Dr. Larry F. Martinez is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the California State University at Long Beach.  After completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984, he joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce where he participated in developing the “rules of the road” for the first private international satellite networks. From 1987-88, he served in DOT's Office of Commercial Space Transportation that issued the first licenses for private rocket launches. In 1988, he was appointed to the Department of Political Science at the California State University, Long Beach, where he researches and teaches in the areas of international relations and law, with a research focus on cyberspace and outer space policy and governance.  In 1998-99, Martinez was a Fulbright Senior Research fellow at the Center of Technology Assessment in Stuttgart, Germany.  His article, “Is There Space for the UN? Trends in Outer Space and Cyberspace Regime Evolution,” in Perspectives Online Journal published by the European Space Policy Institute (, examines what happens to outer space governance as space communications becomes a cyberwar battlefield for global power in the 21st Century. He has lectured on Internet policy and governance in Britain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Morocco, and Ecuador. In 2007, he was a Cuesta College Honored Alumnus of the Year. Since 1992, he has served as Director of the Model United Nations Program at CSU Long Beach. Martinez is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. Martinez was a faculty member on the Spring 2018 Semester at Sea Voyage that traveled 40,000 km from San Diego to Lisbon, Portugal, through ports in Asia and Africa.

Recent Media Appearances:

Cockpit Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) following 737 Max accidents: Dave Congalton Show KVEC-AM, March 18, 2017 - 5pm segment. or 

Talking Points (October 2017 CSULB) -

Inside CSULB - October 3, 2016 - "An Eye on the Sky" - Cyber Security in Space

This Week in Law on the TWIT.TV Network -December 11, 2015 - Topic: Commercialization and Space Law

Some Selected Recent Appearances as Political and New Media Commentator on the Dave Congalton Show - KVEC 920-AM (San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties)

May 31, 2017:

October 3, 2016:

November 23, 2015: