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04/19/2012
Gen. C. Robert Kehler, USAF, commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), began his presentation at the 28th National Space Symposium by listing USSTRATCOM's top strategic imperatives: counter aggression, security of weapons of mass destruction, counter terrorism, cyberspace security, homeland defense and maintaining a nuclear deterrent.Kehler said that the United States'...
04/19/2012
Speaking at the 28th National Space Symposium on April 19, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, USAF, chief of staff, United States Air Force, talked about the importance of investing in space assets. "Even with extraordinary budget pressures, we are protecting and, in some cases, increasing investments in our top acquisition priorities, including space systems critical to joint warfighting requirements," he...
04/18/2012
The International Military Collaboration panel, one of the second two concurrent panels held April 18 at the 28th National Space Symposium, featured military leaders from around world. Here are some key points:Col. Inaky Garcia-Brotons, chief of staff, French Joint Space Command: The benefits of collaboration include protecting the global space environment, allowing access to...
04/18/2012
New Generation Space Leaders attending the 28th National Space Symposium learned about space budgets from a panel of experts on April 18. The Exploring the Heavens and Protecting the Warfighter on a Budget panel covered the effect of tightening budgets on both NASA and Department of Defense space activities. Since the challenging budget environment is likely to continue in the...
04/18/2012
The Personal Spaceflight panel, one of the concurrent sessions held on April 18 at the 28th National Space Symposium, industry entrepreneurs and government leaders discussed this growing business. The panel was moderated by Dr. Leroy Chiao, special advisor – human spaceflight, Space Foundation. Key points included:Dr. George C. Nield, associate administrator for commercial space...
04/18/2012
Energy from space is an interesting concept that was explored during a concurrent panel on Wednesday afternoon, April 18, at the 28th National Space Symposium. The Energy and Engineering from Space: Powering the Grid and Markets of the Future panel looked at how space and energy can intersect for a better world. Key panelist points included:Moderator Dr. Ronald M. Sega, vice president and...
04/18/2012
One of the first two of four concurrent sessions held Wednesday afternoon, April 18, at the 28th National Space Symposium was Earth Observations: Linking Environmental, Economic and National Security, moderated by Nancy S.A. Colleton, president, IGES, and executive director, Alliance for Earth Observations. Key comments from panelists included: Dr. Thomas J. Bogdan, president...
04/18/2012
The Space Foundation's most prestigious award, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award was presented to Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF, Ret., former vice chief of staff of the USAF, former head of Air Force Space Command and former chief of staff of the National Reconnaissance Office, at a special luncheon co-sponsored by Raytheon.Corporate Host Lynn Dugle, vice president,...
04/18/2012
The satellite industry has become such an important part of the space industry and there are so many companies involved that the 28th National Space Symposium fielded two panels on Wednesday morning, April 18, to discuss issues and opportunities. The Satellite Operators and Manufacturers Part 2 panel took up where the Part I panel left off.Key points included:Andrew...
04/18/2012
Two satellite industry panels were held during the 28th National Space Symposium on Wednesday morning, April 18. Both were hosted by Space News Editor Warren Ferster. The Part I covered:David Bernstein, senior vice president - program management, Space Systems/Loral: The commercial satellite business is solid and the marketplace looks good for moderate growth. Even though...

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