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Strategic Space Symposium to Feature Top Military Leaders

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Strategic Space Symposium to Feature Top Military LeadersCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 19, 2009) — Two speakers with major strategic responsibility for how the military uses space to support tactical operations have been added to the agenda for the Strategic Space Symposium Nov. 2 – 4, 2009, at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, USN, (pictured) director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, will give a Combat Support Agency Perspective on the morning of Nov. 4. His organization manages and provides imagery and geospatial information for the military, as well as for diverse civil and international needs.

Brig. Gen. Michael J. Carey, USAF, deputy director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), will moderate the View from the Front: Deployed Enlisted/Officer Space Operator Perspectives panel that afternoon. The Global Operations Directorate coordinates planning, employment, and operation of Department of Defense strategic assets and provides integrated plans and operations across space, nuclear, and cyber operations. The directorate is responsible for coordinated space, information capabilities, network operations, and global strike in support of deterrent and decisive national security objectives.

The Strategic Space Symposium, co-sponsored by USSTRATCOM and the Space Foundation, 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. For more information and online registration; go to

About Murrett
Prior to his appointment as the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Murrett served as the director of Naval Intelligence; the vice director for Intelligence, J2, on the Joint Staff; director for Intelligence, U.S. Joint Forces Command; commander, Atlantic Intelligence Command; director, Intelligence Directorate, Office of Naval Intelligence; chief of Naval Operations Staff as executive assistant to the director of Naval Intelligence. Murrett earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Buffalo and master’s degrees in government and strategic intelligence from Georgetown University and the Defense Intelligence College, respectively.

About Carey
Carey is the deputy director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Previously, he served as the director, Current Operations (J3B), USSTRATCOM; commander, 90th Space Wing, F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; and director of Space Forces, Combined Air Operations Center, Southwest Asia. Carey earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.; a master of public administration degree from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.; and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies, with distinction, from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

Strong Speaker Slate
Murrett and Carey join a slate that includes:

  • Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, commander, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, USN, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command
  • Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, USA, commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense
  • Lt. Gen. Francis H. Kearney, III, USA, deputy commander, United States Special Operations Command
  • Lt. Gen. Larry James, USAF, commander Joint Functional Component Command for Space
  • Maj. Gen Susan Helms, USAF, director, Plans and Policy, United States Strategic Command
  • Brig. Gen. Edward Bolton, Jr., USAF, commander, 45th Space Wing
  • Brig. Gen. Robert (Tip) Osterthaler, USAF (Retired), president and chief executive officer, AMERICOM Government Services
  • Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman
  • William Schuster, chief operating officer, GeoEye

About the Symposium
The Strategic Space Symposium features interactive training sessions, speeches, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and exhibits. The agenda includes general sessions and track and breakout sessions, which will give attendees ample opportunity to participate in open discussion and formulation of recommendations. It is expected to attract more than 1,500 government officials, military leaders, top industry executives, students, educators, and exhibitors from around the world.

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

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.

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is an international, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry – civil, commercial, and national security. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity.” An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. In addition to the Strategic Space Symposium, the Space Foundation will sponsor the 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 12-15, 2010. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation 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. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: SpaceFoundation.

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