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Strategic Space and Defense 2006 features command chiefs to discuss the Global War on Terror

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sep. 21, 2006) — Today the Space Foundation confirmed that Command Chiefs from the United States Air Force, Army, and Navy will be speaking on a featured panel at this year’s Strategic Space and Defense 2006 conference. The Space Foundation and Space News present the conference October 10-12, 2006, at the Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena. `Iraq, Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror – Frontline Views of the Command Chiefs` is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

“As leaders directly working with soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed around the world, the Chiefs offer a unique perspective regarding operations and space activities” said Space Foundation Senior Vice President Steve Eisenhart. “A similar panel was extremely well received at last year’s conference, and we’re pleased that Strategic Command has assisted us again to organize ‘Frontline Views.'”

CMSgt Todd A. Kabalan, USAF, Command Chief Master Sergeant, JFCC-Global Strike Integration/ 8th Air Force; CSM David L. Lady, USA, Command Sergeant Major, JFCC-Integrated Missile Defense/ U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command; and CSM David R. Roper, USA, Command Sergeant Major, JFCC-Network Warfare/ National Security Agency, are speaking on the panel. FLTCM William N. Nissen, USN, Command Master Chief, United States Strategic Command, will moderate.

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.

In support of the Command and the professional development of its personnel, the Space Foundation and Space News have made special arrangements for the Command’s enlisted personnel to attend this panel session and visit the conference exhibit hall.

Featured speakers at Strategic Space and Defense 2006 are 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.

Air Vice Marshal (AVM) DN Ganesh, chairman of the Steering Group for Exploitation of Aerospace, Indian Air Force, is also a featured speaker.

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 are 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

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