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Ratkewicz Joins Space Foundation as Manager of Cyber Initiatives

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Ratkewicz Joins Space Foundation as Manager of Cyber InitiativesCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 15, 2010) — Recognizing the increasingly important role of the cyber domain and how it relates to the needs and missions of corporate and military customers, the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation has hired cyberspace expert Art Ratkewicz to fill a new manager – cyber initiatives position.

“With his extensive breadth and depth of experience in the field, Art has a keen vision and understanding of the potential a cyber function brings to all aspects of the Space Foundation’s mission, including events, research and analysis, corporate support and education,” said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham.

Ratkewicz has served at Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Forces Korea and in private industry at Booz Allen Hamilton, Atmel and Texas Instruments. His cyber experience began in the mid-90s when he wrote the Air Force’s first Command information operations (IO) plan and integrated IO into AFSPC’s intelligence function. He organized and moderated one of the first Department of Defense seminars on information operations, and was the AFSPC project officer for several general officer working group sessions on IO and how to best integrate it into the Air Force. As a member of the AFSPC IO Working Group, Ratkewicz assisted in developing plans for AFSPC to assume the Air Force’s lead in IO, and has presented to senior Air Force leadership at CORONA conferences, the Air Force’s senior leadership decision forum.

Ratkewicz is responsible for creating programs specifically devoted to cyberspace education and advocacy and for integrating cyberspace perspective into existing Space Foundation programs. He is based at Space Foundation headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Cyber 1.1
Last year, the Space Foundation launched its cyberspace program with the sold-out Cyber 1.0 conference held in conjunction with the National Space Symposium. The event explored the realm of cyberspace, its impact on military operations and civilian life, national security, commerce and communications. In 2011, Cyber 1.1 will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., on April 11, the first day of the 27th National Space Symposium. Cyber 1.1 will feature presentations by senior Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) and industry leaders, a policy-focused luncheon and networking opportunities. Registration information for Cyber 1.1 can be found at

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is a global, 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, including the National Space Symposium, 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 TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.


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