Richard "Dick" P. MacLeod
Dick MacLeod's business consulting includes experience in TV space news production and marketing in France – including co-producing eight hour continuous coverage of the launch from Russia of the first French Astronaut; Digital Mapping and Geographical Information Systems in India and Hong Kong; Space exhibits, courses and conferences in Japan, Taiwan, England, Italy and Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and a successful bid by Thammasart University, Bangkok, Thailand, to host the Summer World University Games in 2007. He also has consulted with the governments of the USA, Japan, France, the Ukraine, Bulgaria and India. The Ambassador of India to the U.S.A. credited Dick with bringing the first space cooperation Agreement between India and the U.S.A. to signature.
After three years as Executive Director and nine years as President of the Space Foundation headquartered in Colorado Springs, Dick was elected President Emeritus and a Director in 1997. He originated the Foundation’s Graduate Education courses for K-12 Teachers, Space Public Awareness programs and the National Space Education Alliance. With NASA, the Department of Defense and industry, he built the National Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs to international prominence as the top gathering of civil, commercial and national security space policy leaders in the world. In 1996, he organized and conducted the first United Nations Conference on Space Applications for Developing Nations with representatives of 23 nations participating.
One of just 12 officers in the Air Force then qualified in the Counterinsurgency specialty, Dick led a Thai-US Team, in Ubon, Thailand in what his Bronze Star Medal described as “the most extensive and successful counterinsurgency operation” within Communist dominated areas in Thailand during the Vietnam era.
Later, his year as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. was followed by the seminal paper with Neil Lamping: Space: A National Security Dilemma: Key Years of Decision.
He was a founder and organizer of the U. S. Air Force Space Command and retired as a Colonel in 1984 after two years as its first Chief of Staff.
Dick holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, 1960, and an M.A. degree in International Relations in 1968 from the University of Southern California, [USC], with straight A grades. For the latter, he studied in London under professors from the University of London, the London School of Economics and USC – culminating with study on the USC campus in Los Angeles.
He was a Founding Director of the X-Prize Committee to promote privatized space travel. This ten million dollar challenge prize was won by Burt Ruton’s team when Space Ship One made two successful flights into space within one week in 2005. Dick was appointed to the White House Space Policy Board and also was elected a Fellow in the British Interplanetary Society.