National Security Space Strategy: A Path to Success in a Changed Environment


National Security Space Strategy: A Path to Success in a Changed Environment

About the Speaker

Colonel William J. Liquori, Jr. is a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow assigned to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Space), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for providing policy advice and support to the Secretary of Defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve United States space capabilities.

Colonel Liquori entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Boston University. His career has included numerous satellite operations and staff positions in Air Force Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office. He is a graduate and former instructor of the United States Air Force Weapons School (USAFWS). The Colonel also served as Chief, Space Control and Force Application Branch, National Security Space Office, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.

The Colonel commanded a space operations squadron of over 700 military, civilian, and industry personnel. The unit provided 24/7 operations and maintenance of a $12B national space system providing near real-time threat and mission support data to the President, multiple national agencies, unified military commanders, and deployed warfighters worldwide. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Liquori was the Chief of Missile Defense at Headquarters United States European Command.



Space capabilities provide the United States and our allies unprecedented advantages in national decision-making, military operations, homeland security, economic strength, and scientific discovery.

Space systems provide unfettered global access, enable rapid response to global challenges, and are vital to monitoring strategic and military developments. Space systems allow people and governments around the world to see with clarity, communicate with certainty, navigate with accuracy, and operate with assurance. An evolving strategic environment increasingly challenges U.S. space advantages.

Space, a domain that no nation owns but on which all rely, is becoming increasingly congested, contested, and competitive. This presentation will discuss the 2011 National Security Space Strategy and the path it charts for success in this changing environment. The speaker will address how the strategy maintains and enhances the advantages derived from space through the following approaches:

  • Promoting responsible, peaceful, and safe use of space
  • Preventing and deterring aggression against space infrastructure
  • Partnering with responsible nations, international organizations, and commercial firms
  • Providing improved U.S. space capabilities
  • Preparing to defeat attacks and to operate in a degraded environment


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Grand Forks, ND

National Security Space Strategy: A Path to Success in a Changed Environment