Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Space Studies

First Advisor

Dr. David J. Whalen


This research analyzes the results of the Report of the Commission to Assess the United States National Security Space Management and Organization, dated January 11, 2001 in order to determine which recommendations were beneficial, which recommendations are still in effect and what additional measures should be undertaken to continue, and even advance, our standing as a premier space power. It analyzes the potential managerial and organizational shortcomings of National Security Space within the United States Government, specifically the Department of Defense. Additionally, this paper reviews the various management and organizational force restructuring which occurred as a result of the commission’s report and other recommendations / directives from the time period. Many dynamics have changed with regard to national security space in the thirteen years since the commission’s report was released. This paper will identify the significant effects of these decisions and which mitigating actions should now be undertaken to offset any unintended consequences and shortfalls. The study will show the importance of the national security space managerial and organizational structure in order to validate the essentiality, viability and efficacy of this program. A literature review of a number of peer-reviewed documents, government / military archives, interviews and related texts have been researched in an effort to fully vet this process. This paper provides a sound analysis to ascertain any managerial and organizational shortcomings to National Security Space and to recommend possible restructuring in order to streamline our processes.