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Join us at MILSATCOM 2024, where connections are made, insights are gained, and the future of military satellite communications is shaped.
Leading experts will share insights on vital topics, including COMSATCOM, Spectrum Management, International Strategies, and more.

Delve into the intricacies of SATCOM for Naval and Amphibious Applications and US Army Requirements.

Positioned as the perfect mid-year meeting place, MILSATCOM USA is your opportunity to forge meaningful connections efficiently with top-tier experts, all gathered in one place at one time.

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Head of Space Department, Portuguese General Staff of the Armed Forces
Colonel David Pheasant

Colonel David Pheasant

Commander, Space Delta 8, USSF
Colonel Eric Felt

Colonel Eric Felt

Director, Space Architecture, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration
Colonel Pete Atkinson

Colonel Pete Atkinson

Chief of Operations, Space Division HQ, US Army
Cordell DeLaPena Jr.

Cordell DeLaPena Jr.

Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT, Space Systems Command, USSF
Damon Feltman

Damon Feltman

Chief, Transport Cell, Space Development Agency
Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF
John Anglin

John Anglin

Project Manager, Tactical Network Technical Management Division Lead, PEO C3T, US Army
Lieutenant Colonel Brian Dea

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Dea

Chief, SATCOM Mission Area Team, Space Operations Command, USSF
Mike Dean

Mike Dean

Chief, DoD SATCOM and AISR ITF, C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO
Scott Harris

Scott Harris

Senior Spectrum Advisor, National Telecommunications & Information Administration
Squadron Leader Daniel Askew

Squadron Leader Daniel Askew

SatCom Program Director, NATO ACT
Thomas Lockhart

Thomas Lockhart

Director of the Capability and Resource Integration Directorate J8, United States Space Command

Andrea Loper

RDSP Acquisition Program Manager, Deputy Chief - RDSP, AFRL
Andrea Loper

 Ms. Loper possesses over 15 years of Program Management experience across the space enterprise. She currently manages projects at the Starfire Optical Range, the Air Force’s center of excellence for adaptive optics (AO) research and Maui unique world-class research facility, and the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site. The AO research enables technology for high resolution imaging of space objects using ground-based telescopes. From 2009 – 2013, she served as the program integrator and segments lead for the U.S. DoD Enhanced Polar Protected SatComm System and returned to SATCOM in the Wideband Program Office in 2016. She joined the U.S. Government as a Presidential Management Fellow 2008 at the Space and Missile System Center in Los Angeles from a 6-year position in Germany, where she managed operations in Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq as a support services contractor.

 

Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Head of Space Department, Portuguese General Staff of the Armed Forces
Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Captain (N), José Matias de Freitas is a Navy Officer Commander graduated by the Naval Academy as a Weapons and Electronics Engineer. He served on board of various Portuguese navy war ships as a Weapon Engineer Officer (WEO) responsible for the performance and availability of the on-board weapons, sensors, Command Support Information Systems, combat, and communications systems. As Senior Engineer Officer supported the Executive Officer in resources management and information systems administration Ship Domain Administrator for IT. He was head of Weapon Systems Office for the Weapon and Electronic Systems Department at the Portuguese Navy - Technical Navy School and head of Communications and Cypher Department at Naval Communications Centre, being responsible for the transformation process in the naval communications infrastructures and implementation of main data center. After being deputy Director at Portuguese Navy IT and Communications Directorate, he was appointed as head of Planning and Programing Division, at the Portuguese MoD Directorate-General of National Defence Resources, since 2015 where he has been responsible for the coordination, monitoring and execution of Military Programming Law in the Armed Forces among other responsibilities, which includes the coordination of the implementing process of the Portuguese SST capability. Member of the EU-SST Steering Committee and PMO. He is the MoD representative at international forum, within UE, EDA, and NATO for the Space Domain (SATCOM, SST/SSA)

 

Charlotte Gerhart

Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM, Space Systems Command, USSF
Charlotte Gerhart

 Ms. Charlotte Gerhart is the Chief, Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta, Military Communications and Position, Navigation, and Timing (MilComm & PNT) Directorate, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB), CA. She is responsible for the acquisition, production, and fielding of tactical satellite communications capabilities for the Nation’s warfighters.

In 1998, Ms. Gerhart joined the civil service supporting the US Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. In this assignment she was responsible for managing the development and demonstration of space system technologies including thermal systems, structural systems, vibro-acoustic suppression, and laser communications systems.
 
In 2009, Ms. Gerhart moved to be the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program as the manager of the WGS 7-10 program (also known as WGS Block II Follow-on), and later served as the Deputy Program Manager for the WGS program.  From 2013 through 2018 she served as the WGS Program Manager delivering four satellites into operations, with two more in work.
 
In 2022, Ms. Gerhart transitioned to the newly formed MilComm & PNT Directorate and assumed leadership of the Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta.  She has responsibility for the production and fielding of WGS 11+, the rapid acquisition and fielding of Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) Rapid Prototype payloads, Protected Tactical Enterprise Service (PTES) Rapid Prototype, Army & Air Force Anti-jam Modem (A3M), Air Force Wideband Enterprise Terminal (AFWET), and Enterprise Management and Control (EM&C).
 

Colonel David Pheasant

Commander, Space Delta 8, USSF
Colonel David Pheasant

 Col. David A. Pheasant is the commander of Space Delta 8. DEL 8 is mission-focused encompassing Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) and Satellite Communications (SATCOM).

 
Col Pheasant, an inter-service tranfer to US Space Force from the Army, enlisted in the Army Signal Corps as a computer programmer/systems analyst before entering ROTC where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Texas as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps with a branch detail to the Infantry. Additionally, he maintains several commercial IT certifications to include CISSP, CISM, CEH, SEC+, and ITIL.
 
Prior to his current assignment, Col Pheasant was the commander of the 53d Signal Battalion (SATCON) and the acting commander of the Satellite Operations Brigade. Col Pheasant was initial cadre in the first Stryker Brigade (3/2 ID) serving consecutively as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Battalion S6, Signal Company Commander, and Battalion Executive Officer; during which he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After attending Advanced Civil Schooling, he served as the Brigade S6 for 3/1 CAV as they closed out Operation New Dawn in Iraq.
 
Col Pheasant’s recent assignments include serving as the Deputy Army Capability Manager for Cyber at the Cyber Center of Excellence where he developed offensive and defensive cyber capabilities for the Army and Joint forces. Additionally, he previously served as the Chief of Defensive Cyber Operations for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Colonel Eric Felt

Director, Space Architecture, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration
Colonel Eric Felt

Colonel Eric Felt is the Director of Architecture and Integration in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration at the Pentagon, Virginia. He leads a team of 25 military, civilian, and on-site contractors responsible for developing and integrating the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force, and United States Space Force space architectures. His organization focuses on optimizing the Space Force’s $15B portfolio of resilient space capabilities: communications; position, navigation, and timing; remote sensing; space access, mobility, and logistics; and space control.

Colonel Felt received his commission in 1991 from Duke University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He entered active duty in 1996 after completing a master’s in science and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and has served as a developmental engineer and program manager in lab, test, program office, and staff assignments. Prior to his current position, Colonel Felt served as Director, Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
 

Colonel Pete Atkinson

Chief of Operations, Space Division HQ, US Army
Colonel Pete Atkinson

 Colonel Pete Atkinson is a national security professional with two decades of military service. His areas of expertise include space, special operations, project management, international affairs, concept development, organizational change, and technology integration. Pete is currently serving as a corporate-level director of operations at the Headquarters, Department of the Army. Previously, he completed a fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, his research project titled "From Air to Space: The Perils of Domain Parochialism" correlated 20th-century air domain and 21st-century space domain functions. As a lifelong student, Pete earned a Master of Arts in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Florida Atlantic University. Pete is also a certified higher education professional with a concentration in teaching.

Cordell DeLaPena Jr.

Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT, Space Systems Command, USSF
Cordell DeLaPena Jr.

Mr. Cordell DeLaPena is the Program Executive Officer for Military Communications and Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. As the PEO, he manages and oversees development, production, delivery, and maintenance of critical and innovative Communications and PNT systems worth more than $22.3 billion. He is responsible for multiservice, multinational systems, as well as the training and equipping of more than 1,800 military and civilian personnel.

Mr. DeLaPena entered the Air Force in 1985 after receiving his commission through Officer Training School. From 1985 to 2014, he has served in a variety of acquisition and leadership positions within the Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office. In 2014, he retired from active duty in the rank of colonel and entered civil service as a member of the Senior Executive Service. As the Director of the Program Management and Integration Directorate, he advised the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space on weapon system management, acquisition, integration and analysis.
 
Mr. DeLaPena is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College’s Executive Program Manager Course. He is a designated member of the Defense Acquisition Workforce and is certified Level III in Program Management and Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.

CWO5 Rilin Desamours

Space and Propagation Engineering Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6
CWO5 Rilin Desamours

 CWO5 Rilin “Phil” Desamours, a native of Nyack, New York, graduated from Miami Edison Senior high school, June 2001. Enlisted July 2001, and was assigned a primary Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) of Field Radio Operator. Subsequently attained multiple follow-on MOS, Multi-Channel Radio Operator, SATCOM, Advanced Extremely High Frequency Systems Operator and Forward Observer. He was appointed to Warrant Officer February 2011, and commissioned in August 2012. He is a graduate of Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from UMUC, an MBA from New England and Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering Management from the Naval Post Graduate School Monterey CA. 

 
 
 
His service in the operating forces includes: Field Radio Operator, Wideband SATCOM Operator, Forward Observer within several echelons within both II MEF and I MEF. Deployed to OIF I & II with the II MEF Ground Commend Element (GCE). Multiple MEU deployments with I MEF. Platoon Commander, Tactical Communications Planning and Engineering Officer, Operations Officer, Space Operations Planner within multiple levels of III MEF, in the Pacific.  His service outside the operating forces includes Reequipments Manager with Combat Development and Integration (CD&I), HQMC, and Project Officer with Marine Corps Systems Command.  
 
CWO5 personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy, and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. 
 

Damon Feltman

Chief, Transport Cell, Space Development Agency
Damon Feltman
Damon Feltman is the Chief of the Transport Cell, Space Development Agency (SDA). Established in March 2019, SDA is recognized as the Department of Defense's constructive disruptor for space acquisition. SDA will quickly deliver much needed space-based capabilities to the joint warfighter to support terrestrial missions through development, fielding, and operation of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). A critical component of the PWSA is the Transport Layer, which is a proliferated low-earth orbit constellation of satellites that will provide assured, resilient, low-latency military data and connectivity worldwide to the full range of warfighter platforms.
 
Before joining SDA, Mr. Feltman served as a career-long space operations officer in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, and most recently was the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Space Operations, Strategy, Plans, Programs, and Requirements, Headquarters, Space Force. As a member of the executive staff, he led development of the service’s Future Years Defense Program, international partnerships, space system requirements, and strategic planning. He also led collaboration with other services, the Joint Staff, and combatant commands in support of the Space Force’s role as the Department of Defense’s joint space requirements integrator.
 
Mr. Feltman previously held both military and DoD civilian leadership roles. He has served as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans, and Requirements for an Air Force major command, helped establish and served on the senior operations staff of United States Space Command, was the associate director for Air Force future concepts, and led requirements development for space-based missile warning, ground-based radars, and satellite communications at Air Force Space Command.
 
He was also the vice commander for 10th Air Force, commander of the 310th Space Wing, and commander of the 19th Space Operations Squadron

Daniel Holtzman

Authorizing Official, DOD Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO)
Daniel Holtzman

 Mr. Holtzman has more than 30 years of experience in large scale systems engineering, high assurance and real time weapon systems acquisitions in support of the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO. He worked for public and private industry and federally funded research and development centers and participated on numerous senior study teams, including studies conducted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mr. Holtzman was recruited for a Chief Information Officer assignment at a publicly traded company and has participated in technology development research and adaptation to military systems acquisitions.

Darren Buck

Liaison to USAF & USSF, DoD Executive Agent for the DoD Mission Partner Environment MPE, Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) (SAF/CDMX)
Darren Buck

 Mr. Darren Buck serves as Liaison to Air Force and Space Force for the Department of Defense (DoD) Executive Agent for DoD Mission Partner Environment (MPE), Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO). As a member of the Executive Agent Division, he operates on behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force for Governance, Strategy, Integration, Resources, Requirements, and Strategic Engagement in support of DoD MPE. In his Liaison role, Mr. Buck engages, facilitates, and advises Air Force, Space Force, and US Space Command leaders, offices, and programs to build and strengthen connectivity, information sharing, and interoperability with US Allies and DoD Mission Partners.

 
Darren Buck has served over thirty years in the Reserve of the Air Force, and he remains in service as a Colonel, assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space 
Acquisition and Integration. Colonel Buck received his commission in 1990 through the Air Force 
ROTC program of the University of Notre Dame. He has served in a number of space operations and leadership assignments at 50th Space Wing, 45th Space Wing, 595th Space Group, 460th Space Wing, and 310th Space Wing. Further, he has accumulated over 19 months’ command experience in Joint and Interagency space operations and is a fully-qualified Joint Officer (JQO Level III).
 
Immediately preceding his entrance into Federal Service as a Department of the Air Force Civilian 
in April 2021, Colonel Buck served as the Deputy Director for Air, Space, and Information  Operations, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He led oversight and advocacy for all Air Force Reserve operational units, assets, and capabilities, encompassing Combat Air Forces, Mobility Air Forces, Space Operations, Information Operations, and Nuclear Enterprise Operations.
 
As an aerospace and defense industry professional, Darren Buck has served in multiple leadership, technical, and consulting roles since 2000. These have included positions at Air Force Space Command, Missile Defense Agency, Headquarters Air Force Executive Action Group, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the FederalAviation Administration's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.
 

David Logsdon

Senior Director, Space Policy, ITI Space Enterprise Council
David Logsdon

David Logsdon is the Senior Director, Space Policy, ITI Space Enterprise Council.  In his role, he has  created and implemented a strategic international space cooperation engagement plan involving multiple countries, which has helped drive US engagement (both G-to-G and private sector) with international partners. Logsdon facilitated the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreements with seven countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Norway).  Logsdon was one of the leading players in helping get Technology Safeguards Agreements signed and ratified between the US and Brazilian and Australian governments. Logsdon also led trade missions to Brazil and Chile.

 
Logsdon holds a private sector leadership position within the DHS CISA Space Systems Security and Resilience Landscape working group, leading an effort to create a space/cybersecurity/zero trust framework. Logsdon is also the Vice Chair of the IEEE International government subgroup, helping create a global space and cybersecurity standard.
 
Logsdon has cultivated relationships between private-sector executives and federal agencies, highlighting importance of space-based assets to economic and national security, and helping federal agencies justify space-related expenditures through the SEC’s “A Day Without Space” forums.
 
Logsdon acted as a member of Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee on Aerospace, advising secretary of commerce on aerospace industry international trade issues.
 
Logsdon acted as the private sector lead for the US-Brazil Defense Industry Dialogue Space Working Group.
 
Logsdon was a member of the US National Space Based PNT Advisory Board.
Logsdon helped lead the TechAmerica Technology Convergence Commission, which focused on the intersection between social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud computing.
Prior to running the Space Enterprise Council (a position he has held for twenty years), Logsdon was the Manager of Space Operations at the Aerospace Industries Association and a technology policy analyst at Futron Corporation.
 
Logsdon holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University.  
 

Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF
Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

Dr. Brendan Mulvaney is currently the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute at National Defense University. He was a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as an AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China.  

 
He enlisted in 1991 and was commissioned in 1993 after graduating from UC San Diego. He earned his Master’s in Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2002, and was selected as one of three Marine Olmsted Scholars for 2003. He studied at Fudan University in Shanghai, China from 2003-2005 where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations.
 
He served several tours in California, Iraq, Japan, and the Western Pacific. He served as the first Director of the Commandant’s Red Team, and supervised the implementation of Red Teaming in the Marine Corps. In 2013 he transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was the Associate Chair for the Languages and Cultures Department, and taught Mandarin Chinese, Chinese culture, and cross-cultural literacy.
 

EJ Wasikowski

Project Lead, Base Emergency Communications System BECS, Project Manager, Integrated Enterprise Network (IEN), PEO C3T, US Army
EJ Wasikowski

 EJ Wasikowski serves as the product lead (PL) for Base Emergency Communications System (BECS) within PEO EIS’ Integrated Enterprise Network (IEN) portfolio. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing a team that integrates, modernizes, standardizes, and enhances the Public Safety Communication emergency architecture from an analog to an IP-based infrastructure to align with the Common Transport Layer and Common Services Infrastructure within the greater Unified Network. Additionally, BECS provides mission command to emergency assets in order to develop a coordinated response to emergency incidents that may degrade operations and readiness.

 
Wasikowski began his career in the United States Marine Corps, serving 22 years as a senior enlisted Marine with duties at Camp Pendleton, California; Okinawa, Japan; and the Republic of Korea. He also served in several campaigns in Southwest Asia and the Pacific.
 
After retiring from military service, Wasikowski worked for three years in industry, serving as a senior logistician in support of Marine Corps Systems Command and at PEO EIS. He then joined the Army civilian workforce and served as a project support officer for PEO EIS, providing technical support to the Operations Directorate, Logistics Division and Business Operations Division. He later served as the lead project officer for Strategic/Acquisition Planning, Compliance and Special Projects and was appointed the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Task Force lead/project manager (PM) supporting multiple PMs and directorates impacted by the 2005 BRAC effort and National Capital Region leased space relocation programs.
 
Wasikowski then served as the acting deputy to the director of operations and later as the deputy to the director of the G-4. After that, he served as the chief of facilities, services and support for the director of plans and operations. Wasikowski later became the acting deputy project manager for PM Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS — later renamed IEN). He went on to serve as the director of operations, contracts and logistics at PM DCATS, responsible for the oversight of an acquisition IT portfolio consisting of over 20 project/product offices and valued in excess of $1 billion per annum, providing guidance on all matters related to strategic planning, operations, logistics and acquisition management.
 
Wasikowski holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in acquisition and contracts management from Strayer University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University’s Jack Welch Management Institute. He is a recipient of the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
 
Wasikowski has attended numerous acquisition and leadership courses, is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and holds a practitioner-level Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certification in Engineering and Technical Management.
 

Janice Starzyk

Deputy Director, Office of Space Commerce
Janice Starzyk

Janice Starzyk is the Deputy Director of the Office of Space Commerce, a Senior Executive Service position. Previously, she led Virgin Orbit’s Washington, DC, office and government operations. Her extensive experience and contributions in the space industry include leading the consulting practice at Bryce Space and Technology and more than a decade leading the commercial strategy and market intelligence for launch service providers International Launch Services (ILS) and United Launch Alliance (ULA). At Futron Corporation, Ms. Starzyk worked with a range of civil, military and commercial space industry customers.

 
She received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She holds a Master of Arts in economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a dual-degree Global MBA from Tulane University and Universidad Icesi in Cali, Colombia.
 
For more than a decade, Ms. Starzyk has also provided community leadership and support to local STEM education programs through the Washington Space Business Roundtable. She was appointed to serve as an industry representative on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee in 2022.

John Anglin

Project Manager, Tactical Network Technical Management Division Lead, PEO C3T, US Army
John Anglin

 Mr. John Anglin serves as the Chief Engineer and Techncial Management Division Chief for Project Manger Tactical Network (PM TN), assigned to the Program Executive Office Comand, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). In this position he is responsible for the system-of-systems modernization, engineering, design, integration, and interoperability of the Army’s tactical network as part of a unified network battlespace. He directly supervises almost a dozen civilian employees and manages over 200 engineering staff from various disciplines. With over 20 years of experience as civilian and as a Soldier in the tactical Army, Mr. Anglin provides expert advice, guidance and assistance to both senior management and stakeholders concerning all aspects of the Army’s Tactical Network

 
 

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Dea

Chief, SATCOM Mission Area Team, Space Operations Command, USSF
Lieutenant Colonel Brian Dea

Lt. Col. Brian A. Dea is currently assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Space Operations Command at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado as the Chief, Satellite Communications Mission Area Team, he oversees all DoD Military SATCOM, as well as commercial SATCOM integration, international partnerships, and operational readiness. 

Lt. Col. Dea grew up in Yuma, Arizona, graduated from the University of Calif., Irvine and received his commission through ROTC at University of Calif., Los Angeles in 2005.  He has led joint and combined space operations supporting the nation’s combatant commands and provided space support during Operations ODYSSEY DAWN, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.  Lt. Col. Dea has held multiple space assignments to include 2d Infantry Space Liaison Officer in South Korea, Chief, Current Operations at the Combined Space Operations Center, and Commander for the 4th Space Operations Squadron.  Lt. Col. Dea is a career space officer with over 18 years of operations, training, and command experience.  
 

Mike Dean

Chief, DoD SATCOM and AISR ITF, C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO
Mike Dean

 Mike Dean currently serves as the Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Division Chief for C3 Infrastructure Directorate of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, and Communications (C3), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chief Information Officer. As DoD SATCOM Chief, he provides technical expertise, oversight and broad guidance on policy, programmatic and technical issues relating to DoD SATCOM to integrate and synchronize defense-wide communications programs and achieve the DoD’s Digital Modernization Strategy initiatives. He also advises on efforts to achieve and maintain information dominance through DoD SATCOM for the Department of Defense. He manages efforts defining DoD policies and strategies for design, architecture, interoperability standards, capability development and sustainment of DoD SATCOM and serves as the DoD CIO’s focal point for international partnership activities in SATCOM to include the NATO SATCOM Services 6th Generation (NSS6G) activities.

 
Before joining federal government service, Mike served as a career Army Signal Corps and Cyberspace officer for more than 27 years (including multiple command positions and multiple combat deployments within the 82d Airborne Division as well as serving as the Space Branch Chief in the Joint Staff J6). Following his military career, Mike served as a defense contractor for in multiple roles supporting the DoD CIO in satellite communications and information enterprise management. Mike’s most notable role in DoD SATCOM is the development of the Enterprise SATCOM Management and Control Reference Architecture published in 2019 by the DoD to describe the building code for DoD enterprise SATCOM modernization. 
 

Scott Harris

Senior Spectrum Advisor, National Telecommunications & Information Administration
Scott Harris

 Scott Blake Harris is the Senior Spectrum Advisor at NTIA and represents the agency in its work to expand the use of spectrum to support federal agency missions and to meet the ever-growing needs of consumers and the commercial sector.

 
Scott has practiced law in Washington D.C. for forty-six years, and has extensive communications, technology, energy, litigation, and national security law experience.  He previously served in government as the General Counsel of the Department of Energy, as the first Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, and as Chief Counsel for Export Administration at the Department of Commerce. While at DOE also served as Co-Chair of the Broadband Subcommittee of the White House National Science and Technology Council.
 
In the private sector, Scott co-founded the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP (now HWG) and served as its first Managing Partner and its first Chairman. He recently left the firm to join NTIA. Scott has also served as General Counsel of Neustar, Inc. and as Co-Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.  Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he was Chair of the communications practice, and at Williams & Connolly, where began his career in private practice as a litigator. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Gerhard A. Gesell upon graduation from law school.
 

Squadron Leader Daniel Askew

SatCom Program Director, NATO ACT
Squadron Leader Daniel Askew

 Squadron Leader Daniel Askew commissioned from Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 2000, graduating from the Engineering Specialist Training School in 2001.  As a junior officer he completed two operational focused tours as the Deputy Flight Commander on A Flight, No 2 (Field Communications) Sqn, Tactical Communications Wing, and as the Engineering Officer on 37 Sqn Royal Air Force Regiment.  He served as a Staff Officer in the Force Protection Force HQ and in A6 at HQ Air Command.  Upon return from a 6-month deployment in 2010 on Op HERRICK he was posted to the Communications Information Systems Training School, RAF Cranwell, as a Course Officer and later became the second in command.  

In February 2013, after a short tour as the Deputy Officer Commanding No 1 (FC) Sqn, TCW, he was promoted and posted back to HQ AIR Command as the Performance and Risk Manager for AOC 38 Gp.  After completing a tour in PJHQ J6 he took command of No 2 (Field Communications) Sqn, Tactical Communications Wing in December 2016.  In 2019 Daniel moved to Gibraltar to become the Head of Defence Digital Joint Communications Support Unit (JCSU (Gibraltar)), responsible for all MoD Network Infrastructure and the delivery of CIS services to Gibraltar.  Upon completion of this post he moved to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Headquarters in Norfolk as the SatCom Program Director.
 

Thomas Lockhart

Director of the Capability and Resource Integration Directorate J8, United States Space Command
Thomas Lockhart

 Thomas A. Lockhart, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of the Capability and Resource Integration Directorate (J8), United States Space Command, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. He is responsible for establishing the command's requirements and advocating for the assigned missions of deterring aggression and conflict, protecting and defending U.S. interests in the space domain, delivering space combat power for joint and combined forces, and developing ready and lethal joint warfighters.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Lockhart was the Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Mr. Lockhart has also worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory as the Director for both its Plans and Programs Directorate and its Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Directorate.
 
Mr. Lockhart has had two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In his last tour as the NATO Resolute Support Essential Function for Sustainment, Kabul, Afghanistan, he exercised oversight of Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces sustainment for 385,000 Ministry of Defense and Interior military and police forces yearly budgets of over $3.2 billion.
 
Mr. Lockhart began his career in 1987 working as a Journeyman Engineer in training and simulation at Hill AFB, Utah. He has served as an Engineer, Chief Engineer, Acquisition Program Manager, Group Director, combatant command Financial Manager, Deputy Program Executive Officer and Security Cooperation Director.
 

Tom Stroup

President, Satellite Industry Association
Tom Stroup

As President of SIA, Tom is the trade association’s lead advocate for regulatory and policy issues of critical importance to SIA’s membership, including spectrum and licensing issues, defense and public safety matters, and export control and international trade issues. He also manages the day-to-day operations of SIA, including member communications, staff leadership and organization of SIA sponsored events. Tom became the president of SIA in December of 2014.

 
Prior to joining SIA, Tom was with Shared Spectrum Company (SSC), a leading developer of spectrum intelligence technologies, where he served as CEO. For more than a decade, he served as the President of the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA). Previous to his position at SSC, he founded and ran several companies in the technology industry, including Columbia Spectrum Management, P-Com Network Services, CSM Wireless, and SquareLoop.
 
Tom holds a BS, summa cum laude, in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota. He is also a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he served as Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
 

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The conference is your gateway to a comprehensive understanding of the field. Engage with every facet of US MILSATCOM, covering technical development, acquisition, and operations. Connect with key players from units and organizations such as Space Systems Command, Space Operations Command, and more.

Facilitate collaboration and information exchange with representatives from Space Delta 8, US Army, Naval Network Warfare Command, AFRL, and other crucial entities.

Who Should Attend?

Whether you're an operator, developer, or service provider in the US MILSATCOM Enterprise, this event is indispensable for your professional growth.

 

What's New for 2024?

Based on your feedback, MILSATCOM USA 2024 has evolved to meet your needs more effectively.

Focused Learning: Immerse yourself in COMSATCOM and Commercial Development at the brand new Focus Day. Explore the rapid development of the commercial SATCOM sector.

The main conference: It kicks off by bringing you a deep dive into the acquisition, development, and operation of the space-side element of SATCOM, alongside insights other agencies through the NTIA and CDAO, providing a holistic view of the SATCOM landscape.

Warfighter Perspective: The final day offers unique perspectives from Army, Airforce, Navy, and Marine SATCOM professionals. It concludes with presentations from international partners on the global SATCOM ecosystem and areas of collaboration.
 

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Registration & Coffee

SAE Media Group are delighted to announce that MILSATCOM USA will feature a COMSATCOM & Commercial Development Focus Day for the very first time.

 
This dedicated pre-conference focus day will discuss the increasingly vital role of Commercial SATCOM in US SATCOM procurement and planning . We're thrilled to host a line-up of experts from the Commercial Satellite Communications Office, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, the Office of Space Commerce, and more who will share insights into their programmes and unveil the latest technological breakthroughs.
 
This convergence of US commercial acquisition expertise, shaping the future of SATCOM is an opportunity not to be missed!
 

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Chair's Opening Remarks

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9:00

Delivering Innovative Commercial SATCOM capabilities and services to the DoD, Federal Agencies, and International Partners

Michael Nichols

Michael Nichols, Deputy Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, United States Space Force

  • Matching commercial satellite operators to the needs of various operational commands and other DoD customers
  • Managing the contracting process
  • Case studies of how the CSCO can help commercial partners
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    9:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    10:00

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Utilising Commercial Partnerships to Further US SATCOM Architecture

    Colonel Eric Felt, Director, Space Architecture, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration

  •  Addressing acquisition challenges and program delays
  • USSF acquisition priorities
  • How can industry play a role in the plan for US SATCOM Architecture?
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    11:30

    Senior Representative, Commercial and Interagency Partnerships Branch, HQ US Space Force

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    12:00

    Networking Lunch

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    13:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    13:30

    Helping U.S. Businesses use The Unique Medium of Space to Benefit Our Economy

    Janice Starzyk, Deputy Director, Office of Space Commerce

  • Fostering the conditions for the economic growth and technological advancement of the U.S. commercial space industry
  • Interagency cooperation
  • Bringing together government and industry
  • Specific work on SATCOM
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    14:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    14:30

    Advocating for Regulations, Policies and Practices that Encourage Investment in, and the Adoption of, Satellite-Based Technologies and Services

    Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association

  • Understanding the capabilities of the U.S satellite industry in SATCOM
  • Encouraging policies and practices that promote USG utilization of satellites, services, and ground equipment
  • Where can the relationship between government and industry improve?
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    Space at the Pointy Edge of the 21st Century Global Technology Spear: How to Partner in an Evolving Global Environment

    David Logsdon, Senior Director, Space Policy, ITI Space Enterprise Council

  • The Evolving Global Space Ecosystem- a look back and a look forward ten years
  • The Intersection of space, technology, cybersecurity, and data- what does this mean on a global landscape?
  • The shifting geopolitical landscape and what it means for current and future partnerships
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    15:30

    Panel: Assessing the Ever-Changing Commercial Space & SATCOM market

  • What are the key areas of growth?
  • Where do challenges remain in working with government?
  • How can better partnerships be promoted?
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    16:30

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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    8:00

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chairman's Opening Remarks

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    9:00

    The Next Era of Strategic and Tactical SATCOM: ESS & MUOS Architecture

    Cordell DeLaPena Jr., Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT, Space Systems Command, USSF

  • Survivable and endurable SATCOM capability for the NC3 Mission
  • Space and control segments for worldwide arctic DoD strategic,secure and jam-resistant communications for ground, sea, and air assets
  • Narrowband SATCOM - MUOS Architecture to Joint Force military advantage and enable communications on the move
  • Where are our biggest areas of challenge? Where can industry assist us?
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    Aligning the DOD SATCOM Community; Strategy, Governance and Capability

    Mike Dean, Chief, DoD SATCOM and AISR ITF, C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO

  • Progress with Enterprise SATCOM
  • Creating a robust governance and oversight setup
  • Narrowband SATCOM analysis: results and feedback for future DOD SATCOM
  • Architectural coherency: how we can improve and what industry can offer
  • The overall lines of effort: where are we going?
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    10:00

    Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor All.Space

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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

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    11:30

    Advancing SATCOM Capability at USSPACECOM

    Thomas Lockhart , Director of the Capability and Resource Integration Directorate J8, United States Space Command

  • Establishing the command’s requirements in the SATCOM field
  • Interagency and commercial partnerships; how to work with USSPACECOM
  • Key lines of effort and program goals
  • Challenges and case studies
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    Ensuring Global, Secure, Survivable, Strategic, and Tactical Communications Capabilities

    Colonel David Pheasant, Commander, Space Delta 8, USSF

  • Executing command and control of the nation’s MILSATCOM constellations
  • Developing and training space Warfighters
  • The fixed and mobile Constellation Control Stations
  • Case studies of operations
  • Acquisition pathways
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    Conducting Effective SATCOM Missions at US Space Operations Command

    Lieutenant Colonel Brian Dea, Chief, SATCOM Mission Area Team, Space Operations Command, USSF

  • Understanding the role of Space Operations Command in the US SATCOM enterprise
  • Key capabilities
  • Challenges and priorities going forward
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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    14:00

    Session Reserved for SES Space & Defense

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    14:30

    Ensuring Rapid Delivery of SATCOM Capability for the Warfighter

    Damon Feltman, Chief, Transport Cell, Space Development Agency

  • Tranche 1 and looking forward to Tranche 2
  • Working with commercial partners on launch capability
  • Delivering on time and in budget – case studies
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    Accelerating AI Innovation Across the DOD to Advance Capability in Key Mission Areas

    Daniel Holtzman, Authorizing Official, DOD Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO)

  • Leading strategy and policy on data, analytics, and AI adoption, as well as enabling the development of digital and AI-enabled solutions
  • The specific work of CDAO on SATCOM as well as potential areas of growth and information advantage
  • How can CDAO help you and how can you work with us?
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    15:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    16:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    16:30

    Ground Based SDA R&D to support SATCOM Capabilities

    Andrea Loper, RDSP Acquisition Program Manager, Deputy Chief - RDSP, AFRL

  • Assisting SATCOM missions by leveraging emerging SDA technology
  • International partnerships in R&D to enable interoperability early in the system life cycle
  • Expedited contracting options to advance technology
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    Modernizing Spectrum Policy and Making the Most Efficient Use Possible of this Vital National Resource

    Scott Harris, Senior Spectrum Advisor, National Telecommunications & Information Administration

  • Supporting the growth of wireless technologies through effective spectrum management
  • The impact of satellite mega-constellations
  • Collaboration with other agencies to regulate congestion
  • What spectrum challenges are we facing? What if we don’t act?
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    17:30

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    8:30

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chairman's Opening Remarks

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    The Future of Army Space

    Colonel Pete Atkinson, Chief of Operations, Space Division HQ, US Army

  • Evolving Army doctrine to support multidomain operations
  • Army equities in the space: past, present, and future
  • How space supports and enables the Army of 2030
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    Delivering Resilient Network Connectivity for the US Army

    John Anglin, Project Manager, Tactical Network Technical Management Division Lead, PEO C3T, US Army

  • Providing commanders choices of network connectivity depending on the environment
  • Integration of both commercial and military SATCOM options, coupled with HF and protected waveforms
  • Integrating network operations tools to better manage and monitor network transport capability
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    10:00

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    11:30

    Supporting Soldier Readiness by Providing Emergency Communications Worldwide

    EJ Wasikowski, Project Lead, Base Emergency Communications System BECS, Project Manager, Integrated Enterprise Network (IEN), PEO C3T, US Army

  • Acquisition program for the design, procurement, fielding, new equipment training and life-cycle management of emergency management / critical communications capabilities
  • Supporting of installation public safety organizations and functions, including first responder, force protection and other installation management activities worldwide
  •  Providing turnkey solutions to deploy critical communications that meet DoD, Army and federal mandates, while supporting Garrison support operations
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    Leveraging Space Capability to Ensure Robust Naval Communications

    Kimberly Morris

    Kimberly Morris, Division Lead, Naval Network Warfare Command (NavyNetWarCom)

  • The work of NNWC in regard to SATCOM
  • Working with other agencies and international partners
  • Current and future projects
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    U.S. Marine Forces Pacific BLoS Communications Priorities

    CWO5 Rilin Desamours, Space and Propagation Engineering Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6

  • Manoeuvrability within the EMS – Within PACOM AOR
  • Threat informed PACE plan, in support of 507X OPLAN 
  • Fire Chain / Kill Web survivability within denied, degraded, or contested environment. “Thin line Comms”
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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    14:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    14:30

    Enhancing NATO SATCOM Capability to Ensure Allied Connectivity

    Squadron Leader Daniel Askew, SatCom Program Director, NATO ACT

  • Gap Analysis, Threats and Vulnerability Assessment
  • NATO SATCOM Capability Development Agenda
  • Next Steps: Governance i.e. CRB/CPP and crucially MC/IC approval)
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    Understanding the Key Role of the MPCO in Furthering SATCOM Interoperability

    Darren Buck, Liaison to USAF & USSF, DoD Executive Agent for the DoD Mission Partner Environment MPE, Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) (SAF/CDMX)

  • Overview and roles/responsibilities of the Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) and the DoD Mission Partner Environment (MPE)
  • Overview of strategic imperatives, current tools/capabilities, and governance structure of the DoD MPE portfolio
  • Future development of the Secret and Below Releasable Environment (SABRE) and the intrinsic relationship of MPE with CJADC2 implementation
  • Developments & test updates for SABRE & CJADC2
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    15:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    Advancing Portugal’s MILSATCOM Capability through Technical Development and Allied Partnerships

    Captain (N) Jose Freitas, Head of Space Department, Portuguese General Staff of the Armed Forces

  • Current Portuguese MILSATCOM capability and it’s importance for the Armed Forces
  • What are the biggest challenges Portugal faces in furthering SATCOM?
  • Working with Allies
  • Laying out the future plan
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    Presentation from Senior Representative UK Strategic Command

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    Understanding the Adversary: China’s Goals in Space and SATCOM

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF

  • What is the Chinese goal in Space and SATCOM?
  • China-Russia Space Cooperation
  • Threats to US and Allied SATCOM systems in-orbit
  • China’s own SATCOM capability
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    17:30

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Three


    Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    Chief, Transport Cell
    Space Development Agency
    Authorizing Official
    DOD Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO)
    Deputy Director
    Office of Space Commerce
    Chief, DoD SATCOM and AISR ITF
    C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO
    Director of the Capability and Resource Integration Directorate J8
    United States Space Command
    Commander
    Space Delta 8, USSF
    Director, Space Architecture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration
    Chief of Operations
    Space Division HQ, US Army
    Project Manager, Tactical Network Technical Management Division Lead
    PEO C3T, US Army
    Senior Spectrum Advisor
    National Telecommunications & Information Administration
    Head of Space Department
    Portuguese General Staff of the Armed Forces
    RDSP Acquisition Program Manager, Deputy Chief - RDSP
    AFRL
    Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    Space and Propagation Engineering Officer
    U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6
    Liaison to USAF & USSF, DoD Executive Agent for the DoD Mission Partner Environment MPE
    Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) (SAF/CDMX)
    Senior Director, Space Policy
    ITI Space Enterprise Council
    Director
    China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF
    Project Lead, Base Emergency Communications System BECS
    Project Manager, Integrated Enterprise Network (IEN), PEO C3T, US Army
    Chief, SATCOM Mission Area Team
    Space Operations Command, USSF
    SatCom Program Director
    NATO ACT
    President
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