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Strategic Space Symposium Panel to Gather Input on Operationally Responsive Space

OMAHA, Neb./COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 22, 2009) - The Strategic Space Symposium, Nov. 2-4 at the Qwest Center Omaha, is like no other aerospace or defense conference because it is designed specifically to encourage collaboration and creative interchange between the private sector and the government on space operations and warfighter issues.

The Determining the Value of Responsive Space as an Element of Our National Space Strategy track session is one of the strongest examples of this collaborative approach. Led by Peter Wegner, Ph.D., director - Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office, United States Department of Defense, the session will gather opinions and input from participants on key strategic issues:

  • Defining a national strategy for ORS;
  • Examining the value of ORS to the warfighter;
  • Exploring how current space policy affects warfighter performance; and
  • Determining what the warfighting space community should do to shape the future.

The track, which will be repeated three times during the Strategic Space Symposium, will include three breakout sessions:

  • Responsive Space: Is it/Can it be Valuable to the Warfighter?, led by Col. Thomas A. "Dingo" Doyne, USAF, deputy director, Space Programs and Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • What is our National Space Strategy for ORS?, led by Col. Patrick Frakes, USA, director for Space Policy and Information Operations, Office of the Secretary of Defense 
  • How Should the Department of Defense Posture acquisitions for ORS?, led by Capt. Brian N. Humm, USN, chief, Global ISR and Space Division, United States Strategic Command

Presented through a Space Foundation/United States Strategic Command partnership and themed Advancing Space Capabilities and Strengthening Operations to Promote Global Security, the Strategic Space Symposium will provide a platform for discussing challenging space issues and shaping space policy, in addition to showcasing industry best practices, cutting-edge technologies, and emerging space capabilities. For more details on the agenda, click here.

These track and breakout leaders join an impressive group of speakers from the military, Department of Defense, U.S. and allied government, industry, and academia, who will discuss:

  • Space situational awareness, defense of space, and protection of assets;
  • Current space policy and shaping future policies;
  • Warfighting needs;
  • Capability gaps in space technologies

The Strategic Space Symposium is exceptionally affordable. The military/government rate is only $395 and the industry rate is only $595. Both include general, track and breakout sessions, breakfasts, luncheons, presentations, and access to the AMERICOM Government Services Exhibit Center. Registration information can be found at or call 1.800.691.4000.

Major Space Foundation Strategic Space Symposium sponsors include:

Additional Space Foundation co-sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc., ATK, AVIATION WEEK; the Bellevue (Nebraska) Chamber of Commerce, CISCO Systems, CSC, CSP Associates, Defense Systems, Intelsat General Corporation, Integral Systems, Inc., ManTech, the NASA Nebraska Space Grant, Sterling Computers, and SpaceX.

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 and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.

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