SMi Group, organizers of Global MilSatcom, is proud to present the 3rd instalment to its successful MilSatCom USA series as it returns to Arlington, Virginia on June 27th and 28th 2018.

With the FY18 National Defence Authorization Act (NDA Act) promising ‘Fundamental Reform of National Security Space’ as well as the Wideband Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) expected to conclude in the first half of the year, MilSatCom USA will provide the perfect forum to address pressing issues facing the future of US MilSatCom programmes.

This year’s conference will return as the leading forum in the US with a specific MilSatCom focus bringing together senior military, government and industry representatives from US and allied forces. 

As well as discussing the NDA Act and Wideband AoA, with a variety of threats developing in space, MilSatCom USA will discuss the importance of resilience and protection in future architectures and will endeavour to find mutual definitions of both to assist with allied collaboration moving forwards.

In addition, with the potential of providing better proliferation, protection from jamming, and smaller terminal requirements the next generation small sat LEO constellation will be a critical discussion point.

  • Hear about the implications of the National Defence Authorization Act 2018 and the Wideband AoA and how these will impact on future MilSatCom and space systems moving forward
  • Hear an update from Air Force Space Command and Strategic Command on their response to evolving threats
  • Learn about the MilSatCom programmes from national allies and how international collaboration can benefit future strategies
  • Join the discussion on key topics of resilient MilSatCom architectures and the military utilisation of ComSatCom systems
  • With the era of mega-constellations in LEO fast approaching, debate how best government and industry can utilise these capabilities to meet operational requirements 



  • Directors of J6
  • Heads of Space Branch
  • MilSatCom Programme Managers
  • Heads of C4ISR
  • Directors of Network Services
  • Heads of Space Policy


Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:20 Chair's Opening Remarks

Douglas Loverro

Douglas Loverro, Independent Consultant, Loverro Consulting, LLC

8:30 Enabling Army Success through the Utilisation of MILSATCOM

9:10 The Importance of Space and MilSatCom to Multi-Domain Battle in the 21st Century

Brigadier General Tim Lawson

Brigadier General Tim Lawson, DCG-O (Deputy Commanding General for Operations), U.S. Army SMDC/ARSTRAT

  • The multi-domain concept: successfully operating across all domains - space, cyberspace, land, maritime
  • A growing reliance on space and the increasing importance of MilSatCom to combined arms operations
  • Combating adversaries sophisticated combined arms that include the use of space and cyberspace operations
  • 9:50 The Future of U.S. Space Programmes: Procurement and Development Strategies

    Brigadier General Mark Baird

    Brigadier General Mark Baird, Director of Space Requirements, US Air Force (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Key focuses for the US Air Force in the Space Domain including MILSATCOM and Space Situational Awareness
  • Incorporating ComSatCom and commercial innovations in future plans
  • The significance of the Wideband AoA for future procurement
  • 10:30 Operational Challenges and MILSATCOM Choices

    Kay Sears

    Kay Sears, Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Lockheed Martin Space

  • Adapting to Emerging Threats- MILSATCOM as a warfighting asset
  • Leveraging Innovation in Acquisition
  • Exploiting Commercial Technology and Practices for National Security Missions
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Enhancing Future DoD Infrastructure Capabilities in the Space Domain

    Dr Brian Teeple

    Dr Brian Teeple, DoD CIO C4, U.S. Department of Defense

  • ComSatCom: a cost effective option?
  • The challenges associated with utilising ComSatCom systems in militarily operational environments
  • The Wideband AoA and its influence on the future of DoD SatCom Infrastructure
  • 12:10 Advances in Commercial SATCOM as Applied to the DoD

    Rick Lober

    Rick Lober, Vice President & General Manager Defense and Intelligence Systems Division , Hughes Network Systems

  • New SATCOM systems for Airborne ISR and enRoute C2
  • New waveform developments for protected SATCOM
  • Reducing SWAP in tactical terminals
  • Managed services as applied to DoD networks
  • Commercial SATCOM Pilots for interoperability
  • 12:40 Department of Defense's Growing SatCom Requirements

    Colonel Jack  Fulmer

    Colonel Jack Fulmer, Chief, C4 Transport Division, J6, Joint Staff

  • Factors driving increasing DoD SATCOM requirements
  • Factors limiting DoD use of SATCOM
  • 13:20 Networking Lunch

    14:20 Unified SATCOM Architecture and the Criticality of Industry Innovations

    Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

    Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President, Government Strategy & Policy, Inmarsat

  • The imperative for strong forward-looking government/industry partnership
  • Commercial innovations that seamlessly integrate with legacy MILSATCOM for optimal redundancy, diversity, protection, scalability and global portability- the ultimate resilient approach
  • SATCOM as a Service- the new business model paradigm
  • 14:35 The Wideband Analysis of Alternatives (AoA): Where are we now?

    Norman Yarbrough

    Norman Yarbrough, Operations Research Analyst, Office Of Secretary Of Defense

  • Objectives of the AoA
  • Background and early insights
  • The way ahead
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 PANEL Discussion: The End User Perspective: Emerging SatCom Challenges Facing U.S. Combatant Commands (COCOMS)

  • The importance of the space domain in modern comabt operations
  • Altering the approach and mind-set to space operations
  • Tactical comms: meeting requirements for data anywhere, at anytime
  • Looking ahead: future requirements and capability focuses
  • Douglas Loverro

    Douglas Loverro, Independent Consultant, Loverro Consulting, LLC

    Colonel Hugh McCauley

    Colonel Hugh McCauley, CCJ6 Operations Division Chief, U.S. Centcom

    Colonel Charles Daly

    Colonel Charles Daly, Director of J63, U.S. Special Operations Command

    Captain Mike Thrall

    Captain Mike Thrall, Chief, Plans and Programs Division, Cyberspace Operations, NORAD and United States Northern Command

    16:30 Enhancing SatCom Capabilities for the US DoD and DISA’s Key Role

    Jessie L. Showers, Jr.,

    Jessie L. Showers, Jr.,, Infrastructure Directorate Executive, Infrastructure Directorate (IE), Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA)

  • Small sats
  • Hosted payloads
  • Looking forward: how to effectively fulfil next-generations strategic communication requirements through long term investments
  • 17:10 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:30 Networking Reception Hosted by Airbus

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Deanna Ryals

    Deanna Ryals, Chief of International MilSatCom, U.S. Air Force

    9:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Opportunities in MilSatCom: Encouraging Industry and International Partnerships

    Robert Tarleton

    Robert Tarleton, Director, Military Satellite Communication Directorate, U.S. Air Force

    • Looking to harness and develop industry and international partnerships to reduce costs and increase performance
    • Collaborating with allies to enhance resiliency in the crowded space and cyberspace domains
    • Future partnerships and international collaboration on the WGS and AEHF programmes

    9:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: The SATCOM Imperative: A Fully Integrated Architecture and Strategy Supported by Government and Industry Collaboration

  • Designing commercial SATCOM into a unified SATCOM architecture that will enable effective use of innovative capabilities developed by industry
  • The Space Warfighting Construct: creating the framework for making the Space Enterprise Vision an operational reality
  • The opportunities presented to government and industry by the AoA and NDAA
  • Imperatives for future SATCOM that drives government focus and requirements
  • Critical challenges that impede unified SATCOM and how government/industry partnership can solve them
  • Perspectives on the most critical elements required in future SATCOM architecture and discus measures of effectiveness
  • Moderator: Brad Grady

    Moderator: Brad Grady, Senior Analyst , Northern Sky Research, LLC

    Brigadier General Mark Baird

    Brigadier General Mark Baird, Director of Space Requirements, US Air Force (Subject to Final Confirmation)

    Jessie L. Showers, Jr.,

    Jessie L. Showers, Jr.,, Infrastructure Directorate Executive, Infrastructure Directorate (IE), Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA)

    Dr Lawrence

    Dr Lawrence "Robbie" Robertson, Mission Lead, Satellite Communications, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

    Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch

    Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President, Government Strategy & Policy, Inmarsat

    Senior  Representative

    Senior Representative, of, Airbus

    10:30 Ensuring the Digital Security of Military Communications

    Senior  Representative

    Senior Representative, of, Airbus

  • Approaches and technologies for changing missions
  • Evolving networks for delivery of greater levels of information
  • Achieving resilience today for tomorrow
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Optimising SATCOM Capabilities and Assets for the Norwegian MoD

    Colonel Stig Nilsson

    Colonel Stig Nilsson, Head of Space Programmes, Norwegian MOD (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • High North Challenges: Leading the way in Arctic and Mountainous communications
  • Developing MilSatCom assets for a Next-Generation Communications infrastructure
  • Acquiring SATCOM terminals and developing ground station assets
  • Enhancing mobile communications to develop ability for joint collaboration
  • Collaboration with the US and other international partners
  • 12:10 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    12:40 Strengthening the Alliance through Interoperable and Connected Forces

    Gregory Edwards

    Gregory Edwards, Head of Infrastructure Services & Transition Services, NATO

  • Plans to increase data output to match ever growing reliance on SATCOM space and ground segment capabilities
  • Critical requirements for future MilSatCom programmes including availability and access assurance and Anti-jamming features
  • Modernising Satellite Ground Station (SGS) and SatCom Anchor capability to support tactical missions
  • Ensuring close collaboration with nations to define future space capabilities
  • 13:20 Networking Lunch

    14:20 Luxembourg Defence: A Beneficial Cooperative Partner for US MilSatCom Requirements

    Major Geoffroy Beaudot

    Major Geoffroy Beaudot, SatCom and CIS Program Manager, Luxembourg Directorate of Defense

  • An update on LuxGovSat SatCom and space programmes
  • Current partnerships with the US on WGS Multilateral MoU and the WGS AoA
  • Future planning: developing capabilities to benefit NATO and Allies
  • 15:00 Providing Autonomous Space Capabilities for Brazilian Defence and Strategic Communications

    Colonel Jose Vagner Vital

    Colonel Jose Vagner Vital, Executive Vice President, Space Systems Coordination and Implementation Commission (CCISE), Department of Air & Space Technology - DCTA, Brazilian Air Force

  • Current SatCom capabilities utilised by the Brazilian Air Force
  • Meeting military and civilian requirements in Brazil
  • Ensuring cost effective systems and integrated use to enhance autonomy
  • Opportunities for international collaboration presenting by launch capabilities within Brazi
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Examining Ways to Leverage Rapidly Changing Commercial Capabilities, New Ways to Evolve Toward a Heterogeneous MILSATCOM Architecture

    Dr Lawrence

    Dr Lawrence "Robbie" Robertson, Mission Lead, Satellite Communications, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

  • What and how do you evolve MILSATCOM toward an even more heterogeneous architecture?
  • Small satellites: a realistic option for the military?
  • An update on the communications S&T roadmap at the AFRL and the opportunities for commercial and allied collaboration
  • 16:50 Spectrum Licensing of Large Non-Geostationary Satellite Constellations

    Jose Albuquerque

    Jose Albuquerque, Chief, Satellite Division, Federal Communications Commission

  • Promoting a competitive and innovative domestic and global telecommunications marketplace
  • The effect of mega-constellations on market
  • The increased congestion and growing need for enhanced spectrum management
  • 17:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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