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Space Commanders Forum Special Presentation at 25th National Space Symposium

Space Commanders Forum Special Presentation at 25th National Space Symposium The Space Commanders Forum at the 25th National Space Symposium will bring together more than two decades of commanders-in-chief of U.S. Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command. The 25th National Space Symposium, the premier annual gathering of the global space community is scheduled for March 30 - April 2, 2009, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Similar to last year's popularly received NASA Administrators Panel, the Space Commanders Forum will address issues and insights from the inception of a space command into the U.S. military, through its continuous evolution, and shed light on upcoming challenges faced by the space national security community. The forum, which will be moderated by Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF (Retired), has already confirmed participation from, in order of service:

  • Gen. John L. "Pete" Piotrowski, USAF (Retired) Former Commander-in-Chief, NORAD/USSPACECOM (1987 - 1990)
  • Gen. Donald J. Kutyna, USAF (Retired); former commander-in-chief, NORAD/USSPACECOM/AFSPACECOM (1987 - 1992)
  • Gen. Howell M. Estes, III, USAF (Retired), former commander-in-chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Space Command/A.F. Space Command (1996 - 1998)
  • Gen. Ed Eberhart, USAF (Retired), former commander-in-chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Space Command/Air Force Space Command, and former commander, U.S. Northern Command (2000 - 2005)
  • Adm. James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Retired), former commander-in-chief, U.S. Strategic Command (2001 -- 2004)

In addition to previous space commanders, the 25th National Space Symposium will host current space leaders to address up and coming national security issues. Already confirmed speakers include:

  • Gen. C. Robert Kehler, USAF, commander of the Air Force Space Command;
  • Lt. Gen. John T. "Tom" Sheridan, USAF, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center of the Air Force Space Command;
  • Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, USN, deputy commander of the United States Strategic Command; and
  • Maj. Gen. William T. Lord, USAF, Commander, Air Force Cyberspace Command

The symposium will bring together all sectors of space - civil, commercial, national security, new space entrepreneurship, and finance - to highlight accomplishments and address opportunities and issues facing the global space community today. With its theme The Next Space Age, this year's program focuses on major shifts in the economies, philosophies, and mechanics of the global space industry.

More than 7,500 registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors, and media representatives from around the world are expected to attend the 25th National Space Symposium. Participants come from civil space and government agencies, including NASA and NOAA; the aerospace, commercial space and satellite broadcasting industries; the Department of Defense and military space commands; entrepreneurial space ventures; and universities and academia. Together, they represent the future and history of the $251 billion space industry.

Online registration and more information, including an updated program agenda and early confirmed speaker list, are available at www.NationalSpaceSymposium.org.

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