The Honorable Peter B. Teets Confirmed for National Space Symposium
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 8, 2002) -- The Space Foundation announced today that the Honorable Peter B. Teets, Under Secretary of the Air Force and director, National Reconnaissance Office, has confirmed as a keynote speaker for the 18th National Space Symposium, scheduled April 8-11 in Colorado Springs. Teets is responsible for all actions of the Air Force on behalf of the secretary of the Air Force. He oversees the recruiting, training, and equipping of more than 710,000 people, and a budget of approximately $68 billion. As National Reconnaissance Office Director, he is responsible for the acquisition and operation of all United States space-based reconnaissance and intelligence systems, including management of the National Reconnaissance Program. He assumed his current position in December 2001. Teets was formerly president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. He earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder; and a Master of Science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Other featured speakers include Gen. Ed Eberhart, USAF, Commander In Chief, NORAD/U.S. Space Command and Commander, Air Force Space Command; Hon. Robert Walker, chairman and chief executive officer, The Wexler Group; Albert Smith, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Jim Albaugh, president & chief executive officer, Boeing Space & Communications Group, and futurist Dr. Alvin Toffler. The National Space Symposium features industry leaders from all sectors of space: civil, commercial and military. The agenda includes keynote speeches and panels; an opening ceremony with recipients of the Space Foundation's Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach and Space Achievement Awards; the Corporate Partnership Dinner; Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner with the first annual presentation of the Space Foundation's General James E. Hill Lifetime Achievement Award; and "A Salute to America's Military Astronauts" luncheon. Secure on-line registration for the symposium may be found at www.spacesymposium.org or by calling the Space Foundation at (US) 719-576-8000 or toll free in the US and Canada at 1-800-691-4000.