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AFSPC hosts Space Futures Workshop

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- The Air Force Space Command Space Futures Workshop was held at the U.S. Air Force Academy, March 19-21, giving experts the chance to collaborate and predict what space will look like in the next 20-40 years.

Opening remarks were provided by Maj. Gen. John Shaw, AFSPC deputy commander, and Dr. Richard Joseph, Air Force chief scientist.

Shaw pointed out how space becoming a contested warfighting domain has driven dramatic changes in U.S. government and is the impetus for collaborations such as the workshop.

“That’s how the most rapid change happens in human society… it’s the presence of a threat,” Shaw said. “The question is: how do you stay ahead of the threat and react quickly to threats before they get close to you. That’s a big challenge we’re facing.”

Joseph summarized the importance of the workshop and of looking forward towards the future.

“We have to anticipate where things are going, where the adversary is going, where the adversary can go, and then be there before they get there,” Joseph said .

Joseph emphasized the need for creative, new ideas that will further advance U.S. capabilities and its unfettered access to space.

Over the course of three days, workshop participants worked to define possible strategic future space scenarios encompassing Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental and Political factors.

Dr. Joel Mozer, AFSPC chief scientist and organizer of the Space Futures Workshop, said the workshop is a message to U.S. agencies and their allies that they must come together in a collaborative effort for space future planning.

“We need to inform our short-term decisions with a long view in mind,” Mozer said. “We need to come together, working across agencies and with industry partners to form a unified front to develop a long-term plan that anticipates future scenarios.”

NASA was among the agencies present at the collaborative workshop. Dr. Douglas Terrier, NASA’s chief technologist, presented the space agency’s Moon to Mars exploration plans within the context of the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget. Terrier and other NASA officials helped shape the long-term thinking for this government-wide endeavor.

Mozer said the workshop was not only meant to facilitate discussions, but to produce a space futures report to be developed by workshop attendees and published in the coming months.

“The report will serve as a roadmap for the U.S. and its allies,” Mozer said. “Forty years from now, I anticipate many of our predictions of the future of space to have come true. Space is ever expanding and so too must our ambition.”

AFSPC is a major command, headquartered on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, focused on providing military-focused space capabilities with a global perspective to the joint warfighting team. The command’s mission is to provide resilient, defendable and affordable space capabilities for the Air Force, joint force and the nation.

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