Space lecture draws large crowd



Space lecture draws large crowd

Mr. Thomas A. Gray, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Liaison to the Combined Arms Center and Army University, discusses the evolution of space policy, a space force and today’s challenges in the second lecture of the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series on Sept. 24, 2019.Thomas A. Gray, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Liaison to the Combined Arms Center and Army University, addressed a packed room on Sept. 24, 2019, as he spoke about the evolution of space policy, a space force and today’s challenges.

During his presentation, Gray discussed our dependence on space-based capabilities – telecommunications, navigation, missile warning, intelligence signals, and weather and environment warnings – that make modern life possible. Gray also perceived threats, the National Security Space Strategy, and the objective of a stable, free, secure, and safe space environment.

A retired U.S. Army officer, Mr. Gray was one of the first officers selected to be designated as a space operations officer. He served in Army Space Command, the Space and Missile Defense Lab, and the SMDC Directorate of Combat Development. He is qualified as a Level 3 Space Professional of the U.S. Army Civilian Space Cadre, holds the space operations officer designation 3Y, and has earned the U.S. Army Master Space Badge. Mr. Gray holds a bachelor’s from New Hampshire College and earned a master’s from Central Michigan University.

The InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series is co-hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School (CGSS). The series is an extracurricular, interagency topic-focused series that is intended to help enrich the CGSS curriculum. Unless otherwise announced, the presentations are scheduled each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Arnold Conference Room of the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth.

The next lecture in the series is Oct. 10. Mr. Kevin Rousseau, the CGSC Distinguished Chair for National Intelligence Studies, will present a lecture on the Central Intelligence Agency.

The CGSC Foundation has received support for all brown-bag lectures in academic year 2020 from First Command Financial Services in Leavenworth, Kansas. New this year, First Command is offering attendees free lunches during the brown-bag presentations. For information on obtaining a lunch, contact the First Command office at 913-651-6820.

For more photos from the lecture see the album on the CGSC Flickr site.

To view the entire lecture click the video below.

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