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SAE Media Group are proud to announce the 6th annual MilSatCom USA conference, returning on 22nd-23rd June 2022.

Featuring in-depth presentations from all branches of the military, numerous critical government agencies and leading industry SATCOM providers, the conference will delve into the most important topics and discussions around MILSATCOM. This year’s forum will analyse several pressing topics including emerging US space policy, SATCOM resiliency and redundancy, USSF and US Army SATCOM acquisition plans, and expeditionary SATCOM for the Warfighter.

As well as bringing together the US MILSATCOM community, the conference will bring in some of the most dynamic and innovative international militaries to provide their unique perspectives; no other event in the USA offers the same number of opportunities to meet, discuss and network with opposite numbers from allied nations.

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  • Meet and network with leaders in SATCOM from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking breaks and receptions
  • Hear updates and guidance from world leading SATCOM programme managers and decision-makers
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of MILSATCOM
  • Discover cutting-edge SATCOM technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability

7th Innovation command, US Army; Air Force Space Command, USAF; Airbus; Airbus OneWeb Satellites; Australian Department Of Defence; BAE Systems; Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems; British Embassy; C4ISRNET; Canadian Armed Forces; CCDC C5ISR Center, US Army; CCISE, Brazilian MOD; Collins Aerospace; Czech MOD; Czech Republic MOD; Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); DGA/UM Esio; DRS Global Enterprise Solutions; DuPont de Nemours Luxembourg sarl; ETL Systems Inc; French Joint Space Command; GovSat; Harris Corporation; Honeywell; Honeywell Aerospace; HQ Air Force A3/OS, USAF; HQ Air Force Space Command, USAF; HQ Air Force, USAF; HQDA Army CIO/G-6, USAF; II Marine Expeditionary Force, G6; Independent Consultancy; Information Technology Inspectorate, Polish Armed Forces; Intellian Technologies; Intelsat General Corp.; Japanese Self Defence Forces; Joint Chiefs of Staff; Joint Staff J6, US DoD; JSAT International Inc; JSAT International Inc. ; Kepler Communications; LinQuest; Lockheed Martin; Loverro Consulting, LLC; LuxGovSat; MCC Corporation; Military University of Technical Warsaw, Poland. I3TO MoD Poland; National Reconnaissance Office; National Science Foundation; NATO ACT; Naval Network Warfare Command (NavyNetWarCom); NGA - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northrop Grumman; ODASD Information and Integration Portfolio Management; OSD CAPE; Plexus Corp; Psionic; Qatari Emiri Signal and Information Technology Corps (QAF); Rantec Microwave Systems; Raytheon; Rohde & Schwarz ; SAF/SP, USAF; SES Government Solutions; SES GS; SES Networks; Sojitz Corporation of america; Southern Aerospace and Telcom Consulting; Terrasat Communications; Thales Alenia Space; Thales Alenia Space US; The Aerospace Corporation; The Boeing Company; The Netherlands MOD; UAE Armed Forces; UAE Military Attache Office; UK MOD; United States Army Space and Missile Defense / Army Forces Strategic Command; US AFRICOM; US Air Force; US Air Force Academy; US Air Force Auxiliary / Civil Air Patrol; US Air Force China Aerospace Studies Institute; US DoD; US DoD CIO; US National Guard Bureau; US Naval Research Laboratory; USAF Space and Missile Systems Center; USSTRATCOM J66; White House Military Office; XTAR;

7th Innovation command, US Army; Air Force Space Command, USAF; Airbus; Airbus OneWeb Satellites; Australian Department Of Defence; BAE Systems; Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems; British Embassy; C4ISRNET; Canadian Armed Forces; CCDC C5ISR Center, US Army; CCISE, Brazilian MOD; Collins Aerospace; Czech MOD; Czech Republic MOD; Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); DGA/UM Esio; DRS Global Enterprise Solutions; DuPont de Nemours Luxembourg sarl; ETL Systems Inc; French Joint Space Command; GovSat; Harris Corporation; Honeywell; Honeywell Aerospace; HQ Air Force A3/OS, USAF; HQ Air Force Space Command, USAF; HQ Air Force, USAF; HQDA Army CIO/G-6, USAF; II Marine Expeditionary Force, G6; Independent Consultancy; Information Technology Inspectorate, Polish Armed Forces; Intellian Technologies; Intelsat General Corp.; Japanese Self Defence Forces; Joint Chiefs of Staff; Joint Staff J6, US DoD; JSAT International Inc; JSAT International Inc. ; Kepler Communications; LinQuest; Lockheed Martin; Loverro Consulting, LLC; LuxGovSat; MCC Corporation; Military University of Technical Warsaw, Poland. I3TO MoD Poland; National Reconnaissance Office; National Science Foundation; NATO ACT; Naval Network Warfare Command (NavyNetWarCom); NGA - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northrop Grumman; ODASD Information and Integration Portfolio Management; OSD CAPE; Plexus Corp; Psionic; Qatari Emiri Signal and Information Technology Corps (QAF); Rantec Microwave Systems; Raytheon; Rohde & Schwarz ; SAF/SP, USAF; SES Government Solutions; SES GS; SES Networks; Sojitz Corporation of america; Southern Aerospace and Telcom Consulting; Terrasat Communications; Thales Alenia Space; Thales Alenia Space US; The Aerospace Corporation; The Boeing Company; The Netherlands MOD; UAE Armed Forces; UAE Military Attache Office; UK MOD; United States Army Space and Missile Defense / Army Forces Strategic Command; US AFRICOM; US Air Force; US Air Force Academy; US Air Force Auxiliary / Civil Air Patrol; US Air Force China Aerospace Studies Institute; US DoD; US DoD CIO; US National Guard Bureau; US Naval Research Laboratory; USAF Space and Missile Systems Center; USSTRATCOM J66; White House Military Office; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Mr Alula Berhane

Mr Alula Berhane, CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
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9:00 Enterprise SATCOM Transformation and Modernization

Mr Mike Dean

Mr Mike Dean, DOD SATCOM Chief, Office of the US DOD CIO
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  • M&C Implementation status
  • Terminal Synchronization
  • Future Capability Analysis
     
  • 9:30 Spectrum Management in the Mega-Constelltation Era

    Mr Charles Glass

    Mr Charles Glass, Chief, International Spectrum Policy Division, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, US Department of Commerce
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  • NTIA’s Role as Federal Spectrum Manager
  • Global Growth of Mega-Constellation Satellite Systems
  • Driving U.S. Space Commerce
  • Important WRC Outcomes & Agenda Items
  • NTIA’s IT Modernization
  • Recent Satellite Issues -- Update
     
  • 10:00 MilSatCom in the Era of Innovation

     
  •  Disruptive innovations and threats are a normal part of warfare--we need to avoid being on the receiving end of them
  • The context and need for lethality and resilience in warfighting does not change regardless of technology or domain--both are needed to support deterrence
  • The warfighter must have a way to decide which innovations will be pursued or protected against given the role of uncertainty and costs
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    Dr Rod Miller

    Dr Rod Miller, Chief Mission Architect, Lockheed Martin
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Space Logistics and the Path Towards Space Sustainability

    Mr Jared Rieckewald

    Mr Jared Rieckewald, Director of Business Development, Northrop Grumman Corporation
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     • Current satellite infrastructure is not designed to support satellite servicing

    • Proven success with dockings of MEV-1 and 2, looking to 2024 for MRV to continue this legacy with robotic arm payload and MEP installations

    • Looking towards the future of partnerships with industry and government leaders to redesign future spacecraft for life-extension and robotics servicing

     

    11:30 COMSATCOM for the Warfighter: Integrating Commercial SATCOM into Military Communications

    Ms Clare Grason

    Ms Clare Grason, Chief COMSATCOM Office, United States Space Force

  • Way ahead for transforming COMSATCOM capabilities and balancing with sovereign capabilities
  • Building a network of partners: working with the COMSATCOM office
  • Mitigating resilience concerns
  • CSCO’s future COMSATCOM strategy
  • 12:00 PANEL: COMSATCOM for Military Effect

  • The possibilities of COMSATCOM: what benefits do commercial solutions provide to the military?
  • What are some of the future use-cases for COMSATCOM?
  • Are there drawbacks and limitations to commercial SATCOM, and how can we overcome these issues with our partners?
  • Network of partners: are we set up for effective collaboration and partnership with our commercial partners?
  • Mr Alula Berhane

    Mr Alula Berhane, CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
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    Ms Clare Grason

    Ms Clare Grason, Chief COMSATCOM Office, United States Space Force

    Mr Mike Dean

    Mr Mike Dean, DOD SATCOM Chief, Office of the US DOD CIO
    View Bio

    12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Single Pane of Glass” Visibility into Your Network through Holistic Integration

    Mr Gus Anderson

    Mr Gus Anderson, Senior Director of Business Development, DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (GES), Inc.
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  • Holistic integration as a catalyst for advancing network modernization, Enterprise Management and Control, and JADC2
  •  Improving resiliency through a holistic approach to integrating hybrid network architectures.
  •   A “Single Pane of Glass” NetOps capability that consolidates the view into your network to dramatically improve situational awareness, network performance, and operational decision making.
  • 14:15 SATCOM Integrated Operations Division Mission Brief

    Mr Mark Gruenewald

    Mr Mark Gruenewald, Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division, US Space Command
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  • Fighting SATCOM
  • Organization Structure
  • SATCOM Warfighter Operations Cell
  • 14:45 USSF SATCOM Architecture Modernization through Enterprise Management and Control

    Ms Charlotte Gerhart

    Ms Charlotte Gerhart, Chief, Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta, MilComm & PNT, Space Systems Command
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  • Role of acquisition professionals for effective architecture management and control: how SSC is managing an effective SATCOM capability
  • Importance of Enterprise Management and Control for coherent systems across all segments
  • Hybrid architectures and their role in an agile USSF SATCOM provision
  • Future plans: where are we going?
     
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Hybrid Space Architecture

  • Defense Innovation Unit is protoyping and demonstrating a space internet, providing broadband packet based communications between legacy military satcom and emerging commercial satcom to cloud environments.
  • Enterprise security with post-quantum end-to-end encryption, quantum key distribution, and zero trust continuous authentication
  • Variable trust service policy with AI/ML powered network optimisation to dynamically assign traffic to links based on QoS, perceived trust of link assets, priority and sensitivity of data
  • Multi-level security to VPN or tunnel IL-4, IL-6, FVEY and NOFORN communications.
     
  • Dr Rogan Shimmin

    Dr Rogan Shimmin, Senior Engineer & Technical Program Manager, Space Portfolio, DIU

    16:15 DoD Mission Partner Environment

    Mr. Darren Buck

    Mr. Darren Buck, Liaison to Air Force & Space Force for the DoD Executive Agent for DoD Mission Partner Environment, Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) (SAF/CDMX)
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    ·        MPE & Mission Partner Capabilities Office – Strategic Imperatives

    ·        Current – Hardware-Based, Net-Centric

    ·        Future – Secret And Below Releasable Environment: Cloud-Based & Data-Centric

     

     

    16:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Alula Berhane

    Mr Alula Berhane, CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Mr Alula Berhane

    Mr Alula Berhane, CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
    View Bio

    9:00 Lessons Learned on Developing a New SATCOM Framework Agreement

  • Overview of NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) Support Partnership Agreements
  • The GCC SATCOM SP: What is it? What can it do? Who can join?
  • The Luxembourg perspective and lessons learned
  • The U.S. perspective and lessons learned
  • Mr Michael T. Laney

    Mr Michael T. Laney, Chief Negotiator & Lead International Engagement for MILSATCOM, US Air Force
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    Colonel Guy Hoffmann

    Colonel Guy Hoffmann, National Armament Director, Luxembourg Directorate of Defence

    9:30 The UK's SKYNET Programme: Requirements and Development

    Captain Phil Coope

    Captain Phil Coope, Deputy Head, Space, UK Strategic Command
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    • UK Defence Space Strategy – what does it mean for MILSATCOM
    • The UK approach to Allied By Design with US and other partners
    • Update on the SKYNET 6 programme.

    10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:40 VIRTUAL: NATO SATCOM Capability Modernisation

    Squadron Leader Thomas Gallagher

    Squadron Leader Thomas Gallagher, Programme Director SATCOM, NATO ACT

  •  NATO SATCOM Program 2015-2034 - Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
  • NATO Level of Ambition - SATCOM Capability Gap Analysis
  • NATO Warfare Capstone Concept (NWCC) 2040 - The SATCOM Response
  • 11:00 Australian MILSATCOM – 2040 Vision and How to Get There

    Lieutenant Colonel Clifford White

    Lieutenant Colonel Clifford White, Director Space Services, Australian Defence Space Command
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  •  Establishment of Defence Space Command in Australia
  • MILSATCOM – 2022 to 2040 – Resilience and Protection
  • State of Joint Project 9102 – Australian Defence SATCOM System
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    11:30 Canadian MILSATCOM Update

    Canadian Armed Forces

    Canadian Armed Forces, ,

  • Canadian Polar SATCOM project
  • Tactical narrowband SATCOM status
  • Future SATCOM for Canada
  • 12:00 Networking Lunch

    13:00 PANEL: International Architectural Convergence

  • Architectural convergence across national boundaries: what do we mean, why is it a problem, and why is solving this problem critical for future conflicts in coalition?
  • What incentives would work to align both allies and industry to a fully interoperable, resilient and global architecture?
  • Multinational standards agreements v international partnership agreements: which approach will provide the most benefit? Do we look at a combination of the two, and what contribution does this entail from multinational partners like NATO?
  • Non-NATO allies: what interoperability considerations have we extended and are these enough in the event of a truly global conflict?
  • Mr Alula Berhane

    Mr Alula Berhane, CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
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    Mr Michael T. Laney

    Mr Michael T. Laney, Chief Negotiator & Lead International Engagement for MILSATCOM, US Air Force
    View Bio

    Captain Phil Coope

    Captain Phil Coope, Deputy Head, Space, UK Strategic Command
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    Colonel Guy Hoffmann

    Colonel Guy Hoffmann, National Armament Director, Luxembourg Directorate of Defence

    14:00 Afternoon Tea

    14:30 PATS Program: Next Generation Tactical SATCOM

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Rose

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Rose, Deputy Chief, Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta, MilComm & PNT, Space Systems Command
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  • Scope of the PATS program and why it is critical for the SATCOM architecture of the future
  • Anti-jam as standard: our approach
  • PATS as a future standard
  • 15:00 Joint Interoperability & Data-Link Training Center: US Military's Tactical Comms Schoolhouse and Interoperability Development Partner

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle, Interoperability & Proponency Branch Chief, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center (JIDL-TC), US DOD
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  • The JID’s mission to optimize CIS standards and interoperability
  • Courses offered by the JID for partner nations and their benefits for operational effectiveness
  • JADC2: what does this mean for our partner nations? How you will integrate into a JADC2 DOD comms structure
  • Op Convergence and greater architectural coherence
  • 15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Alula Berhane

    Mr Alula Berhane, CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Captain Phil Coope

    Captain Phil Coope

    Deputy Head, Space, UK Strategic Command
    Mr Mike Dean

    Mr Mike Dean

    DOD SATCOM Chief, Office of the US DOD CIO
    Ms Clare Grason

    Ms Clare Grason

    Chief COMSATCOM Office, United States Space Force

    Canadian Armed Forces

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    Canadian Armed Forces

    Captain Phil Coope

    Deputy Head, Space, UK Strategic Command
    Captain Phil Coope

    Phil joined the Royal Navy in 1993 having graduated from the University of Liverpool in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Twenty-eight years later he was delighted to accept the role of Deputy Head Space at UK Strategic Command, leading the Capability Development of Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Position Navigation and Time. This is his second assignment in the Space Sector having previously worked as and Capability Manager for SATCOM and Programme Manager for Skynet 6.

    Phil has been engaged in numerous major projects, notably delivery and acceptance of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH Aircraft Carrier. He has also described the then future Royal Navy short-range air defence missile and radar systems, generated lifing policy for Defence ordnance, munition and explosives and contributed to the education of junior Royal Navy Officers at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

    Phil has served on T21, T22 and T23 class of Frigates and conducted UK and multinational operations in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf. He also served in Hong Kong for territorial integrity and anti-smuggling operations and conducted media operations in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

    Phil, together with his wife, son and dogs, live in the Gloucestershire countryside. When he isn’t making his way down the endless list of jobs to do around the house, he enjoys the outdoors, keeping fit and is the chair of the Royal Navy Rowing Association.

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Shawn Petermann

    Senior Technical Advisor, Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne)
    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Shawn Petermann

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Shawn E. Petermann is in his 24th year of service in the United States Army. Throughout CW4 Petermann’s career he has served in numerous assignments ranging from M1A2 crewman to Senior Technical Advisor and he is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, with numerous deployments in support of both. His most notable assignments include 86th Signal Battalion, 3rd Signal Brigade (OIF 2006-08), the Joint Communications Unit (2012-18) and most recently the Joint Communication Support Element (Airborne) where he currently serves as the Technical Director, Innovation and Modernization. Additionally, his current concentrations include Strategic Vision 2025, posturing JCSE for Joint All-Domain Command and Control and integrated CEMA/EW capabilities into tactical baseband, all while following the DoD and Service specific technology trends.

    Colonel Guy Hoffmann

    National Armament Director, Luxembourg Directorate of Defence
    Colonel Guy Hoffmann

    Dr AJ Metcalf

    Mission Lead Space Communications and PNT, US Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate
    Dr AJ Metcalf

    Dr Rod Miller

    Chief Mission Architect, Lockheed Martin
    Dr Rod Miller

     Dr. Rod Miller serves as is the Chief Mission Architect for the Lockheed Martin Military Space Line of Business. In this role, he serves as the  “chief disruption officer,” focusing on identifying and cultivating disruptive technologies, processes, and relationships supporting current and future customer needs. He works closely with Lockheed Martin’s internal research organizations across all business areas as well as small businesses, academia, and government laboratories to identify and exploit disruptive technologies in support of the warfighter. 

     
    A former member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service, he was the Senior Leader Chief Scientist for Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base. In this role, he worked directly for the four-star general officer Commander and worked closely with senior science, technology, and nuclear operations leaders to advocate for science, technology, and innovation supporting the Air Force Nuclear Enterprise as well as conventional strike (including hypersonic technology).
     
    Dr. Miller retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Air Force. As a commissioned officer he held numerous leadership positions in the space and nuclear acquisition and space operations communities. He served in key engineering positions for both the Milstar and Space Based Infrared System as well as leading the Advanced Extremely High Frequency Program in support of the United States Nuclear Command and Control System. He commanded the Space Development Squadron which delivered key capabilities for the Department of Defense Space Test Program. He also served as the Military Assistant to the Air Force Chief Scientist where he worked closely with the entire Air Force and national science and technology community.
     
    Following his Air Force civil service, he served as Purdue University’s Special Advisor for National Security Initiatives where he supported the university in a variety of pursuits. In his final role before joining Lockheed Martin, he was the Chief Technologist for Hypersonics with the Indiana Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization focused on driving defense-related research and development in the State of Indiana utilizing its deep bench of industry, small business, and academic institutions to provide solutions to strategic challenges facing the Nation. 
     
    Dr. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and both a Master of Science and Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. In addition, he has a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air University Air Command and Staff College and is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University’s Program Manager and Executive Program Manager Courses.
     

    Dr Rogan Shimmin

    Senior Engineer & Technical Program Manager, Space Portfolio, DIU
    Dr Rogan Shimmin

    Lieutenant Colonel Clifford White

    Director Space Services, Australian Defence Space Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Clifford White

     LTCOL White is a senior satellite engineer serving with the Australian Military for over 20 years and Commercial Satellite Industry. He has deployed on several operations and recently returned with the last Australian contingent in Afghanistan. LTCOL White recently joined the newly formed Defence Space Command being selected to lead the Australian Defence Force SATCOM capabilities. 

    LTCOL White is a soldier at heart and understands the war fighter. His passion is to reshape the Australia Defence Force with the most modern telecommunications systems to increases the already effective Australian war fighter. He has successfully delivered several major telecommunications projects including Joint Project 2072 2B, ahead of schedule and budget delivering a fully integrated software defined network for the tactical environment. He has also delivered Australia’s first satellite on move capability integrated with the Bushmaster PMV.  
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle

    Interoperability & Proponency Branch Chief, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center (JIDL-TC), US DOD
    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle is the Joint Staff, J7, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center, Branch Chief of Interoperability & Proponency. The Interoperability & Proponency Branch of the JID-TC exists to advance Multi-TADL Network & Joint Data Network interoperability through engagement with Joint Staff, Combatant Commanders, Allied & Coalition partners, Service components, and DoD Agencies. I&P provides subject matter expertise to CCMDs for Multi-Tactical & Joint Data Network operations in order to enhance the lethality of the Joint Warfighter and ensure all domain readiness for the next war.

    Lt Colonel Haeuptle earned his commission in 2003 from Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 620 and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, he spent a year awaiting training at Eglin AFB in the 728th Air Control Squadron and as a 33d Operations Group executive officer. Lt Col Haeuptle then attended Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training at Tyndall AFB, FL and then became an E-3B/C Air Weapons Officer, Air Surveillance Officer, and Assistant Flight Commander for the 963d Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. After his Tinker assignment, he became an Air Liaison Officer/Fighter Duty Officer and Weapons & Tactics Flight CC & Director of Logistics for the 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Ft Bragg, NC. Following that assignment, he served as the lead Air Battle Manager and Mission Crew Commander Instructor as well as an Assistant Director of Operations in the 330th Combat Training Squadron, Robins AFB, GA. After leaving his assignment at Robins, he became the Director of Operations, 14th Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Ft Bragg, North Carolina. Finally, Lt Col Haeuptle became the Commander of the 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, deactivated the unit, and then stood up the 818th Operations Support Squadron, the TACPs first-ever OSS.

    Lieutenant Colonel Haeuptle is a senior Air Battle Manager with over 2075 hours, 105 Combat Sorties, and over 1200 combat hours logged in the E-3 AWACS and E-8 JSTARS. As a Senior Air Battle Manger with over 5 deployments, he supported Operations NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE. Finally, as a Tactical Air Control Party Officer, he supported Operation Enduring Freedom as a Senior Air Director in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Rose

    Deputy Chief, Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta, MilComm & PNT, Space Systems Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Rose

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan A. Rose serves as the Deputy Chief for Tactical Satellite Communications Acquisition Delta at Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.  As Deputy Chief, she is responsible for fielding the next generation of tactical military satellite communication systems supporting the Space Force and the Department of Defense.  She leads a team of over 200 military, civilian and contractor personnel developing a $9 billion space portfolio with systems including the Protected Anti-jam Tactical SATCOM program, Wideband Global SATCOM, and Enterprise Management & Control.

    Lieutenant Colonel Rose’s previous assignments include Materiel Leader and Chief of the Rocket Systems Launch Program and the Small Launch and Targets Division, Congressional Liaison Officer where she was the liaison between the Air Force and Congress on Air Force programs, Program Element Monitor for the Air Force’s Space Situational Awareness programs, Program Manager in the Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Mission Planning Crew Commander for the National Reconnaissance Office, and Launch Readiness Manager for the 2d Space Launch Squadron.
     

    Mr Alula Berhane

    CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
    Mr Alula Berhane

    Mr Alula B. Berhane is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force with over 25 years of service and the owner and CEO of ABB International Consulting, LLC. During his service he has gained in depth experiences in the areas of Military Satellite Communication (MILSATCOM), Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) and USAF Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs in over 20 countries across the Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, Mr Berhane has served as a Political-Military affair officer in Africa and possesses an unparalleled understanding of the military, social and economic realities on the continent, especially in eastern Africa.

    Mr Charles Glass

    Chief, International Spectrum Policy Division, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, US Department of Commerce
    Mr Charles Glass

    Mr. Glass is a veteran with service in the U.S. Navy submarine force. In January 2015 Mr. Glass was selected as the Chief, International Spectrum Policy Division (ISPD) for the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Office of Spectrum Management (OSM). He has worked for NTIA since 2001 within ISPD where he has had a diverse career, representing U.S. and federal government interests abroad in a variety of fields including mobile, fixed, and radiodetermination services. Mr. Glass currently leads a team of seven policy and technical experts engaged in developing policy and regulations for international radiocommunications systems including federal satellite systems.

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Head of Space and Cyber Departement, Luxembourg Directorate of Defense
    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 Gus Anderson

    Senior Director of Business Development, DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (GES), Inc.
    Mr Gus Anderson

     Gus Anderson manages the GES business development organization consisting of three Senior BD Managers and three Capture Analysts supporting DRS’ Global Enterprise Solutions (GES). Gus has over 35 years’ experience in the areas of telecommunications, satellite and Information Technology (IT) services.   Retiring in 2008 as a U.S. Army communications colonel, Gus has been with DRS ever since, focusing on providing communications support to the warfighter as a program manager for satellite and network systems in the Balkans, the SPAWAR/DISA MWR internet café program, the USMC Wi-Fi program in Afghanistan, and  the global VSAT network for the US Agency for International Development (USAID). 

     
    Combining his military background with his recent industry program management experience, Gus is working full-time on developing new business opportunities for GES across a wide spectrum of the U.S Federal Government, including the DoD, other Federal Agencies, and the intelligence community. 
     

    Mr Jared Rieckewald

    Director of Business Development, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Mr Jared Rieckewald

     Jared Rieckewald is the senior director for government business with SpaceLogistics, a Northrop Grumman company. In this role, Rieckewald is responsible for delivering on-orbit servicing capabilities to U.S. and coalition government-client spacecraft.

    Rieckewald possesses more than 20 years of expertise developing and delivering emerging technologies, serving in various roles including portfolio manager, business development and capture executive, acquisition professional and intelligence officer.

    Prior to joining Northrop Grumman Rieckewald, a former Marine Corps officer, served as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and an oversight officer for the Office of the Inspector General at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Rieckewald served in a variety of business strategy positions across Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace, Technology Services, and Space sectors since joining the company in 2013, including executive lead for risk and opportunity management for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent Program, and program director for advanced autonomy in Aerospace Systems. Rieckewald joined SpaceLogistics in 2019 as its senior director for government business.

    Rieckewald holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service, and master’s degrees in finance and public policy management from Georgetown University.

    SpaceLogistics, a Northrop Grumman company, is the global leader in the development and deployment of on-orbit satellite servicing systems and the first and only company performing on-orbit servicing for commercial satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Our planned series of vehicles will extend service life, provide enhanced capabilities and enable future missions for a variety of customers

    Mr Mark Gruenewald

    Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division, US Space Command
    Mr 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.

    Mr Michael T. Laney

    Chief Negotiator & Lead International Engagement for MILSATCOM, US Air Force
    Mr Michael T. Laney

    Mr. Michael “Mike” T. Laney is a Department of the Air Force Civilian working as the Lead on International Engagement for Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) under the Space Division for the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Mr. Laney oversees the development of cooperative agreements in MILSATCOM including wideband, narrowband, and protected satellite communications.

    Mr. Laney enlisted in the United States Army June 1989, later graduating from the United States Military Academy June 1995. He continued serving on active duty in the United States Army as a commissioned officer until June 2004. His active duty experiences included multiple overseas assignments and deployments in Europe with frequent contact with host nation government representatives as a Military Police Officer. Upon separation from the Army, he continued to serve overseas as a Department of the Army Civilian -- first as a Host Nation Liaison Officer, then later as a Government Relations Advisor in Belgium. Upon returning from his last overseas assignment in 2011, Mr. Laney transferred to the Department of the Air Force as an International Relations Specialist.

    Mr Mike Dean

    DOD SATCOM Chief, Office of the US DOD CIO
    Mr 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.

    Mr. Darren Buck

    Liaison to Air Force & Space Force for the DoD Executive Agent for DoD Mission Partner Environment, Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) (SAF/CDMX)
    Mr. Darren Buck

     Mr. Darren Buck serves as Liaison to Air Force and Space Force, for Department of Defense (DoD) Executive Agent for DoD Mission Partner Environment (MPE), Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO). As a member of the Executive Agent Division, he operates on behalf of the 

    Secretary of the Air Force for Governance, Strategy, Integration, Resources, Requirements, and Strategic Engagement in support of DoD MPE. In his Liaison role, Mr. Buck engages, facilitates, and advises Air Force and 
    Space Force leaders, offices, and programs to build and strengthen connectivity, information sharing, and interoperability with US Allies and DoD Mission Partners.
     
    Darren Buck has served over thirty years in the Reserve of the Air Force, and he remains in service as a Colonel, assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration. Colonel Buck 
    received his commission in 1990 through the Air Force ROTC program of the University of Notre Dame. He has served in a number of space operations and leadership assignments at 50th Space Wing, 45th Space Wing, 595th Space Group, 460th Space Wing, and 310th Space Wing. Further, he has accumulated over 19 months’ command experience in Joint and Interagency space operations and is a fully-qualified Joint Officer (JQO Level III). 
     
    Immediately preceding his entrance into Federal Service as a Department of the Air Force Civilian in April 2021, Colonel Buck served as the Deputy Director for Air, Space, and Information Operations, Headquarters Air Force Reserve 
    Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He led oversight and advocacy for all Air Force Reserve operational units, assets, and capabilities, encompassing Combat Air Forces, Mobility Air Forces, Space Operations, Information Operations, and Nuclear Enterprise Operations.
     
    As an aerospace and defense industry professional, Darren Buck has served in multiple leadership, technical, and consulting roles since 2000. These have included positions at Air Force Space Command, Missile Defense Agency, 
    Headquarters Air Force Executive Action Group, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee

    Ms Andrea Loper

    Branch Business Manager/RV International Point of Contact, Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate
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    Ms Charlotte Gerhart

    Chief, Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta, MilComm & PNT, Space Systems Command
    Ms Charlotte Gerhart

     Ms. Charlotte Gerhart is the Chief, Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta, Military Communications and Position, Navigation, and Timing (MilComm & PNT) Directorate, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB), CA. She is responsible for the acquisition, production, and fielding of tactical satellite communications capabilities for the Nation’s warfighters.

     
    Ms. Gerhart received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering in 2011 from the Naval Post Graduate School.
     
    Ms. Gerhart began her career in 1992 working for the Aerospace Corporation supporting the US Air Force Phillips Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During this time she worked on the development of various technologies for space systems in the areas of power, thermal control, and space debris modeling.
     
    In 1994, she began working for Nichols Research Corporation supporting the US Air Force Research Laboratory, what was previously Phillips Laboratory. During this time she focused on the development and demonstration of satellite thermal management systems such as looped heat pipes and phase change materials.
     
    In 1998, Ms. Gerhart joined the civil service supporting the US Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. In this assignment she was responsible for managing the development and demonstration of space system technologies including thermal systems, structural systems, vibro-acoustic suppression, and laser communications systems.
     
    In 2007, Ms. Gerhart moved to Los Angeles to support the SMC/MILSATCOM Transformational Satellite Program. She initially supported the satellite laser communications payload, transitioned to being responsible for the payload, and eventually was the satellite chief engineer.
     
    In 2009, Ms. Gerhart moved to be the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program as the manager of the WGS 7-10 program (also known as WGS Block II Follow-on), and later served as the Deputy Program Manager for the WGS program.  From 2013 through 2018 she served as the WGS Program Manager delivering four satellites into operations, with two more in work.
     
    In 2018, Ms. Gerhart moved to the Remote Sensing Directorate to be the Chief of the Space Based Environmental Monitoring Division.  In 2019, as part of the SMC 2.0 transition she was selected to be the Chief, LEO Division for the Space Production Corps in 2019.  
     
    In 2022, Ms. Gerhart transitioned to the newly formed MilComm & PNT Directorate and assumed leadership of the Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta.  She has responsibility for the production and fielding of WGS 11+, the rapid acquisition and fielding of Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) Rapid Prototype payloads, Protected Tactical Enterprise Service (PTES) Rapid Prototype, Army & Air Force Anti-jam Modem (A3M), Air Force Wideband Enterprise Terminal (AFWET), and Enterprise Management and Control (EM&C).
     

    Ms Clare Grason

    Chief COMSATCOM Office, United States Space Force
    Ms Clare Grason

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