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Lawrence Cooper


Lawrence Cooper has nearly two decades experience in space systems R&D, space & missile operations, strategic planning, and program management in positions that include space systems physicist, Minuteman II ICBM Flight Commander, Space Force Enhancement Long Range Planner, and Principal Analyst Space and Intelligence Systems.

During his time as a USAF officer, Lawrence Cooper worked on various programs such as managing the Strategic Defense Initiative Passive Survivability Technology Program’s Survivable Space Power Program, developing operations and training documentation for the Relay Mirror Experiment satellite, Deputy Flight Commander for GPS launch and early operations, and long range planner developing Air Force Space Command’s first Strategic Master Plan.

Since leaving the Air Force, Lawrence Cooper has worked in the private sector on a number of Department of Defense Programs including acting as a liaison for DoD to FAA’s Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) program for providing corrections to GPS and allow precision aircraft approach and landing, and as a space superiority analyst for the Joint Staff. He is currently providing strategic planning and program management support to DoD for various Information Technology programs.

Lawrence is an associate fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of both their Public Policy Committee and Space Systems Technical Committee. On the latter he is the co-chair of the space policy sub-committee. He also volunteers his time helping as a Mission Team Lead and developing curriculum for the Federation of Galaxy Explorers (, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring America's youth in space related science and engineering. Currently Lawrence is busing writing his doctoral dissertation in National Security and Space Policy at George Washington University.

His publications include:

  • “The Strategy of Responsive Space,” published in Astropolitics, vol. 1/3 (Winter 2003) pp. 44-62.
  • “Encouraging Space Exploration Through a New Application of Space Property Rights,” Space Policy, vol. 19/2 pp. 111-118.
  • “The Strategy of Responsive Space: Assured Access to Space Revisited,” presented to the AIAA Responsive Space Conference and published in the proceedings, 1-3 April 2003.
  • Co-author of AIAA White Paper “Addressing the Comet and Asteroid Impact Threat: A Next Step,” published July 2002 and adapted into an Op-Ed in the 1 July 2002 issue of Space News.
  • Co-author of Chapters 1 and 3 of Space and Military Power in East Asia: The Challenge and Opportunity of Dual-Purpose Space Technologies, George Washington University Space Policy Institute, 2001 and available online at
  • “Assured Access to Space: The Dilemma of Reconstitution and Launch-On-Demand,” Airpower Journal Summer 1992, .
  • “Potential Impact of Enhanced Trapped Electron Heating on the Operation of Military Surveillance Spacecraft,” Proceedings of the 7th Space Nuclear Power Symposium, 1990.
  • “A Space-Based Communications Concept to Support Mars Exploration Missions,” Engineering, Construction and Operations in Space: Proceedings of Space 88, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY, 1988.