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Gen. James Cartwright is Featured Speaker at 27th National Space Symposium

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Gen. James Cartwright is Featured Speaker at 27th National Space SymposiumCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 12, 2011) — Gen. James Cartwright, USMC, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s second-highest-ranking military officer, will speak at the 27th National Space Symposium. He joins a slate of high-level industry, military, civil space and academic speakers at the premier gathering of space professionals, which will be held April 11-14 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Presented by the Space Foundation, the 27th National Space Symposium offers presentations and panels covering all aspects of space, plus special events and presentation of several prestigious space-related awards. Online registration and more information, including agenda, speakers and exhibitors, are available at

About Cartwright
Cartwright is the eighth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which comprises leaders from all branches of U.S. armed forces and advises the civilian government on military matters. He chairs the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, co-chairs the Defense Acquisition Board and serves as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee, the Nuclear Weapons Council and the Missile Defense Executive Board. He also co-chairs the Deputies Advisory Working Group, which provides advice to the deputy secretary of defense on resourcing and other high-level departmental business issues.

Cartwright was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1971. He completed Naval Flight Officer training in 1973 and graduated from Naval Aviator training in 1977. He has had operational assignments as an non-flight officer in the F-4, and as a pilot in the F-4, OA-4 and F/A-18.

Cartwright is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, earned a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, Newport, R. I., and completed a fellowship with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

27th National Space Symposium Co-Sponsors
Confirmed co-sponsors of the 27th National Space Symposium include a.i. solutionsAnalytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)ARES CorporationATK; Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; The Boeing Company; Booz Allen HamiltonCisco Systems, Inc.; EuroconsultFisher Space Pen Co.; GMVGeneral Dynamics; IBMIntegral SystemsIntelsat General CorporationInternational Academy of Astronautics (IAA)International Space University (ISU); Lockheed Martin; Northrop GrummanParadigm; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; Raytheon; SAIC; SpaceSystems/LoralSpaceX; Stellar Solutions; United Launch Alliance; and United Space AllianceSpace News International and Aviation Week are official media partners. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; interested companies should contact [email protected].

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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