #3

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Near-Earth Objects: Addressing the Current Threat Level

Recorded on July 8, 2013 The Secure World Foundation (SWF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy (CSTSP) hosted a luncheon panel discussion event on Capitol Hill. Given interest sparked by the recent meteor explosion over central Russia, the event will focus on near-Earth objects (NEOs), providing informed and scientific background on the topic for policymakers, current threat status, and an update on international efforts aimed at addressing the NEO threat. For more information, including speaker presentations, please visit the event page. Speakers Dr. Irwin Shapiro, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Dr. Mark Boslough, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories Mr. Lindley Johnson, NASA's Headquarters Program Executive for NASA's Near Earth Object Program Moderator: Ms. Victoria Samson, SWF Washington Office Director

1hr 31mins

6 Jan 2015

Rank #4

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Monitoring the High Seas: The Increasing Role of Space in Maritime Domain Awareness

Recorded June 16, 2014 Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) is the effective understanding of anything associated with the maritime domain that could impact security, safety, economy, or environment. Space capabilities are an important element of MDA, including space-based radar imaging and surveillance, ocean temperature and sea ice monitoring, among others. A number of countries are developing space capabilities to support MDA, but there are still significant gaps in coordination and cooperation between these efforts, as well as integrating space-based information with other sources into a holistic MDA picture and getting it to those who need it on the ground in a usable manner. This panel session provided an overview of the importance of MDA and the various efforts to provide space-based capabilities to improve MDA. The session also offered a discussion on opportunities for enhancing international cooperation, both in space and on the ground, to improve MDA for all nations. For more information, including speaker presentations, please see the event page. Speakers: Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy, Deputy Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council  Mr. Jon Huggins, Director of Ocean's Beyond Piracy, One Earth Future Foundation  Dr. John Mittleman, Engineer, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory  Prof. Guy Thomas, Co-Founder, C-SIGMA Centre  Major Charity Weeden, Assistant Attaché Air and Space Operations, Royal Canadian Air Force 

1hr 44mins

6 Jan 2015

Rank #5

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Commercial Space Stations in LEO: Preparing For the Future

Recorded September 22, 2015 Like many other sectors of space activities that were once "government only," the notion of privately owned and operated space stations is no longer science fiction. Within the next decade, it is likely we will have a scenario where there are multiple commercial and government space stations on orbit, with a mix of multiple government and private customers and a mix of government and commercial transportation services going back and forth. Such a scenario holds both incredible opportunity and a number of significant challenges to resolve. This panel discussion brought together experts from civil society, industry, and the U.S. government to discuss what this future may look like, and what economic, policy, and regulatory challenges need to be overcome along the way.  For further information and a copy of the presentations, please see the event page on the SWF website. Moderator: Mr. Ian Christensen, Project Manager, Secure World Foundation Speakers: Mr. Charles Miller, President, NextGen Space, LLC Mr. Mike Gold, Director, DC Operations and Business Growth, Bigelow Aerospace Ms. Carissa Christensen, Managing Partner, The Tauri Group Mr. Steph Earle, Office of Commercial Spaceflight, Federal Aviation Administration 

1hr 33mins

23 Sep 2015

Rank #6

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Space Security: Norms, Resiliency, and Protection

Space security is an increasingly important issue, and one thathas taken on new meaning in recent years with increased concernsabout protecting space capabilities from both intentional andenvironmental threats.  On April 14, 2016, the Secure World Foundation hosted aninvite-only luncheon panel discussion at the Broadmoor Hotel inColorado Springs, Colorado, as part of the 32nd Annual SpaceSymposium, to discuss the current state of space security using thelens of existing norms of behavior, concerns about the resiliencyof space assets, and changing attitudes about spaceprotection.  For further information and speaker presentations, please visitthe event page on the SWF website.Speakers Mr. Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General at theEuropean Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market,Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s Mr. Erik Eliasen, Vice President at National SecuritySpace Programs Lt. Col. Mike Hellmann, Assistant Branch Chief ofStrategic Planning and Concepts within the German MOD Lt. General Eduardo Peña Merino, General deAviación, Comandante del Comando de Combate, of the ChileanAir Force Moderator: Dr. Michael Simpson, SWF Executive Director.

58mins

25 Apr 2016

Rank #7

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Seeing Into Space: Perspectives and Initiatives for Enhancing Space Situational Awareness

Recorded December 9, 2014 Space situational awareness (SSA) - commonly defined as knowledge about the space environment and activities in space - is an important part of space sustainability, safety, and security. SSA has historically been mostly a military mission that focused on tracking the locations of objects in space and detecting space-based threats. However, the nature of SSA is evolving as the number of actors in space increases, including an increasing proportion of non-governmental players and space activities, and the nature of the threats to active satellites diversifies and expands to include natural and human-generated threats, as well as intentional and unintentional threats.  Secure World Foundation (SWF) held a luncheon panel discussion to discuss the changing nature of SSA and examine initiatives being developed by both the U.S. government and non-governmental entities to enhance SSA.  For more information, please visit the event page. Panel 1 - Established Services, Providers, and Policies Mr. Richard Buennneke, Senior Advisor for National Security Space Policy in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State Mr. John Hill, Principal Director, Space Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for  Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Mr. Andrew D'Uva,  President, Providence Access Company Panel 2 - Emerging Services, Providers, and Policies Dr. Michael Romanowski, Director, Commercial Space Integration, Federal Aviation Administration Mr. Paul Welsh, Vice President of Business Development, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) Mr. Matthew Bold, Chief Architect, Ground Based Space Situational Awareness (GBSSA), Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center The discussion was be moderated  by Mr. Brian Weeden, SWF Technical Advisor.

1hr 57mins

6 Jan 2015

Rank #8

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Broadcasting GEOSS: Key Issues in Spectrum Management and Earth Observations

Recent multi-stakeholder discussions have highlighted the limited awareness on spectrum-related issues and their impacts within the broader Earth observations community, and the challenge of capturing the extent of reliance on potentially impacted programs and systems. Sponsored by the Secure World Foundation, this morning panel event seeks to raise awareness of the risks facing the frequency bands used for meteorological purposes within the international GEO community, discuss opportunities for improved routine engagement between the relevant stakeholders, particularly at the regional level, and examine ways to communicate the impact of spectrum management decisions on the delivery of critical information services to policymakers.  For further information and speaker bios, please see the event page on the SWF website. Moderator: SWF Executive Director Dr. Michael Simpson Speakers: Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba, Director, Strategy Space Applications, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Mr. David Hartshorn, Secretary General, Global VSAT Forum Ms. Renee Leduc Clarke, Founder and Principal, Narayan Strategy Mr. David Lubar, Radio Spectrum Management specialist in the GOES-R Program Office, Vaeros division of The Aerospace Corporation

1hr 48mins

18 Nov 2015

Rank #9

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Closing Keynote: Jim Bridenstine

Closing Keynote Delivered by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine June 25, 2019 at the Summit for Space Sustainability. 

38mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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India's ASAT Test: A Jolt To Space Stability

Recorded in Washington, DC on May 6, 2019 On March 27, 2019, India successfully tested an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon against one of its satellites. With this intercept, India became the fourth country to demonstrate this capability. While most of the debris that was created should be relatively short-lived, some of it will be around for months, if not years. What does this test mean for the future of space security and stability? Has a precedent been established about how to test an ASAT in a way that the international community will accept? How will this affect international security and great power relationships? Does this test and potentially others like this pose a risk to the burgeoning commercial space sector? A panel of experts gathered in Washington, D.C to discuss potential consequences and fall-out from India's ASAT test.  Speakers:  Moderator: Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation Panelists: Bob Hall, Director, Commercial Space Operations Center, AGI Ankit Panda, Adjunct Senior Fellow in Defense Posture Project, Federation of American Scientists Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation More details can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

1hr 42mins

15 May 2019

Rank #11

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Space Weather as a Global Challenge: Perspectives from the Private Sector and Closing Remarks

Recorded in Washington DC, on July 24, 2018. The Embassy of Japan, the U.S. Department of State, and Secure World Foundation held a discussion on space weather as a global challenge with a focus on research, operations and preparedness. This event updated the international community on progress made toward implementing the U.S. National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan. This recording features presentations and a panel discussion about space weather's interaction with the commercial sector and concluding remarks. Speakers Ryoichiro Yasumitsu, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Hideaki Matsumoto, Pilot, ANA Airlines Susan Taylor, Senior Associate, Abt Associates Conrad Lautenbacher, Executive Committee Member, American Commercial Space Weather Association David Roop, Director, Electric Transmission, Dominion Electric Power Moderator: Mamoru Ishii, Director, Space Weather and Environment Informatics Laboratory, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Tomohiko Arai, Science Counselor, Embassy of Japan Chris Cannizzaro, Physical Science Officer, U.S. Department of State More details can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

1hr 11mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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Summit Panel: The Promises and Challenges of New Actors in Space

The last decade has seen a surge in new actors entering the space domain. Many more countries are developing space programs and national law and policy while commercial startups are leveraging cheaper and better technology to do more with less. What are the benefits of the surge in new actors and what should we be wary of? What steps can the world take to ensure that new actors are contributing to space sustainability? | Moderator: Ian Christensen, SWF Director of Private Sector Programs Panelists: Jim Armor, Northrop Grumman Simonetta di Pippo, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Kalpak Gude, Swarm Mark Mozena, Planet Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Observer Research Foundation This panel took place June 25, 2019 at the Summit for Space Sustainability in Washington, DC. 

1hr 5mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Space Weather Enterprise Forum: Opening Address and Understanding and Managing Risks and Impacts Associated with Space Weather

Recorded in Washington DC, on July 25, 2018. The SWEF brought together the space weather community to share information and ideas among policymakers, senior government leaders, researchers, private-sector service providers, space weather information users, media, and legislators and staff from Capitol Hill to raise awareness of space weather and its effects on society. This year's event sharpened the focus on critical infrastructure protection, with the necessary underpinnings of research, improved products and services, and applications to serve a broad and growing user community. The ultimate goal is to improve the Nation’s ability to prepare for, avoid, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the potentially devastating impacts of space weather events on our health, economy, and national security. This recording features an opening address and presentations and a panel discussion about the risks and impacts associated with space weather. Speakers Opening Address: Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO-7) Ms. Devon Streit, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration, Department of Energy Mr. Ralph Stoffler, Director of Weather, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force Dr. James Spann, Acting Heliophysics Division Chief Scientist, Headquarters NASA Dr. William Lapenta, Director, National Centers for Environmental Predictions, NOAA Moderator: Mr. Ben Reed, National Space Council More details can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

1hr 26mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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The Future of Space Safety: Keynotes and Panel

Recorded in Washington DC, on December 6, 2018. The orbital space around the earth is increasingly utilized by many actors across the world. Satellites built and launched by governments that strictly served national security and scientific exploration purposes have given way to privately (and even amateur) built and commercially launched space objects. This growth in participation has increased the amount of stakeholders interested in preserving the orbital domain, but it has also increased the amount of satellites and human-generated debris on orbit. As governments, and their myriad agencies, seek to preserve access to the benefits of space, how can collaboration reduce redundancies and avoid the complications of differing definitions, priorities, and data standards? SWF and ESA co-hosted a luncheon panel discussion on international collaboration concerning space safety. Speakers and panelists discussed the roles of governments and industry, technical hurdles, and other challenges. Speakers Keynotes: Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, European Space Agency Patrick Besha, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters Panelists: Jim Cooper, Senior Systems Engineer, Space Situational Awareness, Analytical Graphics, Inc. Todd Harrison, Director, CSIS Aerospace Security Project and Defense Budget Analysis Diane Howard, Professor of Commercial Space Operations/Spaceflight Ops, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Bill Murtagh, Program Coordinator, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center Charity Weeden, US Managing Representative, Astroscale Moderator: Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation More details can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

1hr 22mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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US-China Engagement in Space

This audio was recorded in Washington, DC on March 29, 2019. On March 29, 2019, The Secure World Foundation hosted a panel discussion on "US-China Engagement in Space." A group of experts talked about how the United States and China interact in space and looked toward future possibilities for further engagement across commercial, civil, and national security issues.  Speakers Moderator: Victoria Samson, SWF Washington Office Director Patrick Besha, Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Engagement and Assessment in the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters Mike Gold, Chair of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Lincoln Hines, PhD candidate in the Government Department at Cornell University,Cornell University Audrey Schaffer, Director, Space Strategy and Plans, Office of the Secretary of Defense Brian Weeden, SWF Director of Program Planning

1hr 36mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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Space Weather as a Global Challenge: Toward Improved Space Weather Services and Preparedness

Recorded in Washington DC, on July 24, 2018. The Embassy of Japan, the U.S. Department of State, and Secure World Foundation held a discussion on space weather as a global challenge with a focus on research, operations and preparedness. This event updated the international community on progress made toward implementing the U.S. National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan. This recording features presentations and a panel discussion on improving space weather services and preparedness. Speakers Mamoru Ishii, Director, Space Weather and Environment Informatics Laboratory, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Elsayed Talaat, Director, Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis, NOAA/NESDIS Terry Onsager, Physicist, Space Weather Prediction Center, NOAA Ian Mann, Professor, University of Alberta Nat Golpalswamy, Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Moderator: Mike Wiltberger, Geospace Section Head, National Science Foundation More details can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

54mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Summit Opening and Spotlight Talks

This audio was recorded on June 25 during the SWF Summit for Space Sustainability at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. OPENING WELCOME & SWF VISION Krystal Wilson, SWF Director of Space Applications Programs, Summit Chair Peter Martinez, SWF Executive Director SETTING THE STAGE: SPOTLIGHT TALKS A series of short presentations by high-level experts on current situations, trends, and challenges in the space domain that impact space sustainability. State of the Space Environment - Holger Krag, European Space Agency The Globalization of Space - Rogel Mari Sese, Regulus SpaceTech The Rise and Promise of Commercial Space - Carissa Christensen, Bryce Space & Technology Militarization and Potential Conflict in Space- Jana Robinson, Prague Security Studies Institute The Role of Space for Benefits on Earth - Anne Hale Miglarese, Radiant Earth Foundation Past and Future of Space Governance - Niklas Hedman, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

2hr 16mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Space Weather as a Global Challenge: Perspectives Around the Globe

Recorded in Washington DC, on July 24, 2018. The Embassy of Japan, the U.S. Department of State, and Secure World Foundation held a discussion on space weather as a global challenge with a focus on research, operations and preparedness. This event updated the international community on progress made toward implementing the U.S. National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan. This recording features presentations and a panel discussion about space weather efforts around the world. Speakers Eric Laliberte, Director General, Space Utilization, Canadian Space Agency Jean-Luc Bald, First Secretary, Global Issues and Innovation Section, Delegation of the European Union to the USA Micheline Tabache, Director, Washington Office, European Space Agency Marco Riale, Embassy of Italy Bill Murtagh, Space Weather Prediction Center, NOAA Moderator: Krystal Wilson, Secure World Foundation More details can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

1hr 1min

6 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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Space Weather as a Global Challenge: Welcome and Japan's Space Weather Efforts and Outlook

Recorded in Washington DC, on July 24, 2018. The Embassy of Japan, the U.S. Department of State, and Secure World Foundation held a discussion on space weather as a global challenge with a focus on research, operations and preparedness. This event updated the international community on progress made toward implementing the U.S. National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan. This recording features the welcoming remarks and a series of presentations about Japan's space weather efforts and outlook. Speakers Kazutoshi Aikawa, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space, and Health, U.S. Department of State Hideyuki Tokuda, President, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Toshihiko Iyemori, Professor, Kyoto University Ayako Matsuoka, Associate Professor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency More details can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

40mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #20