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Congresswoman Tauscher Featured Speaker at Strategic Space and Defense 2008

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 11, 2008) — U.S. Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (CA-10) will address Strategic Space and Defense 2008 at the Congressional Keynote Luncheon, conference organizers announced today. Presented by the Space Foundation and Space News, Strategic Space and Defense 2008 is the global security conference for space and defense professionals. Featuring the foremost military, defense industry, and government leaders, the conference is set to take place at the Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena in Omaha, Neb., 6-8 October.  The Congressional Keynote Luncheon is scheduled for 1215 hrs on Wednesday, 8 October.

Tauscher is chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. The committee is responsible for overseeing all national security space programs. Tauscher, who is currently serving her sixth term representing California’s 10th Congressional District, has served on the House Armed Services Committee for 10 years. During this time she has taken an active role in foreign policy and national security. Tauscher also serves on the House Armed Services Subcommittees for Air and Land Forces and Oversight and Investigation, as well as serving on the House Transportation Committee.

Tauscher will be joined by other high ranking speakers throughout the conference including Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, commander, United States Strategic Command; Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, USN, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; Lt. Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF, commander, 14th Air Force and Joint Function Component Command-Space; Maj. Gen Roger Burg, USAF, commander, 20th Air Force; Maj. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA, chief of staff, United States Strategic Command; and Maj. Gen. Thomas F. Deppe, USAF, vice commander, Air Force Space Command.

Speakers and panelists at Strategic Space and Defense will provide insight on USSTRATCOM’s mission, global activities, and relationships, as well as the latest developments in national security policy.  More than 2,000 participants are expected to attend Strategic Space and Defense 2008. 

Co-sponsors for Strategic Space and Defense 2008 include ATK, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Booz Allen Hamilton, CSC, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

Online registration and more information is 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 in to 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, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla.  The Space Foundation also conducts the National Space Symposium, the premier gathering of the global space community. The 25th National Space Symposium will take place March 30 – April 2, 2009, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.  For more information, visit

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