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GMU Short Course on The U.S. Government Space Sector

Press Release From: George Mason University
Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006

Oct. 17-19, 2006, at the George Mason University Arlington Campus

Washington (July 10, 2006) For the fourth year George Mason University, with the co-sponsorship of the American Astronautical Society and the Space Foundation, is offering a short course on "The U.S. Government Space Sector". Developed by the George Mason University School of Public Policy, Center for Aerospace Policy Research, the course will provide an overview of the departments and agencies, both civil and military, involved with U.S. Government space programs.

The two-and-one-half-day course will be held at the GMU School of Public Policy in Arlington, Va., Oct. 17 to 19, 2006. The course has been developed primarily for individuals entering the space field - civil servants, military and non-government alike - who would benefit from a broad-based understanding of the overall extent of the U.S. Government's involvement in space.

The scope of the government space sector, the relationships among departments, agencies and the non-governmental sector will be explained though a series of lectures and panel sessions. Speakers and panelists have been recruited from the Administration, Congress, the private sector, and academia. Full details of the short course program and registration can be found on the GMU web site at www.gmupolicy.net/space

The Center for Aerospace Policy Research resides within GMU's School of Public Policy. It is developing educational programs and conducting research across a wide range of aerospace activities. For more information visit: http://www.gmupolicy.net/aerospace/index.htm

The American Astronautical Society, formed in 1954, is the premier independent scientific and technical group in the United States exclusively dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration. Its programs include the AAS National Conference and 53rd Annual Meeting, Nov. 14-15, 2006, in Pasadena, California, and the 45th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, March 20-21, 2007, in Greenbelt, Maryland. For more information visit www.astronautical.org.

The Space Foundation is the leading national/international non-profit organization working to vigorously advance civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. Headquartered in Colorado Springs with additional operations in Washington, D.C. and Cape Canaveral, Florida, its programs include Strategic Space and Defense, scheduled October 10-12, 2006, in Omaha, Nebraska and the 23rd National Space Symposium, April 9-12, 2007, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Foundation additionally operates the Space Technology Hall of Fame, is the executive agent for the Coalition for Space Exploration, and is nationally recognized for its teacher training programs, including unique space-based Masters Degree programs for educators. For more information visit www.spacefoundation.org.

Note: When registering, identify yourself as a member of the American Astronautical Society or as an employee of a Space Foundation corporate member company and you qualify for a $50 [fifty] reduction on the published registration rates.

George Mason University
School of Public Policy
Center for Aerospace Policy Research

Short Course

"The U.S. Government Space Sector"

17-19 October, 2006

GMU School of Public Policy 3401 North Fairfax Drive Arlington, Virginia 22201-4498

Co-sponsored by American Astronautical Society and The Space Foundation

Program [Day 1]: Tuesday 17 October, 2006

  • 08:00-08:30 Registration/Breakfast

  • 08:30-09:00 Opening (Welcome[s], Administration/Logistics, etc)

  • 09:00-10:00 Keynote: "A brief history of the space age, with emphasis on the U.S. Government's role"

    Roger Launius (Confirmed)
    Chair, Division of Space History
    National Air and Space Museum
    Smithsonian Institution

  • 10:00-10:30 Break

  • 10:30-11:30 Keynote: "The U.S. Government's space budget"

    Paul Shawcross (Confirmed)
    Chief, Science and Space Programs Branch
    White House Office of Management and Budget

  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch

  • 12:30-02:00 Session: "The Administration: Civil Space"

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Chris Shank (Confirmed)
    Special Assistant
    Office of the Administrator
    NASA "Other Departments and Agencies involved in civil space"

    Ian Pryke (Confirmed)
    Senior Fellow
    Center for Aerospace Policy Research,
    School of Public Policy, George Mason University

  • 02:00-02:30 Break

  • 02:30-04:00 Session: "The Administration: Security Space"

    "Space in the Department of Defense"
    Peter Hays (Confirmed)
    Science Applications International Corporation

    "Space Assets for Homeland Security"
    David Cavossa (Confirmed)
    Executive Director
    Satellite Industry Association

    Program [Day 2]: Wednesday 18 October, 2006

  • 07:45-08:00 Course Administration/Logistics

  • 08:00-09:00 Session: "Space in the Congress" [Legislative process, Key Committees, etc]

    Marcia Smith (Confirmed)
    Director, Space Studies Board
    National Research Council

  • 09:00-09:30 Session "Space at the National Research Council"

    Marcia Smith (Confirmed)
    Director, Space Studies Board
    National Research Council

  • 09:30-10:00 Break

  • 10:00-11:30 Panel: "Interaction within the Government"

    Kimberly Wells (Confirmed)
    International Economist
    Office of Aerospace
    International Trade Administration
    U.S. Department of Commerce

    Richard Obermann (Confirmed)
    Professional Staff member, Minority Staff
    Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
    Committee on Science
    U.S. House of Representatives

    David A. Turner (Invited)
    Director, Center for Space Policy & Strategy
    The Aerospace Corporation

  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch

  • 12:30-02:00 Panel: "Interaction with the Government"

    Richard Obermann (Confirmed)
    Professional Staff member, Minority Staff
    Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
    Committee on Science
    U.S. House of Representatives

    George Whitesides (Invited)
    Executive Director
    National Space Society

    Frederic Nordlund (Confirmed)
    Head of Washington Office
    European Space Agency

    Michelle Robbins (Confirmed)
    Director, Legislative Affairs
    Lockheed Martin Company

    Brian Wagner (Confirmed)
    Director, Legislative Affairs
    The Boeing Company

  • 02:00-02:30 Break

  • 02:30-04:00 Panel: "The Role of the Government in Regulating Space Activities: Examples"

    Ann Ganzer (Confirmed)
    Director, Office of Defense Trade Control Policy
    Department of State
    [Export Licensing of Space Products]

    Carole Flores (Confirmed)
    Manager, Licensing and Safety Division
    Office of the AA for Commercial Space Transportation
    Federal Aviation Administration
    Department of Transportation
    [Regulation and Licensing of Commercial Space Transportation]

    Kay Weston (Confirmed) Chief, Satellite Activities Branch NOAA-NESDIS [Licensing of Commercial Remote Sensing Systems]

    Program [Day 3]: Thursday 19 October, 2006

  • 07:45-08:00 Course Administration/Logistics

  • 08:00-10:00 Panel: "Negotiating International Partnerships: US Perspectives"

    P. Diane Rausch (Confirmed)
    Director, Advisory Committee Management Division
    Office of External Relations
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Brent Smith (Confirmed)
    Chief, International and Interagency Affairs
    National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service
    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

    Ralph Braibanti (Confirmed)
    Director, Space and Technology Staff
    Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
    Department of State

  • 10:00-10:30 Break

  • 10:30-11:30 "Negotiating International Partnerships (Continued): Non-US Perspectives"

    Graham Gibbs (Confirmed)
    Counsellor, Space Affairs
    Canadian Embassy

    Jean-Jaques Tortora (Confirmed)
    Attache for Space/CNES Representative
    Embassy of France

  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch

  • 12:30-01:30 Session: "U.S. Space Policy" [Policy making process and key policies]

    Kimberly Wells (Confirmed)
    International Economist
    Office of Aerospace
    International Trade Administration
    U.S. Department of Commerce

    Damon Wells (Confirmed)
    Senior Policy Analyst
    Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • 01:30-03:00 Panel: "Critiquing existing and planned policy"

    Moderator : Ian Pryke (Confirmed)
    Senior Fellow
    Center for Aerospace Policy Research,
    School of Public Policy, George Mason University

    David Cavossa (Confirmed)
    Executive Director
    Satellite Industry Association

    George Whitesides (Invited)
    Executive Director
    National Space Society

    John "J.P." Stevens (Confirmed)
    Vice President, Space Systems Aerospace Industries Association

    Vincent Sabathier (Confirmed)
    Senior Fellow and
    Director, Human Space Exploration Initiatives
    Center for Strategic & International Studies

  • 03:00 Close

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