Program 2023




0905-0910: Opening Remarks: Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Dean, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, and Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.), Explorer Chair, The Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence

0915-1000: Opening Keynote: Gen B. Chance Saltzman, Chief of Space Operations:

As Chief, he serves as the senior uniformed Space Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of all organic and assigned space forces serving in the United States and overseas.

1010-1055: A Mission to Protect and Defend Assets in Space:

Space is no longer a peaceful domain, but instead a region increasingly contested both kinetically and non-kinetically by U.S. adversaries. As in any other domain, it is not sovereign, and forces must be able to protect U.S. freedom of action. This demands that the U.S. national security space community, particularly Space Command and the Space Force, consider new strategies, operational concepts, and associated technologies that will ensure desired effects can be secured in the face of hostile adversary action on orbit. This panel should consider discussing concepts that will be highlighted in response to the FY23 NDAA language requiring an unclassified study on this subject.

Moderator: Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.)

Maj Gen David N. Miller, Director of Operations, Training and Force Development, USSPACECOM
As the J3, Maj Gen Miller is responsible for executing full-spectrum space operations, maintaining credible space deterrence capabilities, providing analytical planning support, combatant command’s participation in joint and combined exercises, and for the education, training, and assessments of assigned and attached space forces.

Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.)

Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.) is the Explorer Chair at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE). General Chilton served for 34 1/2 years in the Air Force, was a three-time astronaut, and was Commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

Stacy Kubicek, Vice President & General Manager for Mission Solutions, Lockheed Martin

Stacy Kubicek is Vice President and General Manager for the Mission Solutions line of business within Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, she is responsible for approximately 4,400 employees and an annual sales base of over $1.5B in support of government defense and intelligence agencies.

1105-1155: Space’s Role in North American Defense: Missile Warning and Tracking:

Adversaries are increasingly developing long range strike missiles that legacy ground-based radars are unable to track in the time needed to provide warning and cue defenses. They are also fielding anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons to degrade or destroy existing U.S. space-based missile warning sensors. This panel will explore operational concepts and associated technologies required to address these threats.

Moderator: Lt Gen Joseph T. Guastella, Jr, USAF (Ret.), Senior Fellow, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Lt Gen DeAnna M. Burt, Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, USSF

As the Chief Operations Officer, Lt Gen Burt has overall responsibility for Operations, Sustainment, Cyber, and Nuclear Operations of the United States Space Force.

Edward Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris

Ed Zoiss is responsible for business strategy, financial performance, successful execution and growth for the segment. This segment includes an extensive portfolio of solutions in intelligence, surveillance, space systems, space superiority, electronic warfare, mission avionics, wireless solutions and C4I systems.

Tim Ryan, Senior Fellow for Space Studies, The Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence

1210-1315: Lunch Keynote: Dr. Derek Tournear, Director, Space Development Agency:

SDA is responsible for unifying and integrating the Department’s space development efforts, monitoring the Department’s threat-driven future space architecture, and accelerating fielding of new military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantages in space.

1320-1405: A Vision for Proliferated Orbits and Small Satellites:

Space Force leaders have repeatedly discussed the advantages they expect to accrue by placing a larger number of smaller, simpler satellites into orbit as part of integrated, collaborative low earth orbit constellations. Not only does this promise to deliver capability in a faster, lower cost fashion, it also eliminates single points of failure. This panel will discuss this vision and provide an update regarding how Space Force leaders are seeing this concept evolve—driven both by operational requirements and the threat.

Moderator: Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.)

Brig Gen Timothy A. Sejba, Program Executive Officer, Space Systems Command

Brig Gen Timothy A. Sejba is the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Space Domain Awareness and Combat Power and the PEO for Battle Management, Command, Control, and Communications, Space Systems Command. He directs two diverse portfolios of over 60 programs and $12B+ encompassing a wide-range of mission areas, which include space domain awareness, space control, strategic warning and surveillance, defensive cyber operations, innovation and prototyping, and operational and tactical command and control systems.

Col Eric Felt, Director of Space Architecture and Integration, USSF

Col Eric Felt is the Director of Space Architecture & Integration of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition & Integration.

Robert Atkin, Vice President of Asymmetric Systems Group, General Atomics-EMS

Robert Atkin is the Vice President of the Asymmetric Systems Group with GA-EMS. Prior to this he was the President and CEO of Tiger Innovations Inc. which specialized in developing spacecraft and space-related systems
for a broad range of US Government customers and particularly small, lightweight and low-power innovative solutions.

Charles Galbreath, Senior Fellow for Space Studies, The Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence

1415-1500: Closing Keynote: Dr. Lisa A. Costa, SES, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO), USSF:

Dr. Lisa A. Costa, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the first permanent Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO) of United States Space Force. In this role, she is charged with unlocking and harnessing innovation to leverage increased speed and advantage.

1500: Closing Remarks: Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.) and Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.)