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

6:30 am - 7:30 am

Badge Pick Up

COWG and Government Only Off-Site Meetings

Separate registration required—COWG and Government Only sessions are sold out/at capacity.


BAH, 1550 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

7:30 am - Noon

COMSATCOM Operations Working Group (COWG)

BAH, 1550 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Workshop Registration Open

Regency EF Foyer

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Government Only Session

BAH, 1550 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

SIA Organized Pre-Workshop Afternoon Sessions including Lunch Sponsored by Intelsat

Regency EF

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm      Intelsat Presents:  Satellite Advancements for Tomorrow’s DoD Challenges

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm        Iridium Presents:  We were LEO before LEO was Cool

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm       Coffee Break  Sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm       Integrasys Presents: Spectrum Superiority in Disrupted Times

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm      SES Space & Defense Presents:  Fireside Chat with Gus Anderson, VP of Strategic Business Development, and Steven Chako, VP of Product Management

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception Sponsored by SES Space & Defense

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

Regency EF Foyer

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Kratos

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

7:45 am - 7:55 am

Welcome Remarks

Regency EF


•  RDML Tracy L. Hines, USN, USSPACECOM, J3B Information Warfare

•  Tom Stroup, President, SIA

7:55 am - 8:00 am

Administrative Remarks

Regency EF


•  James O’Brien, Commercial SATCOM Manager, USSPACECOM, J361

8:00 am - 9:00 am

DoD Leadership Panel


DoD leaders will provide their insights on current and projected Commercial SATCOM needs and capabilities. Discussions will include challenges to successful implementation of Commercial SATCOM, where Commercial SATCOM has been beneficial to their operations and where existing shortfalls were a hindrance, and how Commercial SATCOM can be successfully integrated to improve warfighter communications agility and resiliency within a contested environment while maintaining current fiscal realities.


Moderator: Sarah Doud, Information Mobility Requirements, USSPACECOM J86



•  Lt Col James Tucker, Chief, USEUCOM

•  Jason D. Perkins, Branch Chief GS-14 Satellite, Spectrum & Terrestrial Communications, HQ USSOCOM J636

•  Lt Col Jonathan Harmon, USAF, Deputy Operations Division Chief, USSCENTCOM J6

•  Erik C. Brown, INDOPACOM Commercial SATCOM Manager, INDOPACOM J653 COMSATCOM

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Break Sponsored by Eutelsat America Corp.

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

9:30 am - 10:30 am


Regency EF


Our panelists will discuss near, mid, and far-term commercial SATCOM strategies for DoD and Industry.


Moderator:  Michael Dean, DoD SATCOM Chief, OSD DoD CIO


Industry Panelists:

•  Clare Hopper, Chief of the COMSATCOM Office, USSF COMSO SSC

•  Steve Gizinski, President, Government Services, Viasat

•  Ray Lindenmayer, Director of Business Development, Intelsat

•  David Robinson, Director of Government Programs, Iridium

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am

COSMIC Briefing

Regency EF


Gregory Richardson, Senior Project Leader, The Aerospace Corporation


The Aerospace Corporation will provide a briefing on the invigoration of domestic in-space Servicing, Assembly, and manufacturing (ISAM) capabilities.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Luncheon Sponsored by SIA

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Military Keynote Address

Regency EF


Keynote Address: Thomas A. Lockhart, Jr., Director of the Capability and Resource Integration Directorate (J8), United States Space Command

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Break Sponsored by Ovzon

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Tactically Responsive & Rapid Deployment of Satellites

Regency EF


What is necessary to enable tactically responsive deployment of communications satellites in response to conflicts or emergencies?


Moderator:  Billie Sims, Vice President of Growth, Comtech


Industry Panelists:

•   Thad Pinney, Vice President, Sales & Solution Engineering, Kratos

•  Doug Ward, Senior US Government Sales Director, INTEGRASYS

•  Carrie O’Quinn, Systems Director, Enterprise Integration, The Aerospace Corp.

2:30 pm- 3:00 pm

Afternoon Break including Refreshments Sponsored by Ovzon

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Protection of Commercial Satellites


What is necessary to keep commercial satellites in orbit safe from aggression and potential threats.


Moderator:  Col Steven Zollars, Chief of Mission Assurance and Protection Division, USSPACECOM J34


Industry Panelists:

•  Vernon Watt, AISR Operations, Spectrum/UHF SATCOM Manager, USSOCOM J36

•  William Hartanovich, Datalinks SME, USARMY PEO AVN

•  Brian Gore, Senior Program Manager, Practical Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation

•  Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Vice President of Government Strategy & Policy, Viasat

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm


4:30 pm- 5:00 pm

Communications Security Briefing


•  Orville L. Stockland, Senior Subject Matter Expert-Space Programs, Cybersecurity, NSA

5:00 pm- 7:00 pm

Exhibitor Reception Sponsored by Intelsat

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration Desk Open

Regency EF Foyer

7:00 am – 7:55 am

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by SIA

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

7:55 am - 8:00 am

Administrative Remarks

Regency EF

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Tom Stroup’s Fireside Chat with Industry Leaders

Regency EF


Abel Avellan, Chairman, Founder and CEO, AST Space Mobile

Rick Freeman, President, KGS, LLC and Vice President, Kuiper Government Solutions

8:45 am – 9:15 am

Coffee Break Sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

9:15 am – 10:15 am

SATCOM Innovation:  Direct-to-Device, Multi-Orbit Service Offerings and Optical Space to Ground

Regency EF


Over the past half-decade, thanks to significant leaps in technological innovation, the commercial satellite industry has been growing at an unprecedented rate. With these innovations and resultant growth comes a host of opportunities. What solutions can the industry bring to the table to maximize these opportunities?


Moderator:  Rich Berliner, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Locations


Industry Panelists:

•  Margo Deckard, Chief Operating Officer, Lynk Global

•  George Giagtzoglou, Vice President, Strategy, Omnispace

•  Chris Hetmanski, Senior Vice President, Strategic Product Development,  Eutelsat America

•  Catharine Parnell, Counsel, Skyloom

10:15 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 11:45 am

How Should DoD Procure its Commercial Satellite Goods and Services?

Regency EF


What does the DoD need to change in order to harness the full potential of commercial innovations?


Moderator:  Ric VanderMeulen, Vice President, Space & Satellite Broadband, Viasat


Industry Panelists:

•  Mike Nichols, Deputy Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office (CSCO) Commercial Space Office

•  Joe Vanderpoorten, SATCOM Technical Director, SSC

•  Scott Jacobs, Vice President, U.S. Government Programs, Astranis

•  Ed Slater, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, OneWeb Technologies

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Lunch Sponsored by SIA

Regency EF Foyer and Potomac Room

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Space Sustainability


This panel will discuss the need to maintain a safe and clean space environment.


Moderator:  Peter Davidson, Vice President, Global Government Affairs and Policy, Intelsat


Industry Panelists:

•  Adam Gregory, SATCOM Branch Chief HQ, United States Space Force Cyber and Spectrum Operations Division (S6C)

•  Jessica Tok, Space Policy Analyst OSD, OUSD Policy

•  Joe Anderson, Vice President, SpaceLogistics LLC, Northrop Grumman

•  Stuart Daughtridge, Vice President, Advanced Technology, Kratos

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Enterprise Satellite Communications Management and Control (ESC-MC)


What is needed to enable and support the development of capabilities to manage, visualize, and interface with the DoD SATCOM Enterprise?


Moderator:  Michael Dean, DoD SATCOM Chief, OSD DoD CIO


Industry Panelists:

•  Igor Brin, Deputy Director, Acquisition Delta, Tactical SATCOM (SSC/CGT)

•  John Kirk, Chief, SATCOM and International Partners, USSPACECOM J36

•  Dr. Rajeev Gopal, Vice President, Advanced Programs, Hughes/EchoStar

•  Robert Weitendorf, Vice President, Kymeta

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Combined Senior Government and Industry Leaders

Regency EF


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


Moderator:  Marc Johansen, Col. USAF. (Ret)


Industry Panelists:

•  Michael Dean, DoD SATCOM Chief, OSD DoD CIO

•  Dave Fields, President and Chief Executive Officer, SES Space & Defense

•  Dan Gizinski, Chief Strategy Officer, Comtech

4:30 pm

Workshop Closing Remarks

4:30 pm

Workshop Adjourns