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

SIA’s 14th Annual DoD Commercial SATCOM Workshop

December 11-13, 2018    |    Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA




GOVERNMENT ONLY SESSION – Wednesday, December 11

GENERAL SESSIONS – December 12 and 13

Please note: This agenda is subject to change

8:30 am – 11:00 am             COMSATCOM Operations Working Group – By Invitation Only

11:00 am – 7:00 pm             Government Registration Opens

Registration Desk Sponsored by Maxar Technologies

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

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm                 Afternoon Break

Afternoon Break Sponsored by Glowlink

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm                Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception Sponsored by Airbus Defense and Space





7:00 am – 7:00 pm                 Registration Desk Open

Registration Desk Sponsored by Maxar Technologies

7:00 am – 7:45 am                 Continental Breakfast

Breakfast Sponsored by Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

7:45 am – 8:00 am                Welcome and Administrative Remarks

RDML Linnea J. Sommer-Weddington, Director, C4 & IT, USSTRATCOM

Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association

8:00 am – 9:15 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.


RDML Linnea J. Sommer-Weddington, Director, C4 & IT, USSTRATCOM



MG Mitchell Kilgo, Director C4 Systems, USCENTCOM

BG Paul Fredenburgh, Director C4 Systems, USINDOPACOM

COL Mark Schonberg, Director, J63 Operations & Plans, USAFRICOM

COL Andre Burks, Chief of C41 Operations,USEUCOM

9:15 am – 9:45 am                Morning Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am             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.


William Ervin, Principal Technical Advisor, National Air & Space Intelligence Center



Jeffrey Braxton, Space Policy Formulation & Strategy Development, USSTRATCOM

John Kirk, Chief, Wideband Plans, SMDC/ARSTRAT

Michael Downey, Chief Technical Officer, Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc.

Daniel Oltrogge, Director, Center for Space Center and Innovation, AGI

Jim Armor, Director, Government Services, Northrop Grumman Corporation

11:00 am – 11:15 am           Break

11:15 am – 12:15 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 and opportunities presented with the realignment of Commercial SATCOM acquisition under the Air Force. Proposed procurement strategies will be examined to determine which solutions best improve DoD’s ability to leverage both its COMSATCOM with MILSATCOM as a single resource.


Tracy Tynan, Director, Space and Missile Defense Programs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Acquisition & Sustainment



Clare Grason, Chief, COMSATCOM Office, AFSPC

Joseph Vanderpoorten, Division Chief, MILSATCOM Advanced Concepts, AFSPC SMC

Jay Icard, President and CEO, XTAR

Dwight Hunsicker, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Globecomm Government


12:15 pm – 1:30 pm             Buffet Luncheon Including Keynote Address:

                                                 Lieutenant General David D. ThompsonVice Commander, Air Force Space Command

Luncheon Sponsored by SES Government Solutions


1:30 pm – 1:45 pm                Break

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm                Combatant Command Afternoon Panel


Tom Stroup, President, SIA



David Banks, Program Manager, Theater Communications Portfolio, USNORTHCOM

Patrick Grimsley, Chief, Cyber Defense Division, USTRANSCOM

Jason D. Perkins, Chief, Satellite Spectrum & Terrestrial Comms Branch, USSOCOM

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm                Afternoon Break with Refreshments

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm               Evolving SATCOM Ground Systems Architecture

Current Innovation and What’s in Store for 2020 and Beyond

This panel will first discuss current 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, advances in antennas, and leveraging new technologies and capabilities.  Additionally, this panel will discuss terminal capabilities to be offered in 2020 and beyond in the commercial market, including consumer, enterprise, mobility, and government/military. The discussion will address the industry thoughts on new capability adoption and how that relates to Terminal upgrades or Terminal transition.  


Moe Abutaleb, President and CEO, UltiSat



Rodrigo Gomez, Vice President of Technology and Development, COMSAT

Mark Dale, Director of Business Development, Kratos RT Logic

Paul Mattear, Vice President, Business Development and Sales, Kymeta

Richard (Ric) VanderMeulen, Vice President, SATCOM Systems

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm                Exhibitor Reception

Exhibitor Reception Sponsored by Intelsat General







7:00 am – 1:00 pm                 Registration Desk Open

 Registration Desk Sponsored by Maxar Technologies

7:00 am – 7:45 am                 Continental Breakfast

7:45 am – 8:00 am                Administrative Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Tom Stroup, SIA

8:00 am – 8:30 am                 Keynote Address

Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5)

8:30 am – 8:45 am                Break

8:45 am – 10:00 am              Military Services Panel

This panel will examine DoD’s organizational requirements from the Services perspective.  Topics will include the potential impact of a Space Force on Service operations, SATCOM needs for previously unserved and underserved platforms, and evolving user requirements.


Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President, Inmarsat Government



CAPT Kenneth Demick, USN DCNO N2N6, Navy

Gigel Marinescu, Chief, Space Communications Branch (SAF-A4), Air Force

COL Wade Johnston, Division Chief, HQDA CIO G-6, Army

Col George G. Malkasian, CS Division, C4 Department, Deputy Commandant for Information, USMC

ISM2 Jason Steele, USCG Long Range Communications Requirements Manager, Coast Guard

10:00 am – 10:15 am            Morning Break with Coffee

10:15 am – 11:00 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.


Mr. Dean Olson,Senior SATCOM Program and Policy Analyst, Office of the DOD CIO



Ken Betaharon, Chief Technology Officer, ABS

Diego Paldao, Director for Americas, OneWeb

11:00 am – 11:15 am            Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm           SATCOM Innovation:  Non-Geostationary Satellite Innovation

This panel will focus on new Non-Geostationary Satellite Constellations and their capabilities including laser communications, onboard processing and intersatellite links.  It will also discuss how these new capabilities will enhance warfighting capabilities.


Skot Butler, President, Intelsat General Corporation



Don Brown, General Manager, Government Services, Telesat

Bryon Hargis, Director, Government Sales, SpaceX;

Rob Zitz, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Maxar-SSL Government Systems

Scott Jacobs, Director, National Security Sales, Blue Origin

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm             Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Lieutenant General Bradford Shwedo

Director for C4/Cyber, CIO Joint Staff J6

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm               Break

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm               Combined Senior Government and Industry Leaders Panel

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.


Pete Hoene, President and CEO, SES Government Solutions



Dr. John P. Stopher, Principal Assistant to SECAF for Space

Mr. Kevin Mulvihill, Director C4II/ DOD CIO

Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems, Viasat

Rick Lober, Vice President and General Manager, Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network Systems

Roger Teague, Vice President, Space, Intelligence and Missile Defense, Boeing

3:15 pm                                   Workshop Closing Remarks

RDML Linnea J. Sommer-Weddington, Director, C4 & IT, USSTRATCOM

Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association



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