Ms. Janet Karika is a recognized subject matter expert on space policy, space transportation, and space non-proliferation with a vast network of close professional contacts. She works closely with the executive and senior leadership of established and emerging commercial space launch companies. Within the U.S. Government Interagency, Ms. Karika interacts with both the non-proliferation and space communities. As a co-founder of Karika Consulting, LLC, Ms. Karika actively supports numerous clients in the space industry, to include NASA. She works space-related issues and studies to support Congressional staffs, the Executive Branch, and various Federal Agencies and Departments, including the National Security Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Departments of Commerce, Defense, State and Transportation.
During her 38 years in the space and missile field, Ms. Karika has served as the Jacobs Executive Director of Interagency Launch Programs, supporting NASA’s Launch Services organizations. As such, she was the executive-level point of contact for coordinating and facilitating program-wide partnerships and interchanges with senior leadership of the Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, and other government agencies for NASA’s expendable launch vehicle programs. She was the Executive Advisor to the Air Force for space acquisition programs and the Assistant for Launch Systems for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During her military career, she was the Air Force Program Executive Office for Space (AFPEO/Space)’s Director for Launch Programs during the transition from heritage launch programs to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. She advised the Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) on space and missile non-proliferation and export control, and was ACDA’s representative to the multi-nation Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). She worked on the development of ICBMs, upper stages for launch vehicles, commanded a 72-person nuclear detection operations center, and was a Materials Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. She has been a member of U.S. delegations to Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo, and Zurich.
Ms. Karika holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in ultra-high temperature composites used in space propulsion and thermal protection systems. She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She serves on the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) and chairs their Infrastructure Working Group. She is the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Board of Directors Vice Chair.