On Thursday, December 1, 2011, I helped to organize, along with Nathan Bridges, the second meeting of the informal “Space History and Policy Forum.” This group met at the Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, and our featured speaker and discussion leader was Marcia Smith, a longstanding observer, analyst, and commentator on all issues relative to space policy. She operates Space Policy Online, certainly my first stop when seeking information about space policy issues.
She presented at the forum an “Update on Russia, China, and India,” and asked the following three core questions:
- Are we too dependent on Russia?
- Should we cooperate with China?
- Could regional rivalry between India and China spur a new arms race in space?
The discussion was lively, stimulating, and insightful. While the discussion was not recorded, Marcia has posted on her web site her discussion slides. These are located here.
My thanks to everyone who participated and for those who didn’t, I’d very much like to hear your responses to the questions she posed.
The next meeting of the “Space History and Policy Forum” will be in March 2012, although the exact date, speaker, and venue have yet to be determined. If you would like to receive updates about the forum and its meetings please let me know and I will add you to the e-mail distribution list.