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Strategic Space Symposium Adds Speakers to Impressive Roster

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Strategic Space Symposium Adds Speakers to Impressive Roster COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 14, 2009) — More high-level military and industry speakers, panelists, and breakout session leaders have been added to the Strategic Space Symposium 2-4 Nov., 2009, at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

General Sessions:

  • Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman will welcome attendees to Omaha.
  • Lt. Gen. Francis H. Kearney, III, USA, deputy commander, United States Special Operations Command, will participate in the Deputy Commander’s Panel: Joint Operations: Space as a Force Multiplier along with several more deputy commanders from among the 14 Combatant Commands (COCOMs). The panel will be led by Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, USN, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command.
  • Brig. Gen. Robert (Tip) Osterthaler, USAF (Retired), president and chief executive officer, AMERICOM Government Services, will participate in the Industry Perspective panel.
  • Richard McCormick, SES, special assistant for international and space activities, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will discuss Space Policy.
  • Elliot Pulham, chief executive officer, Space Foundation, will serve a co-host of the general sessions along with Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, commander, U.S. Strategic Command.

Track and breakout sessions:

  • Brig. Gen. Edward Bolton, Jr., USAF, commander, 45th Space Wing, will lead a breakout session on the criticality of space situational awareness (SSA) in the launch arena, a part of the Policy/Strategy Challenges to Implementing Data Sharing track session.
  • Col. Charlotte Wilson, USAF, director, National Reconnaissance Office Operations Center (NROC), will lead a breakout session on intelligence surveillance reconnaissance (ISR), a part of the Improving Integration of Space Effects track session.
  • Lt. Col. Daniel Wright, USAF, director, Navigational Warfare/Position, Navigation, and Timing, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Network and Information Integration, will lead a breakout session on satellite communications, a part of the Improving Integration of Space Effects track session.
  • Captain Brian N. Humm, USN, chief, Global ISR and Space Division, USSTRATCOM, will lead a breakout session on how should the DoD posture acquisitions for ORS?, a part of the Determining the Value of Responsive Space as an Element of Our National Space Strategy track session.
  • William Schuster, chief operating officer, GeoEye, will lead a breakout session on international data sharing challenges, a part of the Policy/Strategy Challenges to Implementing Data Sharing track session.

Co-sponsored by the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and the Space Foundation, the event is themed Advancing Space Capabilities and Strengthening Operations to Promote Global Security and is expected to attract more than 1,500 government officials, military leaders, top industry executives, students, educators, and exhibitors from around the world. Registration is open; for details go to

The Strategic Space Symposium offers space and defense professionals an unparalleled opportunity for education, interactive discussion, and exposure to the latest space operations technologies related to global space strategy and warfighter issues and requirements. It features two full days of interactive training sessions, speeches, panel discussions, networking opportunities, exhibits, and concurrent educational programs for teachers and students.

The agenda includes general sessions and track and breakout sessions led by top-level military leaders, which will give attendees ample opportunity to participate in open discussion and formulation of recommendations.

Space News is the Space Foundation’s exclusive media partner at the Strategic Space Symposium. The Space Foundation’s co-sponsors at the Strategic Space Symposium are Americom Government Services, Analytical Graphics, Inc., ATK, Boeing, ManTech, and Northrop Grumman.

For more information, including online registration, preliminary agenda, and exhibitor and sponsorship information, go to

Located at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., U.S. Strategic Command is one of ten unified commands in the Department of Defense. The command headquarters represents all four services, including Department of Defense civilians and contractors, and oversees the command’s operationally focused global strategic mission. USSTRATCOM integrates and coordinates the necessary command and control capability to provide support with the most accurate and timely information for the President, the Secretary of Defense, other National Leadership, and regional combatant commanders. USSTRATCOM combines the synergy of the U.S. legacy nuclear command and control mission with responsibility for space operations; global strike; Defense Department information operations; global missile defense; and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), and combating weapons of mass destruction. This dynamic command gives National Leadership a unified resource for greater understanding of specific threats around the world and the means to respond to those threats rapidly.

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