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Key congressional staff members share insight at Strategic Space and Defense 2006

09/17/2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sep. 18, 2006) -- Today the Space Foundation announced the addition of a special-focus panel to the agenda for Strategic Space and Defense 2006. The Space Foundation and Space News present the conference October 10-12, 2006, at the Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena. `Operational Impact Programs, Budgets and Capitol Hill` will bring Washington, D.C., perspectives and insight to address key issues affecting both the U.S. Strategic Command and contractor communities. The panel is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12. Dr. Rob Soofer, professional staff member, Senate Armed Services Committee, and Mr. Josh Hartman, professional staff member, Committee on Appropriations, United States House of Representatives, are speaking on the panel. Mr. Bill Adkins, president, Adkins Strategies, LLC, will moderate. Strategic Space and Defense 2006 addresses both the space-related and strategic missions of the U.S. Strategic Command. The conference continues to expand the dialogue and foster relationships and understanding between congressional leaders and the senior leadership of the Command, appropriate component and supported commands, the aerospace contractor community, federal officials, and other leaders. For secure online registration, a complete program agenda, and speaker, exhibitor, and sponsor lists, visit www.StratSpace.org. Featured speakers at Strategic Space and Defense 2006 are The Honorable Terry Everett, chairman, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, United States House of Representatives; Gen. James E. Cartwright, USMC, commander, United States Strategic Command; The Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega, under secretary of the Air Force; Mr. Wes Bush, president and chief financial officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Ms. Joanne Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Lt Gen Frank G. Klotz, USAF, vice commander, Air Force Space Command; Lt Gen. Robert Kehler, USAF, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; LTG Larry J. Dodgen, USA, commander, United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command/ United States Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense; and Maj Gen William L. Shelton, USAF, commander, 14th Air Force. The conference agenda includes a spectacular opening ceremony and reception at Omaha's new Holland Performing Arts Center, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; a keynote luncheon, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; and a closing reception. Other sponsors are AirLaunch, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), ATK, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, The Boeing Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), CSP Associates, Inc., Honeywell, Raytheon Company, and Sterling Computers, a Sun iForce partner. The Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado Springs that advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and inspires, enables, and propels tomorrow's explorers. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org. Space News is the premier business-to-business international news weekly dedicated entirely to the commercial and military space and satellite communications' businesses. For more information, visit www.space.com/spacenews.

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