Mark Kennedy

Preserving Security Edge

With the Department of Defense’s research funding declining from 36% of global R&D in 1960 to merely 3% today and rival nations rapidly building military capabilities, America’s security hinges on its military adapting commercial technology more rapidly than rivals. Deterring conflict also requires closer civil and commercial collaboration with important security partners.

Vandenberg Space Force Base

Briefing and Tour - Mary 4, 2022
Thanks to Col. Robert Long, US Space Force Space Launch Delta 30 commander, for briefing me in my role as a civilian advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force. Col Long also gave Debbie Kennedy and I a tour of Space Launch Complex-6 to brief me on on Vandenberg Space Force Base’s commercial launch capabilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rocio Romo)

How the US can lead in the ‘Space Century’

Op Ed in The Hill - April 27, 2022


"China sending a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile circling the globe in near earth orbit and then maneuvering toward its target should make it clear that the imperative to preserve leadership in space is nothing to joke about.” “Russia’s recent satellite destruction affirms, the new high ground is space, and it is contested."


Meeting with fellow U.S. Air and Space Force Civic Leader Christian Anschutz and Brig. Gen. John Olson, Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer for the Department of the Air Force and Col. Marc Brock, Commander of Space Delta 2

Marine Corps Risks Moving Too Fast, but Also Too Slow

Letter in Wall Street Journal - April 2, 2022
We must focus on the capabilities to deter China, not on preserving legacy systems and structures more suited to past conflicts.

Andersen Air Force Base - Guam

Visit with Base Commander Brig Gen Sloane - March 25, 2022
It was great to visit Guam, a territory of the United States, where America's morning begins.

Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

Enlisted Graduation Ceremony - November 24, 2021

The real Space Force — a great second season

Op Ed - Air Force Times - November 21, 2021
Here’s hoping that the Netflix series concludes in season two, but that with the United States Space Force being Semper Supra, always above, our democracy will “live long and prosper.”

Hill Air Force Base, Utah

US Air and Space Force Civic Leaders Visit - November 4-5, 2021

Edwards Air Force Base, California

US Air and Space Force Civic Leaders Visit - November 3-4, 2021

Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado

Visit - October 27, 2021

Fourth Infantry Division Ceremony

Event: Fort Carson Army Base - July 2, 2021
Installing Deputy Commander and State of the Division Address.

Space Force Adds University of Colorado to Upcoming Partnership Program

Air Force Magazine - June 25, 2021
Kennedy said he’s “thrilled” that the University Partnership Program will involve both workforce development and research development​...

CU to join Space Force partnership

Boulder Daily Camera - June 25, 2021
The partnership program will also serve the Colorado Springs campus, said system President Mark Kennedy, with potential to expand to the Denver and Anschutz campuses.

Briefing with National Cybersecurity Center

Event: University of Colorado Colorado Springs - June 21, 2021

Interview: American in the World

CU Conference on World Affairs - April 5, 2021
Interviewing Bob Zoellick on his new book.

Future of U.S. Space Command

Event: Winter Night Club - March 31, 2021
Attended General “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Space Command and Commander, discuss the development and expansion of the U.S. Space Command/

Expanding the Springs' aerospace and defense impact

Coloardo Springs Gazette OpEd - March 23,2021
Op Ed with Frank Backes, Kevin O’Neil and Venkat Reddy

Visit to the Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

Event: Colorado Springs - January 22, 2021
Great collaboration by Kevin O'Neill and team that is fueling Colorado's #Aerospace industry.

Does freedom depend on technological leadership?

Speech: Winter Night Club - Colorado Springs - January 21, 2021
None of us have lived in a world where a democracy was not home to the most advanced technology. Only recently have we begun to worry about whether an autocratic nation could achieve technological leadership and what the consequences would be if it did.

Colorado uniquely positioned to serve Space Command's mission

OpEd: Denver Gazette - December 18, 2020
"Colorado’s powerful convergence of academic, industry, government and philanthropic assets set us apart from the pack. We are uniquely positioned to meet Space Command’s needs and help advance its mission and strategic priorities."

UCCS' astronautical engineering program expanding with Anschutz Foundation donation

Article: Colorado Springs Gazette - December 16, 2020
“This gift will help grow our leadership in these areas for the benefit of the state and the nation,” he said in a statement.

Space Command belongs here in Colorado Springs: State leaders make closing argument

Colorado Springs Gazette - December 16, 2020
"With the support and encouragement of The Anschutz Foundation, we plan to expand UCCS’ engineering building, allowing us to educate more engineers."

UCCS to Educate More Cybersecurity Professionals

Event: Tour UCCS Cybersecurity - October 28, 2020

CU Boulder Team Builds Hope for Trek to Mars

Podcast with Dan Baker and Ken McConnellogue - September 8, 2020

Visit to Buckley Space Force Base

Event - August 31, 2020

Our destiny in space will decide our destiny as a nation

Washington Examiner - June 10, 2020

CU closely watching progress of SpaceX

CU Connections - May 28, 2020

Five Vital Lessons From George H.W. Bush

Op Ed - Foreign Policy - December 2, 2018

Private sector can play critical role in easing world hunger

Op Ed with Richard Leach - Minneapolis Star Tribune - October 6, 2018

American Grand Strategy in an Age of Upheaval

Panel with Hal Brands - November 6, 2018

Effectively Engaging China

Panel with Scott Kennedy - April 3, 2018

Trump's Right on Hacking, Wrong on Yuan

Op Ed - Wall Street Journal - November 15, 2015