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Leader in Indian Air Force to speak at Strategic Space and Defense 2006

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sep. 12, 2006) — The Space Foundation announced today that Air Vice Marshal (AVM) DN Ganesh, chairman of the Steering Group for Exploitation of Aerospace, Indian Air Force, will be a featured speaker at Strategic Space and Defense 2006. He will address conference attendees Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. The Space Foundation and Space News present the fourth annual conference October 10-12, 2006, at the Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena. India’s space program is playing an increasingly larger role in the global space economy. India is one of only nine countries with its own launch capabilities, used primarily to put remote sensing and communications satellites into orbit. In 2004, the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced the Chandrayan I mission to launch a remote sensing satellite to survey the Moon. Ganesh previously was commandant of the Defence Image Processing and Analysis Centre (DIPAC). For the past few years, he has been increasingly associated with matters relating to military space and computerization and has written and lectured on satellites and aerospace issues. 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 the senior leadership of the Command, appropriate component and supported commands, the aerospace contractor community, federal officials, and other leaders. Other 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; 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 include 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. For secure online registration, a complete program agenda, and speaker, exhibitor, and sponsor lists, visit 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 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