SMi Group are proud to once again be hosting the 2nd annual Military Space USA Conference, which will be taking place this year from the 8th – 9th June 2021 with a new dedicated disruptive technology focus day taking place on the 7th June 2021.

Featuring high level briefings from senior leadership within industry, government and allied partners, Military Space US will delve into how organisational efforts like SMC 2.0 are helping putting capabilities into the hands of the warfighter at EPIC SPEED.

As space has become a contested domain and near peer adversaries advance their own capabilities, the need to ‘go fast’ has become accepted dogma within the space community. Driving these efforts across all mission areas – including SATCOM, PNT, Earth Observation, SSA and Launch - has become a critical for the DoD.

Featuring 3 dedicated days of content, this conference remains the pre-eminent forum to learn how the US and allies are driving a disruptive approach to space.

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 6 hours of breaks
  • 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:

  • Learn from a variety of AFSPACE stakeholders about the ongoing SMC 2.0 reorganizational efforts and how rapid acquisition is changing approaches to space
  • Listen to key allied partners and explore where opportunities for partnerships moving forward can be developed
  • Explore key topics within the US DoD’s approach to space including SMC 2.0, Accelerator Programmes, Blackjack and 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
Amergint Technologies
Anaren Microwave, Inc.
Arena Strategic Advisors, LLC
Artel LLC
Booz Allen Hamilton
Cabinet Office of Japan
Charles Stark Draper Lab
CM Technology Inc
Disruptive Technology Associates, Ltd.
Entegra Systems
Executive Office, The White House
ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Itochu Corporation
Knight Sky
Leonardo DRS
Lockheed Martin
MCC Corporation
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
NanoRacks LLC
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
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
UK National Maritime Information Centre
US Air Force
US Army
US Army War College
US Marine Corps
US Navy
Via Satellite
And many more…



Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Colonel Dennis Bythewood

Colonel Dennis Bythewood, Commander, PEO Space Development, SMC, US Space Force

9:00 Keynote Address: ‘SMC 2.0’ Reinventing the US Approach to Space Acquisition

Session Reserved for Senior Representative

Session Reserved for Senior Representative, SMC, US Space Force

  • Current status of SMC’s reorganisation: delivering with EPIC SPEED
  • Feedback from the space pitch day: yielding innovative new technologies and partners for the Air Force
  • How SMC 2.0 contributes to going faster and development of defensible space
  • Maintaining and sustaining the pace of change moving forward
  • 9:30 Training and Equipping the Space Warfighting Units of the 21st Century

    Session Reserved for Senior Representative

    Session Reserved for Senior Representative, Space Operations Command, US Space Force

  • Role and remit of the Space Operation Command: providing the benchmark of support for space warfighting units
  • Striving for a joint space warfighting enterprise: partnership within AFSPACE
  • Command and control within the employment of space forces in support of COCOM mission objectives
  • Space Operations Commands position within a unified enterprise approach to space
  • 10:00 Why OmegA is the Best Shot for National Security Space Launch: It’s the People

    Mr Charlie Precourt

    Mr Charlie Precourt, VP, Propulsion Systems, Northrop Grumman
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  • To maintain assured access to space for our most critical national security assets, the U.S. Air Force is currently seeking the best launch vehicles to ensure successful and timely launch of vital national security missions starting in 2022. Charlie Precourt, former chief astronaut at NASA, shares OmegA’s underlying secret to being the best national security launch system of the future: the experience, commitment, and urgency of the workforce. Precourt discusses the importance of developing and retaining the right talent to get it done right, on time, the first time.
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SMC’s SATCOM Enterprise

    Colonel Ryan Gulden

    Colonel Ryan Gulden, Director, SATCOM Integration, SMC , US Space Force
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  • SMC 2.0 EPIC Speed as applied to the provision of MILSATCOM
  • Future SATCOM overview: from nuclear survivable SATCOM to commercial narrowband - providing the breath of capability demanded by the warfighter
  • Architectural vision for effective, affordable and assured communications to support global mission planning
  • Future SATCOM roadmap to 2025- funded and part funded projects
  • 11:30 Resilient Space Capabilities for the Tactical Edge – AI and ML for Flexibility, Interoperability, and Affordability

    Dr Rajeev Gopal

    Dr Rajeev Gopal, Vice President Advanced Systems, Hughes Network Systems
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  • Multi-orbit (GEO, MEO, LEO) space nodes for high performance ISR and Communication
  • Interoperable and unified MILSAT and COMSAT enterprise for flexibility and affordability
  • Software-defined network enhanced with AI/ML based decision making and orchestration
  • Rapid and global availability of assured space-based capabilities for the tactical edge
  • 12:00 Networking Lunch Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

    13:00 PANEL: Delivering the Next Generation of Space Leaders

  • Introduction to the US space education enterprise
  • Realigning how we view space power: driving to consider space superiority as essential as air superiority in the future operating environment
  • Foundation of space, cyber and information power: how to integrate new ways of thinking into air staff
  • Concluding thoughts: how we enhance training and education for future leaders
  • Moderated by: Colonel Shawn Cochran

    Moderated by: Colonel Shawn Cochran, Commandant and Dean, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, US Air Force
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    Dr Andrea Harrington

    Dr Andrea Harrington, Director and Associate Professor, Schriever Space Scholars, AFSPACE, Air University, US Air Force
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    Colonel Luke Sauter

    Colonel Luke Sauter, Professor and Head, Dept Astronautics, US Air Force Academy
    View Bio

    Dr Wendy Whitman Cobb

    Dr Wendy Whitman Cobb, Associate Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, US Air Force
    View Bio

    13:45 Session Reserved for Kratos

    14:15 The Future Science and Technology Strategy for U.S. Space Through 2060

    Ms Andrea Loper

    Ms Andrea Loper, PM Future Space Communications, Space Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, , US Air Force

  • An overview of current initiatives within AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate to identify key inflection points that will determine the development of future space technologies
  • How AFRL and AFSPC are working together to determine what actions the U.S. can take within its strategy to affect inflection points so as to drive towards a future advantages to the U.S. and its allies
  • Investigation in what technologies are game changing and AFRL should pursue to support the next generation of space technologies
  • Actions AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate is doing now to support rapid innovation (AFRL’s Space Accelerator Programme – shrinking acquisition cycles and enabling rapid prototyping, SBIR contracts, small satellites, tailored mission assurance)
  • How AFRL’s innovation supports a DoD-wide ‘go fast’ innovation approach
  • 14:45 Utilising Innovation to Streamline Multi-Domain Operations

    Captain Roger Anderson

    Captain Roger Anderson, Deputy Program Manager, Air Force Space Accelerator Program, US Air Force
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  • An introduction to the technology accelerator and its role incubating innovation for space operations
  • Defining problems, not the solutions: rethinking how the USAF approaches acquisition
  • How the accelerator identifies, validates and acquires technology to stay ahead of adversaries
  • Increasing acquisition agility and building a space eco-system for future innovation
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 GreyNet: Secure, Disruption/Delay Tolerant Unified C2/SA Tactical Edge Network with Global Reach

    Mr Curtis White

    Mr Curtis White, Senior Research Systems Engineer, Navy Information Warfare Center- Atlantic, US Navy
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  • Self-forming, self-provisioning and self-healing, transport agnostic tactical edge network ecosystem
  • Security, Scalability and Resiliency: providing ubiquitous/transparent comm and cross-agency collaboration features to meet operational complexity
  • GreyNet program update – how it can contribute to future command, control and communications
  • Looking to the future: where UAV and other capabilities can enhance on-the-move communications
  • 16:15 UK Space Capability and Partnerships

    Wing Commander Ian Pamplin

    Wing Commander Ian Pamplin, UK Liaison Officer to SMC, UK MoD
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  • An overview of the UK space framework: SKYNET and other programmes
  • Partnership with SMC for Military Satellite Communications and other mission areas
  • How partnerships create additional resiliency: aiming for interchangeability among allies 
  • Vision looking forward: continued work with SMC and the US Space Force
  • 16:45 Canada’s Future Approach to Space

    Mr Abde Bellahnid

    Mr Abde Bellahnid, SATCOM Section Head, Canadian Armed Forces

  • Developing a comprehensive approach to the space enterprise: the view from across all mission areas
  • Leveraging space operations in support of national defence: delivering capability through the WGS MOU and joint operations like RADARSAT
  • Building and enhancing relationships with key allied partners to deliver extended and protected operations
  • Considering the use of dual-use technologies in support of the warfighting effort
  • 17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel Dennis Bythewood

    Colonel Dennis Bythewood, Commander, PEO Space Development, SMC, US Space Force

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Dr Roberta Ewart

    Dr Roberta Ewart, Chief Scientist, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), US Space Force
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    9:00 SDA’s Priorities for the Delivery of Future Space

    Mr Derek Tournear

    Mr Derek Tournear, Director, Space Development Agency
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  • Working in tandem with the Air Force to develop and prototype new technologies and architectures
  • Provision of satellite layers to support the delivery of communications, PNT and ISR capabilities
  • Exploring hosted payloads, rideshares and dedicated launches to deliver the constellation
  • Coordinating efforts to deliver terminals and ground infrastructure
  • 9:30 Space in a New Era of Great Power Competition

    Dr Mir Sadat

    Dr Mir Sadat, Former Director, National Security Council, Executive Office of the President / The White House
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  • How Space Figure in the 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS)
  • Advancing Space as a Priority Domain
  • Space as a Warfighting Domain
  • U.S. Space Command
  • U.S. Space Force
  • National Space Policy
  • 10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor ExoAnalytic

    Dr Douglas Hendrix

    Dr Douglas Hendrix, CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc

    11:00 Presentation Title to be Confirmed

    Colonel Patrick Williams

    Colonel Patrick Williams, Commander, 2d Weather Group, 557th Weather Wing, US Air Force
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    Mr Michael Nichols

    Mr Michael Nichols, Chief, AFSPC Commercial SATCOM Solutions Branch, AFSPC Commercial Satellite Communications Office, US Air Force
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  • COMSATCOM organisation, portfolio and mission – transforming the way ahead by bringing capabilities to the joint warfighter
  • Enhanced Mobile Satellite Service (EMSS): providing access through the Iridium network
  • Routing commercial traffic via DoD gateways and ensuring terminals are flexible to enable this across bands
  • New contracts to transform SATCOM provision: RFI timelines and acquisition
  • 12:00 SMC Enterprise Management and Control

    Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson

    Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson, Chief, Enterprise SATCOM Capability Integration, SMC, US Space Force
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  • An overview of the DoD’S architectural priorities – vision statement and key enablers
  • Moving to provide flexible, resilient and global pool capability to be allocated where needed including sovereign, commercial and allied bandwidth
  • Integrated vision for enterprise management and control, multi-purpose terminals and flexible networking to enable COMSATCOM integration
  • Concluding thoughts on future provision and acquisition priorities
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

    13:30 Future Architecture and Advanced Concepts

    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten, MILSATCOM Advanced Concepts, Portfolio Architect, Space and Missile Systems Center, US Space Force
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  • Provision of resilient communications moving forward: hybrid services as the key to future operations
  • Terminals that flexibly meet architectural developments within the space segment
  • Architectural vision for future space: the DoD approach and vision statement
  • Enterprise management and control (EM&C) enabling flexible terminals, networks and systems through on-demand allocations
  • 14:00 Providing Assured C2 for the Expeditionary Warfighter in Spectrum Contested Environments

    Dr Jim Baker

    Dr Jim Baker, Senior Principal Engineer, MCTSSA HQTRS, US Marine Corps
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  • “Assured C2” and the Expeditionary Warfighter
  • Key features for assuring tactical Command & Control (C2) networks
  • The role of Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) sensors in C2 networks
  • Using GPS in spectrum contested environments
  • USMC systems modernization
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Legal Frameworks for Operating in Space in a Great Power Era

    Captain Bryant Allen Mishima-Baker

    Captain Bryant Allen Mishima-Baker, Chief of General Law, 45th Space Wing, United States Air Force
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  • UN outer space treaty and the ‘rules of the road’ in space
  • How LEO mega-constellation proliferation will change our understanding of space sovereignty
  • Space domain awareness – ramifications of debris on operators in space
  • Space as a warfighting domain, what this means in principal and in practise


  • 15:30 Legal Perspectives on Future Space

    Ms Randy Segal

    Ms Randy Segal, Partner, Satellite & Space Practice, Hogan Lovells US
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  • What the emerging mega constellations mean for space law
  • Mergers and acquisitions: old space vs. new space
  • Concluding comments and thoughts
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Dr Roberta Ewart

    Dr Roberta Ewart, Chief Scientist, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), US Space Force
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    Colonel Ryan Gulden

    Colonel Ryan Gulden

    Director, SATCOM Integration, SMC , US Space Force
    Dr Mir Sadat

    Dr Mir Sadat

    Former Director, National Security Council, Executive Office of the President / The White House
    Mr Derek Tournear

    Mr Derek Tournear

    Director, Space Development Agency
    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    MILSATCOM Advanced Concepts, Portfolio Architect, Space and Missile Systems Center, US Space Force
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force

    Captain Bryant Allen Mishima-Baker

    Chief of General Law, 45th Space Wing, United States Air Force
    Captain Bryant Allen Mishima-Baker

    Capt Bryant A. Mishima-Baker is an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and Chief of General Law for the 45th Space Wing Patrick AFB, FL. Capt Mishima-Baker commissioned into the Air Force through Total Force Officer Training in March 2016 as a Missile Maintenance Officer, then in June 2017 cross-trained as a JAG. He has a BA in Japanese from Brigham Young University, a JD from American University, and is completing a MS in Space Studies: Space Policy from the University of North Dakota. He has been an active member of the American Bar Association Forum on Space Law for 8 years.

    Captain Roger Anderson

    Deputy Program Manager, Air Force Space Accelerator Program, US Air Force
    Captain Roger Anderson

    Captain Roger S. Anderson is the Air Force Space Accelerator Deputy Program Manager at the Air Force Research Lab for Space Vehicles at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He aligns start-up company innovation with the needs of the Air Force and matures start-up technology for integration into current and future systems. Captain Anderson also leads the directorate’s professional development program exposing young acquisition professionals to innovative acquisitions early in their careers. Captain Anderson is a 2012 graduate of The University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was previously stationed at Hill Air Force Base as the Engineering Source Authority for the AN/APG 66 and 68 radar transmitters. Following his time supporting the F-16, he was made the Lead Hardness Critical Item Engineer tasked with protecting the nuclear hardness integrity of 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. After his assignment at Hill Air Force Base, Captain Anderson earned his Master’s degree in electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

    Colonel Dennis Bythewood

    Commander, PEO Space Development, SMC, US Space Force
    Colonel Dennis Bythewood

    Colonel Luke Sauter

    Professor and Head, Dept Astronautics, US Air Force Academy
    Colonel Luke Sauter

    Colonel Luke Sauter Colonel Sauter is the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Astronautics, United States Air Force Academy. He commands the Department of Astronautics with final responsibility for curriculum, personnel, research, budget, long-range planning, faculty development, and cadet instruction. The Department of Astronautics helps produce the finest Air Force officers in the world who live our core values and understand space. He supervises 30 Air Force officers, NCOs, civilians and support contractors offering 18 college-level courses annually to educate over 1,300 cadets in Astronautics and Space Operations. He also manages a dynamic $6.0M+ research program funded by Air Force Space Command, AFRL, and other DoD organizations. Colonel Sauter graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2002 as a Distinguished Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Following his second assignment at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, he was selected as an instructor in the Department of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. During this time he was the Executive officer and directed the capstone sounding rocket program which flew to a collegiate record of 106 km altitude. Col Sauter was selected to attend the University of Surrey, UK where he earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2012. Col Sauter then worked at the National Reconnaissance Office, in the Imagery Intelligence directorate and as a Legislative Liaison prior to his current assignment at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Colonel Sauter is a senior member of American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, System Engineering Board member at USAFA, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Gamma Tau engineering honor societies member, and holds Acquisition Professional Development Program Level III certification in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, and Level II certification in Program Management, and Level I certification Test. He is also a level 2 qualified space-professional.

    Colonel Patrick Williams

    Commander, 2d 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.

    Colonel Ryan Gulden

    Director, SATCOM Integration, SMC , US Space Force
    Colonel Ryan Gulden

    Colonel Ryan J. Gulden is the Director, Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Integration, Portfolio Architect, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. He directs system architecting, programming, roadmaps, capability deliveries and operational support for a $40-billion Space Force portfolio providing wideband and narrowband satellite constellations and associated Air Force communication terminals, developmental programs, and mission control systems to deliver strategic and tactical communications. He has served in various assignments in intelligence, satellite operations, and space acquisition at the National Air Intelligence Center, the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Air Staff, and the National Reconnaissance Office.

    Dr Andrea Harrington

    Director and Associate Professor, Schriever Space Scholars, AFSPACE, Air University, US Air Force
    Dr Andrea Harrington

    Dr. Andrea Harrington serves as Director of the Schriever Space Scholars and Associate Professor at Air Command and Staff College. Dr. Harrington previously served as Associate Director of the LLM Program in Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law and was Associate Chair for the Policy, Economics, and Law Department of the
    International Space University's Space Studies Program.  Dr. Harrington was an Arsenault Fellow in Space Governance at the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), where her doctoral research focused on space insurance and liability issues. Dr. Harrington holds a DCL and LLM from McGill, a JD from the University of Connecticut, an MSc in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics, and a BA in International Relations and History from Boston University. She is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts

    Dr Douglas Hendrix

    CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc
    Dr Douglas Hendrix

    Dr Jim Baker

    Senior Principal Engineer, MCTSSA HQTRS, US Marine Corps
    Dr Jim Baker

    Dr. Baker joined the USMC in 1976, served as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer in the EA-6B Prowler, and retired in 2000. In civilian life he has worked in data acquisition, instrumentation automation, and aircraft systems test and evaluation. His current assignment is Senior Principal Engineer with the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, supporting USMC C4 systems and helping expeditionary Marines understand their footprint in the RF spectrum. He has published over 20 journal and conference papers on electrically small antennas and his education includes a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Systems Engineering, an M.S. in National Resource Strategy, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

    Dr Mir Sadat

    Former Director, National Security Council, Executive Office of the President / The White House
    Dr Mir Sadat

    Mir Sadat, PhD, is a Director at the U.S. National Security Council, where he leads the interagency on defense and space policy issues. In this role, Mir advises the President, Vice-President, National Security Advisor, White House Senior Officials, and Cabinet Members. Mir is also a naval officer with intelligence and space qualifications and in his preceding two naval assignments, he served as a Space Policy Strategist with Chief of Naval Operations and a Space Operations Officer with U.S. Tenth Fleet. Mir has PhD from Claremont Graduate University and has taught at various universities in California and in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the government, Mir spent 10 years in various capacities at Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

    Dr Rajeev Gopal

    Vice President Advanced Systems, Hughes Network Systems
    Dr Rajeev Gopal

    Dr. Gopal is responsible for resilient/protected communications, LEO, HTS, AI/ML and cyber related programs within Hughes DISD. He was involved in the design of the OneWeb LEO broadband system that completed its first two-way data transfer in 2019 summer. He earlier served as Network System Engineering lead for USAF Transformational Satellite (TSAT) space segment and was on the SPACEWAY® 3 (with onboard Layer 2 packet processing payload) architecture and Mobile Satellite systems (Thuraya, ICO, LEO Teledesic), development teams.

    Dr. Gopal was the chief architect and software manager for the SPACEWAY, a $1.8B development, Network Operations Control Center (NOCC).
    Dr. Gopal serves on the editorial board of Wiley’s International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (IJSCN) and is member of IEEE 5G World Forum and AIAA ICSSC technical program committees. He is the co-chair of the AIAA ICSSC Colloquium on “Satellites and 5G” to be held in the Washington DC area in October 2020. As a member of the US President’s NSTAC Satellite Task Force 2009, he co-authored the pioneering report on commercial satellite communications and cyber security.

    He received a BE (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India and a PhD in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University; has published more than 40 technical papers on topics ranging from satellites, software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, network management, and life science applications; and holds 9 patents on satellite systems.

    Dr Roberta Ewart

    Chief Scientist, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), US Space Force
    Dr Roberta Ewart

    Roberta is currently the principal scientific authority and technical oversight for SMC with the following duties: Supports SMC Commander in technical reviews and assessment of programs and research, development and demonstration of technologies on board spacecraft and missiles. Advances the knowledge of emerging space concepts and technologies that increase Air Force capabilities through advanced systems development and demonstration. Responsible for planning, conducting evaluating and coordinating studies and developmental demonstrations in space systems with SMC and other DoD development centers and agencies such as DARPA. Serves as a consultant to the US Space Command Commander and other members of US Space Force and SAF/SP for technical judgments and evaluations. Roberta joined SMC in 2000 and has held several key positions including Chief Engineer, Development Plans and Space Superiority, and Chief Architect, Space Superiority Systems Wing. Roberta is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and holds multiple advanced degrees in theoretical Physics and Electrical engineering from University of Colorado, Oxford University, UK, and Stanford University.

    Dr Wendy Whitman Cobb

    Associate Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, US Air Force
    Dr Wendy Whitman Cobb

    Dr. Wendy N. Whitman Cobb is Associate Professor of Strategy and Security Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). Dr. Whitman Cobb received a BA and MA from the University of Central Florida, both in political science, and a PhD in political science from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on the political and institutional dynamics of space policy, public opinion of space exploration, and the influence of commerce on potential space conflict. In addition to several books, including The Politics of Cancer: Malignant Indifference and Political Science Today, an introductory political science text, her research has appeared in Space Policy and Congress and the Presidency. Prior to arriving at SAASS, Dr. Whitman Cobb was an associate professor of political science at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

    James Caldwell

    Materiel Leader & Chief, Integrated Experiments Division , United States Air Force
    James Caldwell

    Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson

    Chief, Enterprise SATCOM Capability Integration, SMC, US Space Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson

    Liuetenant Colonel Gary Thompson advises and assists the Portfolio Archiect and Corps on matters concerning business practices and technologies to advance U.S. Government, Commercial and Coalition Partner satellite communications capabilities as an integrated enterprise. Liuetenant Colonel Thompson entered the Air Force in 1999 as a graduate of Officer Training School following 7 years of Army and Minnesota Army National Guard enlistment. 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 Air Expeditionary Wing, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan and the NATO International Security Assistance Force. Liuetenant Colonel Thompson transitioned from active duty to the Air Force Reserves in 2009 where he continues to support space systems and users worldwide.

    Moderated by: Colonel Shawn Cochran

    Commandant and Dean, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, US Air Force
    Moderated by: Colonel Shawn Cochran

    Colonel Shawn T. Cochran is Commandant and Dean of the US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS).

    Colonel Cochran entered the Air Force in 1995 as a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He served multiple tours as an HH-60G combat rescue pilot, commanding the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA, as well as expeditionary rescue squadrons in Afghanistan and Sicily. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Cochran was Commander, 449th Air Expeditionary Group, Djibouti, where he also served as JACCE for CJTF-Horn of Africa.

    Mr Abde Bellahnid

    SATCOM Section Head, Canadian Armed Forces
    Mr Abde Bellahnid

    Mr Charlie Precourt

    VP, Propulsion Systems, Northrop Grumman
    Mr Charlie Precourt

    Charlie Precourt is the vice president of Propulsion Systems for Northrop Grumman. He joined Northrop Grumman in 2005 after a distinguished 15-year career with NASA. He is a veteran of four space flights—including two as mission commander—and has logged more than 932 hours in space. He was also deputy program manager for the International Space Station, chief of the astronaut corps and director of operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Charlie also served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a test pilot on the F-15E development program.

    Mr Curtis White

    Senior Research Systems Engineer, Navy Information Warfare Center- Atlantic, US Navy
    Mr Curtis White

    Mr. White is a Senior Research System Engineer in the Advanced Communications and Sensing Competency for Naval Information Warfare Center-Atlantic, Charleston SC. He has 40 years experience in inter-disciplinary applied R&D at Southwest Research Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

    For the past 8 years, he has continued to expand his earlier work in Communications, Command & Control for Anti-Access/Area Denied Tactical Edge Networks. This work implements novel IoT concepts supporting multi-agency, multi-echelon unified wireless networks providing, highly robust secure voice, video, and data. The goal is to create a self-forming, self-healing Disruption, Delay Tolerant global network that is is completely autonomous and decentralized.

    Mr Derek Tournear

    Director, Space Development Agency
    Mr Derek Tournear

    Derek M. Tournear, Ph.D. Director, Space Development Agency Dr. Derek Tournear is the Director of the Space Development Agency (SDA). Established in March 2019, is responsible for unifying and integrating the Department’s space development efforts, monitoring the Department's threat-driven future space architecture, and accelerating fielding of new military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantages in space. Dr. Tournear most recently served as Assistant Director of Research and Development for Space within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering where he was responsible for coordinating all DoD efforts in space, and initiating programs to address critical gaps. Dr. Tournear previously held leadership roles in industry, most recently the director for Harris Space & Intelligence (SIS) research & development. SIS was a $2B business focused on providing advanced technical solutions addressing the top National Security threats from underwater to outer space. Prior to industry, Dr. Derek Tournear was a Senior Program Manager (SNIS-HQE) at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). At IARPA, Dr. Tournear served as a senior scientist for space activities and space technologies in the Office of Smart Collection. Dr. Tournear was previously a Program Manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Tactical Technology Office and Strategic Technology Office. At DARPA, he initiated and directed a large portfolio of program, with an emphasis on sensors and space. He has professional experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) managing intelligence and defense programs. Dr. Tournear has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University and a B.S. from Purdue University. In 2010 he received an “Outstanding Alumnus” award from Purdue University and a 2008 DARPA award for “Outstanding Accomplishments in a Systems Technology Area.” Dr. Tournear is a 2011 recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, and a 2012 recipient of the Office of Director of National Intelligence Award for Exceptional Public Service.

    Mr Joseph Vanderpoorten

    MILSATCOM Advanced Concepts, Portfolio Architect, Space and Missile Systems Center, US Space 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), program architecture/integration for WGS-11+.

    Mr Michael Nichols

    Chief, AFSPC Commercial SATCOM Solutions Branch, AFSPC Commercial Satellite Communications Office, US Air Force
    Mr Michael Nichols

    Mike Nichols is the Chief of the Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Solutions Branch, Commercial Satellite Communications Office (CSCO), Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). He oversees a portfolio of commercial satellite acquisitions and services with a lifecycle value of 4.6 billion dollars. The COMSATCOM Solutions Branch facilitates the delivery of operationally responsive, customer-focused, and cost-effective commercial satellite communications to the Department of Defense (DoD) and other Government Agencies by providing focused acquisition and lifecycle support to complex customer acquisitions on established or tailored COMSATCOM contracts.
    Mr. Nichols has managed DoD meshed network solutions, including terrestrial transport, data applications, and commercial satellite services as a Department of Defense government civilian for more than 32 years.
    During the span of his career, Mr. Nichols has managed communication services for the United States Navy Europe/Central Region in Naples, Italy, was a project manager for European terrestrial transport initiatives based out of Stuttgart, Germany, and served as a senior advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Communications and Technology in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of the U.S. Department of Defense Telecommunications Advisory Team.
    Prior to his current position, Mr. Nichols was the Deputy Chief for the DoDs Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS).
    A U.S. Navy Veteran, Mr. Nichols is proud to serve the Department of Defense and provide critical C5ISR that enable warfighter capabilities.

    Ms Andrea Loper

    PM Future Space Communications, Space Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, , US Air Force
    Ms Andrea Loper

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief Partnership Officer, US Space Force
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Randy Segal

    Partner, Satellite & Space Practice, Hogan Lovells US
    Ms Randy Segal

    With nearly 30 years’ experience in the satellite industry, as in-house and outside counsel, Randy has been involved in the end-to-end development of space companies, from cradle to sale. She represents the full range of the participants in the industry, including global sovereigns, established companies and startups, as well as early stage VC and later stage PE investors (both financial and strategic). Her global practice has expanded to reflect the breadth of innovations and newspace participants in the industry today, as well as teaming arrangements between traditional and newspace players and advises the new megaconstellation operators, launchers and customers.

    Wing Commander Ian Pamplin

    UK Liaison Officer to SMC, UK MoD
    Wing Commander Ian Pamplin

    Wing Commander Pamplin is the UK’s first Liaison Officer to the USSF Space and Missile Systems Center.

    He has served as an engineering flight commander in air defence and field communication roles, including deployments to the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan, and as a squadron commander at No1 Radio School. His varied staff experience includes: information security; network and satellite architectures; electronic warfare; operational requirements; ISTAR; and personnel. At Staff College he specialised in space policy and politics and his previous assignment was in the (then) JFC’s portfolio office, providing balance of investment advice to aid C4ISR capability development.




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    Leveraging Hughes global leadership in broadband satellite technology and services, Hughes Defense tailors innovative satellite networking solutions with reliable, modular and integrated, open-architecture systems engineered to meet military mission requirements. Using Hughes satellites and global partner capabilities, Hughes keeps troops connected to meet communications needs today and tomorrow.



    Kratos helps ensure customers are “Ready for What’s Next” in the rapidly changing satellite industry by improving operational efficiencies and managing the complexities enabling a dynamic ground. From RF interference mitigation and cancellation, end-to-end network management, signal processing, to command & control, Kratos products and services are used by more than 80 percent of the world’s satellite operators and 90 percent of U.S.-based space missions. Kratos develops, integrates and sustains technology ensuring space communications superiority.




    XTAR, LLC is a privately owned satellite operator delivering X-band services to U.S. and Allied government users. XTAR’s two satellite payloads, with high-powered global, fixed and steerable spot beams, are WGS-compatible and readily support mobile applications in the harshest environments. Available coverage is from Denver east to Singapore.

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    Space Data Association


    The Space Data Association Limited (SDA) is a non-profit international association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment and the RF spectrum. It maintains the Space Data Center, a database of high-accuracy orbital information, which is operated by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) of Exton, PA. Established in the Isle of Man the SDA is open to all satellite operators and other participants. Its membership comprises many of the world’s major satellite communications companies Membership information can be found at www.space-data.org

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    Space IT Bridge is focused on helping business leaders and IT decision makers understand emerging business opportunities delivered by a growing number of space-based satellite networks. The site will track the business climate of this emerging and exciting market, including: standards debates, deployment case studies, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, financial results and IPOs, and more. Stories and other coverage in Space IT Bridge will help "New Space" companies how to leverage best practices in IT, such as open standards, open source, cloud computing, APIs, Big Data, analytics, and machine learning. At the same time, Space IT Bridge will help the IT and consumer worlds recognize and embrace new opportunities offered by cubesats, imaging, and low earth orbit (LEO) satellite clouds.



    MILMAG International is a monthly, online magazine. It covers developments in the defence and space industry, including presentations of new technology solutions as well as analysis of decisions taken by policymakers. Michal Jarocki is the Editor-in-Chief of MILMAG International. He has a year’s long experience in publishing stories and analyses in British, German and Polish press.

    World Teleport Association


    Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (WTA) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.

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    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.

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    Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG)


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    Armada International


    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.



    The only independent specialized media, only and exclusively in the Space Industry, written in Spanish. Spanish online media, aimed especially at the markets of Spain and Latin America, which allows industry professionals to obtain all the information available in this area easily and quickly. Information updated daily to facilitate decision making of companies, institutions and users working in the attractive field of space. Always seen image in an agile and dynamic platform with updated and documented information, which adopts the successful design of Infodefensa.com to address a segmented audience, in a specific and qualified niche market. With two weekly newsletters that are sent to more than 1,000 registered subscribers, which include those responsible for space issues in the Administration, Embassies, Chambers of Commerce, ESA and other organizations and associations in the sector.


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    ‘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.

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    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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