Michael Hoversten Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Headquarters Air Force Space Command



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Michael Hoversten

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Headquarters Air Force Space Command

Peterson AFB, CO 80921

(719) 210-2697

Mike.Hoversten@comcast.net

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Professional Profile



International Lawyer

  • Fourteen years’ experience advising top level government officials in the U.S. Air Force and Office of the Secretary of Defense to include preparing legal briefs and memoranda for the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the Air Force Chief of Staff.

  • Advised on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and innumerable international law issues including international air and space law, telecommunications law, cyber law, intelligence oversight, treaties and international agreements, arms control, and the law of armed conflict.

General Legal Practitioner

Leader/Team Member/Problem Solver

  • Team oriented 27+ year military and government career advising on complex legal, international and organizational issues at all levels of the U.S. Air Force and Office of the Secretary of Defense to include three consecutive assignments leading U.S. Air Force installation law offices.

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Academic Experience



University of Denver Denver, CO

Sturm College of Law 2013 – Present

Adjunct Professor – Space and Technology Law
University of Colorado Colorado Springs, CO

Adjunct Professor – Space Policy 2013 – Present
Advanced Space Operations School Colorado Springs, CO

Headquarters Air Force Space Command 2010 - Present

Instructor and Course Director

  • Responsible for development, oversight, maintenance and execution of space and cyberspace law curriculum.

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Recent Employment History



Headquarters Air Force Space Command Colorado Springs, CO

Chief Counsel for Space, Cyberspace, International and Operations Law 2010 – Present

  • Leader of Space, Cyberspace, International and Operations Law Division supervising three attorneys and serving as Chief Counsel to Air Force Space Command commanders and senior government officials on all legal matters with respect to International, Federal, State and local laws, as well as Department of Defense and Department of the Air Force policies, Regulations, and directives relating to space and cyberspace operations.

  • Responsible for drafting, interpreting and negotiating international agreements.

Headquarters Army Space and Missile Defense Command Colorado Springs, CO

Chief Counsel for Space, Cyberspace and Information Operations 2010 – 2010

  • Chief Counsel to the Deputy Commanding General and other key senior government officials regarding all legal matters with respect to International, Federal, State and local laws, as well as Department of Defense and Department of the Army policies, Regulations, and directives relating to space, cyberspace and information operations.

21st Space Wing (U.S. Air Force) Peterson Air Force Base, CO

Chief Counsel 2008 – 2010

  • Led 27 person law office and served as general counsel to the Peterson Air Force Base installation commander advising on all legal issues affecting the installation and 21st Space Wing units at 27 locations in five different countries including space operations, criminal law, fiscal law, government ethics, government contracts, tort claims, environmental law, labor and employment law, real property law, and administrative and regulatory law.

50th Space Wing (U.S. Air Force) Schriever Air Force Base, CO

Chief Counsel 2006 – 2008

  • Led 16 person law office and served as general counsel to the Schriever Air Force Base installation commander advising on all legal issues affecting Schriever AFB, two Air Force stations, and multiple worldwide operating locations including space operations, criminal law, fiscal law, government ethics, government contracts, tort claims, environmental law, labor and employment law, real property law, and administrative and regulatory law.

70th Intelligence Wing (U.S. Air Force) Fort George G. Meade, MD

Chief Counsel 2004 – 2006

  • Led 12 person law office and served as general counsel to the 70th Intelligence Wing Commander advising on all legal issues affecting the wing and its subordinate units located at five locations worldwide including intelligence law, criminal law, operations law, fiscal law, government ethics, government contracts, tort claims, environmental law, labor and employment law, real property law, and administrative and regulatory law.

Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Operations Law Division The Pentagon, VA

Chief Counsel for Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations 2000 – 2001

2003 - 2004

  • Primary advisor to Headquarters U.S. Air Force on international air, space, telecommunications, information operations, and cyber law. Advised on myriad other international law issues including, humanitarian law, international agreements, arms control, and the law of armed conflict.

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the General Counsel The Pentagon, VA

Associate Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) 2001 -2003

  • Legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and all DoD components on the law of armed conflict, air and space law, telecommunications law, national security law, humanitarian law, and arms control.

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Educational Background



Master of Laws (L.L.M) – International Air and Space Law July 2000

McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law - Montreal, Quebec Canada

  • Nicholas M. Matte Prize - best term paper of the year.

  • Completed thesis entitled "The Law Governing Aerospace Warfare in the Twenty-First Century."

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Recent Employment History 2

Educational Background 3

Professional Publications 3

Professional Organizations 4


Park College - Parkville, MO

  • Graduated with Distinction.

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Professional Publications



U.S. National Security and Government Regulation of Commercial Remote Sensing from Outer Space, 50 A. F. L. Rev. 253 (2001).

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Presentations

“The Law on Space Situational Awareness”, Invited Speaker, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal, Quebec Canada, October 2014.

“Space Law and Policy”, Invited Speaker, Iowa State University, College of Engineering, Ames, IA, October 2012.

“Cyber Law 101”, Invited Speaker, U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command, Keesler Air Force Base, MS, June 2012, April 2012.

“Space and Cyberspace Law and Policy”, Invited Panelist, Air Force Association Space and Cyberspace Warfare Symposium, Keystone, CO, June 2011.

“Cyber Law 101”, Invited Speaker, Air Force Space Command Senior Leader Cyber Orientation, Colorado Springs, CO, April 2011.

“Space Law and Policy”, Invited Speaker, Air Force Annual Survey of the Law Conference, Denver, CO, January 2011.

“Current Status of Air and Space Law”, Invited Speaker, Inter-American Defense College, Washington DC, 2003.

“Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Law”, Pacific Air Forces Legal Conference, Hickam Air Force Base, HI, March 2003.

“U.S. Government Regulation of Commercial Space Operations”, Invited Speaker, Cantigny National Security Law Conference, June 2012.

“The Law of Anticipatory Self Defense”, Invited Speaker, International Defense College, Washington DC, 2002.

“U.S. Space Policy”, Invited Speaker, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal, QC, 2002.

“Current Status of Air and Space Law”, Invited Speaker, Inter-American Defense College, Washington DC, 2001.

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Professional Organizations

Member of Georgia Bar in Good Standing





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