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SMi Group are proud to announce the 5th annual MilSatCom USA conference, returning to Arlington on 24th-25th June 2020. With the recent Congressional authorization of the US Space Force and the ever-growing emphasis on reliable communications for deployed units, the US DoD is investing heavily in MILSATCOM capabilities to achieve and maintain overmatch against its adversaries.

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 (including the impact of the Space Force), SATCOM resiliency and redundancy, partnership and collaboration both between nations and between organisations, 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.
 

MilSatCom USA 2020 is the perfect occasion to meet the most informed, experienced and dynamic experts in military satellite communications. Attend the forum to benefit from insights, advice and updates from senior DoD figures, industry experts and researchers at the cutting edge of work on SATCOM.

  • Meet and network with leaders in SATCOM from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking breaks and spaces
  • 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;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Alula Berhane

Mr Alula Berhane, CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
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9:00 Developing Future SATCOM Capabilities: US DoD R&D

Mr James Faist

Mr James Faist, Director of Defense Research and Engineering Advanced Capabilities, OUSD, US DoD
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  • Today’s SATCOM operating environment and what the DoD must do to maximise its effectiveness with limited resources
  • Importance of resilient and protected communications to the US military, including in degraded and contested environments
  • Bandwidth considerations: what we need to do to maintain and expand bandwidth availability as data transfer needs increase
  • Future R&D in SATCOM: delivering the capability demanded by the warfighter
     
  • 9:40 Importance of Interoperable and Multinational SatCom Capabilities for Coalition Formations

    Lieutenant General Tom Sharpy

    Lieutenant General Tom Sharpy, Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development, NATO Allied Command Transformation
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  • Overview of NATO SATCOM capabilities and SOPs for effective communications in coalition
  • Why it is crucial for allied nations to work in tandem to provide comprehensive and efficient SATCOM capabilities
  • Where NATO can assist with communications and how members can further support
  • Future of NATO SATCOM, including CP130 and further programs
     
  • 10:20 CENTCOM Communications: Operational SATCOM in Combat Environments

    Brigadier General Jeth Rey

    Brigadier General Jeth Rey, Director J6, USCENTCOM
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  • CENTCOM’s specific SATCOM context and setup
  • Maintaining resilient and effective SATCOM in hostile and inhospitable environments
  • Preparing SATCOM for near-peer adversary conflict
  • Implementing interoperable systems for multinational coalitions and building partner capacity
     
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Addressing the Warfighter's Needs with OmegA

    Mr Charlie Precourt

    Mr Charlie Precourt, Vice President, Propulsion Systems, Northrop Grumman
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  • In the dynamic and competitive space launch market it is easy to become distracted by lofty missions and spectacular displays.
  • But in the world of National Security Space, we must consider the needs of the Warfighter first
  • This presentation examines how the OmegA launch system leverages Northrup Grumman's end-to-end capabilities in national security space - from satellites to launch - to deliver the mission assurance needed by the Warfighter and the U.S. Air Force
  • 12:10 COMSATCOM for the Warfighter: Integrating Commercial SATCOM into Military Communications Architectures

    Ms Clare Grason

    Ms Clare Grason, Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, US Air Force Space Command
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  • 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
     
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Session Reserved for Lockheed Martin

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Space, Lockheed Martin

    14:30 Connecting the Warfighter at the Last Tactical Mile

    Colonel Shane Taylor

    Colonel Shane Taylor, Project Manager, Tactical Network, PEO C3T, US Army
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  • Building a Unified Network that is standards based , fully interoperable and seamlessly integrated.
  • The PEO C3T vision for a connected warfighter – integrating modular and interoperable network architectures
  • Achieving effective SATCOM-on-the-move for the dismounted soldier to build operating effectiveness
  • Future for the program – planned additions to the tactical network
     
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Enabling the Air Force to Fight and Win through Effective SATCOM Capability

    Colonel Daniel Schmitt

    Colonel Daniel Schmitt, Chief, Cyberspace Transformation Division, A6, US Air Combat Command
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  • The importance of resilient and effective SATCOM to Air Combat Command’s mission
  • Where the ACC is driving innovation and development in SATCOM
  • How SATCOM partners can better support the ACC’s mission and where we go from here
     
  • 16:20 Space Threat Assessment

    Mr Todd Harrison

    Mr Todd Harrison, Director, Defense Budget Analysis, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
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  • Threats to Space systems
  • Ramifications for military SATCOM
  • Recommendations for safeguarding space communications assets
  • 17:00 Chairman’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 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Alula Berhane

    Mr Alula Berhane, CEO, ABB International Consulting, LLC
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    9:00 Advancing the Technology Landscape of Space

    Mr Frank Konieczny

    Mr Frank Konieczny, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Deputy Chief Information Officer, SECAF
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  • Cyber and technology pathfinders within the joint information environment
  • The quantum revolution: where QKD can be integrated to support more secure communications
  • Current R&D projects that can influence our space warfighting construct
  • A vision of the future – delivering cutting edge technology to the Warfighter faster
     
  • 9:40 Training The Warrior To Use SATCOM-Enabled Technology

    Brigadier General Christopher Eubank

    Brigadier General Christopher Eubank, Chief of Signal/Signal School Commandant, US Army
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  • Moving from the legacy mobile network: to an interoperable and higher bandwidth Joint Information Network
  • On the move capability for the warfighter: roaming across commercial, WGS and BFT within WIN-T
  • Ensuring capability is scalable across formation sizes
     
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Combined Space Operations Center: SATCOM Integrated Operations Division (SIOD)

    Mr Bradd Olsen

    Mr Bradd Olsen, Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division, USSPACECOM
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  • Role of the SIOD in supporting wider strategic goals
  • Fighting in degraded environments: what we need to maintain communications
  • Bandwidth allocations: key considerations and projects to ensure global, persistent coverage and availability
     
  • 11:30 SATCOM for the Expeditionary Warfighter: US Navy Perspectives

    Ms. Kimberly Morris

    Ms. Kimberly Morris, Division Lead, SATCOM Operations Division, Naval Network Warfare Command
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  • Control of the sea as the basis for operational manoeuvre capability
  • C2 as a means to provide transformation battlefield awareness and converting this into combat lethality
  • SATCOM as a means to connect C2 and concentrated firepower
  • Navy SATCOM architectures: multi-mission networks to support multi-spectral SATCOM

     

  • 12:10 National Guard SATCOM Efforts and Initiatives

    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed

    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed, C4 Division Chief, National Guard Bureau

  • COMSATCOM utilisation by the National Guard: key requirements and priorities
  • Exploiting ad hoc networks and SATCOM capability for domestic operations
  • Partnering to deliver effective communications capability
     
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Enhancing the US Space Enterprise: Delivering Future Capability at Speed

    Dr Tom Cooley, ST

    Dr Tom Cooley, ST, Chief Scientist, Space Vehicles, US Air Force Research Laboratory
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  • Changing our ethos and approach to SATCOM in a great power era
  • Space domain awareness: what LEO constellations could mean for connectivity and mitigating debris risks
  • Future launch capability - how payload delivery systems will improve our future approach to SATCOM
  • Bringing together the community of interest: partnerships as a key to maintaining the edge in space
  • 14:30 Emergent Trends in Government SATCOM

    Mr Mike Rupar

    Mr Mike Rupar, Branch Head, Transmission Technology Branch, US Naval Research Laboratory
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  • Ramifications of increased bandwidth requirements
  • NRL's research into capacity-increasing technology
  • Case-study: enabling efficient transmission of data packets with ship to shore data links
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Developing New Space Capabilities for the Expeditionary Warfighter

    Dr GP Sandhoo

    Dr GP Sandhoo, Head, Spacecraft Engineering, Naval Center for Space Technology, US Naval Research Laboratory
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  • Introduction to NRL: delivering a portfolio of innovation
  • Satellite operations enterprise – supporting maritime mission systems
  • What big data may mean for future naval information warfare
  • End-to-end approaches for space vehicles from conception to operation
  • Plans for future in orbit servicing for satellites and future space capabilities
     
  • 16:20 Maintaining Cyber Security for SATCOM Architectures

    Colonel (Ret'd) Nichoel Brooks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Nichoel Brooks, Nation Strategy and Operations Leader, Deloitte
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  • Key considerations for maintaining the integrity of communication systems
  • Minimising differences between commercial and government SATCOM security levels
  • Where our adversaries are going and how we can match them
     
  • 17:00 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

    Brigadier General Christopher Eubank

    Brigadier General Christopher Eubank

    Chief of Signal/Signal School Commandant, US Army
    Brigadier General Jeth Rey

    Brigadier General Jeth Rey

    Director J6, USCENTCOM
    Lieutenant General Tom Sharpy

    Lieutenant General Tom Sharpy

    Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development, NATO Allied Command Transformation
    Mr Frank Konieczny

    Mr Frank Konieczny

    Chief Technology Officer, Office of Deputy Chief Information Officer, SECAF
    Mr James Faist

    Mr James Faist

    Director of Defense Research and Engineering Advanced Capabilities, OUSD, US DoD
    Ms Clare Grason

    Ms Clare Grason

    Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, US Air Force Space Command

    Brigadier General Christopher Eubank

    Chief of Signal/Signal School Commandant, US Army
    Brigadier General Christopher Eubank

    BG Christopher L. Eubank is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the Virginia Military Institute as an Armor officer; upon his promotion to Captain, he joined the Signal Corps. Throughout his 28 years of service, BG Eubank has deployed eight times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. BG Eubank’s previous assignment was the fifth Director of the J6 for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart Germany. Currently BG Eubank serves as the 39th Chief of Signal and Signal School Commandant.
    BG Eubank is a graduate of numerous professional military ethic courses, including the U.S. Army War College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Arts in Computer Resource and Information from Webster University and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

    Brigadier General Jeth Rey

    Director J6, USCENTCOM
    Brigadier General Jeth Rey

    Brigadier General Jeth Rey serves as the Director of Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J6, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He is responsible for the implementation and management of the global communications and computer networks for United States Central Command.

    Brigadier General Jeth B. Rey is a native of St. Thomas United States Virgin Island; he enlisted in the Army in September 1983. After completing Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ, and Advance Individual Training at Ft Gordon, GA, he was assigned to Korea as a combat signaleer. As he progressed through the enlisted ranks over the next 9 years, he served in various positions of leadership in several SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNITS at Fort Bragg, NC, and the Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA.

    In 1994 BG Rey graduated from the Army’s Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), at Fort Rucker, Alabama where he graduated as the Honor Graduate and Leadership Award winner.

    In 1996 BG Rey received his commission from the Army’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) and graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He is a graduate of the Signal Officer Basic Course (1997), the Signal Captains Career Course (2000), and the Naval War College Command and General Staff Course

    Colonel (Ret'd) Nichoel Brooks

    Nation Strategy and Operations Leader, Deloitte
    Colonel (Ret'd) Nichoel Brooks

    Nation Strategy and Operations Leader for Government. Recently retired Colonel, US Army after 32 years as an Intelligence Officer. Highly accomplished results-oriented and visionary professional with a vast array of experience in leading national and international organizations, teams, and operations. Experienced in national security as a strategist, thought leader, organizational change agent, senior intelligence and security officer. Transformed Dod/Interagency organizations managing multi-million-dollar budgets enabling combat and global successes. A thought leader skilled in forecasting strategic choices, gaining consensus for solutions, and re-prioritizing resources which maximize opportunity and minimize risk, A highly proactive individual, proven strategic Leader, effective cross-cultural communicator, and an advocate for entrepreneurial concepts.

    Colonel Daniel Schmitt

    Chief, Cyberspace Transformation Division, A6, US Air Combat Command
    Colonel Daniel Schmitt

    Col Schmitt is the Chief, Cyberspace Transformation Division, Directorate of Cyberspace and Information Dominance, Air Combat Command. In ACC’s role as the AF’s Lead Command for Cyber, he is responsible for organizing, training and equipping, Expeditionary Communications, Air Communication Squadrons, Enterprise Information Technology, and the future Cyber Squadron Initiative. He has led the fielding of Mission Defense Teams by standing up an Intermediate Training Unit in August 2019, approving a Concept of Operations, and robusting 85 Teams toward achieving an Initial Operating Capability. He has also served as a program manager for a highly classified $200M AFSPC network, and an Executive Officer for a $4B acquisition wing that equipped US forces with offensive and defensive counterspace systems. In 2010, he deployed with the Army as a planner in the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command battlestaff where he planned and directed ground security operations in Kabul, Afghanistan. He commanded the 336 Training Squadron at Keesler AFB, MS from 2016-2018 training over 5400 cyberspace personnel.

    Col Schmitt entered the Air Force in 1999 as a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He was recognized as the Air Force Communication and Information Field Grade Officer of the Year in 2009.
     

    Colonel Shane Taylor

    Project Manager, Tactical Network, PEO C3T, US Army
    Colonel Shane Taylor

    Colonel Shane Taylor is the Project Manager, Tactical Network (PM TN), assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) headquartered at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He provides the direction, management and leadership for the Army’s tactical communications network transport backbone that enables mission command functions via secure reliable voice, video and data to Commanders and Soldiers worldwide. Prior to his assignment as PM TN, he served as the executive officer to the Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

    Dr GP Sandhoo

    Head, Spacecraft Engineering, Naval Center for Space Technology, US Naval Research Laboratory
    Dr GP Sandhoo

    Dr. Sandhoo heads the Spacecraft Engineering Division of the Naval Center of Space Technology (NCST) at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), a full-spectrum laboratory that conceives, designs, builds, tests, operates, and transitions advanced space systems and technologies. He provides executive direction and technical leadership in the development of policies and objectives necessary in conducting research in the areas of space systems with advanced technologies. After working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and in industry, Sandhoo began his career at NRL in 2005 as a senior aerospace engineer.

    Dr Tom Cooley, ST

    Chief Scientist, Space Vehicles, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Dr Tom Cooley, ST

    Dr. Thomas Cooley, a member of the scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, is the Chief Scientist, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Force Materiel Command, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. As Chief Scientist, Dr. Cooley is responsible for the technical quality of a $200 million-per-year Air Force space science-and-technology investment. Additionally, Dr. Cooley coordinates these space investments with other government agencies and industry internal research and development to avoid duplication of effort and/or gaps.

    Dr. Cooley began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working for three years developing advanced microwave communications and remote sensing technologies while attending graduate school. After completing his doctorate, he spent one year as a “Post-Doc” Researcher advancing optical calibration techniques in Toulouse, France.
    He joined the AFRL in 1998 and has contributed to a wide range of technologies focused on Electro-Optic sensors and imaging spectroscopy from space platforms. In 2004, Dr. Cooley became the Principal Investigator of the Advanced Responsive Tactically-Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer, a hyperspectral sensor built to demonstrate the value of that phenomenology for a wide range of military applications. Prior to its launch, Dr. Cooley assumed full programmatic responsibility for the entire TacSat-3/ARTEMIS satellite program until its mission ended in April 2012. In 2015, Dr. Cooley was the AFRL Space ISR Mission Lead supporting Air Force Space Command and Air Combat Command technology and capability planning processes.

    Dr. Cooley has published over 70 papers in national and international journals or conferences. He has also served as an adviser on space and airborne sensors technology to the Air Force Space Command, the Space and Missile Systems Center, and other organizations.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed

    C4 Division Chief, National Guard Bureau
    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed

    Lieutenant General Tom Sharpy

    Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development, NATO Allied Command Transformation
    Lieutenant General Tom Sharpy

    Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Sharpy is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development, Headquarters Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia. He is responsible for developing operational and strategic capability requirements on behalf of 29 NATO nations.

    Lt. Gen. Sharpy graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed undergraduate pilot training in 1988. His career has involved numerous supervisory and leadership positions at wing, major command and Air Staff levels. He also served in a number of joint assignments, including: Senior Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States, Washington, D.C.; Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses for Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; and Director, Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB. Prior to his current assignment, Lt. Gen. Sharpy served as Deputy Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, where he was responsible for the U.S. Air Force's air mobility strategic transportation mission and a fleet of more than 1,160 aircraft.

    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 Bradd Olsen

    Director, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division, USSPACECOM
    Mr Bradd Olsen

    Bradd C. Olsen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Space Operations. Following commissioning in November 1989 at Aviation Officer Candidate School, he completed flight training in Pensacola, FL, and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1991. He completed electronic warfare training in Pensacola and initial EA-6B training with Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-129 in Whidbey Island, WA.

    Assigned to VAQ-139, during OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH aboard USS Carl Vinson he received the Strike Flight Air Medal, plus his EA-6B Mission Commander rating, and led the squadron’s HARM missile live fire test. In 1995 he was assigned to USSPACECOM, Cheyenne Mountain, CO, where he performed duties as the Missile Warning Deputy Commander, Space Control Officer, and Space Electronic Warfare Officer.

    Transitioning to the Navy Reserve in 1998, he served under the USSPACECOM Chief Scientist as a Space and Missile Analyst. Assigned to USSTRATCOM in 2004, he became the lead Space Control Instructor at the National Security Space Institute. Assigned to USNORTHCOM in 2006, he stood watch in the N-NC Command Center and served as the Executive Officer of NR N-NC HQ. In 2008 he completed twelve months of ADSW with N-NC J8 Programs, Resources, and Analysis. Assigned to SPAWAR 0466 as the Unit Executive Officer and Satellite Project Officer in 2010, he supported all five Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite launches. In 2012 he was mobilized to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, where he was the Deputy Director of Strategy and Plans. Post deployment, he returned to NR SPAWAR HQs as the Deputy for Strategy and Plans. In 2016 he returned to active duty with COMFLTCYBERCOM/COMUSTENTHFLT as the Navy Chair for the Fighting SATCOM Working Group, standing up a new joint SATCOM operations center. In Dec 2016 he took command of NR SPAWAR 0466 and executed both assignments for three years. He holds the highest level of Space Qualification, VS8 in the Navy Space Cadre, and completed JPME Phase-I through the Navy War College.

    CAPT Olsen’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, five Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Expeditionary Medal.
     

    Mr Charlie Precourt

    Vice President, Propulsion Systems, Northrop Grumman
    Mr Charlie Precourt

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

    Mr Frank Konieczny

    Chief Technology Officer, Office of Deputy Chief Information Officer, SECAF
    Mr Frank Konieczny

    Frank Konieczny, a Senior Level Executive, is the Air Force Chief Technology Officer, Office of Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He has primary responsibility to advance the Information Technology landscape of the Air Force. His current focus areas include developing the future technical target baseline, mobility enterprise solutions, data management, Identity, Credential and Access Management access/claims management, mesh networks, artificial intelligence/quantum capabilities, cyber and technology innovation pathfinders and advancing the Joint Information Environment.

    Mr. Konieczny has completed advanced degrees in computer science engineering and administrative science, and in 1987 he completed all coursework for a doctorate in computer science. He has extensive experience as a systems analyst and chief programmer, working with a variety of firms including Teledyne Brown Engineering, SAIC and General Research Corporation. He has supported the programming and analytical analysis for a wide spectrum of government projects including ballistic
    missile defense, network design, missile test analysis, radar systems analysis and simulation, and operations research and statistical analysis. Mr. Konieczny would go on to serve as a project manager, business unit manager, Chief Scientist and Chief Technology Officer. He has managed more than 20 significant government sector programs involving multiple large and small business subcontractors and academic institutions in areas of Army and Navy manpower, logistics, force structure, undersea warfare, real time statistical analysis, biometric authentication, enterprise architecture, work flow management and simulation and modeling.

    Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Konieczny was employed for 10 years with AT&T Government Solutions professional services business unit. He served as the CIO, CTO and Executive Director for Operations where he managed internal research and development efforts; multi-location infrastructure management and upgrade; process improvement and standardization; support organization coordination; and development of technical solutions for a wide spectrum of projects within the government sector.

    Mr James Faist

    Director of Defense Research and Engineering Advanced Capabilities, OUSD, US DoD
    Mr James Faist

    Mr. James "Jim" A. Faist is the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities, reporting directly to the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Jim directs an organization whose mission is to recognize, explore, and accelerate the development and integration of new technology to maintain U.S. technological superiority. He is responsible for establishing a Department of Defense joint mission engineering capability, oversight of developmental testing and test facilities as well as demonstration and validation of technology prototype and rapid fielding activities. Jim serves as the mission area advisor for warfighter portfolios in hypersonics, space, autonomy, and networked command, control, and communication architectures. He also provides independent technical risk assessments of major acquisition programs.

    Jim has an extensive career in industry and government in national defense, including progressive responsibilities and experience in military operations, advanced technologies, system development, engineering leadership, and program management. He is a recognized expert in advanced sensors, weapons, and electronic warfare for space, air, and ground capabilities.

    Faist was a chief engineer for the Northrop Grumman and Harris Corporations. He held senior executive positions at Schafer Corporation, Trident Systems Incorporated, and System Planning Corporation. Prior to his work in the industry, he served in the United States Air Force as a Weapons Systems Officer and an Electronic Warfare Officer in the F-4D/E Phantom II fighter aircraft.

    Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with emphasis on microwave and power systems. During his career he received numerous performance awards and honors from the U.S. Air Force, academia, and industry.

    Mr Mike Rupar

    Branch Head, Transmission Technology Branch, US Naval Research Laboratory
    Mr Mike Rupar

    Mike Rupar is the Branch Head for the Transmission Technology Branch at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.
    His 30 years of experience reaches across the electromagnetic spectrum, from commercial and military SATCOM and upper-Kaband LOS communications, to medium- and high-frequency surface wave research in the high Arctic. His branch address issues
    for the Navy and US Department of Defense in satellite and wireless networking, voice and signal processing and optical
    communications and visualization. Mr. Rupar has fielded numerous experiments with satellite and line-of-sight technology, as
    well as conducting theoretical studies and analysis for J6, N6 and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Mr. Rupar also
    participates in The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) and is a participant & contributor to the modernization effort for the
    MIL-STD 188-164B for military satellite communications (“Interoperability of SHF Satellite Communications Terminals”).
    Mr. Rupar received his BSEE from West Virginia University and his MSE in Electrophysics from The George Washington
    University. He is a frequent contributor and session chair for the IEEE MILCOM conferences in the United States.

    Mr Todd Harrison

    Director, Defense Budget Analysis, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Mr Todd Harrison

    Todd Harrison is the director of Defense Budget Analysis and the director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS. As a senior fellow in the International Security Program, he leads the Center’s efforts to provide in-depth, nonpartisan research and analysis of defense funding, space security, and air power issues. He has authored publications on trends in the overall defense budget, military space systems, civil space exploration, defense acquisitions, military compensation, military readiness, nuclear forces, and the cost of overseas military operations.

    He frequently contributes to print and broadcast media and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera English, C-SPAN, PBS, and Fox News. He teaches classes on military space systems and the defense budget at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing and a member of the Defense News Advisory Board.

    Mr. Harrison joined CSIS from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where he was a senior fellow for defense budget studies. He previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton where he consulted for the U.S. Air Force on satellite communications systems and supported a variety of other clients evaluating the performance of acquisition programs. Prior to Booz Allen, he worked for a small startup (AeroAstro Inc.) developing advanced space technologies and as a management consultant at Diamond Cluster International. Mr. Harrison served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with both a B.S. and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics.

    Ms Clare Grason

    Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, US Air Force Space Command
    Ms Clare Grason

    Clare A. Grason is Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, Air
    Force Space Command, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for delivering
    commercial satellite communications (COMSATCOM) capabilities to support
    the joint warfighter, federal agencies and international partners. Her portfolio
    includes the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) Program Office, the
    EMSS Capabilities Office and the COMSATCOM Solutions Group.
    EMSS is an $800 million global satellite program that provides the Department
    of Defense, federal and coalition partners with unlimited access to the
    commercial Iridium constellation, a mesh-network of 66 on-orbit cross-linked
    satellites in low-earth-orbit, through a dedicated, EMSS controlled gateway

    The COMSATCOM Solutions Group acquires any commercial satellite capability for any customer,
    anywhere, and has $5 billion under management.
    Prior to this role, Ms. Grason was the SATCOM Division Chief, Defense Information Systems Agency
    (DISA). In this role she managed the Department of Defense Enterprise Gateways Program Office, the
    SATCOM Operations Integration Branch, and the COMSATCOM portfolio described above, prior to its
    Congressionally-directed transfer to the AFSPC. Other assignments include Program Manager, EMSS and
    Program Manager for a classified telecommunications system within DISA’s National Leadership Command
    Capabilities Center (NLCC). Ms. Grason began her career in government with DISA as a contracting
    officer, and served as the Chief, Special Projects Contracting Branch, which held a contracts portfolio
    valued at over $2 billion.
    Prior to joining the government, Ms. Grason was a retirement funds analyst for T. Rowe Price.
    Ms. Grason received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from West Virginia University, and is a
    Certified Public Accountant.
    Ms. Grason is DAWIA Level 3 certified in contracting.

    Ms. Kimberly Morris

    Division Lead, SATCOM Operations Division, Naval Network Warfare Command
    Ms. Kimberly Morris

    Kimberly Kyle Morris
    N36 SATCOM Operations Division Lead
    Clearance: TS/SCI
    Education: BS PoliSci with a minor in History, University of North Texas (94); MBA, University of Phoenix (08); Graduate of National Space Security Institute: Advanced SATCOM, Advanced PNT, and SPACE 200 courses

    Kimberly Morris joined Naval Network Warfare Command Oct 2018 as the Division Lead for the SATCOM Operations Division (N36). Her duties consist of ensuring satellite transport-layer support to all Naval Forces, afloat and ashore, in support of NAVNETWARCOM’s operation of the DODIN-N. Her teams support all bands across the spectrum and serve as the central coordinating authority for operational management of Navy satellite communications, as well as the Navy’s System Operational Manager for Commercial Broadband.
    Kimberly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve upon graduating the University of North Texas in 1994. The following year she was selected for Officer Candidate School and received her commission in December 2015. Assigned as a Communications Officer, 2ndLt Morris was subsequently assigned as a Platoon Commander in 9th Communication Battalion, and was selected to be the TSC-93 Ground Mobile Forces (GMF) SATCOM enabler detachment commander attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). In this capacity, she completed a WestPac deployment (1997-1998) that included SHF support to the MEU Command Element.
    Following tours of duty on the East Coast with 2DMARDIV and recruiting duty, she was promoted to Major and assigned to the I Marine Logistics Group (MLG), Camp Pendleton CA as the Deputy G6. During this time, she was selected to be an individual augment for the J6 Operations supporting the CENTCOM Commander. Upon completion of this Joint tour, she was given command of Communication Company, I MLG.
    In this capacity, she led the company of Marines through a 13-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2008-2009. Managing a nodal communication architecture, this posting consisted of the operational integration of three SATCOM terminals and several “fly-away” SATCOM teams to support combat logistic activities in the Marine Corps area of operations.
    Returning from Iraq in 2009, she relinquished command and transferred to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 48, in Great Lakes IL, as the squadron Executive Officer and the unit’s Inspector/Instructor Officer-in-Charge. In this position, she developed and instituted an innovative and comprehensive training program designed to integrate SATCOM capabilities into the air command group air control architecture.
    Major Morris’ final assignment was as an acquisition’s team lead for various communication support programs. These programs included PNT and the Marine Corps Expeditionary SATCOM program. She provided Program Management support for the Commander MARCORSYSCOM in Quantico, VA until she retired from active service in 2014 after 20 years of service.
    Prior to her current positon, she was employed as a contract support providing program analysis in support of OPNAV N2N6 F11. Her responsibilities included being the action officer for the Navy’s Commercial SATCOM programs and assisting with the Wideband and Protected SATCOM programs as the program support analyst.
    She is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold-stars, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy/ Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy/ Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

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

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

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    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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