Major

Brian 

Ladd 

Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Subject Matter Expert

Major Brian Ladd graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and received his commission by AFROTC. His first tour was at the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was a Satellite Operator of the MILSTAR communications system. His other operational tour was as the Liaison Officer at RAF Fylingdales Strategic Missile Warning Radar. He has completed many Space Staff assignments at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Vandenberg AFB, and Offutt AFB. He transitioned to the US Space Force in October 2020. Since June 2021 he serves as the Chief of Cyber and Space Readiness at the JAPCC.

Information provided is current as of July 2022

From the Author

Navigating the Final Frontier: NATO’s Strategy for Heavy Space Lift

A Diversified and Resilient Space Industry is a Strategic Imperative for NATO
By Maj 
Arda 
Ayan 
By Maj 
Brian 
Ladd 
‘One day, mankind will walk in the skies without a plane, go to the planets, and perhaps send us news from the moon.’ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (Eskişehir Aircraft Regiment in 1936) Space launches drive the [...]

NATO Space Deterrence – Defence through the Lens of DIME

By Maj 
Brian 
Ladd 
When discussing deterrence, one must first understand what it is. Deterrence can be described as a strategy aimed at dissuading potential adversaries from taking aggressive actions or pursuing hostile policies by convincing them that the [...]

The Impact of Commercial Space in Times of Conflict

From a Fortuitous Boost to a Potential Solution
By Maj 
Arda 
Ayan 
By Maj 
Brian 
Ladd 
In today’s connected world, communication and information offered by and through Space capabilities impact people’s everyday lives. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has highlighted what may happen if existing networks are denied. The harsh [...]

A View from Above

Air Domain Focused Observations on the Ukraine Conflict
By Maj 
Brian 
Ladd 
By Wg Cdr 
Jez 
Parkinson 
By Col 
Erik 
Rab 
By Lt Col 
Marco 
Sampimon 
By Maj 
Eelco 
Tolsma 
Although the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is still ongoing, with no prospect for termination of the hostilities in the foreseeable future, some initial observations can be made with respect to the air domain. These [...]

Collective Defence in the Space Domain

Confining the Ultimate War in Threatened Space
By Maj 
Arda 
Ayan 
By Maj 
Brian 
Ladd 
Space is fundamental for contemporary national security missions. NATO perceived the significance of Space in military operations and for national security by formally designating Space to be an operational domain in December 2019. As the [...]

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