International Security in Orbit and Beyond

Thursday, April 18, 2024 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: Horchow Hall

Cost: Free but register in advance
103 (GM Room)
55 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven CT 06511


The Schmidt Program on Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technologies, and National Power will host a conversation on law, technology, and policy challenges in outer space with Colonel Todd Pennington, former Staff Judge Advocate (General Counsel) to U.S. Space Command and Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence to the U.S. Department of Defense. Ted Wittenstein, Executive Director of International Security Studies, will moderate.

Col. Pennington is a well-known expert on emerging technologies and national security challenges in the space domain. He served as principal legal advisor to the Commander of United States Space Command, responsible for conducting operations in, from, and to space to deter conflict, and if necessary, defeat aggression and defend U.S. vital interests with allies and partners.

The conversation will address potential vulnerabilities for space-based assets and related critical infrastructure, adequate legal systems and regulatory regimes for safe and secure long-term space development, and opportunities for adjusting existing treaties and norms to prevent an arms race in outer space. Audience Q&A will follow.

Co-sponsored by the Air Force ROTC at Yale, the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association, and the Kimball Smith Series, this event is free and open to the Yale community. Please register in advance.

Open To:

Alumni, Faculty, Graduate and Professional, Staff, Students, Undergraduate, Yale Postdoctoral Trainees


International Security Studies, Law, Politics and Society, Science and Technology, Talks and Lectures


International Security Studies
Phone: 203-432-1912