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National Security Space Association

NSSA SpaceLegacy Series Premiere!

NSSA is thrilled to announce the premiere launch of its new SpaceLegacy Series! Focused on the formative years of the GPS Program, this first showing will occur on Thursday, July 29th, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. This special pre-recorded event is the first step in the Association’s efforts to document the historical programs that have molded how national security space is used today. Moderated by Lt Gen Larry James (USAF, ret), Deputy Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the panel will showcase those early pioneers who made the GPS program a reality, featuring insight from:

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  • Dr Bradford Parker, PhD, (Col, USAF, ret), noted "Father of GPS"

  • Mr Gaylord Green (Col, USAF, ret), former GPS Program Director

  • Mr Peter Wilhelm, former Director, Naval Center for Space Technology, NRL

  • Mr Edward Lassiter, former Sr Vice President, The Aerospace Corporation

Thanks to the work of these pioneers, the success of the GPS program changed not only the National Security Space Community, but the entire world. NSSA is honored to share, in this first installment of the SpaceLegacy Series, the history of GPS along with insights from these distinguished Americans.

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New SpaceTime Episode!

NSSA is pleased to share another exceptional session of SpaceTime featuring Lt Gen Stephen Whiting, Commander, Space Operations Command (SpOC), U.S. Space Force. Moderated by Chris Williams, Chair of the Moorman Center for Space Studies, and Lt Gen Kevin McLaughlin, USAF (Ret), Gen Whiting's presentation gave detailed insight into SpOC's new mission and culture, unique structure and relationships with other space organizations, and the future challenges, threats, and innovation on the forefront of the U.S. Space Force’s first field command. Watch Below!


Gen. John Hyten,

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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