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Industry Speakers Confirmed for Strategic Space Symposium

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Industry Speakers Confirmed for Strategic Space SymposiumCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 26, 2009) — The first wave of industry speakers has been confirmed for the Strategic Space Symposium, jointly sponsored by USSTRATCOM and the Space Foundation Nov. 2 – 4 at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

Industry Perspective Panel
High-level industry leaders will participate in the Industry Perspective panel on Nov. 4, which will discuss the issues, opportunities, and strategic direction of the suppliers, contractors, and consultants that serve national security and tactical warfighter operations.

Confirmed participants include:

  • Wanda Austin, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, The Aerospace Corporation, who will moderate the panel
  • Rick Ambrose, general manager, Surveillance & Navigation, Lockheed Martin
  • David M. DiCarlo, Ph.D., sector vice president and general manager, Space Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Brig. Gen. Robert T. “Tip” Osterthaler, USAF (Retired), president and chief executive officer, AMERICOM Government Services

Industry Participation in Breakout Sessions
William Schuster, president and chief operating officer, GeoEye, will lead the International Data Sharing Challenges breakout sessions and David A. Anhalt, senior director, Advanced Programs, Orbital Sciences Corporation, will lead the Dedicated Military Payloads on Commercial Satellites breakout sessions. Both are part of the Policy/Strategy Challenges to Implementing Data Sharing track.

A special feature of the Symposium, the track sessions and associated breakouts will allow attendees to participate in in-depth conversations about critical issues and, as appropriate, to make recommendations and offer solutions. These sessions are primarily led by military leaders, but some will be coordinated by industry executives.

Business Speakers Complement Government/Military Participants
The well-respected business leaders join an impressive list of previously announced military and government speakers that includes:

  • Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, commander, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, USN, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command
  • Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, USN, director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • 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
  • Maj. Gen. Harold W. “Punch” Moulton, II, director of operations, United States European Command
  • Brig. Gen. Edward Bolton, Jr., USAF, commander, 45th Space Wing
  • Brig. Gen. Michael J. Carey, USAF, deputy director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, United States Strategic Command
  • The Honorable Dave Heineman, governor of the State of Nebraska

The Space Foundation’s co-sponsors at the Strategic Space Symposium are AMERICOM Government Services, Analytical Graphics, Inc., ATK, AVIATION WEEK, Boeing, CISCO, Defense Systems, Intelsat, Integral Systems, Inc., 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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