Mark Kennedy

Public Policy Fellow - The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
United States Air and Space Force Civic Leader
President Emeritus, University of Colorado
United States Congress (Minnesota) 2001 - 2007

Geopolitical Strategic Competition

Nations seeking to tilt global norms in favor of their authoritarian regimes have spurred strategic competition. Peaceful co-existence of America and its allies with rival nations requires sustained coordinated deterrence across all domains of competition, while being receptive to collaboration in areas of shared interests.

Navigating Strategic Competition

Speech - Phoenix Council on Foreign Relations - October 5, 2022

Navigating Strategic Competition

Speech - American Chamber of Commerce in Japan - September 14, 2022

Navigating a Chaotic Global Situation

Speech - Japan's Chamber of Commerce - September 13, 2022 Tokyo

Navigating Geopolitical Strategic Competition

Lecture - Globis Business School - Tokyo, Japan

Analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act

With Wilson Center Experts - August 15, 2022

BROADENING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MINISTER KAREN MAKISHIMA

Wilson Center Event - July 13, 2022
Interview of Representative Karen Makishima, Minister of Japan's new Digital Agency.

Shinzo Abe’s legacy worthy of the highest honor

OPED IN THE HILL - JULY 8, 2022
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)

NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY AT CAL TECH - CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Tour of JPL - May 3, 2022
Thanks to Richard Cook, Mars Sample Return Program Manager at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech - California Institute of Technology Here with replicas of JPL's NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover and Ingenuity Mars helicopter.

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.

JAXA TSUKUBA SPACE CENTER

Tour in Japan - April 26, 2022
Learned a lot from my visit to Japan's JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. They are a great NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration -partner. Here inside model of Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” of the International Space Station.

SPACE EXPERTS SHOULD OPPOSE DISRUPTION OF SPACE COMMAND

QUOTE IN DENVER GAZETTE EDITORIAL - APRIL 7, 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."

U.S. SPACE FORCE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

MEETING WITH BRIG. GEN. OLSON, CHAMPION FOR CU RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP - APRIL 4, 2022
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.

PLAYING OFFENSE IN RACE FOR TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP

Wilson Center Policy Brief - April, 2022

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.

AWARDING AMB. JON HUNTSMAN CHAMPION OF FREE TRADE AWARD

Economic Club of Minnesota - March 8, 2022
As Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Economic Club of Minnesota, I helped establish the Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award to promote the importance of expanded trade.

UND: ACE AWARD FOR INSTITUTIONAL TRANSFORMATION

AWARDED MARCH MARCH 6, 2022
I appreciated current University of North Dakota Andrew Armacost recognizing my contributions as the immediate past President of UND as he accepted UND's American Council on Education / Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. Congrats to whole UND Team.

HOSTING BOB COSTA - CO-AUTHOR WITH BOB WOODWARD OF NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER PERIL

CSB-SJU MCCARTHY CENTER EVENT - DECEMBER 2, 2021
It was wonderful to welcome Bob Costa as part of my Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series at the McCarthy Center at the College of St. Benedict - St. John's Univerity.

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

ADVANCING DISCOVERIES TO SPEED INTERVENTION

PODCAST WITH RON SOKOL AND EMILY DAVIES - JULY 13, 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

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION TO MARK KENNEDY

UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY BOARD OF REGENTS - JUNE 17, 2021

COLORADO’S BEST MINDS + CU INNOVATORS = A BETTER FUTURE

PRESIDENT'S INNOVATION PODCAST - JUNE 8, 2021
President Mark Kennedy and host Emily Davies speak with serial entrepreneur, Stan Lapidus, about his accomplishments and insights on business collaboration in advancing health care, from ingenuity to implementation.

KENNEDY'S LEGACY WILL BE ADVANCES IN DIVERSITY AND CU'S ONLINE PROGRAMS

OP ED BY HANK BROWN - DENVER POST - MAY 29, 2021

CU INNOVATIONS BRINGS SCIENCES FROM INCEPTION TO IMPLEMENTATION

PODCAST WITH KIMBERLY MULLER - MAY 28, 2021

READING HOUSE MOUSE, SENATE MOUSE

EVENT: COMPOSITIVE SCHOOL - MAY 27, 2021
Building our democracy requires starting civics education early.

MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

SPEECH: WORLD TRADE CENTER DENVER - WORLD TRADE DAY - MAY 21, 2021
"As the most significant player in the digital space, America has the most to gain or lose, but ironically, at exactly the worse time to do so, we opted to sit on the sidelines and complain as we continue to watch the rest of the world define the rules for us.

INTERVIEW: AMATEUR HOUR: PRESIDENTIAL CHARACTER AND THE QUESTION OF LEADERSHIP

CU BOULDER CONFERENCE ON WORLD AFFAIRS - MAY 20, 2021
Interview of Dr. Lara Brown regarding her new book.

THE EDUCATION CONTINUUM FOR COLORADO’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS

PANEL: COLORADO BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE - MAY 19, 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

DEI THROUGH C-SUITE ACTIVISM

PANEL - FEBRUARY 9, 2021

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.

REMARKS REGARDING WASHINGTON, D.C. RIOT

STATEMENT - JANUARY 6, 2021

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.

COMPETING IN THE NEXT ECONOMY

NATIONAL COMMISSION ON INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS FRONTIERS REPORT - DECEMBER 2020
Honored to be a member of this commission.

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."

STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS

SPEECH - DECEMBER 11, 2020

UCCS to Educate More Cybersecurity Professionals

Event: Tour UCCS Cybersecurity - October 28, 2020

PANEL: DISRUPTIVE EVOLUTION IN US POLITICS? THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

G1 GLOBAL CONFERENCE - TOKYO - OCTOBER 11, 2020

Visit to Buckley Space Force Base

Event - August 31, 2020

REIMAGINING HIGHER EDUCATION IN A POST PANDEMIC COLORADO

PANEL - COLORADO BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE - AUGUST 5, 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

PREVENTING A GLOBAL TRADE WAR: IS IT TOO LATE?

PANEL - G1 GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN TOKYO - OCTOBER 14, 2018

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL FRACTURES IN AMERICA WOUNDS REMEDIES AND SCARS

PANEL - G1 GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN TOKYO - OCTOBER 14, 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.

PRIVATE SECTOR CAN PLAY CRITICAL ROLE IN EASING WORLD HUNGER

OP ED WITH RICHARD LEACH - MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE - OCTOBER 6, 2018

TOGETHER WE REACH HIGHER

UND SUMMER COMMENCEMENT AUGUST 3. 2018

Effectively Engaging China

Panel with Scott Kennedy - April 3, 2018

FROM JEDI TO LEADERS IN ACTION

UND COMMENCEMENT - DECEMBER 15, 2017

Commissioning of USS Gerald Ford

Norfolk, VA - July 22, 2017

SHAPEHOLDERS - BUSINESS SUCCESS IN THE AGE OF ACTIVISM

BOOK - COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS - MAY 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.

Leading in the Age of Activism

Morrison Lecture at UND - 2017

Cruise Aboard USS John C. Stennis

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

EUROPEAN UNION : DRIFTING APART DESPITE ECONOMIC RECOVERY?

PANEL WITH MICHAEL HEISE - FEBRUARY 10, 2016

TURKEY’S NEW CONSTITUTION: RULES REQUIRE RIGHTS

FINANCIAL TIMES - JANUARY 21, 2016

IS PERSUASION A LOST ART?

BOOK CHAPTER: IS PERSUASION A LOST ART? - 2014

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

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

CHAPTER: PURSUING PURPOSEFUL PROFIT - APRIL 2014

EXPAND TRADE, IMPROVE ECONOMY

OP ED WITH MACK MCLARTY - USA TODAY - FEBRUARY 12, 2014

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