SMi Group, the organisers of Global MilSatCom are proud to announce the Military Space USA Conference will take place in Los Angeles, June 11th and 12th 2019 – a key calendar meeting for Military Satellite professionals that are driving innovation across the space enterprise.

Featuring high level briefings from senior leadership across industry, government and allied partner states, Military Space USA will explore how organisational efforts such as SMC 2.0 are facilitating the space supremacy that is demanded by the warfighter.

Additionally, the conference will provide a forum for senior military and industry authorities to collaborate in the development, acquisition, deployment and sustainability of space-enabled communications that support allied objectives.

Exploring both provision of SATCOM and PNT, EO, COMSATCOM, Remote Sensing and Small Satellite Expansion – along with an assessment of the SSA and SST implications of these systems – Military Space USA will provide a holistic overview of developments in the 4th domain.

At this year’s conference there will be an array of networking opportunities:

  • Meet and network with over 140 attendees from defence agencies, militaries and governments and industry over 4 hours of breaks, as well as an anticipated post-conference drinks reception
  • Engage with an array of vendors, including disruptive agile space companies across the Silicon Valley as well as established industrial partners that lead in the SATCOM domain
  • Join key industry and military thought leaders shaping how the US space enterprise is developed through partnerships and innovation

Key reasons to attend:

  • Listen to vital updates from the Space and Missile Systems Centre and learn how SMC 2.0 will revolutionise acquisition and procurement processes for space systems
  • Learn from allied partners across the APAC region and beyond on where opportunity areas for greater partnerships can be developed
  • Explore key topics at the centre of US space-reorganisation including SMC 2.0, the US Space Force, mega-constellation deployment and future provision of WGS and AEHF for the warfighter

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Jay Santee

Mr Jay Santee, Vice President, Strategic Space Operations, The Aerospace Corporation
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9:00 Keynote Address: Creating a More Unified Space Enterprise: SMC 2.0

Session Reserved for Lieutenant General John Thompson

Session Reserved for Lieutenant General John Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, US Air Force


  • Overcoming program stovepipes by looking at systems horizontally from design to production
  • The restructuring process: how to changes business practices to deliver capabilities with epic speed
  • Pushing decision making to the coal-face to streamline procurement processes & successes so far in the next-generation missile warning constellation
  • Harmonizing the Development Corps: the changing role of Development, Production, Enterprise and Atlas Corps within SMC
  • Maintaining and sustaining the changes – ensuring that SMC 2.0 continues
  • 9:30 Keynote Address: The Future of the US Space Enterprise – Providing Joint Capability Around the Globe

    Major General Stephen Whiting

    Major General Stephen Whiting, Commander, 14th Air Force and Deputy Joint Space Component Commander, US Air Force
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  • The current remit of the 14th Air Force: C2, PNT, launch, SSA and SATCOM
  • Building a holistic approach to space across all stakeholders: collaboration between AFSC, 14th AF and SMC in procuring and delivering space-based enablers for the warfighter
  • SATCOM as a means to connect the warfighter and provide joint capability
  • Integrating commercial COMSATCOM to diversify communications for the warfighter and provide a more resilient network
  • Working to utilize new launch capability when providing sovereign capability post WGS
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Lockheed Martin

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed, Lockheed Martin

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Enabling Decisive Army Action Through Effective Position, Navigation and Timing Capability

    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas

    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas, Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, PEO, US Army
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  • An introduction to PEO PNT – our aims, ambitions and processes
  • Anti-jam antenna capabilities for assured PNT: feedback from testing at CERDEC
  • VSSO demonstration of remote control of PNT capability & distributed PNT via native implementation on tactical radio
  • Reducing warfighter vulnerabilities by maximizing PNT resiliency across the battlefield
  • Working with the other branches to optimize the architectures of the future
  • 11:30 Space-Enabled PNT for Manned and Unmanned Platforms

    Mr Arlen Biersgreen

    Mr Arlen Biersgreen, Space Systems Engineer, AFRL Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Lab, US Air Force*


  • Current navigation software enhancements and their operational use within the MQ-1C Grey Eagle program
  • Utilizing PNT in degraded environments – key considerations
  • Integration of GPS and vision measurements for navigations in PNT challenged environments
  • Where unmanned warfare can develop with current technology gradients
  • 12:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    12:30 The Advanced Concepts Division: Delivering End-to-End Capabilities for the Future Warfighter

    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten, Chief, Advanced Concepts Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, MILSATCOM/Advanced Concepts, US Air Force
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  • Defining the needs of the terrestrial warfighter: the SATCOM led joint enablers we require
  • Future technology development within the evolving WGS and AEHF programs – what is being integrated to WGS 11 & 12
  • Ground synchronization within communications on the move (COTM) – delivering architectural approaches to provide continuous capability
  • Assessment and acquisition methodologies to integrate COMSATCOM into the space communications enterprise
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 ‘Chose the Weather for Battle’: Providing a Holistic Approach to Space Situational Awareness

    Colonel Patrick Williams

    Colonel Patrick Williams, Commander, 2nd Weather Group, 557th Weather Wing, US Air Force
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  • An introduction to the 557th – organizational overview & its role within the wider USAF structure
  • SSA considerations for space operations: the demand to provide ‘terra firma’ levels of awareness in the fourth domain
  • Analysis of space weather – optimising satellite deployment through analysis and forecasting of the suns emissions
  • Providing future space weather support for commanders to enable decision superiority in space
  • 14:30 Architecture Analysis for Enhancing Space Situational Awareness

    Mr Richard Cobb

    Mr Richard Cobb, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, US Air Force Institute of Technology
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  • Why SSA is important: Satellite health, maneuver, and decommissioning activities
  • SSA at GEO, LEO, MEO and HEO orbits – challenges presented by each
  • Optimizing the mix of ground-based and space-based sensor systems for SSA
  • Use of high-performance computing for optimal SSA architecture analysis
  • Supercomputing for analyzing risks of large-scale debris fields for LEO
  • 15:00 Research and Development Across the Space Surveillance Enterprise

    Dr Grant Stokes

    Dr Grant Stokes, Division Head, Space Systems and Technology, MIT Lincoln Laboratory


  • Lincoln Laboratory contributions to SSA
  • Current R&D at Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC)
  • Asteroid discovery and tracking as a model for SSA
  • Technical updates on SSA sensor systems

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Hybrid Approaches to the ROK’s SATCOM Capability

    Lieutenant Colonel Yun Kyong Sung

    Lieutenant Colonel Yun Kyong Sung, C4I Interoperability Officer, J6, ROK JCS
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  • Current capability: LTE services and the need to exploit COMSATCOM
  • services to a greater extent
  • Minimising the threat of jamming – developing more resilient and robust communications
  • Opportunity areas to integrate ROK systems into wider allied SATCOM programmes
  • Developing a holistic approach to space: managing PNT and EO constellations within the wider network of platforms
  • 16:30 MilSatCom In Contested & Denied Domains: APAC Region

    Colonel Kapil Jaiswal

    Colonel Kapil Jaiswal, Director, Directorate of System Applications, Directorate General of Signals, Indian Armed Forces


  • Protected SATCOM : Providing on the move adaptive capability for dispersed forces
  • COTS SATCOM: Integrated greater protection features & possibility of future adaptation by defence forces
  • Bandwidth as a Key Enabler: Correlation with protected and secure SATCOM
  • Assured Operation in Denied and Contested Domains : Risk Mitigation through Enhanced ground segment
  • Ka band high-throughput satellites : Reliance vs bandwidth assurance
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Jay Santee

    Mr Jay Santee, Vice President, Strategic Space Operations, The Aerospace Corporation
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    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Russell Teehan

    Colonel Russell Teehan, SMC Portfolio Architect, AFSPC, US Air Force
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    9:00 Keynote Address: The Mobile User Objective System – Providing SATCOM for the Navy

    Session Reserved for

    Session Reserved for, PEO Space Systems, US Navy


  • The narrowband communications within MUOS (Mobile User Objective System) and recent approval for its expanded operation
  • Utilizing COMSATCOM capability through the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) waveform
  • The Navy’s unique challenge: exploiting BLOS (beyond line of sight) SATCOM capability
  • Timelines for MUOS roll out in the first quarter of 2019
  • Marine Corps adoption of the system and ensuring interoperability of MUOS portable radios with ship-based equipment
  • 9:30 Keynote Address: Developing High-Payoff Space Technologies to Support the Warfighter

    Colonel Eric Felt

    Colonel Eric Felt, Space Vehicles Directorate, RV Director, US Air Force Research Laboratory*


  • The role and remit of the Space Vehicles Directorate: launch, on-orbit systems & communication links
  • Operating in the 4th domain: developing systems for a contested and congested environment
  • Driving innovation across all mission areas: current work supporting PNT, SSA, space-based ISR & SATCOM
  • Applying the core values of the AFRL to overcome technology challenges within future space
  • 10:00 Building the Future of Military Space

    Session Reserved for

    Session Reserved for, MILSATCOM Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Centre, US Air Force


  • Current sovereign systems from the highly protected AEHF to the WGS
  • The future of SATCOM: delivering with agility and innovation through diverse partnerships
  • Partnerships within the WGS: expanding the anchor station sharing and exploring further opportunity areas
  • MOU’s with the Norwegian Armed Forces on Norway Arctic MILSATCOM and other opportunities to enhance polar capabilities
  • Feedback from the integration of Australia into the AEHF Programme
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Twin Pillars of US Space Capability: Launch and Network Support

    Colonel Jack Fischer

    Colonel Jack Fischer, Vice Commander, 50th Space Wing, US Air Force
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  • An introduction to the work of the 50th Space Wing – its role, responsibilities and remit
  • Current operational support and asset portfolio: managing 70 satellites to support the warfighter
  • The Network Operations Group: providing C4i support and mitigating cyber threats to the wings systems
  • Key satellite programmes operated and supported by the 50th Space Wing: WGS and Defence Satellite Communication System
  • Combating challenges facing the C2, warning, PNT and SATCOM satellites within AFSPC
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    12:00 The Future of Rapid Acquisition for AFRL

    Ms Andrea Loper

    Ms Andrea Loper, Acquisition Program Manager, Space Vehicles Directorate, Integrated Experiments & Evaluation Division, AFRL,, US Air Force
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  • Accelerated procurement initiatives at AFRL in space situational awareness, space weather, comm and other mission areas
  • Varying mission assurance: Rapid prototyping for spaceflight experiments whilst meeting requirements from stakeholders
  • Importance of liaison with across the stakeholder community – working with industry, AF Space Command, 14th Air Force, IC and SMC to deliver a holistic approach to space
  • Future priorities for AFRL and how they fit into the wider ‘disruptive’ approach of the DoD
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Getting Bandwidth to the Warfighter: Streamlining Acquisition of SATCOM

    Ms Demaryl Singleton

    Ms Demaryl Singleton, Infrastructure and Development Division Chief, DISA
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  • The 91 contracts DISA has for commercial satellite communications – our current COMSATCOM connectivity
  • What getting connectivity to the warfighter quicker will mean for future battlefield commanders
  • Exploring the opportunities to establish a core network to provide on-demand capability and quickly meet bandwidth demands
  • Contract surges and blanket purchase agreements as tools to streamlining procurement approaches
  • Improvement within the ‘art of the possible’: exceeding the 17-business day turnaround for task orders
  • 14:00 Transforming Future Space Propulsion

    Dr Natalya Bailey

    Dr Natalya Bailey, CEO and Co-Founder, Accion Systems
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  • Current architectural approaches in propulsion system design & ambitions for next generation systems
  • Generating thrust from ionic liquid – providing a safe & lightweight propulsion system
  • Deorbiting assets to minimise space debris & ensure that future utilisation of the domain remains sustainable
  • Current R&D into further optimisation of thrust to power ratio’s – how to draw additional power
  • What next? Where future propulsion technology is set to develop moving forward
  • 14:30 Opening Access to Space: Future Launch Priorities for Rocket Lab

    Mr Lars Hoffman

    Mr Lars Hoffman, SVP, Launch , Rocket Lab
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  • Achieving better access to space – what this means within the context of the small satellite mega constellation era
  • The Electron rocket – delivering a two-stage launch of sun-synchronous satellites
  • Hosted payload provision: working across the industry to deliver interoperable design
  • Advantages of a southern hemisphere launch site: access to equatorial orbits
  • Managing responsible orbital deployment and mitigating space debris concerns
  • What next? Future priorities for launch as the small satellite market expands
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Plug and Play CubeSats: Showcasing Ingenuity and Transforming the Landscape of Space

    Mr Mike Lewis

    Mr Mike Lewis, Chief Innovation Officer, NanoRacks
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  • Enabling small payloads to be plugged into platforms to provide through life servicing through new capabilities
  • Working collaboratively across industry to standardize architectural and design approaches
  • Delivering a truly global IoT through the utilization of CubeSat megaconstellations
  • Where increased connectivity can bring additional advantages at the terrestrial level – ensuring that constellations are robust enough for military partners
  • 16:00 The Future of COMSATCOM – Delivering Value to the Enterprise

    Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson

    Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson, Chief, Future Concepts Team, Space and Missile Systems Center, US Air Force
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  • Current timelines for the block 0 demonstrations and planning and operating to deliver COMSATCOM moving forward
  • The principals of SMC – providing value, flexibility and resiliency & moving away from stovepiped approaches
  • How SMC integrates with the CSPOC & RSSCs for the enterprise management of fighting SATCOM
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel Russell Teehan

    Colonel Russell Teehan, SMC Portfolio Architect, AFSPC, US Air Force
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    Colonel Russell Teehan

    Colonel Russell Teehan

    SMC Portfolio Architect, AFSPC, US Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Yun Kyong Sung

    Lieutenant Colonel Yun Kyong Sung

    C4I Interoperability Officer, J6, ROK JCS
    Major General Stephen Whiting

    Major General Stephen Whiting

    Commander, 14th Air Force and Deputy Joint Space Component Commander, US Air Force
    Mr Jay Santee

    Mr Jay Santee

    Vice President, Strategic Space Operations, The Aerospace Corporation
    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    Chief, Advanced Concepts Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, MILSATCOM/Advanced Concepts, US Air Force

    Colonel Jack Fischer

    Vice Commander, 50th Space Wing, US Air Force
    Colonel Jack Fischer

    Colonel Jack D. Fischer is the vice commander, 50th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The 50th Space Wing is comprised of more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians, and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide, in support of 175 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites with associated systems valued at more than $66 billion. Colonel Fischer is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Massachussetts Institute of Technology Draper Fellow. He flew two combat tours in the F-15E as part of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Southern Focus. As a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, he also conducted flight and weapons testing in multiple variants of the F-15 and the F-22. Colonel Fischer then served 9 years as an astronaut at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including a 2017 mission to the International Space Station where he logged 136 days in space with two spacewalks.

    Colonel Kapil Jaiswal

    Director, Directorate of System Applications, Directorate General of Signals, Indian Armed Forces
    Colonel Kapil Jaiswal

    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas

    Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, PEO, US Army
    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas

    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas is the Project Manager for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PM PNT).

    Prior to becoming Project Manager, COL Kioutas graduated from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Before attending the War College, he served in the Pentagon as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Process Innovation and Integration where he spearheaded the SECARMY and Chief of Staff of the Army's acquisition reform efforts.

    COL Kioutas began his Army career in the Aviation branch, flying CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and commanding units in South Korea and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After Company Command at Fort Bragg, and the Combined Logistics Captain's Career Course, he transitioned to the Acquisition Corps, and began his first acquisition assignment as a Combat Developer at the Army Cyber Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia. During this assignment, COL Kioutas began his longtime involvement with robotic and unmanned systems development which spanned the range of acquisition and command activities to include requirements development, science and technology development, program management, testing, sustainment, and operational command. Highlights include assignments as the Deputy Commander for Task Force Observe Detect Identify Neutralize (TF ODIN) in Iraq, the Product Manager Joint Robotics, the Product Manager Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and the Product Manager Unmanned Aircraft Systems Modernization.

    COL Kioutas is a native of Rolling Meadows, Illinois. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, West Point and Master's Degrees in Systems Engineering, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Strategic Studies.

    COL Kioutas is married to Shellie Kioutas, an Army veteran, with whom he raised four children; Alexa, Allina, Cassandra, and Nicko.

    Colonel Patrick Williams

    Commander, 2nd Weather Group, 557th Weather Wing, US Air Force
    Colonel Patrick Williams

    Col Patrick C. Williams is the Commander, 2d Weather Group, 557th Weather Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He leads more than 550 active duty, civil service and contract personnel comprised of six squadrons and eight geographically separated units on three continents. The group operates and sustains the Air Force’s $323 million strategic weather enterprise, delivering decision-quality, authoritative space and terrestrial environmental intelligence in support of national security objectives. Prior to his current assignment, Col Williams was the Space Branch Chief and Joint Staff Meteorological and Oceanographic Operations Officer on the Joint Staff. He was the Joint Chief of Staff’s focal point for all Department of Defense METOC activities and the Head of Delegation to NATO for METOC issues. Col Williams received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in May 1998. He became well versed in aviation, space and Army weather operations and held a wide variety of positions to include squadron commander, command weather briefer, flight commander, staff weather officer, program element monitor, executive officer and aide-de-camp. Additionally, Col Williams also served two combat tours; the first in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as a flight commander, in charge of two Battlefield Weather Teams. His second combat tour was in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Squadron Commander of the 19th Expeditionary Weather Squadron in charge of 235 rotating Battlefield Weather Forecasters at 15 different Forward Operating Bases throughout Afghanistan.

    Colonel Russell Teehan

    SMC Portfolio Architect, AFSPC, US Air Force
    Colonel Russell Teehan

    Colonel Russell Teehan is the Portfolio Architect of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). He leads a team of roughly 100 personnel charged with spearheading the Center’s activities to design an integrated space enterprise architecture and partner with other commercial, allied, government agencies and our industry partners to enable SMC to smartly design, rapidly acquire, and expeditiously integrate the weapon systems needed to support today’s fight and the battlefield of tomorrow. Col Teehan was commissioned in 1993 by USAF Academy. His career has included a variety of assignments ranging from basic weapons research at Air Force Research Laboratory, teaching Physics at USAF Academy, special programs management at the Space and Missiles Systems Center, and a multitude of Air Staff and OSD Pentagon staff assignments. He recently served as the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory Phillips Research Site where he led a team of 800 personnel and an annual budget of $300 million focused on advancing technologies to prototype the next generation of Air Force space capabilities. Col Teehan has two wonderful daughters – Emma (18) and Addyson (13).

    Dr Grant Stokes

    Division Head, Space Systems and Technology, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
    Dr Grant Stokes

    Dr Natalya Bailey

    CEO and Co-Founder, Accion Systems
    Dr Natalya Bailey

    Dr. Natalya Bailey is the CEO and co-founder at Accion Systems. Accion provides in-space propulsion engines for satellites and spacecraft. An Oregon native, Dr. Bailey moved to Cambridge, MA to complete her doctorate in space propulsion at MIT’s Space Propulsion Laboratory where she helped invent the first working prototype of an ion engine technology for small satellites, the first product at Accion. Prior to MIT, she invented a new chemical rocket technology that she turned into a space startup. Dr. Bailey also has an M.S. from Duke University and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University.

    Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson

    Chief, Future Concepts Team, Space and Missile Systems Center, US Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson

    Liuetenant Colonel Gary Thompson advises and assists the Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate on matters concerning business practices to procure commercial satellite communications services and technology demonstrations to enable order of magnitude improvements in these commercial systems for DoD use. He also supports enterprise cryptographic solutions to include developing new architectures and modernization of legacy cryptographic systems.

    Major Thompson entered the Air Force in 1999 as a graduate of Officer Training School following 7 years of service in the Minnesota Army National Guard. He has served in a variety of acquisition, business, information assurance and staff positions at Air Force Materiel Command and Air Force Space Command. He was mobilized in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. While deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, he served under United States Central Command at the 332nd AEW, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan and the International Security Assistance Force. Major Thompson transitioned from active duty to the Air Force Reserves in 2009 where he continues to support MILSATCOM systems.

    Lieutenant Colonel Yun Kyong Sung

    C4I Interoperability Officer, J6, ROK JCS
    Lieutenant Colonel Yun Kyong Sung

    Lt. Col. Yun Kyong Sung is an army officer in Republic of Korea. He graduated from the Korea Military Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electronics. He obtained a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2004. He has served as a signal officer in the various echelons of ROK Army and also worked as an acquisition officer in Defense Acquisition Program Administration. Since 2018, he has been working in C4I division of ROK JCS.

    Major General Stephen Whiting

    Commander, 14th Air Force and Deputy Joint Space Component Commander, US Air Force
    Major General Stephen Whiting

    Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting is the Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

    As Commander, 14th Air Force, General Whiting leads more than 16,000 personnel responsible for providing strategic missile warning, nuclear command, control and communication, position, navigation and timing, space situational awareness, satellite operations, space launch and range operations. As Deputy JFSCC, he directs all assigned and attached USSTRATCOM space forces on behalf of the JFSCC, providing tailored, responsive and synchronized theater and global space effects in support of national security and combatant commander objectives. He is also responsible for protecting and defending critical U.S. and allied space capabilities.

    General Whiting is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a space operations officer, and has commanded the 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; the 614th Air and Space Operations Center/Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB and the 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colorado.

    The general’s staff assignments include positions at Headquarters, United States Air Force; United States Space Command; United States Strategic Command; the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group; the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense; and Headquarters, Air Force Space Command.

    Mr Jay Santee

    Vice President, Strategic Space Operations, The Aerospace Corporation
    Mr Jay Santee

    Jay G. Santee is vice president, Strategic Space Operations, Defense Systems Group. In this role, he oversees the company’s support of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Warfighting Construct, which combines transformational and warfighting focused command initiatives to maintain space superiority in the 21st century. He also leads the corporation’s support to the Space Security and Defense Program and U.S. Strategic Command.

    Prior to joining Aerospace, Santee was outcome leader for Resilient Affordable Space at MITRE, where he was responsible for directing and shaping MITRE’s contributions to the national security space enterprise’s fielding of a resilient, affordable space force.

    Santee served 33 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a major general in 2014. Santee’s last assignment was as deputy director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In this capacity, he played a key leadership role in the removal and destruction of declared Syrian chemical weapons materials aboard the MV Cape Ray. Santee’s other assignments in the Air Force included, among others: acting deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, vice commander of the 14th Air Force, Director of the Space Operations Center (now the Joint Space Operations Center), commander of the 21st Space Wing, and as an operations division chief at U.S. Space Command.

    The Aerospace Corporation is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the objective application of science and technology toward the solution of critical issues affecting the nation’s space program.

    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    Chief, Advanced Concepts Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, MILSATCOM/Advanced Concepts, US Air Force
    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    Mr. Joseph Vanderpoorten is the Chief for the MILSATCOM Advanced Concept Division, MILSATCOM Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. He oversees study contracts, and acquisition planning for the next generation of MILSATCOM protected and commercial wideband systems. Mr. Vanderpoorten, has 30 years of Air Force systems acquisition and space acquisition experience and 6 years of industry management and business development experience. He has held program management, systems engineering, and test & evaluation positions with MILSATCOM Terminals (AFSATCOM, DSCS, Milstar I/II, FAB-T), Remotely Piloted Vehicles (YBGM-34C), terrestrial communications (TRI-TAC), ground/network programs (SBIRS High Ground, TSAT Mission Operations Segment, Milstar I Site Activation, NPOESS Ground), MILSATCOM Capability Insertion Programs (AEHF/WGS) and COMSATCOM Programs (SMC Pathfinders, Pilot, and support for Wideband Communications Services (WCS) Assessment of Alternatives).

    Mr Lars Hoffman

    SVP, Launch , Rocket Lab
    Mr Lars Hoffman

    As Senior Vice President of Global Launch Services, Lars Hoffman is responsible for driving business development and customer experience strategy for Rocket Lab. With more than 30 years of experience in national security and aerospace, Lars has a deep knowledge of the launch industry.

    Prior to joining Rocket Lab, Lars most recently oversaw government sales at SpaceX, where he was responsible for National Security Space strategy and business development. Lars also led a distinguished career in the United States Air Force. He holds advanced engineering degrees from the United States Air Force Academy, the Air Force Institute of Technology and the United States Air Force Test Pilot School. He has also earned national security degrees from MIT, Air University and the National Defense University and an MBA from UCLA.

    Mr Mike Lewis

    Chief Innovation Officer, NanoRacks
    Mr Mike Lewis

    Michael is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at NanoRacks, LLC, where he is responsible for overseeing the technical, scientific, and imaginative direction for the company. He has developed, built, and flown experiment platforms to the ISS, including the NRCSD (the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) system which deploys satellites from the ISS, a satellite deployer that deploys satellites off the Northrup Grumman Cygnus spacecraft, as well as a number of unique space platforms that enable space-based science, research, and education.

    Mr Richard Cobb

    Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, US Air Force Institute of Technology
    Mr Richard Cobb

    Dr. Richard G. Cobb is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering with over 35 years of aerospace experience. Over the past 19 years at the Air Force Institute of Technology, he has taught graduate level courses in satellite design, optimal control, trajectory optimization, system identification and spacecraft control systems. Recent research work includes developing optimal trajectory plans for Global Strike missions, optimal aircraft air and ground collision avoidance algorithms for manned and unmanned systems, maneuver planning for satellite rendezvous and proximity operations, dynamics and control techniques for lightweight space optics and optimal/novel sensor systems and architectures for enhancing Space Situational Awareness.

    Ms Andrea Loper

    Acquisition Program Manager, Space Vehicles Directorate, Integrated Experiments & Evaluation Division, AFRL,, US Air Force
    Ms Andrea Loper

    Ms. Loper presently serves as the principal acquisition program manager for the Space Vehicles Directorate at Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She recently led a $340M Contract Award effort for the Integrated Experiments and Evaluation Division, launched the initial AFRL collaborative Commercially Augmented Mission Operations (CAMO) Campus and Commercial Consortium, and supported the AFRL Space Accelerator program. Ms. Loper possess over 10 years of program management experience across the space enterprise. 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.

    Ms Demaryl Singleton

    Infrastructure and Development Division Chief, DISA
    Ms Demaryl Singleton

    Ms. Demaryl D. Singleton is the Program Manager (PM) of the DoD Teleport Program Office (TPO), within the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). DoD Teleport is a $3.1B program and one of two Acquisition Category I (ACAT I) programs at DISA. Through a multigenerational, evolutionary development approach, TPO integrates and implements satellite terminals and the ground station baseband equipment to enable secured voice, data, and video communications to deployed warfighters enhancing situational awareness and information superiority. As the PM, Ms. Singleton leads the program and is responsible for the design, development, system engineering, acquisition testing, integration, implementation and life cycle management of the Teleport System to satisfy Joint Requirements Oversight Council validated operational requirements. Ms. Singleton was appointed as PM in November 2015. Ms. Singleton previously served as the Deputy Program Manager for the DoD Teleport Program. Ms. Singleton previously deployed and served dual-headed as the 408th Deputy Commander/Deputy Director of Contracting Army Contracting Command – Kuwait. While in this role, she held an unlimited contracting officer warrant providing direct contracting support to ARCENT, Office of Military Cooperation-Kuwait, Defense Representation-Pakistan, US Embassy and general support to other units in the CENTCOM AOR. Ms. Singleton led and mentored Military, DoD civilians and contractors in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and supervising all actions required to provide approximately $55 million annually in contracting support for Operations Enduring Freedom, Defense of Kuwait, and ARCENT multi-national exercises. Ms. Singleton previously served as a Loaned Executive on detail to the Combine Federal Campaign (CFC) for the Chesapeake Bay Area providing intensive planning, training, management, marketing, program implementation, reporting, and evaluation in fund raising. Her efforts led the team to exceed the overall goal of $6.7 million for a total amount $6.8 million dollars for Chesapeake Bay Area CFC and ranked 3rd in the country for the 2011 CFC Campaign. Ms. Singleton also served as a Supervisory Program Analyst while assigned to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), providing acquisition oversight and budget execution in support of the transformation efforts for the Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staffs initiatives for the Chief Technology Officer. She also served as a Program Manager for Acquisition of Services in the Program Executive Office, Satellite, Teleport and Services (PEO-STS) and Chief of Contract Management Branch, GIG Enterprise Services Engineering for DISA. In addition, she has served a Contracting Officer for the United States Air Force, Navy, Army and General Services Administration. Ms. Singleton holds a B.S. in Management from Park University and a Master’s Degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Information Technology Management from Webster University 2012. While working for the Department of Defense, Ms. Singleton completed the Executive Program Managers Course (EPMC) PMT-402 November 2018 and the Program Managers (PMT) 10-week Course November 2017. She obtained her DAWIA Level III Certification in Contracting, Information Technology Management and Program Management from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). She is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, American Society of Military Comptrollers Association and Defense Acquisition University voting member. Ms. Singleton holds numerous awards to include a Commanders Award for Civilian Service Deployment, Civilian of the Year Air Force Academy (1992) and a Civilian Meritorious award from the Navy for she played a major role in the implementation of the Navy wide Star Service Program (1998).

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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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