Space Foundation Creates New Cyber Position

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Space Foundation Creates New Cyber Position 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.

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 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


This article is part of Space Watch: January 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 1).