James A. Vedda, Senior Policy Analyst at the Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy & Strategy since 2004, performs research and analysis of civil, commercial, and national security space issues for a variety of customers. Previously, he spent six and a half years assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense working on space policy and homeland defense issues. Before that, he was an associate professor in the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, where he taught graduate courses on civil, commercial, and military space policy. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in science and technology policy from George Washington University. His many publications include two books: Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America’s Space Program (June 2012) and Choice, Not Fate: Shaping a Sustainable Future in the Space Age (December 2009). Additionally, Jim frequently contributes to his company’s online space policy paper series (www.aerospace.org/policy) and webinar series (https://vimeo.com/spacepolicy).