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Top military leaders Leaf, Klotz, Shelton confirm roles at Strategic Space and Defense 2006

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 16, 2006) — The Space Foundation announced today that Lt Gen Daniel P. Leaf, USAF, deputy commander, United States Pacific Command; Lt Gen Frank G. Klotz, USAF, vice commander, Air Force Space Command; and Maj Gen William L. Shelton, USAF, commander, 14th Air Force, have confirmed their participation during Strategic Space and Defense 2006. The Space Foundation and Space News present the fourth annual conference Oct. 10-12, 2006, at the Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena.

Leaf is the featured speaker for “Operational Perspective – The Pacific” Thursday, Oct. 12 at 3:15 p.m. Klotz is the featured luncheon speaker Thursday, Oct. 12. Shelton will speak about the recently announced Joint Functional Component Command – Space on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m.

Strategic Space and Defense 2006 addresses both the space-related and strategic missions of the U.S. Strategic Command. Through featured speeches, interactive panels, an extensive exhibit center, and multiple networking opportunities, the conference fosters relationships and understanding between the senior leadership of the Command, appropriate component and supported commands, the aerospace contractor community, federal officials, and other leaders.

Other confirmed featured speakers include 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; The Honorable David Heineman, governor, State of Nebraska; Mr. Wes Bush, president and chief financial officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Ms. Joanne Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Lt Gen. Robert Kehler, USAF, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; and 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.

Additionally, several industry and national security leaders have confirmed their participation to address a wide variety of topics: Mr. Mark E. Bitterman, senior vice president, Government Relations, Orbital Sciences Corporation; Ms. Debra Facktor Lepore, president, AirLaunch LLC; Mr. David J. Helfgott, president and chief executive officer, Americom Government Services; Ms. Susan P. Miller, president, Intelsat General Corporation; FLTCM William N. Nissen, USN, command master chief, United States Strategic Command; and Mr. Lou Von Thaer, president, Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics.

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 include AirLaunch, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), ATK, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, The Boeing Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Honeywell, Raytheon Company, and Sterling Computers, a Sun iForce partner.

For secure online registration, a complete program agenda, and speaker, exhibitor, and sponsor lists, visit

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