Capitol Hill Roundtable on Space-based Sensors: Missile Defense and More

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, IFPA, in association with the Independent Working Group (IWG) on Missile Defense, convened its latest Capitol Hill roundtable. It focused on how space-based sensors can fill missile defense surveillance and discrimination shortfalls and help ground- and sea-based interceptors engage the growing ballistic missile threat more effectively. In addition, the important contributions of space-based sensors to other critical national security missions – such as space situational awareness, monitoring treaty compliance, and tracking the activities of potential proliferators – were also explored. 

Speakers included Richard Ritter, program executive, C4ISR, Missile Defense Agency; Dr. John B. Sheldon, executive director, the George C. Marshall Institute; Dr. Peter L. Hays, intelligence policy analyst, Leidos; and Sam Fletcher, military & veterans policy director, staff of Congressman Doug Lamborn.  Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., IFPA president and Shelby Cullom Davis professor of international security studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, was the moderator.

IFPA produced a point paper summarizing the proceedings of the roundtable expanding on the presentations and discussion that took place.  The point paper can be downloaded by clicking here or on the link on the right side of this page.

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