Future Strategic Leaders Congress. Space: Implications and Opportunities for National Security Policy

  • 19 Oct 2018
  • 5:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
  • 21 Oct 2018
  • 1:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
  • ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus (about 30 min north of Batemans Bay)


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For inquiries about reserved places for DFAT, PM&C, AGD, Home Affairs and Treasury please contact IFRS
  • For Governor, VIP and Standard paid membership levels.
  • Individuals


*Image provided courtesy of UNSW Canberra and RAAF.    Artist impression of M1 Satellite built at UNSW Canberra for RAAF and scheduled for launch late 2018.

Space systems provide essential capability to the ADF, law enforcement, intelligence and civil defence agencies, as well as every sector of the Australian economy. This Congress will examine the strategic national security dimensions of space policy, systems and capability across Government, including the opportunities and challenges associated with increasing global access to, use of and reliance on space. In particular, it will consider Australia’s role in managing the growing strategic competition and fragility of cooperative efforts in space as it becomes ever more congested and contested.

The establishment of the Australian Space Agency creates an important opportunity for policymakers and all Australians to consider what role Australia can and should play in this increasingly significant domain. What sovereign capability is required? What space policy settings will best advance our interests? Is a “rules based order” in space possible? How do we work with the international community to establish norms and build trust? How can Australia maximise its resilience to disruptive events in space, including denial of key communications systems? These are just some of the key questions this Congress will consider.

The following are just some of our subject matter experts who will help our participants tackle these challenging questions.
Pamela Melroy - Pam Melroy is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. She served as pilot on Space Shuttle missions STS-92 and STS-112 and commanded mission STS-120. Pam is currently the Director of Space Technology and Policy at Nova Systems.
Anthony Wicht - Anthony focuses on space systems and the policy frameworks and business models that support them.  He currently works as a Manager with Bain & Company in their Sydney office, and has held previous positions in government, academic, not-for-profit and corporate organisations.  In 2017, Anthony was the Alliance 21 Fellow based in Washington DC, developing Australia – US space relations.
Steven Freeland - Steven is Dean of the School of Law and Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Australia where he specializes in International Criminal Law, Commercial Aspects of Space Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law.
Anntonette Dailey - Anny is Executive Director of the Australian Space Agency and has many years experience working in strategic policy across Commonwealth and NSW government.
David Radzanowski - David is Senior Vice President of the Equator Corporation currently fulfilling the role of Strategic Business Director for Australia's Future Submarine Program, the largest Defence procurement program in Australia's history. He has previously held positions as the CFO of NASA and as Chief of Staff and principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Early to mid-Career members of the national security community, those currently studying in the field and those who aspire to join the community. 

The Congress operates strictly under the Chatham House Rule.  Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Tickets Venue and timing
Individuals: $550
IFRS Financial Members: $490
Full time civilian student: $250 (limited places due to being heavily subsidised)
Linen pack: $25 (optional)

Costs include all meals, accommodation onsite and course materials. 

Location: ANU Coastal Campus, Kioloa, NSW South Coast (about 30 min drive north of Bateman's Bay).

Date and Times: From 5pm Friday 19th to 1pm Sunday 21 October 2018.

Accommodation is shared student accommodation – it is basic but comfortable

Refunds and cancellations - full refunds will be offered until Friday 12 October (when final numbers are given).  Any unpaid registrations on this date will be cancelled unless a prior arrangement has been made.

Dress: Casual

Places can fill quickly – Contact the IFRS office to reserve your spots in advance.
T: 02 6295 1555
E: events@ifrs.org.au

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