Christian Zur

Christian Zurr
Executive Director, Procurement and Space Industry Council

Christian Zur serves as executive staff to the Procurement and Space Industry Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He leads the Chamber’s policy formulation and advocacy on defense acquisition and civilian space programs, in addition to commercial space regulation. His articles have been featured in publications such as Aviation Week, Defense News, The Hill, The Orlando Sentinel, Scientific American, The Seattle Times, and Space News.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Christian spent 12 years working on House and Senate staffs including six years on the House Armed Services Committee. Subsequently, he served as counsel to the chair of the Defense Policy Board as well as the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry.

Zur received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his M.P.A. from George Mason University in Virginia. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College’s Command and Staff College. 

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Aviation Week Op-ed | Navigating a New Era of Airspace Use

A new era in commercial use of airspace has arrived, and with it commercial space launch and reentry operations from U.S. spaceports and federal ranges have introduced new complexities in deconfliction of air and space vehicles within existing management systems and procedures. The commercial space and air transportation communities are expected to grow markedly in the coming years.

Scientific American Op-ed | The International Space Station Is More Valuable Than Many People Realize

While few were watching since the shuttle stood down in 2011, a new and reinvigorated agency is emerging with a vision that should captivate even the cynics. Under Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1), NASA and the ISS National Laboratory are accelerating the nation's push into commercial space. With an expected trillion-dollar space economy to come, the ISS can play a defining role in the formation of the industry.

The Hill Op-ed | America Must Lead in Settling the New Frontier

In Washington, as the age-old adage goes, budgets determine policy. That is certainly the case with space—and the ramifications for our national and economic security are enormous. If Congress fails to provide NASA with critical resources in future budget legislation, American space dominance will atrophy and we will all suffer the consequences.