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SAE Media Group are proud to be hosting the 3rd annual Military Space USA conference, which will be taking place on the 7th and 8th of June 2022 with a dedicated Disruptive Technology Focus Day on the 6th of June.

The US DOD’s space enterprise has undergone a seismic shift  in the last couple of years: from the establishment of USSPACECOM and the US Space Force to the overhaul of space acquisition currently underway, the pace of change signals the DOD’s intent to remain in the ascendancy in this critical domain.

Nonetheless, significant challenges remain. US space assets are still vulnerable to enemy interference both on earth and on orbit, and an overreliance on space-based capabilities necessitate a far greater investment in resilient systems to mitigate this vulnerability. Closer to home, prohibitively long and complicated procurement processes remain a significant block to rapid capability development.

With briefings, discussions, technology demonstrations, and a whole day dedicated to disruptive technology, Military Space USA will provide an unmatched opportunity for space professionals to examine these challenges. Focusing on a number of key mission areas relevant to all space warfighters, this conference remains the pre-eminent forum to learn how the US and its allies will forge the future of military space.

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Networking Opportunities:

  • Meet and network with over 150 attendees from defence agencies, militaries and governments and industry 
  • Over 6 hours of networking breaks, drinks receptions, dinners, and more
  • Engage with an array of vendors, including disruptive space companies across the Silicon Valley and established space industry primes

Conference Features:

  • Hear from an unmatched array of speakers from across the US military space enterprise, including Space Systems Command and the US Space Force
  • Carefully selected topic themes, including architecture modernization, responsive launch, industry collaboration, and small satellites
  • A range of key international partners, who will present their vision for future space operations in coalition

Below is a snapshot of the attendees from 2019’s event:
US 14th Air Force HQ
Accion Systems, Inc
US Air Force Research Lab
Airbus
Amergint Technologies
Anaren Microwave, Inc.
Arena Strategic Advisors, LLC
Artel LLC
Boeing
Booz Allen Hamilton
Cabinet Office of Japan
CGI
Charles Stark Draper Lab
CM Technology Inc
Cobham
DISA
Disruptive Technology Associates, Ltd.
Dstl
Entegra Systems
Executive Office, The White House
ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Hughes
Itochu Corporation
KBR
Knight Sky
Kratos
Leidos
Leonardo DRS
Lockheed Martin
LuxGovSat
MCC Corporation
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
NanoRacks LLC
NASA-JPL
National Space Policy Secretariat, Japanese MOD
New Zealand Defence Force
Northern Space & Security Ltd
Northrop Grumman
NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.
Officina Stellare
Omnispace LLC
OneWeb Satellite
PlaneWave Instruments
Quintech Electronics and Communications Inc
Raytheon Company
Rocket Lab
ROK JCS
Royal Air Force
SES Government Solutions
SES Government Systems
USAF Space and Missile Systems Center
US AFRC Space Vehicles Directorate
Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.
Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
The Aerospace Corporation
The Yomiuri Shimbun
TM
UK MoD
UK National Maritime Information Centre
US Air Force
US Army
US Army War College
US Marine Corps
US Navy
USAFRICOM
VELOS
Via Satellite
ViaSat
XTAR
And many more…

Below is a snapshot of the attendees from 2019’s event:
US 14th Air Force HQ
Accion Systems, Inc
US Air Force Research Lab
Airbus
Amergint Technologies
Anaren Microwave, Inc.
Arena Strategic Advisors, LLC
Artel LLC
Boeing
Booz Allen Hamilton
Cabinet Office of Japan
CGI
Charles Stark Draper Lab
CM Technology Inc
Cobham
DISA
Disruptive Technology Associates, Ltd.
Dstl
Entegra Systems
Executive Office, The White House
ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Hughes
Itochu Corporation
KBR
Knight Sky
Kratos
Leidos
Leonardo DRS
Lockheed Martin
LuxGovSat
MCC Corporation
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
NanoRacks LLC
NASA-JPL
National Space Policy Secretariat, Japanese MOD
New Zealand Defence Force
Northern Space & Security Ltd
Northrop Grumman
NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.
Officina Stellare
Omnispace LLC
OneWeb Satellite
PlaneWave Instruments
Quintech Electronics and Communications Inc
Raytheon Company
Rocket Lab
ROK JCS
Royal Air Force
SES Government Solutions
SES Government Systems
USAF Space and Missile Systems Center
US AFRC Space Vehicles Directorate
Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.
Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
The Aerospace Corporation
The Yomiuri Shimbun
TM
UK MoD
UK National Maritime Information Centre
US Air Force
US Army
US Army War College
US Marine Corps
US Navy
USAFRICOM
VELOS
Via Satellite
ViaSat
XTAR
And many more…

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian

Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian, Chief Executive Officer, Caelus Partners
View Bio

9:00 Accelerating Breakthrough Space Technologies at Defense Innovation Unit

Major Ryan Weed

Major Ryan Weed, PM, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit

  • Overview of DIU’s Space Portfolio Mission, Vision, Objectives, and Outlook
  • Propulsion and Power efforts – nuclear, radioisotopes, and fusion
  • DoD in cislunar – what, how, and why?
  • 9:40 AFRL's Innovation Strategy through Cutting-Edge R&D

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Orbital Transfer Vehicles & Spacepower

    Mr William Kowalski

    Mr William Kowalski, COO, Atomos Space

  • OTVs provide significant orbital mobility and logistics
  • OTVs provides unique capture capabilities for space domain awareness
  • Atomos is working on rendezvous and capture and advanced propulsion to deliver these capabilities to orbit.
  • 11:30 Launch & Beyond: Disrupting Space Transportation

    Colonel (Ret'd) Jason B. Mello

    Colonel (Ret'd) Jason B. Mello, President, Firefly STS, subsidiary of Firefly Aerospace

  • Firefly is developing innovative transport solutions to space, in-space, and on terrestrial bodies.
  • Revolutionizing a holistic approach for access to meet changing National Security Space Launch requirements.
  • Providing a framework of how to meet a diverse commercial and federal market
     
  • 12:10 Leveraging Quantum Technology to Deliver a Paradigm Shift for Military PNT

  • General overview of the national security implications of quantum technologies in space
  • Specific use case to talk about threats to precision, navigation, and timing
  • PNT and how ColdQuanta’s work on atomic clocks enhance security
  • Ms Laura Thomas

    Ms Laura Thomas, VP Corporate Strategy, ColdQuanta

    Dr Judith Olson

    Dr Judith Olson, Head of Atomic Clock Division, ColdQuanta

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Infrastructure Development in Cis-Lunar Space and Beyond, Defense Implications

    Mr Dennis Ray Wingo

    Mr Dennis Ray Wingo, CEO and Founder, Skycorp Incorporated

  • Shedding the McNamara era “Geocentric” worldview in space
  • The future is reusable, reprovisionable, and repairable
  • In Space manufacturing, Lunar Industrialization, and Space Logistics
  • 14:30 Using Additive Manufacturing to Revolutionize Aerospace Systems

    Mr Joshua Brost

    Mr Joshua Brost, Vice President of Business Development , Relativity Space

  • Relativity Space has developed the world’s largest 3D metal printers and is using them to develop both a low-cost expendable small launcher and a fully reusable medium lift launcher.
  • 3D printing enables products that are more reliable, faster to manufacture, and less expensive while also enabling a dramatic simplification of the required supply chains
     
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    17:00 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian

    Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian, Chief Executive Officer, Caelus Partners
    View Bio

    7:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:40 SMI Conference Opening

    Sadia Malick

    Sadia Malick, Director, SMi Group Ltd

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian

    Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian, Chief Executive Officer, Caelus Partners
    View Bio

    9:00 US Military Space Acquisition: Future of DoD Space Systems Acquisition and Interagency Coordination Strategy for the US Space Enterprise

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name To Be Confirmed, US Space Force

    9:40 Technology and Innovation for the Space Force

    Colonel Charles Galbreath

    Colonel Charles Galbreath, Deputy CTIO, Untied States Space Force

  • Recognition of the increasing contested, congested, and competitive nature of the space domain resulted the in the creation of the United States Space Force.  I'll characterize this evolving environment.
  • The need to continuously and rapidly develop technology led the creation of the Chief Technology and Innovation Office (CTIO).  I'll describe the mission and organization of the CTIO.
  • The CTIO has identified six long-term S&T challenges facing the USSF. I'll describe this challenges at high level and provide some insight into a few of the approaches we're taking to solve those challenges
  • 10:20 Overcoming Form Factor and Field Limitations for AI/HPC Workloads on the Edge

    Andrew O'Neill

    Andrew O'Neill, Solution Architect, Source Code
    View Bio

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 The Value of Digital transformation for Space Command, Control and Communications (C3) Systems

    Mr Frank Backes

    Mr Frank Backes, Senior Vice President, Kratos Federal Space
    View Bio

  • Digital Transformation for Interoperability
  • Resilient, Secure Communications
  • Actionable Intelligence at the Speed of Relevance
     
  • 12:10 Space Based JADC2

    Mr Anthony Smith (SES)

    Mr Anthony Smith (SES), Director C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO
    View Bio

  • C2 Transport (SATCOM)
  • Timing and positioning (PNT)
  • DoDIN Operations and M&C
     
  • 12:50 Building Resilient JADC2 by Leveraging Open Systems Commercial SATCOM

    Dr Rajeev Gopal

    Dr Rajeev Gopal, Vice President Advanced Systems for Hughes Defense, Hughes Network Systems
    View Bio

  • Managed Services for agile information access
  • 5G for speed and security
  • Multi-orbit connectivity
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:40 JADC2 Concept and CFT Lines of Effort

    Colonel Wade McGrew

    Colonel Wade McGrew, Warfighter Communications Division Chief, Joint Staff J6, US DOD
    View Bio

  • Overview of the JADC2 concept to connect sensors to shooters
  • CFT lines of effort
  • Future of JADC2 and C2 concepts
     
  • 15:20 Enterprise Management and Control: Ensuring Coherent Architectural Approaches across the US Space Enterprise

    Ms. Barbara Baker

    Ms. Barbara Baker, Deputy Program Executive Officer for MilComm & PNT, Space Systems Command

  • Importance of effective enterprise management and control for future operational need and how SSC is delivering coherence in all segments
  • Services-based infrastructures: benefits of this for different mission sets
  • Hybrid architectural approaches for all segments: sovereign, commercial, and international systems integration
  • Future of architectural development at SSC and how we are aligning efforts with our partners
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Hybrid Space Architecture: Better, Faster and Smarter Access to Information for the Warfighter

    Dr Lawrence

    Dr Lawrence "Robbie" Robertson, Lead Space Experimentalist, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    View Bio

  • Throughout history, militaries have strived to reduce the time for when request for information was requested and when the end user receives the requested information.
  • In response to information latency caused by orbital dynamics, downlink speeds, capability and a lack of connectivity between systems, AFRL is researching and analysing the benefits of a more interoperable and connected space architecture.
  • This talk and video will explore current status and trades.
     
  • 17:10 Panel: Enterprise Management and the Future of SATCOM

  • Architecture analysis: creating a future SATCOM approach that will underpin JADC2
  • Integrating future constellations and technologies: are we flexible enough for the future?
  • Staying within the enemy's loop: can we iterate and modernise fast enough?
  • Mr Mike Dean

    Mr Mike Dean, DOD SATCOM Chief, US DOD CIO
    View Bio

    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Colonel Ryan Colburn, Director Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    View Bio

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo, Materiel Leader, CASINO Program Office, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    View Bio

    17:50 Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian

    Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian, Chief Executive Officer, Caelus Partners
    View Bio

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Dr Stephen Pluntze

    Dr Stephen Pluntze, Executive Director Partnership Office, United States Space Force

    9:00 PNT Architectures at the US Army’s APNT/Space Cross-Functional Team: Trusted Future Capability for the Army’s Warfighters

    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Mr Willie Nelson (SES), Director APNT/Space Cross Functional Team, US Army
    View Bio

  • Overview of the APNT/S CFT’s progress within the APNT Signature Effort
  • Architecture considerations and how this is being managed
  • The importance of alternative sources of PNT for the US Army’s PNT community and contested environments expected in future conflict
  • Future of PNT development: looking ahead
  • 9:40 USSPACECOM: Delivering US Power in Space

    Mr Christopher Solee (SES)

    Mr Christopher Solee (SES), Deputy J8, US Space Command

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Ally Perspective: The UK's Future in Space

  • An overview of the UK space framework: SKYNET and other programmes
  • Partnership with SSC for Military Satellite Communications and other mission areas
  • How partnerships create additional resiliency: aiming for interchangeability among allies
  • Vision looking forward: continued work with SSC and the US Space Force
     
  • Wing Commander Richard Crouch

    Wing Commander Richard Crouch, UK Liaison to USSF SSC, UK Strategic Command

    11:20 Ally Perspective: Australian Military Space

    12:00 Allied by Design: International Partnerships for a Globally Minded Space Force

    Dr Stephen Pluntze

    Dr Stephen Pluntze, Executive Director Partnership Office, United States Space Force

  • The USSF’s Allied by Design mindset: where this applies and how we are working to create a Space Force that always works for and with our partners
  • Creating a more flexible, interoperable, and effective partnership agreement framework
  • Real-world applications of international collaboration: examples of success and areas for improvement
  • What’s coming next: where we are going and how you can come with us
     
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Revolutionizing Further Education for Guardians and Integration of Cutting-Edge Tech

    Dr Andrea Harrington

    Dr Andrea Harrington, Dean of Space Education, Air Command and Staff College, Air University
    View Bio

  • Overview of proposed changes to further space education programs and how this will affect further education of USSF personnel
  • Plans for unique education courses as a distinct training provider
  • Classification of courses and why a change of approach has benefited both skills and international relationships
  • Synthetic training and integrated development environments: what benefits will this offer?
  • 14:20 Panel: Examining the USSF Education Plans

  • Education as a keystone enabler for space dominance: are we enabling enough access to education across the DOD? How does this affect USSF plans?
  • Education around the DOD: thoughts from external educators for the USSF education vision
  • Partnership: bringing in external and international partners: are we doing this enough?
     
  • Dr Andrea Harrington

    Dr Andrea Harrington, Dean of Space Education, Air Command and Staff College, Air University
    View Bio

    Commander Michael Sanders

    Commander Michael Sanders, Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy
    View Bio

    15:05 Afternoon Tea

    15:35 Challenges and Threats in the Space Domain

    Ms Makena Young

    Ms Makena Young, Associate Fellow, Aerospace Security Project/Center for Strategic and International Studies
    View Bio

  • Current threats to the US in space
  • Space threats and implications for military SATCOM
  • Ramifications of the Space Force for SATCOM
     
  • 16:15 China's Plans for Space

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, US Air Force
    View Bio

  • How China is making space congested and contested
  • The People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force’s Role in Space
  • China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy and Space
     
  • 17:05 SMI Conference Close

    Oscar Wolffe

    Oscar Wolffe, , SMi Group Ltd

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Dr Joel Mozer (SES)

    Dr Joel Mozer (SES)

    Director, Science, Technology and Research & Chief Scientist, US Space Force
    Mr Anthony Smith (SES)

    Mr Anthony Smith (SES)

    Director C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO
    Mr Christopher Solee (SES)

    Mr Christopher Solee (SES)

    Deputy J8, US Space Command
    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Director APNT/Space Cross Functional Team, US Army
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force

    Andrew O'Neill

    Solution Architect, Source Code
    Andrew O'Neill

     Andrew O’Neill brings more than 10 years of high-performance computing experience to Silicon Mechanics as the solutions architect team lead.

    Previously, he was a product engineer and technical support specialist with Silicon Mechanics.  His areas of expertise include information technology, high performance computing, InfiniBand networking, and network attached storage solutions.

    O’Neill holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a double concentration in information systems and entrepreneurship from California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo.

    Colonel Charles Galbreath

    Deputy CTIO, Untied States Space Force
    Colonel Charles Galbreath

    Colonel Niki Lindhorst

    Commander Space Delta 13, US Space Force
    Colonel Niki Lindhorst

    Colonel Niki J. Lindhorst is the Commander of Space Delta 13 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. As the Delta 13 commander she is responsible for Guardian force development through education for 16,000 officers, enlisted, and civilians across the United States Space Force.

    Col Lindhorst graduated from Southern Illinois University and earned her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1995. She has served in a variety of positions including evaluations, training, and space and missile crew operations. She has completed staff assignments at the Joint Staff (J6), Headquarters Air Force (A3), and Headquarters Air Force Space Command (A3). She commanded the Enterprise Operations Squadron at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Virginia. Prior to her current position, the colonel last served as the United States Space Force Chair to the Air University President and Commandant and as a faculty instructor at the United States Air Force Air War College.

    Col Lindhorst deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as Operations Officer to the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (NTMA) Commander and an advisor to the Afghan National Police, Chief of Operations and Plans Division, at the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Director Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Col Ryan M. Colburn is the Director of the Spectrum Warfare Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, California. In this role, he leads a team charged with designing and integrating the United States Space Force’s current and future integrated Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Position Navigation and Timing (PNT) enterprise architectures. He works with military, commercial, allied and government partners to ensure SMC is able to design, acquire, integrate and field the space systems needed to support today’s warfighters on the battlefield of tomorrow.

    Col Colburn was raised near Sacramento, California and entered the Air Force in 1998 after graduating from Seattle Pacific University and commissioning through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Washington. He has served in various levels of program management, staff and command positions for AFRL, ACC, DCMA, AFMC, SMC and the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

    Prior to this position, Col Colburn served as the Support Cell Chief for the Space Development Agency, responsible for the strategy, architecting and acquisition of all space launch services, ground based command and control systems, operational planning and training, and user equipment for the Agency.

    Colonel Wade McGrew

    Warfighter Communications Division Chief, Joint Staff J6, US DOD
    Colonel Wade McGrew

    Colonel Wade H. McGrew is the Chief, Warfighter Communications Division, Joint Staff J6. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director of Space & Cyber Operations for Space Operations Command and Combined Force Space Component Command.

    Previously, Col McGrew served as the Commander of the 21st Space Operations Squadron, a geographically separated squadron of the 50th Space Wing located at Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA which operates and maintains Space Force Satellite Control Network (SCN) sites at Vandenberg SFB CA, Kaena Point HI, Guam, and Diego Garcia. Before taking command, he served as Chief, Space and Integrated Air and Missile Defense with the Joint Staff, J7. In this joint qualified position, Col McGrew deployed worldwide to provide training and focused functional education to Combatant Commanders, battlestaffs, JTF Commanders and staffs in support of exercises and real world HQ forming events.

    Col McGrew has held a variety of leadership and staff positions throughout his career and has planned and executed extensive space and special technical operations during CONUS assignments and while deployed to forward locations. His initial operational assignment was with the 319th Missile Squadron, where he served as combat crew commander, evaluator, and weapons system instructor. Following his missile tour, Col McGrew served as the Chief of Space Courses at the USAF Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, FL. Next, Col McGrew joined the 22d Space Operations Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, where he served as the Weapons and Tactics Flight Commander and ultimately Director of Operations. He later moved on to serve as the space subject matter expert and integrated space analyst in the Air Force/A9 Directorate, Headquarters USAF and as the Executive Officer to the Director of Space Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, AF/A3, Pentagon, Washington DC

    Commander Michael Sanders

    Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy
    Commander Michael Sanders

    Commander Michael Sanders, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor at the US Naval Academy with the Aerospace Engineering Department. His operational history started as an enlisted avionics technician, eventually matriculating into a Maritime Patrol Naval Aviator after his commissioning upon graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. After a career shift to become an Information Professional, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a MS in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Space Systems Engineering. After returning from a short tour supporting the 5th Fleet, he worked as the Military Deputy for the Naval Center for Space Technology at the Naval Research Lab. While at NRL, his major programs were the Tactical Satellite 4 communications planform and the Lakewood project. During this time, he started his doctoral studies in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Upon graduation in 2015 from the University of Maryland, he received orders to the US Naval Academy to teach as an Aerospace Engineering Permanent Military Professor, where he has served as the Aerospace Engineering Associate Chair and the Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Weapons. His experiences as a project officer for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Naval Research Lab greatly contribute to his knowledge and understanding of mission requirements and systems integration. His doctoral research was in luminescent materials for use in power generation for spacecraft. His current interests of research are in solar cell spectral response and space power beaming.

    Dr Andrea Harrington

    Dean of Space Education, Air Command and Staff College, Air University
    Dr Andrea Harrington

    Dr. Andrea Harrington currently serves as the Interim Dean of Space Education at Air University. Prior to her current role, she served as Chair of the Department of Spacepower and Director of the Schriever Space Scholars concentration at Air Command and Staff College, where she is an Associate Professor of Military and Security Studies. She serves as a member of the editorial board for the McGill Annals of Air and Space Law, New Space Journal, the Space Force Journal, and the American Bar Association publication The Air and Space Lawyer. She is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts. Dr. Harrington previously served as the Associate Director of the LLM Program in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi and has served as Associate Chair for the Policy, Economics, and Law Department for the International Space University’s Space Studies Program. She holds a DCL and LLM from the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law, a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, an MSc in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics, and a BA in International Relations and History from Boston University.

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney

    Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, US Air Force
    Dr Brendan 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.

    He and his wife, Samantha, have twin twelve-year old boys, Sean and Ryan, and live in Alexandria, VA

    Dr Joel Mozer (SES)

    Director, Science, Technology and Research & Chief Scientist, US Space Force
    Dr Joel Mozer (SES)

    Dr. Joel B. Mozer is the Chief Scientist of the United States Space Force Space Operations Command. He serves as the principal scientific advisor to the Commander and he is the senior authority for all science and technology matters for an organization that comprises approximately 11,000 space professionals worldwide and manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities. In this role, he interacts with other principals, operational commanders, combatant commands, acquisition, and international communities to address cross-organizational science and technical issues and solutions. Dr. Mozer represents USSF science and technology on decisions, high-level planning, and policy, building coalitions and alliances throughout the U.S. government, industry, academia, the international community, and other scientific and technology organizations.

    Dr. Mozer entered government service in 1992 with the U.S. Air Force. Prior to this assignment, he was Chief Space Experimentalist of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicle Directorate. In that role, he was responsible for managing AFRL’s $40 million per year investment in research and development related to the development of experimental satellites and payloads and conducted a team of 100 engineers and scientists at Kirtland and Holloman Air Force Bases in New Mexico—all working to develop cost effective ways to assemble, integrate, test and fly novel spacecraft and systems and to demonstrate new concepts for DOD systems and missions. His area of specialization relates to space control and remote sensing—understanding the natural and man-made space environment and developing forecast tools for warfighters, theater battle commanders and other decision-makers to mitigate risks.

    Dr. Mozer has more than 30 years of space science, engineering, management, and financial experience working space and ground systems for the DOD. In addition to the Integrated Experiments Division, he served as Chief of the Battlespace Environment Division and led the laboratory’s Space Weather Center of Excellence and was a scientist at the National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak. Before coming to AFRL, Dr. Mozer worked at the Air Force’s Radar Attenuation and Scattering facility at Holloman Air Force

    Base where he developed measurement and analysis techniques to study the radar cross section of low-observable aircraft and technology. Prior to that, he worked for the Army’s Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory where he developed techniques to quantify the effects of natural and man-made battlefield obscurants on electro-optical sensors.

    Dr Lawrence "Robbie" Robertson

    Lead Space Experimentalist, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Dr Lawrence "Robbie" Robertson

    Dr. Lawrence M. “Robbie” Robertson, III, is a member of the scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, and the Lead Space Experimentalist, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Force Materiel Command, Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico. Dr. Robertson serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of space satellite systems, integrates state-of-the-art scientific advances with military technology requirements and guides space experimentation research and development efforts across the AFRL enterprise.

    Dr. Robertson began his career as a consultant to Teledesic Corporation and worked as a Member of Technical Staff at SVS Inc and Nichols Research – both small high-tech companies - before joining the AFRL.
    He joined the AFRL in 1998 and has contributed to a wide range of technologies in space and directed energy. Robbie’s first position was the Beam Control Lead for the highly successful Airborne Laser Advanced Concept Testbed highlighted in the September 5, 2000 front-page article in the Wall Street Journal. He has been a leader in science and technology transition supporting Space Control, Space Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and Space Command and Control.

    Dr. Robertson has published over 40 papers in national and international journals or conferences and has one US patent. He has also served as an advisor to several national committees including one AF Scientific Advisory Board position.

    Dr Rajeev Gopal

    Vice President Advanced Systems for Hughes Defense, Hughes Network Systems
    Dr Rajeev Gopal

    Dr. Rajeev Gopal, vice president, at Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), leads the company’s advanced engineering programs, developing innovative solutions for resilient and protected communications in defense applications. Dr. Gopal’s work spans Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) technologies, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cloud, and cyber security innovations.

    In more than 25 years at Hughes, Dr. Gopal has held a variety of leadership roles in satellite network systems engineering and software development. Most recently, he has focused on AI/ML, software-defined networking, 5G, and enterprise management architectures. Prior to joining Hughes, Dr. Gopal led automation projects for clinical and cancer research and development at CTIS.

    Dr. Gopal holds several patents and has published more than 40 technical papers. A member of the IEEE 5G World Forum, he serves on the editorial board of Wiley’s International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (IJSCN). Dr. Gopal earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) in Pilani, India.

    Consumers, businesses, governments and communities around the world benefit from the connected experiences enabled by Hughes technologies and services. To learn more, visit our website at www.hughes.com or follow us on Twitter @HughesConnects and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/HughesConnects.

    Dr Stephen Pluntze

    Executive Director Partnership Office, United States Space Force
    Dr Stephen Pluntze

    Eric Sindelar

    Executive Vice President – Business Development and Partner Alliances , Source Code
    Eric Sindelar

    Group Captain Patrick Del Guidice

    Director Space Services, Australian Department of Defence / Joint Capabilities Group
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    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo

    Materiel Leader, CASINO Program Office, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo is the Materiel Leader, Commercially Augmented Space Inter-networked Operations (CASINO) program, Innovation and Prototyping Directorate, Space Development Corps, Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. In this role, Lt. Col. Trimailo manages the Space Force investment in DARPA’s Blackjack program, which will demonstrate military utility of a proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite architecture. In parallel, he is developing foundational prototypes and concepts of operations for future operational constellations leveraging Blackjack lessons learned and industry investment in proliferated LEO technology. Since graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 2005, Lt. Col. Trimailo has served in space acquisitions, operations, and staff assignments at the National Reconnaissance Office, Schriever Air Force Base, the Pentagon’s Air Force Legislative Liaison Office, and twice now at SMC. He and his wife, the former Lori Young of Wichita, KS, reside in Redondo Beach, CA, and have two kids.

    Mr Anthony Smith (SES)

    Director C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO
    Mr Anthony Smith (SES)

     Mr. Smith currently serves as the Director, Command and Control, Communications Infrastructure (C3I) leading 56 personnel responsible for the governance, oversight and policy development of DoD tactical communications, tactical data links, combat identification systems, public safety communications, satellite communications, positioning, navigation and timing, and mobility/5G systems.

    Previously Mr Smith served as Director, DOD Information Network (DODIN) Transport Capabilities, where he led the modernization of DOD networks, radio systems, satellite gateways, regional cybersecurity defenses, and airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance communications and dissemination capabilities.

    Mr. Smith retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force, serving from 1983 to 2009. After completing Basic Communications Officer Training at Keesler Air Force Base, he served with the 1st Combat Communications Group at Lindsey Air Station, Germany. He then moved to Hurlburt Field, Florida, as Chief, C4 Architecture and Requirements, Air Force Special Operations Command. During this tour he led Air Force Special Operations communications teams during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1992 he returned to Europe where he was Chief Network Integration and Testing Branch, Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany. In 1996 he attended Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base. In 1997 he transferred to Tinker Air Force Base as Commander of the 32d Combat Communications Squadron. In 1999 he was assigned to United States Special Operations Command as Chief of their C4 Modernization Division. In 2002 he took command of the 21st Space Communications Squadron at Peterson AFB. After graduating from the National War College in 2005 he was assigned to The Joint Staff, serving as Chief, Assured Information Sharing Division, Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems Directorate. Following Joint Staff, Col Smith served a one year remote assignment in Djibouti, Africa as the Director of C4 Systems, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa. Upon retirement from the military, Mr. Smith transitioned to Civilian Service as Deputy, Strategic Engagement Division, The Joint Staff. In 2012, he moved to the C4 Systems Directorate, Assistant Secretary of Defense, for Networks and Information Integration.

    He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology in 1984 at Western Washington University, a Master of Science Degree in Management in 1992 at Troy State University, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy in 2005 at National War College. Mr. Smith was selected as Headquarters USAFE/SC Company Grade Officer of the Year for 1993, the C4 Professionalism Award Winner for USAFE and USAF in 1993, won the 1997 Air Defense University award for excellence in research, and was selected as a 2020 Federal 100 Award Winner, recognizing him as a top IT professional in the Federal Government

    Mr Christopher Solee (SES)

    Deputy J8, US Space Command
    Mr Christopher Solee (SES)

    Mr Frank Backes

    Senior Vice President, Kratos Federal Space
    Mr Frank Backes

    Frank Backes is the Senior Vice President of Kratos' Federal Space. Mr. Backes joined Kratos in January 2017 and has spent 30+ years in the satellite and command & control industries. Mr. Backes was most recently Chief Executive Officer for Braxton Technologies LLC and Braxton Science and Technology Group, LLC, leading manufacturers of command and control software for intelligence, military and commercial applications based in Colorado Springs, CO. He is an industry thought leader and technology pioneer, recognized for innovating high-yield solutions that expand organizational capability, product portfolios and market presence. Mr. Backes is a noted industry speaker for innovative technologies and company brands delivering professional-level presentations with extensive tradeshow and large industry event experience. He was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009 for achievements in the aerospace industry. Mr. Backes has served on the board of directors for Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI), the advisory board for the University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, and the Colorado Space Business Roundtable. He received a BSEE in Semiconductor Physics from the University of California at San Diego along with minors in communications/marketing and computer hardware.

    Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian

    Chief Executive Officer, Caelus Partners
    Mr Jose Ocasio-Christian

    Mr. Ocasio-Christian (LTC, USA, Retired) is the CEO of Caelus Partners and Community in Space LLC. Caelus Partners is a strategic consulting firm focused on space and space-related activities associated with economic development, industrial base growth, and capital markets. He has provided US, UK government officials at the regional and national level advice on private and public investments in the space industry for several years. He has also developed models regionally for space industrial base growth by combining government acquisition, private investment and academia to deliver focus on investment of resources, people and time to bring value to the communities. He is the architecture of various space and space related portfolios for governments, investors and companies to help them build their investment value.

    As the CEO of Community in Space, LTC(R) he leads a company with a mission to analyze, guide, invest, and manifest strategic financial outcomes for space and space related companies through the development and application of different financial vehicles. He has developed several financial vehicles that are moving to support government contractors, private companies and investors to invest and deliver on company or product portfolio growth. His company provides services to best support the needs of the investment client.

    Mr. Ocasio-Christian is also the Chairman of the Board for the nonprofit Caelus Foundation, whose mission is to increase the participation of individuals, space stakeholders, and non-space organizations in space and space-related activity. He participates as a key member of the Track II diplomatic discussions between the United States and China on space commercialization — reporting and communicating with key leaders in the U.S. government.

    Previously, Mr. Ocasio-Christian led multiple complex and diverse organizations to achieve success in volatile, uncertain, challenging, and ambiguous situations around the world in the classified and open-source environments within the U.S. military over the course of more than 22 years as a soldier and an officer. As an infantry officer that fought and served in forward deployed environments for over four years in the United States Army, Mr. Ocasio Christian’s unique experiences qualify him for the work he does today. Mr. Ocasio-Christian has provided vision and direction to strategic and operational teams to work across different cultures and to understand fragmented stakeholder motivations to arrive at optimal solutions, a critical skillset for executing a business combination. He has served in field units in combat as well as strategic headquarters around the world, including the Pentagon, where he has managed military budgets as large as $10.2 billion and strategies worth over $250 billion that impacted millions of individuals in the United States and its military, as well as the Middle East and Asia. He developed the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance synchronization processes using space and ground technologies that is now used operationally today in many coalition missions.

    Mr. Ocasio-Christian strives to continue to excel in high-stakes, existential situations for companies and individuals in governed and ungoverned areas, where human survival and financial profits are required, as needed today in space. He holds a Master of Science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University (Joint Advanced Warfighting School), and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.
     

    Mr Michael Bloxton

    Founder, CEO & Chairman, Nebula Compute Inc
    Mr Michael Bloxton

     A futurist and a visionary entrepreneur, Michael Bloxton is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Nebula Compute, Inc. Utilizing artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, sensory, blockchain, and satellite technologies, Nebula will help propel humanity into its next phase of freedom and evolution via communications, lifestyle, and defense.

    Michael began his career as a caddy on the golf course, which landed him an internship at a boutique telecom finance company backed by Goldman Sachs. By 25, he became the youngest Vice President in the history of the company. Later he was invited to become a Director of another telecom finance company that was a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackstone.

    After a decade in the industry Michael struck out on his own where he went on to acquire a diverse portfolio of land, office industrial, apartment, and retail properties across the U.S.. Michael’s current mission with Nebula is a natural progression to a highly successful career in real estate, telecommunications and finance, but with a heart to do more for humanity, for freedom, and for national security. Experience has taught him how to cultivate and execute successful business models that make great dreams a profitable reality. Michael firmly believes that with a unified vision and a stellar team, everything is possible - even in space.

    Mr Mike Dean

    DOD SATCOM Chief, US DOD CIO
    Mr 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. Mike’s DoD SATCOM division also maintains synchronization architecture roadmaps and employs various governance forums to synchronize end to end SATCOM activities, including the SATCOM Synchronization and Integration Workshop and the SATCOM Systems Engineering Group. 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. Mike Dean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from Western International University and a Master of Arts in History from Western Illinois University.

    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Director APNT/Space Cross Functional Team, US Army
    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Mr. Nelson is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Director, Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT) Cross Functional Team (CFT), U.S. Army Futures Command.
    As the CFT Director, he is responsible for synchronizing PNT, Navigation warfare, and Army Space capability development efforts across the U.S. Army to narrow capability gaps through experimentation and technical demonstrations to inform, develop and rapidly transition capability requirements to the Army Acquisition system.
    His previous assignments include: Director, Programs and Technology, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC / ARSTRAT) where he directed research, development and test programs for space, missile defense, directed energy and hypersonic weapon technologies; Acting Deputy Director of the Technical Center (SMDC ARSTRAT); Director for Space and Strategic Systems (SMDC/ARSTRAT); and as a Senior Executive Service Developmental Assignment, he served Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/4 for Current Operations at US Army Materiel Command
    Prior to these assignments, he served 13 years in technical and leadership positions at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). His positions include MDA’s Deputy Chief Engineer, where he led Agency-level technical integration of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and as the Chief Engineer for the Targets and Countermeasures Program Office, where he led the engineering workforce in the acquisition of air and ground-launched missile systems and re-entry systems.
    He served in several other key test and engineering roles for MDA in Huntsville, Alabama, and Washington D.C. As the Director for Mission Management & Integration, he led mission management, test planning and readiness activities for all MDA flight and ground tests. He also served as the Chief of Flight Test Resources managing the coordination, planning and integration of test range assets, ship and airborne mobile sensors, and range safety systems. He also led Site Activation Task Force personnel supporting the presidential-directed Initial Defense Operation emplacing the nation’s first operational Ground Based Midcourse Defense interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
    Mr. Nelson earned a U.S. Air Force commission through ROTC at the University of Texas at Austin, and retired as a Space and Missile Officer after 20 years of combined active duty and reserve service. During his military career, he served as Chief of Strategy at USSTRATCOM’s Joint Space Operations Center and Chief of Weapons and Tactics at 14th Air Force Headquarters. He also served as Launch Director for Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office space launch missions, Program Test Manager at the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center and ICBM Missile Combat Crew Commander. His operational deployments include Operations Northern Watch, Noble Eagle, and Enduring Freedom. He earned the Command Space Operations Badge and Master Missile Operations Badge.
    Mr. Nelson is a Defense Acquisition Corps member and Level III certified in Engineering and Test & Evaluation. He is married, and they have five children.

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms. Deanna L. Ryals is the Chief Partnership Officer, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles, AFB CA. In this role, she is responsible for driving innovative partnerships with Allies, Inter-Agencies and Industry to build a joint robust and resilient military space enterprise.

    Previously as the Chief, MILSATCOM International at SMC, her major contributions included creating partnerships with nine allies (the largest USAF International Armaments Cooperative Program for a space capability) across the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program, expanding the constellation with two Allied funded satellites, and enhancing the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite program by including five international partners, all resulting in execution of over $3.6B in international partner investment in MILSACTOM. Ms. Ryals was also responsible for innovating the first ever Allied hosting of a US DoD National Security Space (NSS) payload through a partnership with Norway, and bringing new polar MILSATCOM to Allied warfighters.

    In 1988, she entered federal government service and for more than 25 years, she supported the DoD in both civil service and industry in financial management and acquisition. In 2000, Ms. Ryals moved to the Secretary of the Air Force staff in the Space Acquisition Directorate and managed a MILSATCOM terminal portfolio worth $10B, then took over as the single SAF/AQS focal point for international activities. In 2012, Ms. Ryals moved to the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space Launch (AFPEO/SL) as the PM for Acquisition Strategy Development and secured DoD Acquisition Executive approval of a new acquisition strategy for future DoD NSS launches that introduced a competitive environment for all certified U.S. launch service providers. Ms. Ryals rejoined MILSATCOM in January 2013 with her transition to Space and Missile Systems Center.

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    Associate Fellow, Aerospace Security Project/Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Ms Makena Young

    Makena Young is an associate fellow with the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her research interests include international collaboration, space security, and orbital debris. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Young worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an aerospace engineer, focusing on automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast certification and integration in small aircraft. She holds a B.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University with minors in international relations and environmental engineering.

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