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Nation’s top military officer will participate at Space at the Crossroads Conference

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 26, 2004) — The Space Foundation announced today that Gen Richard Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the closing featured speaker at Space at the Crossroads on Feb. 18, 2004, at the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and Naval Heritage Center in Washington.

Space at the Crossroads is a highly focused one-day conference presented by the Space Foundation and Space News in association with the U.S. Dept of Commerce, Satellite Industry Association, National Space Society, and Washington Space Business Roundtable. Myers joins a distinguished list of speakers at the conference:

  • VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Retired), Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere, United States Department of Commerce & Administrator, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Maj Gen John L. Barry, USAF (Retired), Executive Director, Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB)
  • Mr. Robert W. Cobb, Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • Mr. Richard B. Cooper, Business Liaison Director for Science & Technology, Office of the Private Sector, United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Col Richard O. Covey, USAF (Retired), Co-Chairman, Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Force & Vice President, Support Operations, The Boeing Company
  • Dr. Charles Elachi, Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • Mr. Daniel C. Nielsen, Deputy Director, Program Acquisition & International Contracting, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics
  • Mr. Lon Rains, Vice President, Trade Publishing – Editorial, Space Holdings and Editor, Space News
  • Col Patrick Rayermann, USA, Deputy of G-3, Operations, United States Army Space & Missile Defense Command
  • CAPT William F. Readdy, USN (Retired), Associate Administrator, Office of Space Flight, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • Mr. John D. Schumacher, Chief of Staff, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • Brig Gen William L. Shelton, USAF, Director, Policy, Resources & Requirements, United States Strategic Command
  • Mr. George N. Spohn, Assistant Vice President, Government Services, Hughes Network Systems

Space at the Crossroads provides a single-day space industry “snapshot” for Congressional, administration and agency staff, managers, and the aerospace and defense contractor community. Also planned is a networking lunch, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation, and a networking reception, co-sponsored by General Dynamics. Additional sponsors include The New Republic and Space News.

Myers became the fifteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2001. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to that, he was commander in chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command; commander, Air Force Space Command; and Department of Defense Manager, space transportation system contingency support, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Myers earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Auburn University.

Save $50 off the standard rate or $20 off the government rate on early registration – prior to Feb. 11 – for Space at the Crossroads. On-line registration and conference details are available at or by calling the Space Foundation at 1-800-691-4000.

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About the Space Foundation

The Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Space Foundation is a national non-profit organization, which vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. In addition to Space at the Crossroads, the Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, the National Space Symposium, scheduled March 29 – April 1, 2004, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; and Strategic Space 2004, scheduled Oct. 5-7, 2004, in Omaha, Neb.

The Foundation manages the on-site NASA Educational Resource Center; offers two distinct Master’s in Space Studies Degrees in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University; and has trained more than 30,000 teachers since 1986 on Teaching With Space through Space Discovery graduate courses and national conferences. For more information, visit