Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

On June 28th and 29th, the Forum convened for the first time for a retreat in Missoula, Montana. The broad themes of the meeting were the United States’ “rebalance to Asia,” deliberations on the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance, and the rapidly diminishing barriers to entry that are allowing an increasing array of actors in space. Over two days of private workshops and informal opportunities for conversation, group members worked within this context to locate and integrate various perspectives and concerns from government, academia, and the private sector, seeking to condense the conversation into an effective format for enhancing space and bilateral policy conversations. Ultimately, the group produced a draft set of Mid-Term Objectives and Near-Term Priorities for Japan-U.S. Space Cooperation.