6th PSSI Space Security Conference

The Global Space Competition:
Security, Markets and Sanctions

On June 19—21, 2022, the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) will convene in Prague its 6th PSSI Space Security Conference. This year’s gathering is entitled “The Global Space Competition: Security, Markets and Sanctions.” The central goal of the conference is to illuminate the connectivity among global space commerce, deterrence/security-related considerations, and proper space governance.

The conference will build on the previous conference entitled “Evolution of the Counterspace Threat and Strengthening of International Space Partnerships'', which was held in Prague on June 9—11, 2019, and which focused on the prominent role played by the state-controlled space companies of authoritarian space powers (notably China and Russia) and how they are deployed to recruit smaller countries aspiring to build space capabilities. This generally entails practices that ultimately lead to sole-source contracts and unhealthy levels of dependency.

To compound the problems associated with the approach to space sector partnerships described above, a number of Chinese and Russian space companies are often operating under official sanctions of the U.S., EU, and/or Japan for various forms of national security and human rights abuses. The imposition of sanctions on space companies raises a number of new, vexing questions with regard to the risk calculus associated with space-related cooperation or partnering arrangements. These have not, to date, been included in the multilateral deliberations on space behavioral norms and governance.

Conference Goals:

  • evaluate the latest developments regarding space deterrence and readiness to manage ever-more sophisticated counterspace scenarios, including those emanating from the economic and financial domain;
  • consider requirements for allied space domain awareness systems and policies to share information;
  • identify attributes of 21st century global space leadership;
  • elevate the importance and urgency of government-industry collaboration in strengthening innovation and market competitiveness of allied space companies;
  • discuss the role of commercial companies in strengthening the democratic space alliance;
  • assess the risks and threats of an uneven playing field presently favoring Chinese and Russian state-led companies in competition with their allied corporate counterparts in global space markets;
  • gauge the level of political interest of allied governments in pushing back against the non-market business practices of state-controlled space companies which are inconsistent with international trade rules and/or have been subject to allied-sanctioned corporate national security and human rights abuses; and
  • propose policy options to integrate sanctions-related considerations into existing deterrence/space security strategies and behavioral norms.

Agenda (draft — May 3, 2022)

19 June 2022

Opening Reception
(by special invitation only)

20 June 2022

Coffee and Registration
Opening Session
Panel 1:
Space Threat Profile Update
Coffee Break
Panel 2:
Systems and Policies for Partner Space Domain Awareness Architecture and Cooperation
Special Session:
Allied Space Commands Cooperation
Buffet Luncheon
Panel 3:
Allied Options for Strengthened
Cross-Domain Deterrence
Coffee Break
Panel 4:
Requirements for Maintaining
Global Space Leadership

Gala Dinner (by special invitation only)

21 June 2022

Coffee and Registration
Opening Session
Panel 5:
Industry Perspective on Expanding
Allied Partnerships
Coffee Break
Panel 6:
Bolstering Allied Space Enterprise Architecture
Closing Luncheon


Roger W. Robinson Jr.
Chairman and Co-Founder, PSSI

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Roger W. Robinson, Jr. is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute in the Czech Republic and Executive Director of PSSI Washington Inc. He was formerly Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the Reagan National Security Council, where he was the architect of the secret economic and financial strategy for the take-down of the Soviet Union. He later served as Chairman of the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission for the bulk of 2001-2006. Prior to his government service, Mr. Robinson was a Vice President in the International Department of the Chase Manhattan Bank with responsibility for Chase’s loan portfolios in the USSR, Central/Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia. He also served as a personal staff assistant to then-Chase Chairman David Rockefeller for some three years. Mr. Robinson is currently President & CEO of RWR Advisory Group, a data services, research and risk management firm that specializes in assessing Chinese and Russian risk factors, particularly with regard to their presence in the U.S. capital markets.

Prior to forming the firms referenced above, Mr. Robinson served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission for much of the time from 2001 to 2006.  He also served as Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from March 1982 until September 1985.  Between January 1984 and April 1985, Mr. Robinson served as Executive Secretary of the Senior Interdepartmental Group-International Economic Policy, a Cabinet-level body that reported through the NSC to the President.  As Senior Director, Mr. Robinson had responsibility for all economic, financial, trade and energy relationships of the United States worldwide for NSC.  He was also the principal architect of the economic and financial strategy for the take-down of the Soviet Union.

Prior to joining the NSC staff, Mr. Robinson was a Vice President in the International Department of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City.  As a banker, he had responsibilities for Chase's loan portfolios in the USSR, Eastern and Central Europe and Yugoslavia for five years.  He also served for some two and a half years as a personal staff assistant to former Chase Chairman David Rockefeller and earlier on assignment with the Chase branch in Tokyo.

Mr. Robinson has published extensively on security-related risk in the global capital markets and East-West economic and financial relations.  He has served as an expert witness on numerous occasions before both Senate and House Committees.  In addition, he is a frequent radio commentator and has made numerous national broadcast appearances over the past thirty years.

Mr. Robinson holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from the Elliott School of George Washington University.  Between 1986 and 1993, Mr. Robinson served as a member of the Board of Visitors at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.  

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Jan Lipavský
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

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He served in the Chamber of Deputies for four years as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security. In addition, he was a member of the Standing Committee on Hybrid Threats, the Subcommittee on Defence, Cyber and Security Policy and Strategic Concepts of the Czech Republic and the Subcommittee on Migration and Asylum Policy. He focused mainly on issues of energy and international security and hybrid threats.

Before entering politics, he pursued a private sector career in banking IT, having worked for McKinsey & Company, Euro RSCG, ZOOT, Total Solutions and Moro Systems.

He was born in Prague, where he completed grammar school. Later he graduated in International Territorial Studies at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, and spent a year at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom.

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GEN James H. Dickinson
Commander, United States Space Command

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U.S. Army General James H. Dickinson is the Commander, U.S. Space Command, the 11th and newest unified combatant command. He assumed command on Aug. 20, 2020, after serving as the first Deputy Commander of U.S. Space Command.

General Dickinson is a native of Estes Park, Colorado and a 1985 graduate of Colorado State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the Colorado School of Mines and later earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

As the Commander of U.S. Space Command, General Dickinson is responsible for defending U.S. and Allied interests in the space domain while providing space-enabled combat effects to joint warfighters around the world. He exercises combatant command authority over 18,000 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Guardians operating ground and space-based systems around the world that provide satellite communication, space domain awareness, offensive and defensive space control effects, and position, navigation, and timing services.

General Dickinson has commanded at every level in the United States Army from Platoon to Combatant Command and is the Senior Air and Missile Defense Officer in the Department of Defense.

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Yasuyuki Kasai
Director General of the National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office of Japan’s Prime Minister

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Mr. Kasai is the Director-General at the National Space Policy Secretariat of the Cabinet Office of Japan. Before, he served as the Deputy Director-General at the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. In 2018, Mr. Kasai started working as the Director of the General Coordination Division in the Japan Patent Office. Between 2015 and 2018, he was the Director for Industry and Employment at the Cabinet Office's Economic and Fiscal Management Bureau. Earlier in his career, he served as the Director at the Industry Revitalization Division of the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and also as the Counsellor at the Fourth Department at the Cabinet Legislation Bureau. In 2009, he was appointed Special Assistant to Director-General at the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Mr. Kasai joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in Japan in 1990.

Mr. Kasai holds a Masters's degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Tokyo.

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Tomáš Kopečný
Deputy Minister for Industrial Cooperation, Ministry of Defence & Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

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Tomáš Kopečný, Deputy Minister of Defence, currently heads the Industrial Cooperation Division. Mr. Kopečný, as an expert on international industrial cooperation and defence market, is dedicated to strengthening of Czech defence industry, strategic partnerships in defence research and development, and continuous build-up of Czech defence industrial and technological base within the European defence framework. He holds an advanced MA degree (PhDr.) in Security Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. As an exchange student, he also attended the McGill University in Canada and did a professional internship at NATO within the team of the Special Advisor to NATO Secretary General and the Public Diplomacy Division. His prior working experience covers various positions within the Czech Ministry of Defence ranging from the Advisor to the First Deputy Minister on Africa to Head of the Industrial Cooperation Division.


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Carine Claeys
Special Envoy for Space, European External Action Service

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​​Carine Claeys is the EU Special Envoy for Space in the European External Action Service (EEAS) since 2019.

She is Head of the EEAS Space Task Force (now SecDefPol.5 Space) since its inception in 2015. In this capacity, she ensures that the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR) can exercise his operational responsibilities regarding the Union’s response to threats to or through the systems and services deployed under the EU Space Programme and regarding the functioning of the EU Satellite Centre (SatCen); she advises the EEAS Secretary-General on all space matters of EU interest, in particular those having an international, as well as a security and defence, dimension; she chairs the Board of the SatCen, as the representative of the HR.

Before the EEAS was established, Carine Claeys served in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. From 2005 to 2011, she was head of the "Security of space tools" cell (Galileo, GMES – then Copernicus) in the EU Joint Situation Centre. Before that, she was responsible for maritime transport and for intermodal transport and networks in the Directorate-General for Transport (2000-2005). She worked in several other sectors of this administration since 1992, including energy, human rights, United Nations, drugs, terrorism, agriculture, and enlargement.

Carine Claeys holds a PhD in political science, a Master’s degree in business engineering, a Master’s degree in international relations, and a Master’s degree in development cooperation.

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Rodrigo da Costa
Executive Director, EUSPA

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On 16 October 2020, Rodrigo da Costa took up his duties as Executive Director of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), formerly the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Prior to this, he was the Galileo Services Programme Manager from March 2017. 

Before joining the GSA, Rodrigo da Costa held several senior project management, business development, and institutional key account management positions in the space industry, in the areas of human space flight, exploration, launchers and R&D. 

Rodrigo da Costa holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the “Instituto Superior Tecnico” in Lisbon, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Delft, and an MBA from the EuroMBA consortium of Business Schools.

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Jiří Schneider
Former First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman
Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, United States Space Force

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Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman is the Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.  As the Chief Operations Officer, Lt. Gen. Saltzman has overall responsibility for Operations, Intelligence, Sustainment, Cyber, and Nuclear Operations of the United States Space Force.

Lt. Gen. Saltzman is a graduate of Boston University and was commissioned in 1991.  He has operational experience with missile and space systems, as a Minuteman III launch officer, and as a satellite operator for the National Reconnaissance Office.  He also served as the first Chief of Combat Plans for the Joint Space Operations Center, and later, as Chief of Combat Operations.

Lt. Gen. Saltzman has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels including the 614th Space Operations Squadron and 1st Space Control Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; the 460th Operations Group at Buckley AFB, Colorado; and the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado, Aurora, Colorado.  Before serving in his current assignment, Lt. Gen. Saltzman was the Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia.

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Maj. Gen. Michel Friedling
Commander, French Space Command

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Major General (FRA-AF) Michel Friedling is graduated from the French Air Force Academy (year 1986) as a fighter pilot and obtained a degree in aeronautics engineering. He exercised different levels of command and responsibilities in operational units, flying Mirage F1 and Mirage 2000, mainly in Cambrai AFB, to include several deployments in Africa, Balkans and Middle East.

Graduated from the War College in 2001, he took command of a Fighter Squadron in Mont-de-Marsan Aid Force Base. From 2001 to 2004, his unit prepared the entry into service of the Rafale and managed the operational testing of all new weapon systems and armaments delivered to the French Air Force.

He then served five years in the Plans Department of the French Air Force HQ in charge of capability development and multinational cooperation on capabilites.

In 2009, he took command of Saint-Dizier Air Base, equipped with the Rafale. The Air Base was under his command when the French Air Launched Nuclear Missile - ASMPA - was fielding as a Rafale weapon system and when the first French Air Force raids were launched from Saint-Dizier over Libya in March 2011 as part of Operation HARMATTAN.    

Graduated from the Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires (CHEM) [High Military Studies Center] and the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale (IHEDN) [Defense and National Security Institute], Paris, Michel Friedling served in the Joint Military Staff, where his areas of responsibilities included successively nuclear deterrence and military strategy. In 2014, he became head of the Plans Department of the French Air Force.    

Among his staff responsibilities, general Friedling actively contributed to the French Defense and Security White Papers 2008 and 2013 as well as the Military Expenditure Laws 2009-2014 and 2014-2019.

From Aug.2016 to Feb.2017, he was the French Senior National Representative to USAFCENT Cdr - Al Udeid, Qatar – for Operation Inherent Resolve and commanded the French Air Component allocated to the international coalition against ISIS. Under his command, more than 300 strikes were conducted by the French aircrafts in support of Mosul liberation by the allied and partners Forces.

Promoted to Air Force Brigadier General in June 2017, he became the deputy Chief of Staff responsible for developing the Military Strategy at the French joint Staff HQ in Paris. He actively participated in the development of high-level studies such as the National Strategy Review in 2017, the Military Planning law of 2019-2025 and the Joint Innovation Agency in September 2018.

On September 2018, Brigadier General Friedling was appointed as the Commander of the French Joint Space Command. He was promoted Major General on September 2019 

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Maj. Gen. Michael Traut
Chief of Space Operations Command, German Ministry of Defense

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Maj Gen Traut has been serving as the Director of the National Air Operations and Commander at the Bundeswehr Space Command since September 2021. Between 2020-2021, he was a Royal College of Defence Studies member in London, GB. He also served as the Commandant at the Air Force Officer School in Fürstenfeldbruck from 2016-2020. Maj Gen Traut also worked as the Armed Forces Training Division Chief at the Headquarters German Joint Support Service in Bonn. Between 2007-2013, he served as the Branch Chief both in Cologne and Bonn. Before, Maj Gen Traut worked as the Commander at the Tactical Air Command and Control Centre in Aurich and the Operational Wing MAZAR-E-SHARIF in Afghanistan. Between 2000-2002, he served as the Assistant Section Chief of the Armament Policy Affairs of the German Air Force Office, Air Force Armament Section in Cologne. Between 1990-1997, he worked as the Intercept Control Instructor and Intercept Controller in Erndtebrück. From 1986 to 1988, he served as the system administrator and programmer at Cologne's Air Force Materiel Office. 

Maj Gen Traut joined the Bundeswehr as a conscript in 1983. He studied computer science at the Bundeswehr University Munich.

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Brig. Gen. Didier Polomé
Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy/Defence Planning, NATO HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation (NATO ACT)

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Brigadier General Didier Polomé started his fighter pilot career in 1988 at the Belgian Royal Military Academy followed by ENJJPT in Sheppard AFB. He joined the 350th Fighter Squadron in Florennes in 1997, and subsequently participated in NATO operations above former Yugoslavia.

In 2004, Brigadier General Didier Polomé was appointed as an A3 staff officer in NATO HQ AC Ramstein. His duties included the coordination of Baltic Air Policing and the operational planning of multiple NATO large scale flying exercises. In 2006, he was deployed to ISAF HQ in Kabul as Mission Director in the ASOC.

In 2007, Brigadier General Didier Polomé assumed command of the 350th Fighter Squadron and led the first Belgian F -16 detachment to Kandahar in support of ISAF in 2008. Upon completion of his command tour in 2009, he was selected for the U.S. Air War College in Maxwell AFB.

Brigadier General Didier Polomé was assigned in 2010 as Chief, Crisis Response Planning in the Belgian Joint Staff. This gave him the opportunity to lead the operational planning for the Belgian contributions to different operations such as ISAF, Unified Protector in Libya, Serval in Mali, and Baltic Air Policing. Three years later, he attended the U.S. National War College in Washington D.C.

During the following two years, Brigadier General Didier Polomé fulfilled the duties of Commander of the Air Ops Division (A3) in the Belgian Air Force staff. His responsibilities included the planning and preparation of all Belgian air combat, transport, helicopter, and ISR assets for operations such as Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) above Iraq and Syria.

In June 2016, Brigadier General Didier Polomé became the commander of the 2nd Tactical Wing at Florennes Air Base. During the three following years, the wing participated in numerous operations both abroad, as in Jordan, in the Baltic states and in Mali, and on the national territory, with the contribution of its unit to the reinforcement of the police in the fight against terrorism.

Finally, after a three-year mandate as base commander, he was appointed to become Assistant Chief Of Staff Strategic Plans and Policy and Defense Planning (ACOS SPP / DP) at the NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation (SACT) HQ in Norfolk, USA. 

Didier Polomé
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Air Cdre. Mark Flewin
Head of Operations, Plans and Training, UK Space Command

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Air Commodore Mark Flewin was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1998. After
pilot training, he was posted to the Jaguar and became a Qualified Weapons Instructor,
completing several frontline tours including operational deployments to enforce the no-fly
zone in Iraq. He joined the nascent Typhoon Force in 2005, taking on instructional and
standardisation roles to support capability growth, alongside operational deployments to
the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre in Qatar and to command 903
Expeditionary Air Wing in support of Op SHADER.

In 2012, he took command of 1 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Leuchars, leading its formal re-
establishment as a frontline, combat-ready Typhoon squadron. Two joint roles followed:
Chief of Staff within the Air Staff at the Ministry of Defence and Chief of Staff, Joint Effects
at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters, where he was appointed CBE in 2018 for his
operational contribution.

He assumed command of RAF Coningsby in 2018, supporting a multitude of operational
commitments in the UK and overseas, as well as the key commemorative role of the Battle
of Britain Memorial Flight. A short tour as Typhoon Force Commander followed with
oversight of RAF Leeming, the Hawk T1 fleet and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, in
addition to the Typhoon Force at RAF Coningsby and Lossiemouth. Upon completion of
the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2021, Air Commodore Flewin was appointed to
the newly formed UK Space Command, with responsibility for UK space operations,
planning and training.

Mark Flewin
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Col. Bradley C. Walker
Director, Warfighting Integration Office and Military Deputy, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, United States Space Force

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Colonel Bradley C. Walker is the Director, Warfighting Integration Office and Military Deputy, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.  In these roles, he leads small high-performing teams to establish a forward presence at the Combatant Commands in order to rapidly address, develop, and deliver solutions to urgent warfighter requirements.  These efforts encompass direct support to wargames and exercises, execution of urgent operational needs, and establishment of partnerships between combatant commands, United States Space Force, and international partners.

Previously, Colonel Walker was the Director, Special Programs Directorate equipping US forces with highly classified space systems to conduct multi-domain warfare in and through space, and across the Earth.  He led an 1,100-person program office and 4,000-person industry team at multiple locations, managing a  multi-billion dollar budget to execute the planning, development, testing, deployment and sustainment of a complex and dynamic portfolio including numerous operational systems, both in space and around the world.

Col Walker graduated cum laude from The Citadel and was commissioned in 1997.  His career has spanned numerous acquisition and satellite operations positions in the United States Air Force, the United States Space Force, Electronic Systems Center, Space Systems Command and the National Reconnaissance Office.  

Bradley Walker
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Kai-Uwe Schrogl
Special Advisor for Political Affairs, ESA

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Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is Special Advisor for Political Affairs at the European Space Agency ESA (Headquarters in Paris). From 2019, he was seconded to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin to support the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020 and the Presidency Trio until the end of 2021. Up to 2019, he was the Chief Strategy Officer of ESA (Headquarters in Paris, France). From 2007 to 2011 he was the Director of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, Austria, the leading European think tank for space policy. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Corporate Development and External Relations Department in the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. Previously he also worked with the German Federal Ministry for Post and Telecommunications and the German Space Agency (DARA) in Bonn, Germany.

He has been a delegate to numerous international bodies and forums and has served from 2014 to 2016 as chair of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the highest body for space law making, comprising 73 Member States. He also was chair of various European and global committees (ESA International Relations Committee; European Coordination Committee for the International Space Station Intergovernmental Agreement; two plenary working groups of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee, the one on the launching State and the other on the registration practice, both leading to UN General Assembly Resolutions). He presented, respectively testified, at hearings of the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kai-Uwe Schrogl is the President of the International Institute of Space Law, the professional association of space law experts from almost 50 countries, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (recently chairing its Commission on policy, economics and regulations) and Corresponding Member of the French Air and Space Academy, the International Law Association, as well as Member in academic space law and policy related institutions in China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK. He is also the Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Space of the World Economic Forum.

Kai-Uwe Schrogl has written or co-edited 20 books and more than 140 articles, reports and papers in the fields of space policy and law as well as telecommunications policy, most recently the Handbook of Space Security in two volumes (at Springer) and A Research Agenda for Space Policy (at Edward Elgar). He sits on editorial boards of various international journals in the field of space policy and law (Space Policy, Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht, Studies in Space Law/Nijhoff; previously also Acta Astronautica). Kai-Uwe Schrogl holds a doctorate degree in political science and lectures international relations as an Honorary Professor at Tübingen University, Germany.

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Jana Robinson
Managing Director, PSSI

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Dr. Jana Robinson became Managing Director of the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) in April 2020. She also serves as PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, a post she assumed in 2015. She previously held the position of a Space Policy Officer at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels as well as a Space Security Advisor to the Czech Foreign Ministry.

From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Robinson worked at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), seconded from the European Space Agency (ESA), leading the Institute’s Space Security Research Programme. Ms. Robinson is an elected member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the George C. Marshall Missile Defense Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Robinson holds a PhD in the field of space security from the Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Studies and received two MA degrees, from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and Palacky University in Olomouc, respectively. She received scholarships to attend the International Space University’s (ISU) 2009 Space Studies Program (SSP09), the 2008 Summer Training Course at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, and a one-year course of study at Shanghai University 1999-2000.

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Richard Buenneke
Senior Space Policy Adviser, US Department of State

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Richard H. Buenneke is senior advisor for national security space policy in the Office of Emerging Security Challenges of the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Buenneke advises senior State Department officials on the planning and implementation of diplomatic and public diplomacy activities relating to U.S. national and homeland security space policy. In this role, he leads State's development of "whole of government" strategies for international cooperation on spaceflight safety and space critical infrastructure security and resilience.

Before joining the State Department, Mr. Buenneke was a senior policy analyst at The Aerospace Corporation, where he served as lead analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense’s efforts relating to mission assurance and resiliency of commercial space capabilities.

Mr. Buenneke has also led research tasks in support of U.S. government assessments of policies and architectures for national security and commercial space systems as an analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton and the RAND Corporation.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and systems engineering from the Wharton and Engineering schools of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Buenneke also holds masters’ degrees in national security studies and policy analysis from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 

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Pascal Faucher
Chairman, EUSST

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Dr. Pascal Faucher is graduated (1997) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAERO). He also holds a Master’s Degree (1998) and a Ph. D. in Physical Oceanography (2001) by the University Paul Sabatier, funded by the Ministry of Defense, and an Executive Master of Business Administration (2007) by ESCP Europe. After a post-doctoral position in the EU project Marine Environment and Security for the European Area, his experience includes 19 years of various positions at CNES headquarters as international relations advisor and programme manager. For the last 10 years, as a programme manager in defense and security, he is responsible for the following themes: space security, space situational awareness, space surveillance and tracking, space traffic management, space debris, space weather, near-Earth objects. He is the chairman of the European Union Space Surveillance and Tracking (EU SST) since July 2017. He is a French delegate to the Programme Board SSA of the European Space Agency (ESA), the EU Space Programme Committee in SSA configuration, the Administrative Board of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EU SPA), the Steering Group of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), the Steering Committee of the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG), the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), appointed in 2021 as the national point of contact to the new Working Group on the Long Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities (LTS 2.0). Since October 2021, he is the chair of the Space Security Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). In France, he chairs the National Coordination Group on Space Weather (GCME). He is a member of the French Steering Group on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (GEIPAN).

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Pascal Legai
Senior Adviser to ESA DG - Security Coordinator, European Space Agency

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​​Major General (Ret) Pascal LEGAI, was an intelligence officer in the French Air Force. He acquired experience mainly in the fields of geography, imagery, international relations, Space and Security issues. He has extensive international experience in geospatial and intelligence domains. He had been appointed as a geographer in the French Air Force staff in Paris for 5 years (1994-1999). He was also the Head of the French Imagery Intelligence Centre (2004-2006), Human Resources adviser of the French Air Force (2006-2008) and the Commanding Officer of the French Air Force Base in Grenoble (2008-2010) before joining the EU Satellite Centre in July 2010 as Deputy Director.

Pascal LEGAI has been elected by the Member States as the EU Satellite Centre Director on the 1st January 2015, an imagery analysis centre, based near Madrid, Spain, providing Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) products and services to support the EU external action. He left this position on the 30th of April 2019. On 1st of May 2019, he has been appointed to the European Space Agency (ESA), first as a Senior Security Adviser to the ESA/Earth Observation Director, in Frascati (Rome), and today as a Senior Security Coordinator to ESA DG in Paris.

He has a PhD in International Relations, a law degree, several master degrees in Imagery Processing, Computer Sciences, in History, in British Civilization, in Mathematics. He is an aerospace engineer and has also an Engineer Diploma in the field of the geographic sciences.

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John Huth
Defense Intelligence Officer for Space and Counterspace, Defense Intelligence Agency

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Dr. John Huth is the Defense Intelligence Officer for Space and Counterspace. He serves as the senior intelligence advisor to the Director and Deputy Director of DIA on the full range of intelligence matter related to space and counterspace topics to include analysis, collection, counterintelligence, international engagement, intelligence policy, and outreach.

Dr. Huth earned his Doctorate in Computational Science from George Mason University, his Master of Science in Physics from the University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy from Penn State. He served as an Army Intelligence Officer, technology industry leader, and program manager for over 25 years before joining the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Dr. Huth is a lead contributor to several firsts in space and intelligence that have had long lasting impacts. He has experience across the full spectrum of intelligence activities from analysis, to collection, to enterprise management. Dr. Huth has led multiple cross-discipline organizations.

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Travis Langster
Principal Director of Space Policy, US Department of Defense

Scott Pace
Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

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Dr. Pace rejoined the faculty of the Elliott School of International Affairs in 2021 after serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the National Space Council from 2017-2020.  He previously served as the Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA from 2005-2008 and Deputy Chief of Staff for the NASA Administrator from 2002-2003.  Prior to NASA, he was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  From 1993-2000, he worked for the RAND Corporation's Science and Technology Policy Institute, and from 1990-1993, he served as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Office of Space Commerce, in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1980; Masters degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982; and a Doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in 1989.

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Kevin O'Connell
Founder and CEO, Space Economy Rising LLC

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Mr. O’Connell brings over 35 years of experience in the U.S. government, in research organizations, and as an entrepreneur and business leader to this position. Mr. O’Connell has researched and written extensively on the policy, security, and global market issues related to commercialization of remote sensing. Aside from numerous articles and op-eds, he was co-author of Commercial Observation Satellites: at the Leading Edge of Global Transparency (2000). He served as the Executive Secretary and Staff Director of the NIMA Commission (1999-2000). He was a member, and later Chair, of NOAA’s federal advisory committee on remote sensing from 2002-2016. Previously, Mr. O’Connell served as the CEO of Innovative Analytics and Training, a Washington, D.C. professional services firm focused on analysis and decision support for U.S. government and commercial clients. During this time, he also served as a senior consultant to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as an independent advisor to the Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Mr. O’Connell’s background also includes extensive experience in national security and intelligence matters, including assignments in the Department of Defense, Department of State, National Security Council, and the Office of the Vice President. He spent a decade conducting and managing research in these areas at the RAND Corporation, including as the first director of RAND’s Intelligence Policy Center. Finally, Mr. O’Connell has taught a long-running course on comparative intelligence in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Security Studies Program.

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Col. Ladislav Stahl
Space Advisor and Coordinator for Joint Intelligence, Defence And Security (JIDS), NATO HQ

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Colonel Ladislav Stahl is a graduate of the Military Academy in Brno, Charles University in Prague, CEVRO Institute, and European School of Business & Management. He is the SPACE Advisor and Coordinator to Joint Intelligence and Security Division at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Before, he was a director of the Czech National Satellite Centre (SATCEN CR) and head of the Space Technologies expert section on the Board for Research, Development, and Innovations at the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic. As an intelligence officer and Special Forces member, he took part in several military operations in Balkan and Afghanistan. He also worked for the EU, namely in the Operations Division of the European Union Satellite Centre for three years.

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Regina Peldszus
Space Policy Officer, European External Action Service

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Dr. Regina Peldszus is a Space Policy Officer with the European External Action Service (EEAS), Security and Defence Policy Directorate, with a focus on Space Security, Space Situational Awareness and threat response. 

Until the end of 2021, she was a Seconded Expert to the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs in Berlin (Division for Space Agency, Technologies & Security) covering interagency, European and international cooperation for Space Security and Space Situational Awareness. Prior to this she served as Head of Delegation and Co-Chair of EU Space Surveillance & Tracking (EU SST) and handled horizon-scanning studies at the intersection of space operations and infrastructure while with the German Space Agency at DLR (Department of Space Situational Awareness). Previously, she worked for the European Space Agency (ESA), as Internal Research Fellow with the European Space Operations Centre (Special Projects Division) analysing the resilience of mission control teams during critical phases such as LEOP including transfer of practice from other complex domains, and earlier as consultant for human systems integration for future systems at ESA’s Astronaut Training Centre (Special Skills Unit). Her background is in design research (MA, University of the Arts London; research council-funded PhD, Kingston University London) with an emphasis on crewed exploration mission scenarios, including foresight approaches, simulator fidelity and extreme environment analogues in high-latitudes.

Regina is a senior member of the AIAA, a member of the IAF Space Security Committee, the IAA Space Traffic Management Committee where she served as secretary in 2021, and the IFIP Working Group on Human Error, Resilience, Reliability, Safety & System Development.

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Václav Kobera
Director of ITS and Space Activities, Research, Development and Innovations, Czech Ministry of Transport

Paul Graziani
Chief Executive Officer, COMPSPOC Corp.

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Paul Graziani is COMSPOC Corporation’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. COMSPOC aims to detect, track, characterize and protect everything in space. The company delivers commercial SSA and STM services for the safety of spaceflight and Space Domain awareness services for national security out of Exton, Pennsylvania.

For the 33 years before COMSPOC’s inception, Paul championed the use of commercial software in the national security and space industries as co-founder and CEO of Analytical Graphics Inc (AGI).

Paul is chairman of the board for OneSky Systems Inc, and he sits on the board of directors of Passur Aerospace, Ursa Space Systems, the Civil Air Patrol Foundation, and serves as vice-chairperson of the Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FOGE). He is also an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from LaSalle College, but quickly pivoted his career to software, launching into satellite mission planning systems with General Electric’s Space Division in 1980. Paul is a serial early adopter of all technology, an avid woodworker, and a sports car enthusiast.

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Hiroshi Koyama
Fellow, Electronic Systems Group, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

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Dr. Hiroshi Koyama is currently the Fellow & Chief Engineer of Electronic Systems Group of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO). In March 1987, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo and in April of 1987, he joined MELCO. He started his career as Chief Engineer for the rendezvous and docking system of Engineering Satellite-VII (ETS-VII) & H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) in Kamakura Works. Since then, he has experienced satellite system development and project management of various satellites including Communication Satellites, Earth Observation Satellites and Navigation Satellites.  In April of 2008, he was appointed General Manager of Office for Space Utilization and Strategy Planning at MELCO HeadQuarters. He was responsible for promoting utilization of space systems in various fields such as high precision navigation fields and Earth Observation fields. In April of 2015, he was appointed Executive Fellow of Electronic Systems Group and responsible for business development for MELCO space activities and promoting utilization of space.  Dr. Koyama is currently member of International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and member of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Aerospace.

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Peter Marquez
Head of Space Policy, Amazon Web Services

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Deputy Vice President International Region, Space Force Association

Jean-Jacques Tortora
Director, European Space Policy Institute

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Since June 1, 2016 Jean-Jacques Tortora serves as the Director of the European Space Policy Institute. From 2007 to mid 2016 he was the Secretary General of ASD-Eurospace, which is the trade association of the European Space Industry. From 2004 to mid 2007, he was head of the French Space Agency (CNES) office in North America and the Attaché for Space and Aeronautics at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. Previously he was Deputy Director for Strategy and Programs, responsible for the Industrial Strategy of CNES, the French Space Agency. Prior to that position, he was France’s representative in the ESA Industrial Policy Committee and Joint Communication Board. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Tortora was adviser to the French Ministry of Research for Industrial Policy Funds management, aiming at industry competitiveness support and new space applications and services development and promotion. From 1996 to 1998, he was appointed by Arianespace in Evry, France, to lead a risk mitigation and cost reduction plan covering to the end of operational life of the Ariane 4 launcher. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Tortora was based in Kourou, French Guiana, as Head of Arianespace Operations Quality Department. There, he led the Quality Management of the Ariane 4 launchers final integration and of the launch pad operations and maintenance. He supervised the industrialization and the implementation of the associated control plans. Mr. Tortora started his career in 1984 at the French military procurement agency, DGA, as a naval weapons integration and test engineer, expert in signal processing and warships acoustic discretion.

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Peter Hays
Senior Policy Advisor, Falcon Research

Xavier Pasco
Director, Foundation for Strategic Research

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Dr. Xavier Pasco has been a Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research since October 2016 and has also been coordinating research on Space, High Technology, and Security. In particular, he is responsible for monitoring US civil and military space affairs and the United States' international strategy in the fields of high-tech space (civil and military). He is also in charge of studies on future national and European programmes in the space sector, both in the civil and defence fields. In this capacity, he is the author of numerous reports on civil and military space activities carried out on behalf of national and European public bodies. Xavier Pasco has been a member of multiple ministerial and inter-ministerial working groups. In addition, he recently served as the rapporteur for the report "A space ambition for Europe" published by the Centre d'analyse stratégique.

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John Stopher
Former Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the US Air Force for Space and Senior Fellow, PSSI

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Dr. John Stopher is a Senior Fellow supporting PSSI’s Space Security Program. He previously served as the Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Space and was responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force for establishing a Space Force as well as governance, planning, policy, strategy, development and execution across the defense space portfolio and integration with the National Security Space Enterprise. He was also the lead for international space relations and interdepartmental and interagency matters.

Prior to joining the Air Force in 2017, Dr. Stopher was the President of 377 Omega, a national security space and intelligence community technology, policy, and programs focused consulting company. From 1998 until 2007, John served on the U.S. House of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as Budget Director, Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, and Program Monitor for the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. John also worked at SeiCorp, TASC, and Eastman Kodak as an engineer on national space programs.

He earned his PhD in electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo. His research was sponsored by the Strategic Defense Initiative in the area of advanced pulsed power for space systems and taught courses in electromagnetic theory, probability and statistics, electric circuits, and physical electronics laboratory.

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Jill Stuart
Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. The UK Home Office has endorsed Dr Stuart as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures and public appearances around the world. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has contributed to space-related conferences and projects with the United Nations and NATO. From 2013-2017 Dr Stuart was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, an organisation focussed on searching for and messaging extraterrestrial intelligence. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender-based violence and is a Trustee of the domestic abuse charity Luton All Women’s Centre.

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Namrata Goswami
Independent Analyst,

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Dr. Namrata Goswami is an independent scholar on space policy and Great Power Politics. Recently, she has been invited to teach at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University for their Executive Masters in Global Management, Space course. She is a consultant for Space Fund Intelligence and a guest lecturer at the seminar on “India Today: Economics, Politics, Innovation & Sustainability”, Emory University. She was subject matter expert in international affairs with Futures Laboratory, Alabama. She worked as Research Fellow at MP-Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi; a visiting Fellow at Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway; La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; University of Heidelberg, Germany; Jennings-Randolph Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace; and was a Fulbright Senior Fellowship Awardee. She was awarded the Minerva grant by Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense to study great power competition in outer space. In April 2019, Dr. Goswami testified before the U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s space program. Her co-authored book, Scramble for the Skies: The Great Power Competition to Control the Resources of Outer Space was published 2020 by Lexington Press; Rowman and Littlefield. Her book on The Naga Ethnic Movement for a Separate Homeland was published in 2020 by Oxford University Press.  She has published widely to include in The Diplomat, the Economic Times, The Washington Post, Ad Astra, Asia Policy, Live Encounters Magazine, Cairo Review. She was invited in November 2019 to share about her life and her work at a Tedx event held at the Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, Alabama. She is currently working on two academic book projects, one on China’s Grand Strategy and Notions of Territoriality (Routledge, 2023) and the other on Spacepower Theory and Practice: Case Studies of U.S. China, India, Russia and Japan (2023).

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About Series

PSSI’s Space Security Conference series, launched in 2011, has become a leading high-level trilateral (i.e. Europe, U.S., and Japan) space security gathering. Five such international conferences have been convened to date, involving leading space policy-makers, senior military and civil government officials, industry leaders, and distinguished NGO and academia representatives, from Europe, the U.S., and Japan. Previous PSSI Space Security Conferences were held in Prague (in 2011, 2016, and 2019), Tokyo (in 2013), and Washington, DC (in 2017). The key partnering organizations have included the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office of National Space Policy, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), Japan’s Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center (CSICE), and the Secure World Foundation (SWF). More information about the past events is available here.

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Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director, European Space Policy Institute; Hiroshi Koyama, Fellow, Electronic Systems Group, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; and Tanja E. Zegers, Policy Officer, DG for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME – DG GROW, European Commission at the 2019 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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Gen Michel Friedling, Commander, French Joint Space Command; Heidi Robinson, Director for Engagement, U.S. Department of Defense; Steve Eisenhart, Senior Vice President for Strategic and International Affairs, the Space Foundation; Cassandra Steer, Interim Executive Director, Women in International Security - Canada; and Lt Col Manfred Schwiebert, German Ministry of Defence at the 2019 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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David Elliman of the Bawd Foundation; Shuzo Takada, Director General of the National Space Policy Secretariat of the Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office; and Toshihiko Kasahara, Deputy Director of the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, at the 2019 conference Gala Dinner.

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Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations of the United States Space Force; and Roger W. Robinson Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder of PSSI at the 2019 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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Participants at the 2019 Space Conference.

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National Space Council’s Dr. Scott Pace and AGI’s Travis Langster during a panel discussion at the March 2017 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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General Robert C. Kehler addressing gala dinner guests at the 2016 PSSI Space Security Conference in Prague.

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Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation; Peter Marquez, then Vice President for Global Engagement of the Planetary Resources; and Travis Langster, Vice President for AGI’s Space Situational Awareness Business Unit during the panel discussion at the 2016 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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Lt.Gen. David J. Buck, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, at the 2016 PSSI Space Security Conference gala dinner.

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2011 PSSI Space Security Conference Speakers.

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PSSI’s Space Security Program Director Dr. Jana Robinson Director and Adm. Dennis Blair during the 2011 PSSI Space Security Conference.

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Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESA, Oldrich Cerny, PSSI, and Jiri Schneider, then 1st Deputy Foreign Minister at the 2011 PSSI Space Security Conference.


Sponsorship Opportunities

PSSI’s Space Security Conference will be held on June 19—21, 2022 in Prague. We believe that industry participation in, and contribution to, this high-level gathering will provide an essential perspective to these proceedings. We would like to invite your company to be part of this world-class event and help move what we call E&F space — or the economic and financial dimensions of space — into mainstream space security decision-making.

The past conferences have been attended by some 200 senior-level civil and military government officials, industry representatives, as well as non-governmental experts. The event is planned to be held at the Czernin Palace (the seat of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs) under the auspices of the Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Transport, and Defence.

Key sponsorship benefits

  • Relationship-building with high-level civil and military officials, experts, and leading representatives in the space sector
  • Advancing industry perspective of this critical security portfolio
  • Attendance at the opening reception on Sunday evening
  • Attendance at the conference private gala dinner on Monday
  • Placement of corporate logo on all conference materials/banners and acknowledgement from the podium at the outset of the event
  • Other benefits tailored to the level of sponsorship

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Jana Robinson, Managing Director


Sponsorship opportunities
and conference content:

Dr. Jana Robinson
Managing Director


Jakub Pražák
Research Fellow


Patrik Martinek
Space Security Project Coordinator


Kateřina Krejčířová
Senior Communications Manager