Policy, Guns and Money: Space and national security

This week’s episode is all about space. ASPI recently hosted a masterclass and dialogue focused on space and national security, and we are delighted to be joined by some special guests for conversations on this critical policy area.

ASPI’s Malcolm Davis talks with space-policy experts Namrata Goswami and Kevin Pollpeter about China’s capabilities and ambitions in space. They discuss the country’s space industry and the potential for China to accelerate its lunar program.

Bec Shrimpton, director of ASPI’s Sydney Dialogue, speaks to Virgin Orbit’s Janice Starzyk and Bret Perry about the company’s history and  ambitions. They discuss opportunities for government and industry collaboration in space, including in the areas of national security and defence, and how Virgin Orbit is supporting spacefaring nations.

Shrimpton is also joined by futurist Jeffrey Becker for a conversation on space futures and why futures thinking is an important tool for policymakers. They discuss the role of technology in warfare and the military implications of different technological developments, and the importance of the space domain in military strategy.