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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley to Speak at 26th National Space Symposium Corporate Partnership Dinner

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley to Speak at 26th National Space Symposium Corporate Partnership Dinner COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 8, 2010) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley will be the featured speaker at the Corporate Partnership Dinner the second evening  of the 26th National Space Symposium, which is being held April 12-15 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Corporate Partnership Dinner recognizes the companies and organizations that support, sponsor, and partner with the Space Foundation, which hosts the Symposium. The Boeing Company is co-sponsoring the dinner and Roger Krone, president of Network and Space Systems for The Boeing Company, will serve as dinner host. Intelsat General Corporation is co-sponsoring the Corporate Partnership Cocktail Reception before the dinner.

“The Corporate Partnership Dinner is our opportunity to express appreciation to the organizations that make Space Foundation education, policy, and space awareness programs, including the National Space Symposium, possible,” said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham. “What better way to say ‘thank you’ than with a speaker as influential and compelling as Secretary Donley?”

About Donley
Donley has more than 27 years of experience in the national security community, including service on Senate, White House, and Pentagon staffs. During his career, he has been involved in strategy and policymaking at the highest levels and is a recognized expert in national security organization, planning, and budgeting. Sworn in as secretary of the Air Force in October 2008, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of more than 300,000 men and women on active Air Force duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 160,000 civilians, and their families. He also oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of approximately $110 billion.

Previously, Donley served as director of administration and management for the Department of Defense Organizational and Management Planning group. He has served as senior vice president at Hicks and Associates, Inc., a subsidiary of SAIC; senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses; acting secretary of the Air Force and assistant secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller); and deputy executive secretary and director of Defense Programs for the National Security Council. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Southern California and served three years in the United States Army with the XVIIIth Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

About the 26th National Space Symposium
The premier gathering of the global space community, the 26th National Space Symposium offers workshops, forums, panels, and presentations covering all aspects of space, including main agenda events, special dinners and luncheons, a new Cyber 1.0 event, engaging programs for selected teachers and students, the extensive AMERICOM Government Services (AGS) Exhibit Center, and greatly expanded programs for young, up-and-coming “new generation” space professionals.

Industry/Educator/Nonprofit/Contractor attendees must register separately for the Corporate Partnership Dinner, which has limited seating and is selling out quickly.

Online registration and more information, including agenda, speakers, and exhibitors, are available at

26th National Space Symposium Sponsors
Sponsors of the 26th National Space Symposium include AGIAMERICOM Government Services (AGS), ARES Corporation, Astrotech Space Operations, ATK, AVIATION WEEK, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, CEAVCO, Cisco Systems, Inc., Cobham, CSC, Defense SystemsGeneral Dynamics, GMV, IBM, Intelsat General Corporation, International Space University, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Orbital, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Raytheon, SAIC, Space Generation Advisory Council, Space News, Space Systems/Loral, SpaceX, Stellar Solutions, and United Space Alliance.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; interested companies should contact [email protected]. To be put on the waiting list for exhibit space, contact [email protected].

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, military and intelligence. 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: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame®  programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. 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, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.