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SAE Media Group are proud to be hosting the 4th annual Military Space USA conference, which will be taking place on the 5th and 6th of June 2023.

The US DOD’s space enterprise has undergone a seismic shift in the last couple of years: from the establishment of USSPACECOM and the US Space Force to the overhaul of space acquisition currently underway, the pace of change signals the DOD’s intent to remain in the ascendancy in this critical domain.

Nonetheless, significant challenges remain. US space assets are still vulnerable to enemy interference both on earth and on orbit, and an overreliance on space-based capabilities necessitate a far greater investment in resilient systems to mitigate this vulnerability. Closer to home, prohibitively long and complicated procurement processes remain a significant block to rapid capability development.

With briefings, discussions, technology demonstrations, and a whole day dedicated to disruptive technology, Military Space USA will provide an unmatched opportunity for space professionals to examine these challenges. Focusing on a number of key mission areas relevant to all space warfighters, this conference remains the pre-eminent forum to learn how the US and its allies will forge the future of military space.

 Networking Opportunities:

  • Meet and network with over 150 attendees from defence agencies, militaries and governments and industry
  • Over 6 hours of networking breaks, drinks receptions, dinners, and more
  • Engage with an array of vendors, including disruptive space companies across the Silicon Valley and established space industry primes

Conference Features:

  • Hear from an unmatched array of speakers from across the US military space enterprise, including Space Systems Command and the US Space Force
  • Carefully selected topic themes, including architecture modernization, responsive launch, industry collaboration, and small satellites
  • A range of key international partners, who will present their vision for future space operations in coalition

 

 

Aerospace Security Project/Center for Strategic and International Studies ; AeroVironment Inc.; Air Command and Staff College, Air University; Airbus; Airbus US Pace & Defence; Aviation Week; Caelus Partners ; DCIA; Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO); Epoch Concepts, LLC; Força Aérea Brasileira; Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB); Glycan Space Industries ; Hughes Network Systems; Hughes Network Systems, LLC; Kratos; Kratos Defense; Kythera Space Solutions; L3Harris Mission Networks; Leonardo DRS; Lockheed Martin ; Lockheed Martin Corp.; Mindef Singapore; Mobius Consulting - LLC; Northrop Grumman; NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.; retiring military; Silicon Mechanics; SMi Group Ltd; Space Systems Command; SSC/IA; SSC/SNSM; Stellar Solutions Inc; U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory; UK Ministry of Defence; UK Strategic Command; United States Naval Academy; United States Space Force; Untied States Space Force ; US Air Force China Aerospace Studies Institute; US DoD CIO; US SPACE COMMAND; US Space Force SMC/DCE; US SPACECOM; USSPACECOM; Viasat; Viasat Inc.; WWC Global, LLC;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Douglas Loverro

Douglas Loverro, President, Loverro Consulting, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, US DOD
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9:00 US Military Space Acquisition: Future of DoD Space Systems Acquisition and Interagency Coordination Strategy for the US Space Enterprise

Senior Leader

Senior Leader, Space Systems Command, USSF

9:30 COMSO: Delivering Capability with Commercial Acquisition

Jeremy Leader

Jeremy Leader, Director, Commercial Services Office, Space Systems Command
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  • Augmenting or replacing traditional procurements of military hardware by buying commercially available services
  • Work in providing satellite imagery, weather forecasting, space data analytics, inspace data relay capability
  • Exploit what we have, buy what we can and only build what we must
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    11:30 System Engineering the Multi-Domain

    Quentin Dierks

    Quentin Dierks, Chief Engineer Space Vehicles Directorate, AFRL

  • The problem of domain specialization 
  • The advantages of domain specialization 
  • The challenge of modeling domain interactions
  • The Promised Land: a desired end state for mission or campaign efficiency
  • 12:00 AFRL/RAPID and the Hybrid Space Architecture

    Dr Michael J Starks

    Dr Michael J Starks, Lead Rapid Architecture Prototyping and Integration Demonstration RAPID Laboratory, AFRL
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  • The Rapid Architecture Prototyping and Integration Development (RAPID) Laboratory is a partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Space Warfighting Analysis Center (SWAC) focused on validating and refining US Space Force (USSF) future Force Designs
  • RAPID uses modeling and simulation, high-fidelity hardware- and software-in-the-loop testing, and on-orbit experimentation to validate Force Design assumptions relating to technology readiness, integration, performance and scalability
  • RAPID is working across DoD and industry to ease and accelerate the pivot to the Hybrid Space Architecture, specifically in the areas of data transport and positioning, navigation and timing
  • This briefing outlines the vision and goals for RAPID and the role it can play as the community builds the USSF architectures of the future
  • 12:30 Session Reserved for Hughes

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Hughes,

    13:00 Sense --> Make Sense --> Act: Optimizing Our Nation’s Future Space Sensing Architecture

    Colonel Michael Borbath

    Colonel Michael Borbath, IMA to the PEO for Space Sensing Space Systems Command, USSF
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    13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Addressing the Threat Alongside Our Partners and Allies

    Deanna Ryals

    Deanna Ryals, Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF
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    14:50 Allied Keynote: 3 CSD: Developing, Delivering and Assuring Defence Space Capabilities

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson, Commander, 3 Canadian Space Division, Canadian Armed Forces
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  •  Key taskings of 3 CSD
  • Space-based support of military operations both at home and abroad
  • Defending and protecting military space capabilities, including in collaboration with its allies and partners 
  • Working within Canada’s Defence Policy; Strong, Secure, Engaged
  • 15:10 Allied Perspective: The UK’s SKYNET Programme and Future UK Architecture Plans

    Wing Commander Richard Crouch

    Wing Commander Richard Crouch, UK Liaison Officer to the US Space Systems Command, UK Strategic Command

  •  The key drivers for SKYNET – availability, coverage, flexibility, and interoperability
  • Other UK space programmes of note, and how our allies can join with us
  • Allied by design: why our future architecture will be designed to be interoperable and how we will achieve this
  • 15:30 Allied Perspective: French MoD MilSatCom Strategy and SYRACUSE IV

    Lieutenant Colonel Yann Roberge

    Lieutenant Colonel Yann Roberge, French liaison Officer - US Space Command, French Space Command

  • MILSATCOM strategy of the French MoD – delivering information 
  • Superiority in France and other operating theatres 
  • SYRACUSE IV - providing new space and ground capabilities
  • Cooperation activities and Space assets valorization
  • 15:50 Joint Allied Q+A

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson, Commander, 3 Canadian Space Division, Canadian Armed Forces
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    Wing Commander Richard Crouch

    Wing Commander Richard Crouch, UK Liaison Officer to the US Space Systems Command, UK Strategic Command

    Lieutenant Colonel Yann Roberge

    Lieutenant Colonel Yann Roberge, French liaison Officer - US Space Command, French Space Command

    Deanna Ryals

    Deanna Ryals, Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF
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    16:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:50 Developing Educational Tools for the Midshipmen and Future Naval Space Officers at the USNA

    Commander Michael Sanders

    Commander Michael Sanders, Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy
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  • Getting students hands on with our modular CubeSat system
  • Teaching more space operations as USNA refurbishes its space operations center
  • Adding more operations experiences, giving Midshipmen a wellrounded aerospace engineering education starting with the initial concept, leading to a design and build, and finally ending with satellite operations
  • 17:20 The Galaxy Program: Acquisitions & Leadership Development to Shape the Future of the Space Force

    Captain Ben DeMarr

    Captain Ben DeMarr, Program Manager, Next Gen Overhead Persistent Infrared OPIR Mission Payloads, Space Systems Command, USSF

  • What is the Galaxy program and why was it set up?
  • Key lines of effort since it’s founding: travel and development opportunities
  • Delivering improved rapid acquisition processes and solutions for some of the Warfighter’s most desired needs
  • 17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Douglas Loverro

    Douglas Loverro, President, Loverro Consulting, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, US DOD
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    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Douglas Loverro

    Douglas Loverro, President, Loverro Consulting, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, US DOD
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    9:00 USSPACECOM Capability Development to Ensure Future Space Dominance

    Chris Solee SES

    Chris Solee SES, Deputy Director, Capability and Resource Directorate, USSPACECOM
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    9:30 Innovating and federating Space Domain Awareness Operations to Maintain Freedom of Action for US, Allied, and Commercial Partners

    Zach Darrell

    Zach Darrell, Division Chief, Innovation and Development, 19th Space Defense Squadron, USSF

  •  Maintaining custody of man-made objects in orbit, processing space events and predicting the likelihood of on-orbit collisions
  • Working with Naval Network Warfare Command Space Operations and enhancing the Department of the Navy’s satellite vulnerability program with near real-time notification on domestic and potentially hostile space-based reconnaissance systems 
  • Tasking global sensors to maintain up-to-date orbital parameters for over 40,000 man-made Earth-orbiting objects; providing over 113,000 users across 93 different nations with precise positional data 
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    10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:30 Creating an Aligned and Coherent DOD SATCOM Community: DOD CIO Oversight Perspective

    Mike Dean

    Mike Dean, DOD SATCOM Chief, DOD CIO
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  • Progress with Enterprise SATCOM and creating a robust governance and oversight setup
  • Narrowband SATCOM analysis: results and feedback for future DOD 
  • SATCOM
  • Architectural coherency: how we can improve and what industry can offer
  • The overall lines of effort: where are we going?
  • 12:00 SATCOM Integrated Operations Division Mission Brief

    Mark Gruenewald

    Mark Gruenewald, Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division SIOD
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  • Fighting SATCOM 
  • Organization Structure
  • SATCOM Warfighter Operations Cell
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:00 Commercial Perspectives on Threat in Space

  • Commercial actors also have a stake in security-related space norms
  • New forms of commercial participation in the norm development process
  • Cases of possible threats to commercial satellites and space activities to derive potential security-related norms that could benefit from commercial involvement
  • Robin Dickey

    Robin Dickey, Policy Analyst, The Aerospace Corporation
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    Sam Wilson

    Sam Wilson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Aerospace Corporation
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    14:30 Near Peer Focus: China in Context

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF
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  • China’s space capability and what this means for the West
  • Chinese anti-satellite technology: implications for the US 
  • China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy and Space
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 SpaceWERX: Shaping Our Future in Space

  • Space Ventures: Industry accelerators and challenges to identify, mature and accelerate capabilities
  • Space Spark: Empowering innovation at the operational edge by connecting end-users to lab engineers and acquirers to pursue novel solutions to their toughest challenges
  • Space Prime: leveraging a diverse industry partnership engagement strategy to identify nascent space technology sectors that, if “primed”, could advance U.S. national security and economic prosperity.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Walter McMillan

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter McMillan, Director, SpaceWERX
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    Gabe Mounce

    Gabe Mounce, Tech Engagement Office , AFRL
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    16:00 Non-Traditional Industry Perspectives

    Innovative Industry Partners

    Innovative Industry Partners , ,

  • SSC and SpaceWerx partners will deliver 10 minute ‘Quick Pitch’ presentations on their innovative and disruptive work to further Space tech development.
  • Followed by a panel with these innovators and their military partners
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Douglas Loverro

    Douglas Loverro, President, Loverro Consulting, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, US DOD
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Commander, 3 Canadian Space Division, Canadian Armed Forces
    Captain Jacob Singleton

    Captain Jacob Singleton

    Program Manager, Space Domain Awareness Acquisition Delta, Space Systems Command, USSF
    Chris Solee SES

    Chris Solee SES

    Deputy Director, Capability and Resource Directorate, USSPACECOM
    Colonel Michael Borbath

    Colonel Michael Borbath

    IMA to the PEO for Space Sensing Space Systems Command, USSF
    Commander Michael Sanders

    Commander Michael Sanders

    Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy
    Deanna Ryals

    Deanna Ryals

    Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF
    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF
    Dr Michael J Starks

    Dr Michael J Starks

    Lead Rapid Architecture Prototyping and Integration Demonstration RAPID Laboratory, AFRL
    Gabe Mounce

    Gabe Mounce

    Tech Engagement Office , AFRL
    Jeremy Leader

    Jeremy Leader

    Director, Commercial Services Office, Space Systems Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Walter McMillan

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter McMillan

    Director, SpaceWERX
    Mark Gruenewald

    Mark Gruenewald

    Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division SIOD
    Mike Dean

    Mike Dean

    DOD SATCOM Chief, DOD CIO

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Commander, 3 Canadian Space Division, Canadian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier-General G. Michael (Mike) Adamson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1993 after completing his BA in Political Science & Int’l Affairs from Carleton University [Ottawa, ON].

    Upon receiving his Navigator’s Wings in 1995, he was posted to 405 (Long Range Patrol) Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia where he served as a CP140(A) Nav/Com and Crew Commander. In 2001 he was posted to 404 (Maritime Patrol & Training) Squadron as an Instructor, finishing his tour as Chief Aircrew Instructor.

    Promoted to Major in 2004, Adamson was transferred to National Defence Headquarters [Ottawa] as the Career Manager for LRP Navigators. In 2007, he attended the Joint Command and Staff Program, followed by a staff position conducting an Occupation Review for the Air Navigator trade. In January 2009, he returned to 405 Long Range Patrol (LRP) Squadron as DCO.

    In 2010, Adamson was posted to National Defence Headquarters as a Staff Officer while completing his Masters in Defence Studies at RMC Kingston, and was promoted to LieutenantColonel in January 2011. He then deployed to CMF Bahrain as Chief of the Air Coordination Element supporting Maritime Security and Counter-Piracy operations. Upon return to Canada he was appointed CO of 405 (LRP) Squadron in 2012.

    In 2014 he returned to Ottawa as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. Promoted to Colonel in 2015, Adamson was posted to Chief of Force Development as Director C4ISR.

    Adamson returned to Nova Scotia in 2017 as Wing Commander 14 Wing Greenwood.

    In 2019, BGen Adamson was selected to attend the National Securities Program [Canadian Forces College, Toronto], and upon completion in June 2020 was promoted to his current rank and assumed responsibilities as RCAF Director General Space and the Joint Force Space Component Commander. On 22 July 22, with the stand-up of the new 3 Canadian Space Division, BGen Adamson became the inaugural Commander of the division.

    Captain Ben DeMarr

    Program Manager, Next Gen Overhead Persistent Infrared OPIR Mission Payloads, Space Systems Command, USSF
    Captain Ben DeMarr

    Captain Jacob Singleton

    Program Manager, Space Domain Awareness Acquisition Delta, Space Systems Command, USSF
    Captain Jacob Singleton

     Capt Jake Singleton is a Program Manager in the SDA Acquisition Delta for USSF Space Systems Command. In addition to his current role in delivering SDA Radar capabilities, he works with the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation to deliver an industry accelerator to engage emerging SDA companies from around the world through increased collaboration with defense partners.  Prior to his current assignment, Capt Singleton served as an exchange officer for UK Space Research & Development at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). As Dstl’s Space Innovation Lead, Capt Singleton focused on new innovative platforms to accelerate commercial solutions for defense technology needs and delivered the first International Space Pitch Day which allowed defense partners a platform to exploit emerging commercial space technologies from the global marketplace in response to shared challenges in Space Domain Awareness.

    Chris Solee SES

    Deputy Director, Capability and Resource Directorate, USSPACECOM
    Chris Solee SES

    Christopher A. “Chris” Solee is a member of the Senior Executive Service and the Deputy Director of the Capability and Resource Integration Directorate (J8), United States Space Command, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. He is responsible for establishing the command’s 

    requirements and advocating for the assigned missions of deterring aggression and conflict, protecting and defending U.S. interests in the space domain, delivering space combat power for joint and combined forces, and developing ready and lethal joint warfighters.
     
    Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Solee served as the Deputy Division Chief for Resource Integration on the Space Force Staff where he developed the Space Force Future Years Defense Program for the United States Space Force 
    at the Pentagon. Mr. Solee has also worked in
    Space programming and Space Operations at Headquarters Air Force, as well as multiple offices at US Strategic Command across a range of missions. 
     
    Mr. Solee served on active duty in the Navy from June 1989 through July 1993. In his capacity as a surface warfare officer stationed on the USS RANGER (CV-61) he held multiple division officer positions and served as the senior officer of the deck (OOD) in support of operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch and Restore Hope. 

    Colonel Michael Borbath

    IMA to the PEO for Space Sensing Space Systems Command, USSF
    Colonel Michael Borbath

     Mike is an experienced Director of Engineering with a demonstrated history of solving challenging problems and leading teams to crisp execution of complex goals within compressed schedules. As a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, Mike supports the United States Space Force as a senior reservist to the Executive Officer for Space Sensing in Space Systems Command at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

     

    Commander Michael Sanders

    Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy
    Commander Michael Sanders

     Commander Michael Sanders, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor at the US Naval Academy with the Aerospace Engineering Department. His operational history started as an enlisted avionics technician, eventually matriculating into a Maritime Patrol Naval Aviator after his commissioning upon graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. After a career shift to become an Information Professional, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a MS in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Space Systems Engineering. After returning from a short tour supporting the 5th Fleet, he worked as the Military Deputy for the Naval Center for Space Technology at the Naval Research Lab. While at NRL, his major programs were the Tactical Satellite 4 communications planform and the Lakewood project. During this time, he started his doctoral studies in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Upon graduation in 2015 from the University of Maryland, he received orders to the US Naval Academy to teach as an Aerospace Engineering Permanent Military Professor, where he has served as the Aerospace Engineering Associate Chair and the Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Weapons. His experiences as a project officer for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Naval Research Lab greatly contribute to his knowledge and understanding of mission requirements and systems integration. His doctoral research was in luminescent materials for use in power generation for spacecraft. His current interests of research are in solar cell spectral response and space power beaming.

    Deanna Ryals

    Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF
    Deanna Ryals

     Ms. Deanna L. Ryals is the Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles, AFB CA. In this role, she is responsible for driving innovative partnerships with Allies, Inter-Agencies and Industry to build a joint robust and resilient military space enterprise that is “Allied by Design”.

    Previously as the Chief Partnership Officer, her major contributionsincluded creating partnerships with eleven allies (the largest USAF International Armaments Cooperative Program for a space capability)across the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program, expanding the constellation with two Allied funded satellites and enhancing capabilities on the 11th satellite. Ms. Ryals was also responsible for innovating the first 
    ever Allied hosting of a US DoD National Security Space (NSS) payload through a partnership with Norway, and bringing new polar MILSATCOM 
    to Allied warfighters, followed by spearheading a successful partnership with Japan to host two SDA payloads on their national PNT system, QZSS. 
     
    Early efforts enabled enhancing resiliency on Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite program by including five international 
    partners. All efforts resulted in execution of over $4B in international partner investment in U.S. DoD military space capabilities.
     
    In 1988 she entered federal government service and for more than 25 years she supported the DoD in both civil service and industry in financial management and acquisition. In 2000, Ms. 
    Ryals moved to the Secretary of the Air Force staff in the Space Acquisition Directorate and managed a MILSATCOM terminal portfolio worth $10B, then took over as the single SAF/AQS focal point for international activities. In 2012, Ms. Ryals moved to the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space Launch (AFPEO/SL) as the PM for Acquisition Strategy development and secured DoD Acquisition Executive approval of a new acquisition strategy for future DoD NSS launches that introduced a competitive environment for all certified U.S. launch service providers. Ms. Ryals Rejoined MILSATCOM in January 2013 with her transition to Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). In 2018, she was named the Chief Partnership Officer responsible for all Int’l partnerships at SMC under the SMC 2.0 Reorganization

    Douglas Loverro

    President, Loverro Consulting, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, US DOD
    Douglas Loverro

    Mr. Douglas Loverro is a highly regarded national space thinker and leader who currently serves as President, Loverro Consulting, LLC. He has served in a variety of very senior government positions including at NASA where he led Human Exploration, in the DoD where he lead space policy, and in multiple DoD and NRO space program leadership roles over a more than 40-year career.

    Mr Loverro holds a Master of Science in Physics from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Political Science from Auburn University, and an MBA from the University of West Florida in addition to his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the US Air Force Academy. He was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School and was the top graduate from DoD’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

    He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Outstanding Public Service, AIAA’s Durand Lecture for Public Service, the National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Bob Hope Distinguished Citizen Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Galaxy Explorers, the Society of Satellite Professional Engineers Stellar Award, and the Armed Forces Communicants and Electronics Association's (AFCEA) Benjamin Oliver Gold Medal for Engineering amongst many other civilian and military honors

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, USAF
    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Dr. Brendan Mulvaney is currently the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute at National Defense University. He is a Marine who served 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.
     

    Dr Michael J Starks

    Lead Rapid Architecture Prototyping and Integration Demonstration RAPID Laboratory, AFRL
    Dr Michael J Starks

     Dr. Michael Starks leads the Rapid Architecture Prototyping and Integration Demonstration (RAPID) Laboratory within the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. He provides strategic and technical leadership and coordinates across DoD, civil, allied and commercial stakeholders to validate digital models, demonstrate integrated capabilities, and ease and accelerate the United States Space Force’s pivot to future force architectures.

    He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

     

    Gabe Mounce

    Tech Engagement Office , AFRL
    Gabe Mounce

     Gabe Mounce directs the Space Force Accelerator Program for the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in New Mexico. In this capacity, he oversees startup accelerators in Albuquerque (Hyperspace Accelerator) and Colorado Springs (Catalyst Accelerator) focused on connecting the entrepreneurial startup community to the US Space Force enterprise. He is also the Technology Commercialization Lead for AFRL in New Mexico where he oversees all aspects of technology transfer, community engagement and outreach, congressional interactions, and marketing and publicity for Directed Energy and Space Vehicle technology. He recently assumed the role as the Deputy Director of the new US Space Force SpaceWERX Innovation Hub and co-leads the Space Prime initiative.

    Jeremy Leader

    Director, Commercial Services Office, Space Systems Command
    Jeremy Leader

     Mr. Jeremy Leader is the Director, Commercial Services Office (COMSO), Space Systems Command (SSC), United States Space Force (USSF), to enact the new paradigm shift to “buy before build.”  Previously, he was Deputy Director, Cross Mission Ground and Communications Enterprise (ECX) and the Air Force lead for Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews.  Mr. Leader is currently Deputy Director of Plans for the 960th Cyberspace Wing in the Air Force Reserve and has deployed world-wide in support of multiple operations.  He currently has six degrees, ranging from Aeronautical Science to Cybersecurity

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter McMillan

    Director, SpaceWERX
    Lieutenant Colonel Walter McMillan

     Lt Col McMillan entered the Air Force in 2003 through the University of Southern California ROTC program. He has served in a variety of program management and staff positions within Air Force Materiel Command, Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Space Command, and Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. He served as a Program Element Monitor for Military Satellite Communications programs and as Congressional Liaison Officer, House Division, Office of Legislative Liaison.

    Lieutenant Colonel Yann Roberge

    French liaison Officer - US Space Command, French Space Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Yann Roberge

    Mark Gruenewald

    Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division SIOD
    Mark Gruenewald

    Colonel Mark Gruenewald, USAF (ret.) is a US Government Civilian and serving as the Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division (SIOD) assigned to Peterson AFB CO. The SIOD is a geographically separated division of the Combined Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB CA. He has 25 years military and 4 years industry experience with Superior Performance and Command leadership supporting General and Flag Officers in Joint and Combined Space Warfighter environments. His duties and responsibilities included working with the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Army Space and Missile Defense Command Army Strategic (SMDC/ARSTRAT), US Fleet Cyber Command (USFLEETCYBERCOM), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and HQ Air Force Space Command (HQ AFSPC). He has excelled in multiple leadership positions spanning Strategic, Operational and Tactical levels as Advisor to HQ AFSPC, Director, Integrated Air, Space, Cyber & ISR Ops; Deputy Commander of 9th Space Operations Squadron (125-mbr unit) performing operations in the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) and as the Deputy Director of the 614th Air & Space Operations Center; Commander, Det 1, 8th Space Warning Squadron; and Dean, Education and Training of the Reserve National Security Space Institute. During these key leadership roles, he led joint & combined crews during multiple Tier-1 exercises spanning Operations Global Lightning, Global Thunder, Schriever Wargames and Red Flag. He has created a squadron from an Employment Concept to a fully manned squadron, complete with facilities and operational budget. He has created designs for multiple satellite operations facilities for which some were built and are still in use today.


    His SATCOM and satellite command and control experience includes Satellite Telemetry, Tracking & Commanding, Orbital Analysis, Spacecraft Engineering, and Senior Vehicle Operations Director for the launch of a satellite. He was an Air Education & Training Command Master Instructor where he taught Spacecraft Fundamentals, SATCOM, Telemetry Tracking and Commanding, Anomaly Resolution and Spacecraft Maneuvers.

    Prior to retirement, Mr. Gruenewald led the effort on behalf of the Commander, US Strategic Command (CDRUSSTRATCOM), the Commander, AFSPC, and the Joint Space Doctrine & Tactics Forum (JSDTF) as the first Senior Co-Chair of the Fighting SATCOM Working Group which conducted the Mission Analysis to integrate SATCOM across Army, Navy, Air Force and DISA. He executed several visits spanning CONUS and OCONUS locations to ensure he captured requirements and needs from SATCOM units across the joint community. His team delivered the initial Concept of Operations which led to the stand-up of the current SATCOM Integrated Operations Division. He identified opportunities for SATCOM automation and integration across the services that have since been adopted in other disciplines in the Space Enterprise.

    Post retirement, Mr. Gruenewald has served in various roles including DevSecOps software evolution, supported the Standard Space Trainer, developed the Space Warfighter Operations Center concept for the integrated facility hosting all former 50 SW operational units, led the install of Network as a Service replacing the AFNet and finally the kick-off of the OPIR Enterprise Health and Status Common Operating Picture development.

    Additionally, Mr. Gruenewald is an exceptional leader guiding two separate Squadrons in winning Unit of the Year, multiple Crew of the Year, and personally, multiple Officer of the Year accolades. He creates a culture of excellence and an environment where all can excel. He has a Master’s Degree in Space Operations and Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies. He has a current TS/SCI and CI Poly.

    Mike Dean

    DOD SATCOM Chief, DOD CIO
    Mike Dean

     Mike Dean currently serves as the Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Division Chief for C3 Infrastructure Directorate of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, and 

    Communications (C3), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chief Information Officer. As DoD SATCOM Chief, he provides technical expertise, oversight and broad guidance on policy, programmatic and technical issues relating to DoD SATCOM to integrate and synchronize defense-wide communications programs and achieve the DoD’s Digital Modernization Strategy initiatives. He also advises on efforts to achieve and maintain information dominance through 
    DoD SATCOM for the Department of Defense. He manages efforts defining DoD policies and 
    strategies for design, architecture, interoperability standards, capability development and 
    sustainment of DoD SATCOM and serves as the DoD CIO’s focal point for international 
    partnership activities in SATCOM to include the NATO SATCOM Services 6th Generation (NSS6G) activities.
     
    Mike’s DoD SATCOM division also maintains synchronization architecture roadmaps and employs various governance forums to synchronize end to end SATCOM activities, including the SATCOM Synchronization and Integration Workshop and the SATCOM Systems Engineering Group. 
     
    Before joining federal government service, Mike served as a career Army Signal Corps and 
    Cyberspace officer for more than 27 years (including multiple command positions and multiple combat deployments within the 82d Airborne Division as well as serving as the Space Branch Chief in the Joint Staff J6). Following his military career, Mike served as a defense contractor for in multiple roles supporting the DoD CIO in satellite communications and information enterprise management. Mike’s most notable role in DoD SATCOM is the development of the Enterprise SATCOM Management and Control Reference Architecture published in 2019 by the DoD to describe the building code for DoD enterprise SATCOM modernization. 
     
    Mike Dean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from 
    Western International University and a Master of Arts in History from Western Illinois University.

    Quentin Dierks

    Chief Engineer Space Vehicles Directorate, AFRL
    Quentin Dierks

    Robin Dickey

    Policy Analyst, The Aerospace Corporation
    Robin Dickey

     Robin Dickey is a member of the technical staff at The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. She focuses on space policy and strategy issues related to national security, geopolitics, and international relations. Her experience prior to Aerospace includes risk analysis, legislative affairs, and international development.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies at Johns Hopkins University and her master’s degree in international studies, concentrating in strategic studies, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

    Sam Wilson

    Senior Policy Analyst, The Aerospace Corporation
    Sam Wilson

    Sam (Robert) Wilson is a senior policy analyst for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy at The Aerospace Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for leading work on commercial space, comparative space, and missile issues. Wilson has authored papers covering the technical characteristics of the broader missile environment, the use of commercial space for national security purposes, the everyday uses of space systems, the impact of Brexit on the U.K. space sector, Japan’s shift toward a focus on space security, the U.S. hypersonic missile debate, the importance of international space partnerships, and space traffic management. Prior to joining Aerospace, Wilson served as a senior defense analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a congressional agency. He received his bachelor’s degree in political theory and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Virginia.

    Wing Commander Richard Crouch

    UK Liaison Officer to the US Space Systems Command, UK Strategic Command
    Wing Commander Richard Crouch

    Zach Darrell

    Division Chief, Innovation and Development, 19th Space Defense Squadron, USSF
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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.

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    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)

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