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SMi Group are proud to present the 17th annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference, taking place on 27th and 28th April 2022.

As the leading conference in Europe dedicated to space domain awareness, this year’s forum will once again bring together key stakeholders across military, government, and industry to discuss the future of the sector. With a renewed focus on partnership and collaboration and over 200 attendees, this event remains a “must-attend” for any professional working in space situational awareness.

Many of the recent developments in SSA are centred around the emergence of new LEO constellations and how military users must adapt their SSA approaches to account for this. Similarly, increasing interest in cislunar space present unique challenges for the industry, as does renewed great power competition.

2022’s Military Space Situational Awareness conference will address these issues head-on, with key focuses including space domain awareness, space surveillance and tracking (SST), the US Space Force's approach to SDA, the impact of new mega-constellations, and international partnerships in space.

Military SSA is one of the world's leading events on military space domain awareness and features over 200 truly global representatives from military, industry, government, and research. Attend the conference to benefit from exclusive updates, insights, and discussions with the pre-eminent names in the world of SSA.

  • Meet and network with leaders in SSA from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking breaks, drinks receptions, and more!
  • Hear updates and guidance from world-leading SSA programme managers and decision-makers
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of SSA
  • Discover cutting-edge technology to enhance operational effectiveness
  • Make new connections, contacts and partnerships from our international audience

 

Past attendees have included:

Aerospace Corporation; Airbus Defence and space; Analytical Graphics Inc; Beijing Institute of Space Science & Technology; Beijing Institute Of Space Science & Technology Information; Brazilian Air Attache Office; Canadian Armed Forces; Cestrian Capital Research; CGI; CGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG; CGI IT UK Limited; China Academy of Space Technology; CNES; CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science; DLR Space Administration; DSTL; EU SatCen; European Space Agency; ExoAnalytic Solutions; FACH (Chiliean AF); FOI; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; Fuerza Aerea de Chile; German Aerospace Center (DLR); Global VSAT Forum (GVF); GMV Innovating Solutions Ltd; Harris; Harris Corporation; HQ Allied Maritime Command; ITAF AOC; Italian Air Force; JFC Cap C4ISR; JHU Applied Physics Laboratory; Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute; Kratos; Kratos Communications; Kratos ; L3 Applied Defense Solutions; LeoLabs, Inc.; MET Office; Military University Of Technology; Mitre Corporation; Mod; Nanoavinics UK Ltd; New Space Capital; Northern Space & Security Ltd; NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.; Northumbria University; Norwegian Ministry Of Defence; Norwegian MOD; NSR; OHB System; Oneweb; Pangaea Wire; Polish Space Agency; RAF; RAF Fylingdales; Rajant Corporation; Raytheon uk; RHEA Group; RNLAF; Romanian Ministry of Defence; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal College of Defence Studies; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); SAF/AQS; SciSys UK Ltd; Serco Ltd; Serradata; SJE Space; Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation; Space and Missile Systems Center US Air Force; STFC, RAL; Surrey Space Centre; Teledyne e2v; Telespazio France; Telespazio SpA; Thales Netherlands BV; The Aerospace Corporation; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Strategic Command; UAE GHQ; UK Missile Defence Centre; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UK Space Operations Centre; United Nations Institute For Disarmament Research; United States Air Force ; United States Air Force Academy; University of Oxford/Air Force Institute of Technology; US Air Force; Winston & Cooper Consulting; ZODIAC DATA SYSTEMS;

 

Conference programme

7:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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9:00 Latest Developments in UK Space Surveillance and Tracking

Mr Jacob Geer

Mr Jacob Geer, Head of Space Surveillance and Tracking, UK Space Agency
View Bio

  • An update on recent and upcoming opportunities in the UK’s civil Space Surveillance and Tracking programme
  • This will include detail on efforts to collaborate across civil, military and commercial boundaries
  • 9:30 Situational Awareness and the UK MOD: Ambitions, Programmes and Goals

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name To Be Confirmed, UK Space Command

  • Outline of the UK MOD’s SSA ambitions and how UK Space Command, RAF and UK Strategic Command contribute to SSA
  • All-domain operations: why is SSA key? How the MOD sees SSA as an operational enabler
  • Data sharing and partnership: how we are building a collaborative approach
  • Resiliency through domain awareness: how the MOD is maximizing its defensive capabilities
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 China's Plans for Space

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, US Air Force
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  • How China is making space congested and contested
  • The People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force’s Role in Space
  • China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy and Space
  • 11:30 Pathways to Military Space Domain Information Dominance

    Dr Doug Hendrix

    Dr Doug Hendrix, CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions
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  • Effective space control requires Space Domain Information Dominance
  • Growth in space objects continues to outpace information collection systems ability to maintain timely and effective Space Domain Awareness
  • There needs to be an acceleration of sensors, data exploitation and information dissemination that can keep up with the growth in space objects
  • 12:00 EU Space Surveillance and Tracking: State of Play and Main Developments

  • EU SST as a security-relevant EU Space Programme component and evolution into the EU SST Partnership
  • Update on the EU SST services, data sharing and the European catalogue
  • EU SST as the fundamental capability for space traffic management in Europe
  • Mr Marc Becker

    Mr Marc Becker, Chairman EU SST Security Committee and Policy Officer, EU
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    Mr Pascal Faucher

    Mr Pascal Faucher, Chairman EU SST Consortium, EU
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    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 The SSA Developments in Luxembourg, in line with the Defence Space Strategy

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot, Head of Space and Cyber, Luxembourg DOD
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  • SSA as an essential piece of the Luxembourg Defense Space Strategy
  • Space being a shared environment, how can a LU SSA programme support the operations
  • The contribution of LU to the NATO 3SAS development
  • 14:00 Norwegian Space Agency lines of effort within SSA

    Dr Yngvild Andalsvik

    Dr Yngvild Andalsvik, Lead Space Situational Awareness, Norwegian Space Agency
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  • Policy context, goals and development
  • National activities
  • Future plans
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Canada's SDA Update

    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Mr Cameron Stoltz, Director of Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces
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  • Overall Canadian SSA capability
  • Update on ongoing SSA projects
  • Balancing space-based and ground-based sensors: where Canada is looking
  • Future vision for Canadian SDA provision
  • 15:30 SDA Work in the USA: Cutting Edge Work and Next Stages of Military SDA

    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Dr Jaime Stearns, Space Control Mission Lead, US Air Force Research Laboratory
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  • Overall SDA work and where we are going
  • Gaining the operational edge and staying inside the enemy’s loop: importance of speed of innovation
  • Next stages: technological enablers and where you can help
  • 16:00 RNLAF Space Activities Update

    Captain Wilco Van Den Bogaard

    Captain Wilco Van Den Bogaard, Space Officer SSA, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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  • Current SSA projects within the Dutch Armed Forces
  • Roadmap NL Defence Space Security Centre
  • International cooperation for MSSA in The Netherlands
  • 16:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    View Bio

    7:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    View Bio

    9:00 Space Situational Awareness (SSA): A Fundamental Capability for the Italian Defence and the ItAF to Safeguard National Space and Aerospace Operations

    Colonel Marco Galgani

    Colonel Marco Galgani, Deputy Head Space Office, Italian Air Force Staff
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  • Italian Defence and ItAF SSA capability
  • The importance of the SSA for Space and Aerospace Operations
  • the ItAF SSA Centre in Poggio Renatico
  • 9:30 Japanese SSA Plans and Vision

    Lieutenant Colonel Ajiki Toshihide

    Lieutenant Colonel Ajiki Toshihide, Commander Space Operations Squadron, Japan Air Defense Force
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  • Current Security Environment
  • Update on Space Capability Buildup
  • Establishment of the Space Operations Group (tentative name)
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Tactical Space Domain Awarenss and International Cooperation

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lintker

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lintker, Commander, 18th Space Control Squadron, US Space Force

  • 18 SPCS and its role
  • Partnership as the norm: our approach
  • Strategies for increasing collaboration
  • 11:30 Panel: Military/Industry Collaboration: Getting the Balance Right

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    View Bio

  • Current collaboration initiatives (Commercial Integration Cells, SACT etc.): are these performing as intended?
  • Are we sharing data as easily as we could? What can be done to enable greater information flow?
  • Trust as the enabler: is there enough trust between military and industry stakeholders?
  • Final suggestions: what more can we do?
  • 12:15 Networking Lunch

    13:15 The UK Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR) Programme - Benefits for Defence Users

    Mr Simon Machin

    Mr Simon Machin, Manager Met Office Space Weather Programme , Met Office
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  • Outline the rationale, objectives and aims of SWIMMR Programme
  • Describe the detail of the 11 projects and the needs each will meet
  • Detail the anticipated benefits for military decision makers and users
  • 13:45 NOAA Space Weather Support for Space Situational Awareness

    Dr Jinni Meehan

    Dr Jinni Meehan, National Space Weather Program Manager, NOAA
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  • NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center is the United States official source of space weather alerts, watches, and warnings
  • Space weather support, including space environment research, observations, modeling, and forecasting, for the space situational awareness mission is critical
  • Highly accurate space weather data and predictions will be needed to drive advanced models for precision orbital calculations for collision avoidance measures to ensure a safer operating environment in the space domain for civil, defense, and commercial space operators
  • 14:15 German Space Weather Activities

    Major Ulrich Kuester

    Major Ulrich Kuester, Geo Info Staff Officer, German Space Command

  • Overview of space weather programmes in Germany
  • Our operational priorities
  • Future plans
  • 14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) Update

    Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Greiner

    Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Greiner, Materiel Leader, Space Domain Awareness Radars, United States Space Force
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  • Provide latest information on the development of DARC
  • Provide information on the proof of concept DARC Tech Demo
  • Collaboration with UK MOD
  • 15:45 XGEO Programs at AFRL

    Dr James Frith

    Dr James Frith, XGEO Tech Area Lead, Space Vehicles Directorate, US Air Force Laboratory
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  • Why awareness in XGEO is key
  • Difficulties of XGEO and how technological innovation can overcome this
  • The path forward: current and future XGEO domain awareness programs in AFRL and partners
  • 16:15 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    View Bio

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Marco Galgani

    Colonel Marco Galgani

    Deputy Head Space Office, Italian Air Force Staff
    Dr Brendan Mulvaney

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney

    Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, US Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Ajiki Toshihide

    Lieutenant Colonel Ajiki Toshihide

    Commander Space Operations Squadron, Japan Air Defense Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Greiner

    Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Greiner

    Materiel Leader, Space Domain Awareness Radars, United States Space Force
    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Head of Space and Cyber, Luxembourg DOD
    Mr Jacob Geer

    Mr Jacob Geer

    Head of Space Surveillance and Tracking, UK Space Agency

    Captain Wilco Van Den Bogaard

    Space Officer SSA, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Captain Wilco Van Den Bogaard

    Since April 1st 2020 Captain Wilco van den Bogaard has been acting as one of the members of the Defence Space Security Centre (DSSC) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force in Breda. He specializes in the Space Situational Awareness and is involved in multiple research projects with partners like TNO, Dutch Air and Space Research Laboratory, University of Leiden and Thales. The focus of DSSC is to investigate the influence of the space domain on military systems and operations and to build a national and international network of sensors and data-sharing.
    Captain Wilco van den Bogaard started his career at the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 2013 at the Royal Military Academy in Breda. As soon as he completed his Military Systems and Technology study in 2017 he was appointed officer. His previous position was at the Air Operations Control Station Nieuw-Milligen. He was responsible for the maintenance and development of the simulator systems for Air Traffic Controllers and Fighter Controllers.

    Colonel Marco Galgani

    Deputy Head Space Office, Italian Air Force Staff
    Colonel Marco Galgani

    Col. Marco GALGANI joined the Italian Air Force Academy (Naples) on September 1986 (Course Falco IV) where, in 1990, he obtained a degree in Aeronautical Science.
    He graduated as a Military Pilot in 1991 after completing Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) at Sheppard AFB, Texas (USA). Upon completion of ENJJPT, he was assigned to the 132nd Squadron of 3rd Wing in Villafranca di Verona (VR) flying AM-X fighter aircraft operating in a dual role capacity executing fighter/bomber/attack and tactical/RECCE Fighter missions.
    Flying on AM-X throughout his operational career, from August 1998 to September 2001 he was assigned to 101st Squadron O.C.U. (Operational Conversion Unit) of the 32nd Wing in Amendola (FG) as an Instructor Pilot on the AMX dual-seated training aircraft (AMX-T). Col GALGANI obtained all combat qualifications in both attack and recce roles of the AMX, including “Tactics Instructor”, “Package Commander”, and “Chase” qualifications. He concluded his operational tours in September 2004 after a period of three years as the 132nd Squadron Commander.
    Col GALGANI enabled various peacekeeping air operations in the Balkans and, he was deployed as an Air Liaison Officer of the IT-North Brigade (Sarajevo, April – June 1997). Three years later, he was deployed as J3-Air Chief of the Multi National North Brigade (Mostar, March - May 2000). In 1999 Col GALGANI contributed to “Allied Force” operations over Kosovo and Serbia.
    On September 2004 Col GALGANI left the Squadron Command post and was attended the Joint Senior Staff Course in Rome until August of 2005 when was then appointed to Air Force Staff Security Department. In this role, he was responsible for ItAF Personnel and Operational Security.
    In October 2008 he was appointed to It-MoD Joint Intelligence Centre (JIC) in Rome as Air Intelligence Branch Chief managing all Intelligence support to ItAF assets operating abroad, mainly in Afghanistan. During his 6 years in JIC, he was designed as Joint Trial Manager and Detachment Commander for NATO Trial Unified Vision (UV12 and UV14), at Ørland MAS in Norway. These were the two most important Trials that NATO organized in 2012 and 2014 to enhance C4ISTAR thorough the Alliance. He was also deployed in Afghanistan, from April to November of 2013, where he was appointed as ISAF Regional Command West (RC-W) Fusion Centre Director in Camp Arena (Herat), managing various Intelligence resources and enablers to support ISAF operations.
    After 6 years spent in JIC, he was appointed as ItAF Unit Commander and he moved to Pratica di Mare where, from September 2014 to June 2016, he was the Director of the ItAF Geospatial Information Centre (CIGA), managing all Geo and Geospatial support to air assets. During this time Col GALGANI also directed the ItAF Processing, Exploitation & Dissemination (PED) Unit in charge of PED process for all ItAF imagery sensors (Sat, UAVs, TACRECCE), operating also in reach-back to support ItAF units deployed abroad.
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    In August 2016 he was transferred to the Joint Air and space Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) in Kalkar, Germany, where he was appointed as C4ISR&Space Branch Head till August 2020, managing 10 Subject Matter Experts of 6 different NATO nations in submitting studies and following projects, within the competencies of his Branch, in support of NATO and NATO nations.
    After his planned period spent at JAPCC, he was moving back to Rome, Italy, where in September 2020 he was appointed as Chief of the 1st Office for Space Innovation Programs of the General Office for Space of the ItAF Head Quarter.
    Since the end of May 2021, he has been appointed as Deputy Chief of the General Office for Space of the ItAF Head Quarter.
    Below is a list of the most important courses he attended, excluding technical ones associated to flight qualifications:
    - Course ItAF Air Warfare School, Florence (IT);
    - Didactical Method Qualification Course, Rome (IT);
    - Crew Resource Management (1998), Memphis (USA);
    - Flight Safety Course for Squadron Commanders, Rome (IT);
    - Flying Course Tactical Leadership Programme, Florennes AB (BE);
    - Joint Senior Staff Course, Rome (IT);
    - ItAF Security & Counter Intelligence Course, Rome (IT);
    - Basic Intelligence Couse, Rome (IT);
    - Advanced Intelligence Course, Rome (IT);
    - Seminar for Wing/Base/Centre Commander Officials, Rome (IT);
    Col GALGANI has been awarded the Gold Medallion for Long Flight Navigation, the Gold Cross for Senior Service, the “Bronze Bomber” distinctive for Allied Force, the Commemorative Cross for the Military Peace Mission in Bosnia, the NATO Medallion for “non-article 5” operations in the Balkans, the NATO Medallion for the operations in Ex-Yugoslavia, the NATO Medallion for the operations in Kosovo, the Cross for the Military Peace Mission in Afghanistan and the ISAF Medallion for the operations in Afghanistan.
    Col GALGANI has a total of 2000 hours of military flying, of which almost 1,700 were on tactical jet aircraft. He is qualified on SF260, T-37, T-38, MB339A/B, G91T, AMX and AMX-T.

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney

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

    Dr. Brendan Mulvaney is currently the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute at National Defense University. He was a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as an AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China.

    He enlisted in 1991 and was commissioned in 1993 after graduating from UC San Diego. He earned his Master’s in Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2002, and was selected as one of three Marine Olmsted Scholars for 2003. He studied at Fudan University in Shanghai, China from 2003-2005 where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations.

    He served several tours in California, Iraq, Japan, and the Western Pacific. He served as the first Director of the Commandant’s Red Team, and supervised the implementation of Red Teaming in the Marine Corps. In 2013 he transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was the Associate Chair for the Languages and Cultures Department, and taught Mandarin Chinese, Chinese culture, and cross-cultural literacy.

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

    Dr Doug Hendrix

    CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions
    Dr Doug Hendrix

    Dr. Doug Hendrix is chief executive officer and co-founder of ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc. For 25 years, Dr. Hendrix has developed advanced software solutions to enable the United States to maintain its technological superiority in EO/IR sensing for missile defense and space situational awareness. Dr. Hendrix has a broad professional background that ranges from research and development to commercial software development in the areas of atmospheric, underwater and nuclear explosions, hyper-velocity impacts, space weather, and the development of a commercial fusion reactor.

    As a co-founder of ExoAnalytic Solutions, he had one major idea in mind for the company, which is to build a focused team comprised of the best and brightest in the industry to develop and field cutting edge technology to greatly surpass the state of the art. In his current role at ExoAnalytic Solutions, he remains deeply involved in technology development for both missile defense and space situational awareness.

    Dr. Hendrix earned a B.A. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of California, Irvine, and is the proud son of a former submarine officer.

    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Space Control Mission Lead, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Dr. Jaime Stearns is the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate Space Control Mission Lead. She coordinates the Directorate’s research and development activities in Space Domain Awareness and Command & Control in support of defensive space operations.

    Dr. Stearns joined the Space Vehicles Directorate of the AFRL as a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow. She became a civil servant a year later, founding and leading an AFOSR-funded research program using laser spectroscopy to explore new concepts for space propulsion and Space Situational Awareness.

    She has authored or co-authored 24 peer-reviewed publications and holds an Associated Faculty position in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of New Mexico.

    Dr James Frith

    XGEO Tech Area Lead, Space Vehicles Directorate, US Air Force Laboratory
    Dr James Frith

    Dr. James Frith studied at the University of Washington where he earned two bachelor degrees in astronomy and physics. After many years of travels, he worked as an AFRL contractor on Maui to deploy a world-wide network of small aperture telescopes used for space domain awareness. He went on to gain a PhD in Exoplanet Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire and then held a contracting position as the Optical Observation Lead at the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. Since 2019, he has worked at the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate leading studies on how to extend the US Space Force’s space domain awareness efforts beyond GEO orbits and is the Cislunar Highway Patrol System’s flight experiment lead.

    Dr Jinni Meehan

    National Space Weather Program Manager, NOAA
    Dr Jinni Meehan

    Dr. Jennifer “Jinni” Meehan is the National Space Weather Program Manager for the Analyze, Forecast and Support Office at National Weather Service (NWS) headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. Jinni manages one of the 11 service programs of the NWS, space weather, and provides the coordination needed within NOAA and across the Federal government to ensure a Space-Weather-Ready Nation. Jinni works with NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center on issues related to global, national, regional, and local policy, products, and services to leverage resources and support forecast consistency. She also leads a service product team that evaluates the field requirements that impact the way NWS communicates space weather information to core partners, the space weather enterprise, and the general public. She serves as a member of several teams, committees, review panels, and interagency technical committees.

    Dr. Meehan was recently selected to serve as the Executive Secretary that oversees all activity within the White House Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation (SWORM) Interagency Working Group. She is also helping to lead NOAA’s mandated responsibilities with the 2020 passage of the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow (PROSWIFT) Act. She was appointed as the Designated Federal Officer of the PROSWIFT Act directed Space Weather Advisory Group.

    Prior to joining NOAA NWS, Jinni served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Air Force Institute of Technology located at Wright Patterson, AFB in Dayton, OH that took her to Thule, Greenland to conduct a proof of concept experiment with GPS technology funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Jinni earned her Ph.D. in Physics from Utah State University in 2017 with a focus on alleviating space weather effects on GPS by better characterizing the ionosphere to advance physics-driven, forecast models. She holds a B.S. in Meteorology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

    Dr Yngvild Andalsvik

    Lead Space Situational Awareness, Norwegian Space Agency
    Dr Yngvild Andalsvik

    Dr. Yngvild Andalsvik is currently SSA Lead at the Norwegian Space Agency. She is also the Norwegian delegate to the SSA Program Board of the ESA Space Safety program. Prior to this she worked for 8 years with satellite navigation and space weather effects on satellite navigation systems at the Norwegian Mapping Authority as a senior engineer and project manager. She holds a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Oslo and a PhD in Space Physics with the thesis title “Solar Wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere interactions during passage at Earth of interplanetary CMEs”.

    Lieutenant Colonel Ajiki Toshihide

    Commander Space Operations Squadron, Japan Air Defense Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Ajiki Toshihide

    Lieutenant Colonel AJIKI Toshihide is a Koku-Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) up-and-coming officer and space domain leader. He started his career as an aircraft maintenance officer in 2001 after graduating from the National Defense Academy. He earned a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the NDA in 2007, and then worked for research and development in the Air Development Test Wing and Air Staff Office for six years. His subsequent five-years of space domain experience in the Air Staff Office and Japan Joint Staff led him to be assigned as the first Commander of the Space Operations Squadron established in May 2020.

    Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Greiner

    Materiel Leader, Space Domain Awareness Radars, United States Space Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Greiner

    Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Greiner is the Materiel Leader, Space Domain Awareness Radars, Special Programs, Space Systems Command, Peterson SFB, CO. In his current role, he oversees the development of the $1.4B Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) system as well as the sustainment of 8 other programs responsible for executing the Space Domain Awareness (SDA) mission.

    Lieutenant Colonel Greiner graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in 2004. He began his career completing an operational experience (OPEX) assignment as an intelligence officer before transitioning to Program Management (PM). Lieutenant Colonel Greiner’s prior PM assignments have included two separate Missile Defense Agency (MDA) experimental satellites and for the Military Satellite Communication (MILSATCOM) Directorate at Los Angeles AFB and PM for the Nuclear ISR Field Systems at the Air Force Technical
    Applications Center (AFTAC) at Patrick AFB. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Greiner participated in the Education with Industry (EWI) program with CACI International, Inc. Lieutenant Colonel Greiner also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Prior to his current assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Greiner was the Chief of the Science, Technology, & Innovation Branch within the Strategic Plans, Programs, and Requirements Directorate at AFSOC Headquarters.

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lintker

    Commander, 18th Space Control Squadron, US Space Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lintker

    Major Ulrich Kuester

    Geo Info Staff Officer, German Space Command
    Major Ulrich Kuester

    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Director of Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces
    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Mr Cam Stoltz enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1985. 1n 1989, following an initial two years at the Royal Roads Military College, he graduated from the Royal Canadian Military College in Kingston, Ontario with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

    Commissioned into the Communications and Electronics Branch, his first posting was to the Aerospace Maintenance Development Unit in Trenton. In 1992 he returned to RMC, obtaining a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. Transferred to Ottawa in 1994, he spent the following years providing engineering support to Air Traffic Control and satellite communications systems. Promoted to Major in 1998, he joined the Canadian Military Satellite Communications project as a Senior Engineer and would complete a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Ottawa before departing Ottawa.

    Transferred to the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment (CFJSR) in 2000, Colonel Stoltz would serve as Regimental Administration Officer, as well as Officer Commanding for both 3 and 4 Squadron. In April 2003, Colonel Stoltz took command of the Operation APOLLO National Command Control and Information Systems (NCCIS) Squadron in Camp Mirage. Upon return, he returned to Trenton and took command of 8 Air Communications and Control Squadron, a position he held until commencing the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course in 2005.

    In 2006, Colonel Stoltz was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and posted to Winnipeg, where he served as 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region A6 and Headquarters Commanding Officer. Colonel Stoltz returned to Kingston and assumed command of the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment in 2009. In 2012, following second language training, Colonel Stoltz returned to Ottawa as Director Strategic Communication Services. He was promoted to his current rank in 2013, and assumed the position of Director Air Support in 2015. In 2017, Colonel Stoltz was posted to his current position as Director Space Requirements.

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Head of Space and Cyber, Luxembourg DOD
    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot joined the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs - Directorate of Defence of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in May 2016 in order to develop Space programs, including mainly Satellite Communications and Earth
    Observation systems. He currently the Head of ‘SPACE and CYBER’ Office at the Directorate of Defence and represents Luxembourg in different European initiatives (at EDA, ESA or EU Commission level) and is the national representative for the NATO SatCom capability team meetings. He is also engaged in many bilateral developments
    with NATO Allies.

    As Head of Office, he advises the Minister of Defence and his Chief of Staff on numerous occasions when meeting international leaders and stakeholders from different sectors.

    He started his career in 1996 as Offcier in the Belgian Ministry of Defence and in 2002, his first position was Head of a Network Supervision team. In 2007, he started managing the service in charge of the satellite communication hub for the Belgian MoD. After three years in this function, he became SatCom Program Manager for the Belgian Defence. In 2012, after a one-year staff course, he joined the 4th Group Communications and Information Systems as Officer ‘Operations & Training’. In 2015, he became Major (OF-3) and went back to the procurement service of the Belgian Defence as Head of the Cell C³ Platforms Integration.

    Mr Beaudot attended the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium and graduated with a Master of Engineering, Telecommunications. He is born in 1978, is married with three children. He grew up in Belgium, used to practice sports and is an active member of the scout movement.

    Mr Jacob Geer

    Head of Space Surveillance and Tracking, UK Space Agency
    Mr Jacob Geer

    Jake has been part of the Space Agency since 2016, having joined from the Ministry of Defence. In his current role as head of Space Surveillance and Tracking Jake leads a mixed team of technical and policy staff responsible for tracking satellites and space debris to minimise the costly risk of orbital collisions.

    Jake’s previous UK Space Agency role was head of national spaceflight policy, where Jake worked with companies, departments and domestic agencies to establish the UK’s first spaceports and space launch vehicles.

    Jake’s career before the UK Space Agency saw him taking several roles in MOD and the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory. His work has included advising the MOD Operations Directorate on scientific issues during operations in Syria, Iraq, Libya and the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. He has worked in a similar role at the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), providing analytical and scientific advice on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Jake has completed three tours of Afghanistan as a scientific advisor or analyst in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He joined the civil service in 2009, following a career in market research. Prior to this Jake graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in Psychology.

    Mr Marc Becker

    Chairman EU SST Security Committee and Policy Officer, EU
    Mr Marc Becker

    Mr Marc Becker is a policy officer in the Department of Space Situational Awareness at DLR Space Administration in Bonn, Germany. He chairs the European Space Surveillance & Tracking (EU SST) Consortium’s internal Security Committee since 2019, dealing in particular with security and policy requirements for the handling and sharing of SST data. Prior to this, he worked with the German Ministry of Defence’s Directorate General for Security and Defence Policy as a desk officer for space security policy. Marc holds a Master of International Affairs with a focus on international security and technology policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.

    Mr Pascal Faucher

    Chairman EU SST Consortium, EU
    Mr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher graduated (1997) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAERO). He also holds a Master’s Degree (1998) and a Ph. D. in Physical Oceanography (2001) by the University Paul Sabatier, funded by the Ministry of Defence, and an Executive Master of Business Administration (2007) by ESCP Europe. After a post-doctoral position in the EU project “Marine Environment and Security for the European Area”, his experience includes 19 years of various positions at CNES headquarters as international relations advisor and programme manager. For the last 10 years, in the defence and security office, he is responsible for the following themes: space security, space situational awareness, space surveillance and tracking, space debris and space weather. He is currently the Chairman of the European Space Surveillance and Tracking Consortium. He also acts as a French delegate to the Programme Board SSA of ESA, the Steering Group of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), the Steering Committee of the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG), the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), participating to the Working Group on the Long Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities (WG LTS). In France, he chairs the National Coordination Group on Space Weather (GCME). He is a member of the French Steering Group on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (GEIPAN).

    Mr Simon Machin

    Manager Met Office Space Weather Programme , Met Office
    Mr Simon Machin

    Simon Machin is the Manager of the Met Office Space Weather programme and has worked within the Met Office on space weather for over a decade.

    The Met Office is the national weather service in the UK and owns of the space weather risk on behalf of the UK government. The Met Office role is to deliver space weather warnings, alerts and services to UK government departments including MOD, operators of critical infrastructure and members of the public and to enhance understanding and mitigation plans against the impacts of space weather. This role is underpinned by the UK’s Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, published in 2021.

    Simon is responsible for the management of support and services and coordination and direction of scientific research to operations, leading to the delivery of space weather services aligned to customer requirements. In a career spanning over 30 years, Simon has worked closely with and supported the defence community in a variety of roles that have developed understanding of space weather effects, impacts and mitigations, underpinned by robust science.

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    Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Sqn Ldr (Retd) Ralph Dinz Dinsley is a retired RAF officer with more than 32 years of active service as an Aerospace Battle Manager including 16 years as a surveillance of space practitioner and space situational awareness advocate. His final assignments included leading the RAF contribution to global SSA in 2 significant programmes. Dinz’s unique military experience is further underpinned, as a CAS Fellow, with an MA in Peace and Development from Leeds Metropolitan University; his dissertation covering Critical Perspectives on UK Space Security. Since retirement from the military in September 2017 Dinz formed, and is now Executive Director of NorSS Ltd, an innovative Northumberland based SSA company. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of SAINTS (Situational Awareness Information National Technology Service) a group of NE tech companies developing SA for government, industry and academia. He is also an observer to the Hague Space Resource Governance Working Group.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    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.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    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.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    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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