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The Potential for Warfare in Space

18 Aug, 2016 -- Seminars
Speaker: Group Captain Darren may
Venue: Ngunnawal Theatre, R1
Time: 1000 - 1130 

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Both civil society and militaries around the world are becoming critically dependent upon space capabilities. While space capabilities provide significant benefits to modern society and are a key enabler of modern warfare, such dependency also constitutes a vulnerability. Warfare in space has the potential to render large parts of the space domain unusable, with significant secondary effects in the other physical domains. 

In this Air Power Seminar, Group Captain May will discuss the factors influencing the potential for warfare in space and the steps that Australia is taking in response to this increasing threat.


Group Captain Darren May

Group Captain Darren May entered the Royal Australian Air Force in 1982 through the Engineer Cadet scheme. On completion of his engineering degree, he was commissioned as an Electronic Engineering Officer at the rank of Flying Officer.

From 1986 to 1995, GPCAPT May occupied various positions where he managed the operation and maintenance of ground telecommunications equipment and information systems supporting RAAF operations, including Air Traffic Control and Air Defence. 

In 1996, GPCAPT May completed a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was subsequently posted to Aerospace Development Branch in Defence Headquarters, Canberra, where he developed requirements for future ADF space and unmanned aerial system (UAS) capabilities. Following an 18 month posting to his home state of Western Australia, he was promoted to Wing Commander and posted to the Defence Materiel Organisation where he managed the acquisition of space-based and UAS surveillance systems from 2001-2004.

In 2005, GPCAPT May attended the Australian Command and Staff College and subsequently graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Management (Defence Studies). From 2006 to 2008, he was posted to Air Force Headquarters, where he managed strategic capability planning for Air Force Communications and Information Systems. From 2009 to 2010, GPCAPT May commanded the RAAF’s 462 Squadron, providing Information Operations capabilities to the RAAF and wider ADF.

GPCAPT May was promoted to Group Captain in January 2011 and posted to the Defence Chief Information Officer Group where he served as Director of Business Relationship Management until end of 2014. In January 2015 he took up his current position as Director Defence Space Coordinating Office in Air Force Headquarters.

Contact Info: For further information and to register your attendance, please contact: Air Power Development Centre E-mail: airpower@defence.gov.au


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