Our Western way of life is fundamentally reliant on space services, with space providing critical capabilities to support our national interests. If we are to ensure these services continue, we need an understanding of the ‘geography’ of space, how do we operate there, and the capabilities we employ to ensure our access (or risk mitigation if access is denied). This presentation captures the essential elements to understand space power from an Australian perspective.
Wing Commander Darin Lovett
WGCDR Darin Lovett is the RAAF’s Chief of Air Force Fellow at UNSW Canberra, teaching Air and Space power theory. He is an Air Combat Officer with more than 25-years-experience in strategy and capability development for the Air and Space domains. He has a diverse background in weapons test and evaluation, explosives, anti-submarine and surveillance flight operations, space operations and policy, acquisition, international relations, and coalition partnering.
His ‘space credentials’ include: graduate of the International Space University, staff officer in Australia’s joint Defence Space Coordinating Office, Chief of Strategy for the US Executive Agent for Space within the Pentagon, and most recently Chief, Australian Space Operations Centre within HQJOC and AOC.
Darin has Master’s degrees in: Science (Technology Management), Arts (Strategy and Management), and Philosophy (Military Strategy), and a Bachelor degree in Engineering (Aerospace). He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), Canadian Forces Aerospace Systems Course, Australian Command and Staff Course (ACSC), and the US Air Force’s School of Advanced Air & Space Studies (SAASS).