by Dave Smith
21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer
1/19/2016 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Distinguished
space security expert and author Dr. James Clay Moltz will launch the
National Security Space Institute's speaker series with his presentation
"Asia's Rise in Space and Implications for the United States," Jan. 29
from 10-11:30 in the Air Force Space Command auditorium, 667 Ent Avenue,
on Peterson Air Force Base.
Moltz has a strong background and history in the space security arena.
Two of his books were on the 2015 NSSI Space Professionals Reading List
and he is contributor to another entry on the list. He currently holds a
joint appointment as professor in the Department of National Security
Affairs and in the Space Systems Academic Group at the Naval Post
Graduate School. He is the NSA Department's associate chairman for
research and director of the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts
for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction.
While on the Air War College faculty Col. Richard Van Hook, NSSI
commandant, read Moltz' book "Asia's Space Race." He wrote a review of
the book at the request of Air University's Air Force Research
Institute, who published it in their Strategic Studies Quarterly.
"I was impressed and immediately incorporated the book into space
instructional periods at the Air War College. Needless to say, I'm
excited to meet Dr. Moltz and hear from him first-hand," Van Hook said.
"He has a reputation for being a very engaging speaker and (is) very
personable," said Jim Moschgat, NSSI deputy commandant. "We wanted to
get off to a good start."
The session with Moltz is taking place at just the right time, Moschgat
said. With the focus shifting toward the Pacific region and the amount
of attention on space in Asia, the presentation is timely.
"We see it as a further opportunity to serve the space community,"
Moschgat said. It shows the NSSI as more than just a place to come and
learn, but as a resource of life-long learning for space professionals.
The series is an extension of the Institute's reading list. As a way to
further its mission of encouraging life-long learning for professional
development, the staff developed the idea to invite the authors of the
books on the list to speak at Peterson AFB. Having the authors speak in
person allows a unique opportunity for space professionals to gather
more information than they could obtained from reading alone.
"While the Space Professional Reading List is now seven-years running,
this is the first time we've invited authors to speak," Van Hook said.
"To read a book on the reading list is great, but to actually engage
with the author regarding their topic, as well as works in progress, is
far better. We consider it a great opportunity to have a leading space
author engage with our faculty, students and space professionals
The session with Moltz includes a question and answer time after the
presentation and an informal book signing if time allows. Books will not
be sold at the event, but are available from various booksellers and
online. He will also hold an internal NSSI session in the afternoon.
Moltz is not technically the first speaker in the series. Dr. Eligar
Sadeh author and space policy expert presented a session to NSSI staff
Oct. 15. He addressed NSSI Space 300 students and later conducted a
development session for faculty and staff from the NSSI, the Reserve
National Security Space Institute, and the Advance Space Operations
School. Moltz' session will be the first in the series open to people
outside of the NSSI.
The 2016 reading list was just released and the NSSI wants to bring all
six authors to Peterson. Many of them have very crowded schedules, so
some other people with pertinent expertise could possibly fill in the
series lineup if listed authors are not available.
For more information call 556-3458