NOTE: U.S. Strategic Command co-sponsorship of this event does not constitute federal endorsement of SIA or any other sponsors of this workshop.

“Breaking Paradigms – Improving DoD Acquisition, Operational Management, and Use of COMSATCOM”

SIA’s 13th Annual DoD Commercial SATCOM Workshop

December 12-14, 2017    |    Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA




GOVERNMENT ONLY SESSION – Tuesday, December 12

GENERAL SESSIONS – December 13 and 14

Please note: This agenda is subject to change

11:00 am – 6:00 pm             Government Only Registration

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm              Government Only Session

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm                 Afternoon Break Sponsored by Glowlink

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm                 General Attendee Registration Desk Sponsored by SSL

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm                Welcome Reception Sponsored by Ligado Networks

7:00 am – 6:00 pm                 Registration Desk Sponsored by SSL

7:30 am – 8:15 am                 Continental Breakfast

8:15 am – 8:30 am                 Administrative and Welcome Remarks

Mr. Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association

RDML Linnea J. Sommer-Weddington, Deputy Director, C4 Systems, USSTRATCOM

8:30 am – 10:15 am              Combatant Commands (COCOM) Panel

This panel will focus on the challenges to the Combatant Commands’ successful operational implementation management of COMSATCOM systems and insight into COCOM current and future COMSATCOM requirements.

                                                  Moderator: RDML Linnea J. Sommer-Weddington, Deputy Director, C4 Systems, USSTRATCOM


AFRICOM:  Whitney P. (Whit) McCloud, Lt Col, USAF, Chief, SATCOM & Spectrum Operations Branch

CENTCOM:  COL Hugh P. McCauley, USA, Deputy Division Chief, J6-OO

EUCOM:  COL Christopher R. (Chris) Durham, USA, Chief, C4/Cyber Plans and Ops Div., J67

NORTHCOM: CAPT Michael L. (Mike) Thrall, USN, Division Head for Plans and Programs, J68

SOCOM:  Mr. Jason D. Perkins, Chief, Satellite Spectrum & Terrestrial Comms Branch

10:15 am – 10:45 am            Morning Break Sponsored by ViaSat

10:45 am – 12:00 pm            COMSATCOM Mission Assurance – Protecting Against a Contested and Congested Space Environment

This panel will discuss the role of COMSATCOM in a resilient DoD architecture, and what measures can be taken to protect against an increasingly contested and congested space environment. Discussions will address mitigating the physical, electromagnetic and cyber threats to DoD’s COMSATCOM assets.

                                                  Moderator:  COL Brian Moore, Director of Operations, JFCC Space


Mr. William Ervin, National Air and Space Intelligence Center

Mr. Jeff Braxton, Space Policy Formulation & Stratgey Development, USSTRATCOM

Mr. Michael Downey, Chief Technology Officer, Glowlink

Mr. Greg Caicedo, Vice President, Kratos Technology and Training Solutions

Mr. Rob Rainhart, Vice President of Engineering, HawkEye360

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm             Luncheon Sponsored by SES Government Solutions

Luncheon Keynote Address: Mr. Stephen L. Kitay, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm                Business Models and the Future of Integrated SATCOM

This panel will offer both commercial and government perspectives on the integration of potential COMSATCOM business models into baseline Department of Defense architectures. Proposed solutions will examine ways to “ease the pain” of agencies facing ongoing challenges of overstretched budgets and constrained MILSATCOM access.       

                                                  Moderator: Ms. Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President, Government Policy, Strategy & Outreach, Inmarsat


 Mr. Charles H. Osborn, DISA, Infrastructure Executive Directorate Civilian Deputy

 Mr. Robert E. Tarleton Jr., Director, MILSATCOM Systems Directorate, AFSPC SMC

 Mr. Paul Domorski, President & CEO, Artel

 Mr. Dwight Hunsicker, EVP & GM, Globecomm Government Solutions

 Mr. Philip Harlow, President & COO, XTAR

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm               Afternoon Break Sponsored by ViaSat

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm                Evolving SATCOM Ground Systems Architecture 

This panel will discuss potential solutions to overcome challenges faced by DoD in the creation of secure and adaptable ground services architecture. Topics will include modem and terminal flexibility, enterprise solutions and leveraging new technologies and capabilities.

                                                  Moderator:  Mr. Ted Stephenson, Deputy Branch Chief, C4 Transport Division, Joint Staff J6


Mr. Travis Adams, Deputy Director of Operations, Joint Communications Support Element

 Mr. Jason Perkins, Branch Chief, Satellite Spectrum & Terrestrial Communications, SOCOM

 Mr. David Myers, President & CEO, DataPath

 Mr. Rick Lober, Vice President and General Manager, Hughes DISD

 Mr. Chris Hetmanski, Chief Technology Officer, UltiSat

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm                Exhibitor Reception Sponsored by Intelsat General

7:00 am – 1:00 pm                 Registration Desk Sponsored by SSL

7:15 am – 7:50 am                 Continental Breakfast

7:50 am – 7:55 am                 Administrative Remarks

7:55 am – 8:00 am                 Mr. Tom Stroup, President of Satellite Industry Association,

Introduction of Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

8:00 am – 8:25 am                 Keynote Address: Congressman Mike Rogers

Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

8:30 am – 9:45 am                 Military Services Panel

This panel will examine DoD’s organizational requirements from the Services perspective.  Topics will include challenges to successful implementation of COMSATCOM systems and current and future COMSATCOM requirements; where COMSATCOM has been helpful to their operations; and where existing shortfalls were a hindrance.

Moderator:  Mr. Tom Stroup, Satellite Industry Association


US Army – Mr. Byron Browning, HQDA CIO/G6

US Air Force – Gigel Marinescu, SAF/CIO A6C, SATCOM SME

US Navy – Mr. Richard Michaux, Assured Command and Control SATCOM Transport

US Marines Corps – Lt Col Dan Celotto, Operations Officer, CS Division, HQMC C4

US Coast Guard – ISM2 Jason Steele, USCG Long Range Communications

9:45 am – 10:15 am              Morning Break Sponsored by ViaSat

10:15 am – 11:30 am            SATCOM Innovation:  High Throughput and High Capacity Satellite Systems

How can DoD take advantage of leaps in capacity and technology of current and future Commercial High-Throughput and High Capacity Satellite Systems? What new mission capabilities does Industry foresee in the next 5 to 10 years? This panel will review what is on the horizon and how to foster continued innovations and partnerships to take advantage of these technologies.

Moderator:  Mr. Joe Vanderpoorten, AFSPC SMC, Division Chief, MILSATCOM Advanced Concepts


Mr. Don Brown, General Manager, Government Services, Telesat

Mr. Dylan Browne, President, COMSAT

Mr. Rory Welch, Vice President of Engineering and System Delivery, Intelsat General

Ms. Patricia Cooper, Vice President of Satellite Government Affairs, SpaceX

Mr. Ken Peterman, President, Government Services, ViaSat

11:30 am – 12:30 pm            Lunch

Note:  Luncheon will be served in Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room; Keynote will be given in Regency EF

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm              Combined Senior Government and Industry Leaders

Senior government and satellite industry leaders share their views on an evolving COMSATCOM environment and the ability to make use of those capabilities. The panel will examine how DoD might further integrate COMSATCOM solutions and enhancements into their baseline architecture as a means of reducing budgetary strains while maximizing SATCOM capabilities to the warfighter.

Moderator:  VADM (Ret) Lyle Bien


RADM Nancy Norton, Vice Director of DISA

Major General David D. Thompson, Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command

Ms. Kay Sears, Vice President, Space Systems Company, Lockheed Martin

Mr. Pete Hoene, President, SES Government Solutions

Mr. Rob Zitz, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, SSL Government Systems

2:00 pm                                   Workshop Closing Remarks

Mr. Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association

RDML Linnea J. Sommer-Weddington, Deputy Director, C4 Systems, USSTRATCOM

2:05 pm                                   Workshop Adjourns

NOTE: U.S. Strategic Command co-sponsorship of this event does not constitute federal endorsement of SIA or any other sponsors of this workshop.