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Largest Ever Strategic Space and Defense 2007 Set to Begin

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 8, 2007) — Space and defense professionals are set to gather for three days in Omaha at the largest Strategic Space and Defense conference in the five year history of the event. The 2007 conference kicks off an outstanding program agenda with a spectacular Opening Ceremony and Reception on Tuesday 9 October. 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 Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena in Omaha, Neb., 9 – 11 October 2007.  

The Opening Ceremony and Reception, featuring legendary music icons THREE DOG NIGHT and welcoming remarks by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, begins at 1800 hours, and is co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Conference organizers also announced that more than 2000 participants are expected, and the exhibit center will feature more than 40 exhibitors and nearly 12,000 square feet of displays.

This distinctive conference features a packed agenda consisting of two full days of speakers and panelists, leaders in the space and defense industries, addressing the most pressing issues facing the space and defense sectors today.  They will discuss pertinent and timely topics including the command of the future; Joint Functional Component Commands (JFCCs) and mission integration; space situational awareness; global strike; operationally responsive space; missile defense; and international perspectives including integrating global space operations.

Key confirmed speakers and panelists include Mr. Gary E. Payton, deputy under secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs, United States Air Force; Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, USAF, assistant vice chief of staff and director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Lt. Gen. C. Robert Kehler, USAF, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center; Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell, USA, commander, U.S. SMDC/JFCC-IMD; Maj. Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF, commander, 14th Air Force and commander, JFCC-Space; Maj. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, USA, chief of staff, United States Strategic Command; AVM DC Kumaria, Indian Air Force, ACAS Operations (Space), Air Headquarters; and Lt. Gen. Patrick de Rousiers, French Air Force, commanding officer, French Air Defence and Air Operations Command.  

Participants at this exceptional conference include 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. 

In addition to the stellar program, all major sponsorships for Strategic Space and Defense 2007 are sold out. This year’s event also features the largest exhibit center in the history of the conference. Participating exhibitors include the largest U.S. defense contractors; government and military organizations including USSTRATCOM, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, U.S. Air Force Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS), and the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein; small to mid-sized companies, and more.

Other highlights of Strategic Space and Defense 2007 include 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, AMERICOM Government Services, Axiom Worldwide, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Mannheim Steamroller, Raytheon Company, and Sterling Computers Corp. – A Sun Partner Advantage Company.

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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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