After the KE-ASAT Moratorium: What Next?

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Date & Time
August 24, 2022
10:00am - 3:00pm
Eastern Time
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Event details

Aerospace's Center for Space Policy & Strategy and GW's Space Policy Institute present: After the KE-ASAT Moratorium: What Next?

About this event

On April 18, 2022, Vice President Harris announced that the United States would not conduct destructive, direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile tests, and that the United States seeks to establish this as a new international norm for responsible behavior in space. The Vice President also called on other nations to make similar commitments and to work together in establishing this as a norm, making the case that such efforts benefit all nations. What happens next?


Event Agenda

Welcome – 10:00 AM – 10:05 AM

  • Alyssa Ayres, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs

Keynote Address—10:05 AM-10:45 AM

  • Chirag Parikh, Executive Secretary, National Space Council

Break—10:45 AM-11:00 AM


Panel 1—11:00 AM-12:15 PM

A Whole of Government Approach to Space Norms of Behavior

Why did the United States announce its direct ascent ASAT moratorium now? Beyond barring destructive ASAT tests, what are likely or possible norms of responsible behavior in space? What are the most important issues taken up by the new Open-Ended Working Group?


  • Tom Colvin, Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy, NASA
  • Richard DalBello, Director, Office of Space Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Eric Desautels, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State
  • Travis Langster, Principal Director of Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Moderator: Scott Pace, Space Policy Institute

Lunch —12:15 PM-1:15 PM


Panel 2—1:15 PM-2:30 PM

The Role of the Private Sector in Space Norms of Behavior

What are commercial space perspectives on the direct ascent ASAT testing moratorium? What roles might the private sector play in developing norms of responsible behavior in space? What costs might be created by new norms? What costs might be avoided?

  • Joe Anderson, Vice President for Business Development and Operations, Space Logistics
  • Amber Charlesworth, Public Policy, Amazon Project Kuiper (TBC)
  • Robin Dickey, Space Policy and Strategy Analyst, Aerospace Corporation
  • Dan Oltrogge, Director, Integrated Operations and Research, COMSPOC
  • Charity Weeden, Vice President, Global Space Policy and Government Relations, Astroscale

Moderator: Jamie Morin, Aerospace Center for Space Policy and Strategy


Closing Comments by Moderators —2:30 PM – 2:45 PM


This event is sponsored by Aerospace's Center for Space Policy and Strategy and GW's Space Policy Institute. It is open to the public and media and it will be recorded. The event will be presented in a hybrid format. Please feel free to join us in person at the Elliott School's City View Room at 1957 E ST NW or to follow the discussion online via Zoom. More information on how to access the event will be available in your registration confirmation.

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