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Climate Change and National Security Panel Featured at 24th National Space Symposium

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 28, 2008) — As we become more aware of Earth’s changing climate, we realize the importance of monitoring and understanding the wide-reaching consequences. A featured panel at the 24th National Space Symposium, “Climate Change, Space, and Implications for National Security” will look at a range of climate change related issues. This panel will draw a diverse and experienced group of industry, government, and nonprofit leaders together to discuss the space implications of changes in the Earth’s weather and the subsequent impact on national security. The symposium, the premier annual gathering of the global space community, will take place April 7-10 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

This well-rounded panel tackles the complex issues of climate change’s impact on space operations from multiple perspectives. Ms. Nancy S.A. Colleton, president, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, will moderate the panel which will include Ms. Michele Brunngraber, deputy ADDNI for architecture, engineering, and integration, Department of National Intelligence; Mr. Ray Clark, senior partner, The Clark Group; Alexis C. Livanos, Ph.D., corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman, Space Technology Sector; and Mr. Scott Rayder, chief of staff, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In addition to this noteworthy panel, the 24th National Space Symposium is packed with featured speeches and other timely panel discussions by the most senior government officials and industry leaders in space. More than 7,500 participants and media from across the United States and many foreign countries are expected to attend the 24th National Space Symposium.  Representing both the history and future of this $220 billion industry, participants include senior executive leadership from NASA, NOAA, and other civil space and government agencies; the commercial space and satellite broadcasting industry; the Department of Defense and military space commands; space entrepreneurs; universities and academia; and senior representatives from the global space industry.

Highlights of the 24th National Space Symposium include an extensive exhibit center representing more than 140 organizations and companies co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin; a spectacular Opening Ceremony, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; Opening Night Reception, co-sponsored by ATK; Opening Night Fireworks and Late-night Reception, co-sponsored by Raytheon; Corporate Partnership Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by AMERICOM Government Services; the Corporate Partnership Dinner, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; the presentation of the Space Foundation’s highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, at a luncheon co-sponsored by Boeing; the Space Technology Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by Axiom Worldwide, and the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, co-sponsored by Space Florida.

Additional co-sponsors of the symposium are Analytical Graphics, Inc., ATK, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Cisco Systems, CSP Associates, Computer Sciences Corporation, Harris Corporation, Hitachi Consulting, Honeywell, Infinite Links, Intelsat General, ITT, Perot Systems Government Services, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, SEAKR Engineering, Inc., Stellar Solutions, and United Launch Alliance. Media partners for the 24th National Space Symposium are Aviation Week, Space News, and Via Satellite. Frontier Airlines is the official airline of the conference.

Online registration and more information, including an updated program agenda, confirmed speaker list, and exhibitor list, are available at

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983 and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Space Foundation is an international nonprofit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity.  A leader in space awareness activities, major industry events, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom, the Space Foundation is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.  It conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office, and has field representatives in Houston and Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation also conducts Strategic Space and Defense 2008, scheduled 6-8 October in Omaha, Neb.  For more information, visit