APL Colloquium

January 3, 2020

Colloquium Topic: The Space Force? Why? When? What For?

“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists” – Eric Hoffer, American Moral & Social Philosopher awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983

Do we need The Space Force?  History and a study of human nature provide the answer.  Three times in the last 100 years, America found itself at a similar crossroad…on the brink of disaster because it sat on the sidelines and delayed utilizing new inventions that ultimately changed world power.  The development of the airplane, the tank, and nuclear weapons all caught the US off guard.  It was only through the intervention of US Presidents and Congress that they saved the day.  Today, we find ourselves in the same situation with space.  However, this time the speed of technological change promises to make this contest much more consequential to the future of America’s liberty and freedom.  The Space Force for America is imperative if we want to avoid war and manage this journey into the future of space with the power to peacefully protect our people and values.

Colloquium Speaker: Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast

Steve Kwast is a retired Air Force General who has spent his lifetime understanding Space and the art of peaceful International affairs and national security strategies.   He has a background in astronautical engineering, history, strategy, technology, culture, and economics. He was raised in a remote African tribe and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in astronautical engineering. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has extensive experience in recruiting, education, training and developing the work force for the US Air Force. He was the University President for the Air Force’s University (Air University) in Montgomery Alabama.  He is a combat seasoned fighter pilot with extensive command experience at every level in the US Air Force.  He authored the "Fast Space" study that puts forward a plan for America to develop the economic and national security power of Space.