Mark Kennedy

Winning the Race for Technology Leadership

America has enjoyed the advantage of being the home of the most innovative technologies for over a century due to substantial investments in education and research to fuel discovery and a commitment to the global expansion of trade opening markets for its innovative products. This has propelled its prosperity by making its products in high demand and its security by giving its military an advantage over any foe. As other nations have outpaced the federal government’s support for research, states have reduced their support for higher education and recent trade actions have alienated partners, other nation's have dramatically invested in their technological capabilities. We are at an inflection point. Depending on its response, America will keep its innovative edge or surrender it at great risk to its future prosperity and national security.

How the US can lead in the ‘Space Century’

OpEd in The Hill - April 27, 2022

Playing Offense in Race for Technology Leadership

Wilson Center Policy Brief - April 2022

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Meeting with JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa - April 5, 2022
Very informative Space Symposium at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

U.S. Space Force Research Partnerships

Meeting with Brig. Gen. Olson, Champion for CU Research Partnership - April 4, 2022
Meeting with fellow U.S. Air and Space Force Civic Leader Christian Anschutz and Brig. Gen. John Olson, Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer for the Department of the Air Force and Col. Marc Brock, Commander of Space Delta 2

Marine Corps Risks Moving Too Fast, but Also Too Slow

Letter in Wall Street Journal - April 2, 2022
We must focus on the capabilities to deter China, not on preserving legacy systems and structures more suited to past conflicts.

Awarding Amb. Jon Huntsman Champion of Free Trade Award

Economic Club of Minnesota - March 8, 2022
As Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Economic Club of Minnesota, I helped establish the Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award to promote the importance of expanded trade.

UND: ACE Award for Institutional Transformation

Awarded March 8, 2022
I appreciated current University of North Dakota Andrew Armacost recognizing my contributions as the immediate past President of UND as he accepted UND's American Council on Education / Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. Congrats to whole UND Team.

The real Space Force — a great second season

Op Ed - Air Force Times - November 21, 2021
Here’s hoping that the Netflix series concludes in season two, but that with the United States Space Force being Semper Supra, always above, our democracy will “live long and prosper.”

Must Be Present to Win

Speech: World Trade Center Denver - World Trade Day - May 21, 2021
"As the most significant player in the digital space, America has the most to gain or lose, but ironically, at exactly the worse time to do so, we opted to sit on the sidelines and complain as we continue to watch the rest of the world define the rules for us.

Interview: American in the World

CU Conference on World Affairs - April 5, 2021
Interviewing Bob Zoellick on his new book.

Does freedom depend on technological leadership?

Speech: Winter Night Club - Colorado Springs - January 21, 2021
None of us have lived in a world where a democracy was not home to the most advanced technology. Only recently have we begun to worry about whether an autocratic nation could achieve technological leadership and what the consequences would be if it did.

Competing in the Next Economy

National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers Report - December 2020
Honored to be a member of this commission.

Preventing a Global Trade War: Is It Too Late?

Panel - G1 Global Conference in Tokyo - October 14, 2018

Private sector can play critical role in easing world hunger

Op Ed with Richard Leach - Minneapolis Star Tribune - October 6, 2018

American Grand Strategy in an Age of Upheaval

Panel with Hal Brands - November 6, 2018

Effectively Engaging China

Panel with Scott Kennedy - April 3, 2018

Trump's Right on Hacking, Wrong on Yuan

Op Ed - Wall Street Journal - November 15, 2015

Expand trade, improve economy: Column

Op Ed with Mack McLarty - USA Today - February 12, 2014