Strategic Space Symposium to Look at Space from a Warfighter's Perspective

By | United States Strategic Command and the Space Foundation | Sept. 8, 2009

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OMAHA, Neb. /COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 8, 2009) - The upcoming Strategic Space Symposium will include a luncheon featuring two high-ranking military leaders who will look at how space serves the needs of today's warfighters - one from above and one from on the ground.

Lt. Gen. Larry James, USAF, commander, Joint Functional Component Command - Space for the United States Strategic Command, and Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, USA, commander, Joint Functional Component Command - Integrated Missile Defense, will share the spotlight at the Nov. 4 luncheon, which is co-sponsored by Raytheon and open to all Strategic Space Symposium attendees. James will talk about how space systems are designed and deployed to support the tactical needs of the military, and Campbell will discuss how on-the-ground combatants use those systems to complete operational assignments. Both will discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in the strategic use of space to support modern warfighters.

William G. Hart, vice president and general manager, Space Systems, Space and Airborne Systems for the Raytheon Company will serve as corporate host for the luncheon.

The Symposium, which is jointly sponsored by the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and the Space Foundation, will be held Nov. 2 - 4 at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

The Strategic Space Symposium offers space and defense professionals an unparalleled opportunity for interactive discussion and exposure to the latest space technologies at an astonishingly low price of only $395 for active duty military/government (excludes government contractors) if paid by Nov. 4. The industry/educator/nonprofit/contractor rate is only $495 for if paid by Sept. 18, after which the rate goes up to $595. Limited registration is free for qualified media. For details, go to

About Campbell
Campbell is commanding general of the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and commander of the Joint Functional Component Command - Integrated Missile Defense. His previous assignments include chief of staff, USSTRATCOM; director of plans, United States Space Command; deputy commanding general, United States Army Air Defense Artillery Center; commanding general, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command; assistant deputy chief of staff for Combat Developments, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester State College and a master's degree in personnel management from the University of New Hampshire.
About James
James is commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, USSTRATCOM. Prior to his current assignment, James was a vice commander, 5th Air Force, and deputy commander, 13th Air Force. His career also includes serving as a space shuttle payload specialist; Air Staff program element monitor; Global Positioning System satellite program manager; and chief of operations, 14th Air Force. James earned a Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Science degree in astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Raytheon
Raytheon, the luncheon co-sponsor, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security, and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services.

Campbell and James Part of Impressive Speaker Roster The Strategic Space Symposium's general sessions feature high-level industry, civil space, and military leaders, including:
  • Rick Ambrose, vice president and general manager, Surveillance & Navigation, Lockheed Martin
  • Wanda Austin, Ph.D. , president and chief executive officer, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Brig. Gen. Michael J. Carey, USAF, deputy director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, USSTRATCOM
  • Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, commander, USSTRATCOM
  • David M. DiCarlo, Ph.D. , sector vice president and general manager, Space Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • William G. Hart, vice president and general manager, Space Systems, Space and Airborne Systems, Raytheon Company
  • The Honorable Dave Heineman, governor of the State of Nebraska
  • Lt. Gen. Francis H. Kearney, III, USA, deputy commander, United States Special Operations Command
  • Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, USN, deputy commander, USSTRATCOM
  • Maj. Gen. Harold W. "Punch" Moulton, II, director of operations, United States European Command
  • Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, USN, director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Brig. Gen. Robert T. "Tip" Osterthaler, USAF (Retired), president and chief executive officer, AMERICOM Government Services
  • Lt. Gen. Friedrich Ploeger, executive director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Germany
  • Elliot Pulham, chief executive officer of the Space Foundation
  • Air Commodore Mark Roberts, Royal Air Force, United Kingdom
In addition, the Symposium will feature a series of track and breakout sessions, featuring another strong contingent of speakers:
  • David Anhalt, senior director, Advanced Programs for Orbital Sciences Corporation
  • Brig. Gen. Edward "Ed" Bolton, Jr. , USAF, commander of the 45th Space Wing
  • Col. Thomas A. Doyne, USAF, deputy director, Space Programs and Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Maj. Gen. Susan J. Helms, USAF, director, Plans and Policy, USSTRATCOM
  • Capt. Brian N. Humm, USN, chief, Global ISR and Space Division, USSTRATCOM
  • William Schuster, chief operating officer of GeoEye, Inc
  • Peter M. Wegner, Ph.D. , director - Operationally Responsive Space Office, United States Department of Defense
  • Col. Charlotte Wilson, USAF, director, National Reconnaissance Office Operations Center
  • Lt. Col. Daniel Wright, USAF, director, Navigational Warfare/Position, Navigation, and Timing in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Network and Information Integration
The Space Foundation's co-sponsors at the Strategic Space Symposium are AMERICOM Government Services, AVIATION WEEK, Analytical Graphics, Inc. , ATK, the Bellevue (Neb. ) Chamber of Commerce, Boeing, CISCO, CSP Associates, Defense Systems, IntelSat, Integral Systems, Inc. , ManTech, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and exclusive media partner Space News.

The Symposium is expected to attract more than 1,500 government officials, military leaders, top industry executives, and exhibitors from around the world. For more information, including online registration, preliminary agenda, and exhibitor and sponsorship information, go to

Located at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb. , U.S. Strategic Command is one of ten unified commands in the Department of Defense. The command headquarters represents all four services, including Department of Defense civilians and contractors, and oversees the command's operationally focused global strategic mission. USSTRATCOM integrates and coordinates the necessary command and control capability to provide support with the most accurate and timely information for the President, the Secretary of Defense, other National Leadership, and regional combatant commanders. USSTRATCOM combines the synergy of the U.S. legacy nuclear command and control mission with responsibility for space operations; global strike; Defense Department information operations; global missile defense; and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), and combating weapons of mass destruction. This dynamic command gives National Leadership a unified resource for greater understanding of specific threats around the world and the means to respond to those threats rapidly.

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is an international, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry -- civil, commercial, and national security. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity. " An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. In addition to the Strategic Space Symposium, the Space Foundation will sponsor the 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. , April 12-15, 2010. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C. , office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. For more information, visit   Follow us on Twitter: SpaceFoundation or #strat09.

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