Moorman Center for Space Studies

Founded in 2018 as an integral element of the National Security Space Association, the Moorman Center for Space Studies serves as the Association's thought leadership hub. The Moorman Center works to foster enhanced cooperation and information sharing between US industry and US Government officials, through expert opinion, impactful programming, and insightful and actionable analysis and recommendations. The Center conducts research, publishes scholarly papers, and convenes public and private classified and unclassified events that foster practical solutions to the highly complex issues and challenges facing the U.S. national security space enterprise. The SpaceTime interview series conducts insightful interviews with key U.S. national security space officials, policymakers and operators, thereby promoting information sharing between the US Government and US industry on critical national security space programs, issues and developments.

We are deeply honored that the Moorman Center is relied upon by various US Government organizations and officials for advice and recommendations on key national security space topics, including timely topics such as how best to protect and defend commercial space systems. These organizations and officials see the Center as a trusted partner in furthering the goal of enhancing collaboration between US Government, academia, and the US private sector. Finally, the Center leverages the Association’s Board of Advisors (a highly distinguished group of former senior military, civilian, and industry national security space leaders) for insights and analysis and other aspects of the work of the Center.

SpaceTime Series

The Moorman Center SpaceTime series is an innovative and flexible platform that facilitates a candid dialogue between key U.S. Government officials and U.S. industry participants on a broad range of critical national security space topics. SpaceTime interviews are held at either the unclassified or classified (Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information or TS SCI) level and are conducted either in-person or online. This provides NSSA member company representatives and other participants a chance to interact directly with and ask questions of senior DOD, IC and other Executive and Legislative branch officials on topics that affect our nation's defense and space industries. Recent SpaceTime interviews have been held with Mr. William Adkins, Professional Staff Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense; Dr. Byron Knight, Chief Scientist, Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office; and Dr. Derek Tournear, Director, Space Development Agency.

National Space Intelligence Center (NSIC) Space Threats Circuit Briefing Series

The Moorman Center is proud to be the only industry group that receives this monthly classified briefing prepared by talented analysts at the National Space Intelligence Center (NSIC, also known as Space Delta 18). The topics of these monthly classified briefings are determined by NSIC. Such briefings provide important insights into foreign space and counterspace capabilities and trends that can help influence the design and operations of U.S. national security space systems.


As the thought leadership hub of the Association, the Moorman Center sponsors insightful papers on a broad range of timely national security space topics of interest to U.S. industry and our counterparts in Government. Recent publications include “Occasional Paper - Redesigning Space Forces for Deterrence and Warfighting”, “United State Space Command: Progress and Opportunities”, “NSSA Space Strategic Review Letter”, and “Leveraging Commercial Space Capabilities for U.S. National Security”. Additional papers will be published soon.

“NSSA is providing essential thought leadership for the national security space community while serving in a critical role linking Government decision-makers with the space industry. As a small, commercial space company, Astranis has greatly benefited from the multiple events hosted by NSSA as well as their routine communications to better comprehend emerging adversary threats, national security space strategy, and mission needs.”

- Scott Jacobs, VP, US Government Programs, Astranis