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Command Chiefs Share Views from the Frontlines at Strategic Space and Defense 2007

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(Sep. 12, 2007) —

Conference organizers confirmed that command chiefs from across the branches of military service will engage in an important panel discussion focused on the on-the-ground reality in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other theaters around the globe.  Presented by the Space Foundation and Space News, Strategic Space and Defense 2007, the global security conference for space and defense professionals, will take place at the QwestCenterOmahaConvention Center and Arena in Omaha, Neb., 9 – 11 October 2007.  The panel, entitled “Serving Where Called – Frontline Views of the Chiefs,” will take place on Thursday, 11 October at 0850 hours.  This well-timed discussion is a key component of the conference, which focuses on the most pressing issues facing the space and defense industries.




“With current global security conditions, the situation on the ground and the role space technology plays in theater is constantly and rapidly evolving,” said Space Foundation Senior Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs, Steve Eisenhart. “As leaders working directly with the troops deployed around the world, the chiefs offer a unique perspective regarding operations and space activities.”




The panel consists of senior enlisted leaders from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy.   Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer William N. Nissen, USN, command master chief, United States Strategic Command, will lead the panel, serving as moderator.  Participants include Chief Master Sgt. Timmothy M. Dickens, USAF, senior enlisted advisor, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations/Defense Information Systems Agency; Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin B. McGovern, USA, command sergeant major, 1st Space Brigade, United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command / U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT); and Chief Master Sgt. Thomas S. Narofsky, USAF, command chief master sergeant, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic-Space), and JFCC-Space, United States Strategic Command.




In addition to this panel, Strategic Space and Defense 2007 will feature a stellar program consisting of leaders in the space and defense industries.  This unique conference attracts the senior leadership of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), its component and supported commands, representatives of the national security industrial base, major government contractors, federal officials, and allied partners; and includes two full days of featured speakers and panel sessions, luncheons, a sophisticated exhibit center, and more.




Significant confirmed speakers and panelists include Mr. Kenneth S. Callicutt, director, capability & resources integration, United States Strategic Command; Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom Jr., USAF, director, Defense Information Systems Agency and commander, Joint Task Force – Global Network Operations; Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center; Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, USAF, assistant vice chief of staff and director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; and Maj. Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF, commander, 14th Air Force and commander, JFCC-Space.


Other highlights of Strategic Space and Defense 2007 include a spectacular Opening Ceremony and Reception, featuring legendary music icons THREE DOG NIGHT and welcoming remarks by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; the Strategic Space and Defense luncheon, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; and the Thursday luncheon, co-sponsored by Boeing.  Additional co-sponsors include AirLaunch LLC, a.i. Solutions, ATK, Axiom Worldwide, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Raytheon Company, SES Americom, and Sterling Computers Corp. – A Sun Partner Advantage Company.



Additional information including secure online registration, a preliminary agenda, and lists of speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors is available at




About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity. The Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, trade association services, research and analysis for the global space industry, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom. The Space Foundation has an office in Washington, D.C., and field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla.  The Space Foundation also conducts the premier annual gathering of the global space community, the National Space Symposium.  The 24th National Space Symposium will take place April 7-10, 2008, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. For more information, visit


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