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POSTPONED -AMU Reaches for the Stars with Space Summit

POSTPONED -AMU Reaches for the Stars with Space Summit


Please Note – The inaugural Space Education and Strategic Applications (SESA) Conference has been POSTPONED due to COVID-19. Stay tuned to InSpaceNews for updates on the new date and a complete list of speakers!

Note: This article first appeared on In Space News.

By Wes O’Donnell
Managing Editor, InSpaceNews, InMilitary and InCyberDefense.

Outer space may be cold (-454.81 Fahrenheit, to be exact), but it’s starting to heat up. As more nations compete for the high ground, and private corporations like SpaceX and Blue Origin invest in the limitless expanse of space, interest in our galaxy is at an all-time high.

In fact, the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act created America’s newest military branch, the U.S. Space Force, to ensure that the United States maintains its lead in high orbit space as well as protects the U.S. and allied interests.

Advances in technology and a new spirit of competition have rekindled America’s dedication to space science. So, there has never been a better time to meet and discuss the challenges in store for tomorrow’s space leaders.

An Important Summit at an Important Time

The inaugural Space Education and Strategic Applications (SESA) Conference, sponsored by American Military University, will be held at the historic Quaker Meetinghouse, 2111 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 17, 2020.

It’s an opportunity to bring together all representatives of the space community to educate, discuss and inspire.

Expert speakers and panelists will discuss new information in space education, industry, military and government. Roundtables will give attendees the opportunity to network with space organizations, associations and student groups so they may learn how to be active members of the space community.

In addition, attendees can view the latest space technologies showcased by the event’s exhibitors. The Policy Studies Organization will provide breakfast, lunch and continuous buffet snacks throughout the day and all sessions will be recorded.

According to Dr. Vernon Smith, Provost of American Public University System, “APUS is recognized as a leader in space education. As commercial and military space becomes more important to our economy, we want to work with thought leaders to fill the gaps to have a workforce that is ready for the Space Force and the accompanying growth in this exciting sector.”

Here are just some of the incredible sessions:


“Using the National Defense Strategy as a Framework to Discuss the Strategic, Programmatic and Technical Topics and Policy Issues Pertaining to the Aerospace and Defense Community”

This panel consists of two parts:

  1. A deep focus on research and technologies aimed at solving specific problems;
  2. Discussing the pressing issues impacting the future of national security.


“Space Force Needs a Multi-Skilled Workforce”

The U.S. Space Force will require experts in all STEM disciplines in addition to robotics, artificial intelligence and data science. Consisting of experts in cybersecurity, next generation of communications, propulsion, sensors and weapons, the Space Force can draw members from all of the services and from various agencies and entities, including DOD space, intelligence, cyber, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the public at large. The newest branch of the military will also need experts in engineering, human resources, law, public affairs, ethics and more.

In addition, there will be panels and sessions on the space industry, space education, an APUS space student alumni panel, space medicine, and many others.

Where to sign up

POSTPONED due to COVID-19 Coronavirus. Please check back.



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