Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien served as the 28th United States National Security Advisor and is a highly regarded diplomat, having played an integral role in negotiating the Abraham Accords, representing the United States at the 60th UN General Assembly, and many other accomplishments. O’Brien’s expertise in the geopolitical atmosphere, American defense, the global economy, and the Indo-Pacific inform his intellectually stimulating speeches.
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Forty-nine years ago Friday, when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, we had every reason to believe that what he called his “small step” was in fact just the beginning of what he described as “one giant leap for mankind.”
In 1969, it was reasonable to expect that our space program would continue to move at the pace of the Apollo program. It was therefore reasonable to think that by 2018 we would have four to five colonies on the moon, space-based outposts in various lunar and cislunar orbits, mining operations on several asteroids, and a preliminary habitat on Mars.