Challenges of Satellite Security in the Age of Rising Tensions

  • 12/08/2022
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Capital City Club
  • 58

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Challenges of Satellite Security in the Age of Rising Tensions

The United States heavily depends on satellites during peacetime for communications, navigation, and other essential functions. During wars, satellites play a crucial role in such functions as command and control, reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and targeting. However, satellites are becoming increasingly vulnerable to anti-satellite actions by potential adversaries.

 Please join us as Dr. Mariel Borowitz, who has worked with the National Security Agency on such issues, explores the challenges the United States confronts in protecting American satellites from the actions of potential adversaries, imperiling our civilian grid system and neutralizing our military communications and targeting satellites.

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Venue: Capital City Club

7 John Portman Boulevard

Atlanta, GA 30303

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please do so not later than 48 hours before the event. ACIR is charged for your meal, so no refund can be provided.



About Dr. Mariel Borowitz

Mariel Borowitz is an Associate Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and head of the Nunn School Program on International Affairs, Science, and Technology. Dr. Borowitz completed a detail as a policy analyst for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC from 2016 to 2018. In 2022, she testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics in a hearing titled, "Space Situational Awareness: Guiding the Transition to a Civil Capability."

Her research deals with international space policy issues, focusing particularly on global developments related to remote sensing satellites and challenges to space security and sustainability. Her book, “Open Space: The Global Effort for Open Access to Environmental Satellite Data," published by MIT Press, examines trends in the development of data sharing policies governing Earth observing satellites, as well as interactions with the growing commercial remote sensing sector. Her work has been published in Science, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Space Policy, Astropolitics, and New Space. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Dr. Borowitz earned a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.