The Space Enterprise: Why National Security & Commercial Space Efforts Need a Unified Theory of Everything



June 30, 2020 | 12:30 PM ET



Thanks for us for a conversation about whether the U.S. can reimagine the space enterprise as a holistic constellation of national security and commercial capabilities to make our space industry more adaptive and resilient. The panelists discussed high-level strategic challenges facing the space industrial ecosystem before drilling into key reform areas such as production agility, launch schedule, financial assistance, as well as public-private partnerships.




Joshua Huminski, NSI Visiting Fellow and Director, Mike Rogers Center for Intelligence & Global Affairs

Karen L. Jones, Senior Project Leader, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, Aerospace Corporation

Dr. Jamie M. Morin, Vice President, Defense Systems Operations, Aerospace Corporation

Moderated by Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute



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Joshua Huminski is the Director of the Mike Rogers Center for Intelligence & Global Affairs where he also serves as the Director of CSPC’s National Security Space Program.  A frequent commentator on space security and space policy issues, Mr. Huminski has over ten years’ experience working in the United States and United Kingdom in public affairs and communications; private security, corporate intelligence, and risk consultancy; expeditionary healthcare; and in strategic business development in the defense, intelligence, and homeland security sectors.


Karen L. Jones is a Senior Project Leader and Technology Strategist in the Center for Space Policy and Strategy at The Aerospace Corporation where she is responsible for performing and managing a variety of projects including federal R&D grants, new space architectures for the Office of Director of National Intelligence, and R&D portfolio management for the Department of Homeland Security.  A  specialist in technology strategy and policy, Ms. Jones has worked as a management consultant for IBM Global Services, SRI International, and Arthur D. Little and has broad experience across the federal government landscape and in diverse industries, including information technology,  telecommunications, remote sensing, the satellite industry, environmental technology and services, oil and gas, mining, and renewable energy.


Dr. Jamie Morin is Vice President of Defense Systems Operations, Defense Systems Group at The Aerospace Corporation where he serves as executive director of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy, which provides objective analysis and comprehensive research to ensure well-informed, technically defensible, and forward-looking space policy.  Most recently, Dr. Morin served as director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) for the Department of Defense.  Previously, he served as the assistant secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), acting undersecretary of the Air Force, and as a member of the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, where he served as the committee’s lead analyst for the defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs budgets.


Jamil N. Jaffer is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.  Mr. Jaffer is also the Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology products startup founded by Gen (ret.) Keith B. Alexander.  In addition, he is an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm; 4iQ, a deep and dark web intelligence startup; Duco, a technology platform startup that connects corporations with geopolitical and international business experts; and Amber, a digital authentication and verification startup.  Prior to his current positions, Mr. Jaffer served on Capitol Hill in a variety of roles, including on the leadership team of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a senior staff member of the House Intelligence Committee.  He also previously served in the Bush Administration and as a law clerk to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Supreme Court.