Pete Hays, 1994

Policy Analyst with Leidos Corporation supporting the Director of National Intelligence. Previously a Senior Scientist with SAIC supporting the DoD Executive Agent for Space. Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at George Washington University.

My Fletcher education opened the door to a wonderful 25+ years in academia teaching undergraduate and graduate students--thank you!!!


  • Evolution of US Military Space Doctrine during the Cold War


  • Coeditor with Kai-Ewe Schrogl, Jana Robinson, and Denis Moura, Handbook of Space Security: Policies, Applications, and Programs (New York: Springer, 2014); and author of “International Space Security Setting: Introduction” and “Spacepower Theory” chapters.
    Space and Security: A Reference Handbook (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011).

    Coeditor with Charles D. Lutes, Vincent Manzo, Lisa M. Yambrick, and M. Elaine Bunn, Toward a Theory of Spacepower: Selected Essays (Washington: National Defense University Press, 2011); and author of “Space Law and the Advancement of Spacepower” chapter, 299-318.

    United States Military Space: Into the Twenty-First Century, USAF Institute for National Security Studies Occasional Paper 42 (USAF Academy and Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University Press, September 2002).

    Peter L. Hays, James M. Smith, Alan R. Van Tassel, and Guy M. Walsh, eds., Spacepower for a New Millennium: Space and U.S. National Security (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000). Coauthor of “Spacepower for a New Millennium: Examining Current U.S. Capabilities and Policies” chapter.

    Peter L. Hays, Vincent J. Jodoin, and Alan R. Van Tassel, eds., Countering the Proliferation and Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998). Coauthor of “Countering the Proliferation and Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction,” and “Counterproliferation: An Integrated Approach” chapters.

    Peter L. Hays, Brenda J. Vallance, and Alan R. Van Tassel, eds., American Defense Policy, 7th ed., (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997). Coauthor of “What is American Defense Policy?” and “The Future of American Defense Policy;” chapters and author of “Part IV American Defense Policies: Introduction.”

Fletcher Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies
    Diplomatic History
    International Science and Technology Policy
    International Relations Theory

Education before Fletcher

  • M.A.: May 1987, International Relations, University of Southern California.

    B.S.: May 1979, International Affairs, USAF Academy

Experience before Fletcher

  • Senior Scientist with SAIC supporting the DoD Executive Agent for Space, Pentagon, September 2004-July 2012

    April 2002-September 2004: Executive Editor, Joint Force Quarterly, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

    August 1998-March 2002: Professor of Comparative Military Studies, School of Advanced Airpower Studies (SAAS), Maxwell AFB, AL.

    May 1996-July 1998: Director, USAF Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and Associate Professor of Political Science, USAF Academy.

    June 1994-May 1996: Chief, International Relations and Defense Policy Division, Department of Political Science, USAF Academy.


  • Selected as Member of Space Security Index Governance Group, 2010-present.
  • Selected for Membership on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security 2010-2014
  • Chosen out of approximately 660 employees worldwide as SAIC National Security Solutions Operation Employee of the Year for Outstanding Thought Leadership, July 2008


  • Limited proficiency in French