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National Security Space Association

Moorman Center for Space Studies

Occasional Paper Series:

"Redesigning Space Forces for Deterrence and Warfighting"


The National Security Space Association’s Moorman Center for Space Studies has launched the new Occasional Paper series with the publication of a scholarly paper by NSSA Board of Advisors member Marc Berkowitz entitled “Redesigning Space Forces for Deterrence and Warfighting.”


Berkowitz argues that future space forces must be structured and postured to complicate an adversary’s risk calculus, present a difficult targeting challenge, and enable forces to evade, operate through, degrade gracefully, and prevent attack to enable deterrence by both denial and punishment as well as warfighting across the conflict spectrum. Read it now.

Join NSSA for the IC Commercial Space Partners Forum

Thursday, March 9, 7:00am-12:00pm


The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Security Space Association (NSSA) are pleased to invite you to the third meeting of the Intelligence Community (IC) Commercial Space Partners Forum.


The IC Commercial Space Partners Forum will gather key officials and private sector leaders to discuss the IC’s expanding efforts to partner with commercial space companies and provide an update on emerging trends in commercial space capabilities and offerings. 


This unclassified event will be off-the-record and closed to the press.

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The Defense & Intelligence Space Conference 

Thank you for a great DISC 2023!


Every year, NSSA brings together national security space professionals from both the government and private sector to discuss topics vitally important to U.S. national security at the Defense & Intelligence Space Conference (DISC).

This conference features insights from our nation's most senior leaders, networking opportunities, a bustling exhibit hall, and unforgettable evening social events.

We can't wait to see you at DISC 2024!


Gen. (ret) John Hyten,

Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

[The United States Space Force] is a bi-partisan issue with support from both parties and it’s supported because the threat is out there, and we have to respond immediately to the threat that’s there. It’s also why we have a National Security Space Association that’s stood up to remember that we need to continue to push those issues.


Americans depend on the security guaranteed by U.S. superiority in space. From surveillance and missile warning to navigation, timing and disaster management, they help keep us safe. But nothing is guaranteed. It’s time to stand up for our country’s future and defend the national security space domain. NSSA is committed to shaping a vibrant national security space enterprise and cultivating a network that fosters dynamic collaboration for the greater good of our nation and our allies. We believe in supporting and advancing long-term U.S. government and private sector cooperation with independent and trusted perspectives, expert opinion, insight-driven strategy, thought-provoking studies, and data-driven analytics. We’re here to move the needle with industry partners, government officials, colleges and universities, and the public. And inspire the next generation to pursue careers in national security space with our pipeline programs. We will lead the way forward.


The U.S. has invested for over a half-century to ensure world leadership in national security space. While the U.S. still maintains a substantial advantage, that margin has eroded in recent years. Refocusing our efforts to regain those losses is paramount. Industry has always played a vital role in U.S. world leadership in National Security Space and it’s important that we continue to foster its growth. Our nation’s security depends on its reliable and protected space systems and now is the time to work together to lead the way forward.


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