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.

Shinzo Abe’s legacy worthy of the highest honor

Minister Fumio Kishida’s recent introduction of a roadmap to increase Japanese spending on defense from 1 percent of GDP to 2 percent of GDP certainly continues the spirt of Shinzo Abe.

Look north, North Dakota, and be UND Proud

OpEd in Grand Forks Herald - July 2, 2022
Profile of Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, named after University of North Dakota alum.

Air War College National Security Forum

Attended Course at Maxwell Air Force Base - May 10-12
Learned a lot at the United States Air Force Air University Air War College National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base, including seeing the F-22 Raptor Demo Team.

Los Angeles Garrison and Space Systems Command

Briefing - May 5, 2022
Thanks to Colonel Becky Beers and the team at Los Angeles Garrison and Space Systems Command - SSC for an excellent briefing. The US Space Force Guardians there are doing great work keeping our nation safe.

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

Yasuyuki Kasai, Director General of National Space Policy Secretariat in Japan's Cabinet Office

MEETING IN TOKYO - April 27, 2022
Very informative meeting with Yasuyuki Kasai, Director General of National Space Policy Secretariat in Japan's Cabinet Office discussing U.S. - Japan collaboration in Space.


"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

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

Tour Lockheed Space

Littleton, CO - November 12, 2019

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson

Commencement Speaker - University of North Dakota - May 11, 2019

Collegiate Drone Racing Championship

Competition held at University of North Dakota - April 14, 2019
Pleased to make UND the host university for teh Collegiate Drone Racing Championship Competition.

What Does Peace Through Strength Mean Today?

Panel at University of North Dakota - February 7, 2019
Geo-political and military experts with US Air Force and US Navy (Vice-Admiral Mike Franken) backgrounds converge on UND to discuss evolving meaning of “peace through strength”.

Five Vital Lessons From George H.W. Bush

Op Ed - Foreign Policy - December 2, 2018

American Grand Strategy in an Age of Upheaval

Panel with Hal Brands - November 6, 2018

U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka

Tour of US Navy Base in Tokyo - October 12, 2018
With George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management graduate Akiko Kawai.

Effectively Engaging China

Panel with Scott Kennedy - April 3, 2018

Commissioning of USS Gerald Ford

Norfolk, VA - July 22, 2017

Collaboration Discussions with Air Force

Grand Fork, ND - April 27, 2017
Hosted conversations between Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Reserve Affairs and Airman Readiness John Fedrigo and University of North Dakota Aerospace on collaboration in training Air Force pilots.

Cruise Aboard USS John C. Stennis

Pearl Harbor, HA to San Diego, CA. -August 3-11, 2016

Lakenheath Air Base, UK

Lakenheath, UK - July 28, 2010

Navy Walter Reed Medical Center

Bethesda, MD - August 1, 2009

Congressional Visit to Iraq

CODEL - November, 2005
Photo with US Marines in Baghdad

Trump's Right on Hacking, Wrong on Yuan

Op Ed - Wall Street Journal - November 15, 2015

Naval Air Station Pensacola

Pensacola, FL - April, 2010

Naval Station Newport

Newport, RI - March, 2010

Commissioning of USS George HW Bush

Norfolk, VA - January 10, 2009

North Korea DMZ Joint Security Area

Visited - June 2, 2005
Photo in Joint Security Area conference room with North Korean soldier observing through the window.

US Forces in Korea

Visited in Seoul on State Department Mission - June 2, 2005
Army General Leon Laporte

Yokota Ảir Base - Japan

Celebrated Holiday Meal with Family - December 28, 2004

Congressional Visit to Iraq

CODEL - August, 2004
Being Breifed by US Army Genearl George W. Casey Jr. in Baghdad, Iraq.

US Marines - Fallujah, Iraq

Congressional Visit - August 16, 2004
Briefed by US Marine General James T. Conway

Minnesota Army National Guard - Peacekeepers in Bosnia

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - February 16, 2004

Congressional Visit to Iraq - Kuwait

Bipartisan CODEL - August 24-28, 2003

Air National Guard C-130 Rides to / From Iraq

2003, 2004, 2005

Commissioning of USS Ronald Reagan

Norfolk, VA - July 12, 2003

Minnesota Air National Guard

Visited December 1, 2001

USS Enterprise

Visit at Sea - November 9, 2001
Joined Secretary of the Navy Gordon England in welcoming home sailors who "kicked the door open" on the War on Terror.

USS John F. Kennedy

Overnight Visit at Sea - July 14, 2001

Naval Submarine Base New London

Toured Base - USS Connecticut - Groton, CT - March, 2001