Kevin O’Connell recently served as the Director of the Office of Space Commerce (OSC) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role he encouraged the U.S. commercial space sector’s robust growth and expanded international outreach for the U.S. Space Sector. played a key role in shaping our policies on Apace Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Traffic Management (STM),the technological solutions that underlay dealing with the space debris challenge. He is a recognized expert on space commerce, the global space economy, international intelligence, and U.S. national security matters. Kevin’s previous U.S. government assignments include The Department of Defense, The Department of State, The National Security Council, The Office of the Vice President, and The Office of the Director of Central Intelligence. Within the private sector, he was a senior research analyst at RAND and was the first Director of RAND’s Intelligence Policy Center. He was a long-standing member of NOAA’s federal advisory committee, ACCRES, including as Chair between 2012 and 2016. In 2007, he founded Innovative Analytics and Training, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in assessing high-tech market areas including geospatial markets, cloud computing, and cyber analytics. Kevin is a recognized expert on the policy, security, and commercial aspects of satellite remote sensing technologies and markets. He served as the Executive Secretary of the Independent Commission on the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) in 2000 and later as an advisor to the Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He was a long-standing member of NOAA’s federal advisory committee, ACCRES, including as Chair between 2012 and 2016. Kevin has taught graduate courses in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the RAND Graduate School for many years and has lectured at academic and research organizations around the world. He has been awarded the Vice President’s Dedicated Service Award for his support to the National Space Council.