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Clapper, Kehler to speak at Strategic Space 2005

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 15, 2005) — The Space Foundation today confirmed that Lt Gen James R. Clapper, Jr., USAF (Retired), Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Lt Gen Robert Kehler, USAF Deputy Commander, United States Strategic Command will speak at Strategic Space 2005. The conference takes place 4-6 October at Omaha’s Qwest Convention Center and Arena.

Kehler will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, 5 October at 8:45 a.m., and Clapper will give an address at Wednesday’s keynote luncheon. This year’s program addresses the full spectrum of the Command’s mission, with particular attention to the space-enabled support of operational commands.

Previously confirmed featured speakers include Gen James E. Cartwright, USMC, Commander, United States Strategic Command; Gen Lance W. Lord, USAF, Commander, Air Force Space Command; and The Honorable David Heineman, Governor, State of Nebraska.

Additional recently confirmed participants are Dr. William F. Ballhaus, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer, The Aerospace Corporation; Maj Gen Roger W. Burg,USAF, Director of Strategic Security, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; CMSgt John Foran, USAF, Command Chief, 9th Air Force/CENTAF; Lt Gen Michael Hamel, USAF, Commander, Space and Missile Center; CMSgt Ronald G. Kriete, USAF, Command Chief, Air Force Space Command; Dr. Alexis C. Livanos Corporate Vice President & President, Space Technology Sector, Northrop Grumman; FLTCM William Nissen, USN, Senior Enlisted Advisor, United States Strategic Command; Mr. William V. Parker, Political Advisor, United States Strategic Command; and Lt Gen Victor E. Renuart, Jr., Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff.

Key sponsors of Strategic Space 2005 are the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Lockheed Martin, co-sponsors of the Opening Ceremony and Reception; The Boeing Co., co-sponsor of the Wednesday Keynote Luncheon; and Northrop Grumman, co-sponsor of the Strategic Space Dinner. Other sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), ATK, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Networks, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Honeywell, Raytheon, and SAIC.

In response to the sold-out exhibit space last year, an all-new exhibit center for Strategic Space 2005 will feature 15,000 sq. feet of the latest in technologies, systems, and solutions supporting the Command. More than 10,000 sq. feet has already been sold.

The Space Foundation and Space News present Strategic Space 2005 to address both the space-related and strategic missions of United States Strategic Command, expanding the ongoing dialogue since 2003 between the senior leadership of the Command, component and supported commands, the aerospace contractor community, federal officials and other leaders. Secure online registration, a complete program agenda, and speaker, exhibitor, and sponsor lists are available at

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