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Following on from the great success of the 2008 event, our MilSpace conference returns in 2009 to update you on the latest programmes, policies, requirements and solutions in military use of space. Attend to stay fully up-to-date with the latest outlook on international and European cooperation and collaboration in space. How are Europe and the USA working together and what are the national and institutional outlooks on the future direction of European space policy?

With further insights into the role of NATO in integrating space capabilities and the latest challenges and threats facing space security, this forum will once again lead the way in providing your organisation with the latest national needs and requirements.


MilSpace 2008 proved to be our most successful event yet. With confirmed representatives in 2009 from France, UK, Spain, Germany, USA, Canada, EU and NATO book now to avoid disappointment!

  • Network with and learn from key military decision makers from across Europe and the USA
  • Analyse the latest insights into international and European cooperation
  • Assess the challenges facing NATO to integrate space
  • Learn about the latest threats and solutions facing space security
  • Consider the most recent developments in operationally responsive space and work to develop combined space capabilities

CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Officers and Analysts for:

  • Space policy
  • Space surveillance
  • Military space systems
  • Satellite communications
  • Engineering
  • Research and science
  • Sales, marketing and business development
  • Projects and programmes
  • Strategy

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, The International Institute for Strategic Studies


Lieutenant General Gilles Desclaux

Lieutenant General Gilles Desclaux, Commanding Officer, French Air Defense and Air Operations Command

  • Current programmes and perspectives
  • Successes to date and work with European allies
  • The way ahead for French and European involvement in space
  • 9:50 The Next Generation of US Military Space Capabilities

    Brigadier General John Hyten

    Brigadier General John Hyten, Director of Requirements, Air Force Space Command, US Air Force

  • Recapitalising US Space Forces
  • Partnering with allies
  • Protecting our system in a contested environment
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 US - European Cooperation in Space

    Richard McKinney

    Richard McKinney, European Space Liaison, US Air Force

  • Why cooperation matters
  • Issues affecting cooperation
  • European space policy organisations
  • US space policy structure
  • Keys to success
  • Potential areas for cooperation
  • A US-European space cooperation roadmap
  • 11:30 Spain and Satellite Based Earth Observation Systems

    Colonel Juan Toledano

    Colonel Juan Toledano, Spanish Representative to the Helios System, Spanish Air Force

  • Spanish space plans and policy
  • Participation in mult-national programmes
  • Future post-HELIOS
  • Satellite based Earth observation national programme
  • Driving factors for building a Spanish owned dual-use system
  • Current status
  • Main conclusions
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:30 GEOINT Support to European Security and Defence Policy Operations: The Case of the EU Satellite Centre

    Tomaž Lovrencic

    Tomaž Lovrencic, Deputy Director, European Union Satellite Centre

  • Latest overview of activities
  • Overall support of EU foreign and security policy
  • New and recent developments
  • 14:10 Security Space Policy

    Joseph Rouge

    Joseph Rouge, Director, National Security Space Office, Pentagon, USA

  • US national policy and planning
  • Commercial, governmental and international insights
  • Improving space capabilities and overcoming challenges
  • 14:50 Evolving Towards Combined Space Operations and Multilateral Military Operations in Space

    Colonel Thomas Doyne

    Colonel Thomas Doyne, Deputy, Space Programmes and Policy, Pentagon, USA

  • Operating together
  • How to develop and evolve Joint Space Operations Centre into a Combined Space Operations Centre
  • Potential challenges and road ahead
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Developments in Operationally Responsive Space

    Dr Jason Wilkenfeld

    Dr Jason Wilkenfeld, ORS Office Bus and Payload Pillar Lead, Operationally Responsive Space Office, US Department of Defense

  • Operational experimentation
  • Utilising capabilities with allies
  • Developing combined space capabilities
  • Work of the Operationally Responsive Space Office
  • 16:30 SATCOM for Security and Maritime Security in the European Space Agency

    Frank Zeppenfeldt

    Frank Zeppenfeldt, Communications Engineer, European Space Agency

  • ESA and the security context
  • Future ESA developments serving security communications
  • Maritime security using integrated earth observation, satellite communications and AIS
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, The International Institute for Strategic Studies


    Brigadier General Susan Helms

    Brigadier General Susan Helms, Director of Plans and Policy, US Strategic Command

  • Space operations
  • Policy and strategy
  • 9:50 Developing NATO Space Power: Time for Action

    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Single

    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Single, Space Operations Subject Matter Expert, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre

  • Current NATO space capabilities
  • ISAF's need for space
  • A vision for NATO space power
  • The road ahead
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Using Space Capabilities to Enhance Reconnaissance and National Security

    Karyn Hayes Ryan

    Karyn Hayes Ryan, Associate Chief Operating Officer, National Reconnaissance Office, US Department of Defense

  • NRO vision and mission
  • Capabilities to support the warfighter and enhance national security
  • The way ahead for US national space reconnaissance capabilities
  • 11:40 Space Situational Awareness: A German Perspective

    Brigadier General Martin Richard Schelleis

    Brigadier General Martin Richard Schelleis, Assistant Chief of Staff for Concepts and Operations, Air Staff Division III, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

  • Overview of the utilisation of space by the German Armed Forces
  • The role of space situational awareness for national security and defence capabilities
  • Current developments of military space situational awareness in Germany
  • The way ahead
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 A UK Perspective

    Group Captain JJ Johnston

    Group Captain JJ Johnston, AD Strategy, Directorate of the Air Staff, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The role of space in UK security
  • Current UK programmes and operations
  • The way ahead
  • 14:30 Operationally Relevant Space

    Colonel Francois Malo

    Colonel Francois Malo, Director, Space Development, Department of Defence, Canada

  • Moving space systems from the I to the S in ISR
  • Using space based radar for maritime domain awareness
  • Canadian space ISR roadmap
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 European Missile Defence Capability: A US European Command Perspective

    Colonel Michael Lakos

    Colonel Michael Lakos, Chief, Missile Defence Division, HQ United States European Command

  • What is the Global Ballistic Missile Defence System (GBMDS)
  • What is the European capability part of the GBMDS
  • Defence of Europe and NATO contributions
  • Command and control issues

    Gerard Petitalot

    Gerard Petitalot, Senior Advisor for Space to the Chief of General Staff, Ministry of Defence, France

  • The 2008 French White Paper and space
  • A brief update on the present and future use of space by the French military
  • Key MilSpace general issues at the 2020 horizon
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


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