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Thomas Young to share national security space panel recommendations at Strategic Space and Defense 2008

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sep. 4, 2008) — Mr. A. Thomas Young, respected space authority and former Lockheed Martin executive, will present findings from the congressionally mandated National Security Space Independent Assessment Panel Report, “Leadership, Organization, and Management for National Security Space” at Strategic Space and Defense 2008. 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. Presented by the Space Foundation and Space News, Strategic Space and Defense 2008 is the global security conference for space and defense professionals. 

The panel, chaired by Young and comprised of senior space leaders from outside the Department of Defense, assessed the organization and management of the department for national security space, its importance to the security of the United States, and defined future actions to address a range of improvements. Young’s featured remarks will take place at 1545 hrs, Tuesday, 7 October.

“Given the timeliness of the Independent Assessment Panel’s report and its significant implications for the management of national security space and the acquisition and intelligence communities, we are delighted to have Tom Young address Strategic Space and Defense 2008,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of the Space Foundation Elliot G. Pulham.

Strategic Space and Defense attendees will gather to gain insight on USSTRATCOM’s mission, global activities, and relationships; international perspectives from allied partners; and the latest developments in national security policy and trends from key aerospace community leaders.  More than 2,000 participants are expected to attend Strategic Space and Defense 2008. 

The program will incorporate two full days of featured speeches and panel sessions; the Welcoming Reception and Exhibit Center Opening, co-sponsored by the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership; continental breakfasts, co-sponsored by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and Booz Allen Hamilton; the Congressional Keynote Luncheon; The Strategic Space and Defense Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by Raytheon; The Strategic Space and Defense Dinner, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; the Reception in Honor of the Men and Women of U.S. Strategic Command, co-sponsored by Integral Systems Inc.; and an exhibit center luncheon.

Other co-sponsors for Strategic Space and Defense 2008 are Analytical Graphics, Inc., ATK, Computer Sciences Corporation, ITT, and Orbital Sciences Corporation.

Online registration and more information 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, 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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