America’s Future Series Holds Space Innovation Summit

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America’s Future Series, a non-political speaker series focused on issues that impact U.S. global competitiveness, holds a “Space Innovation Summit” at 9:30 a.m. ET on July 11.


9:30 a.m. ET: Welcome, overview, and acknowledgments by Ken Peterman, Board Chairman, President, and CEO of Comtech; David Hamilton, founder, and CEO of America’s Future Series.

10:00 a.m. ET: “One Team-One Fight: Supporting Guardians and their Families” by Maj. Gen. Kim Crider, USAF (Ret), founding partner of Elara Nova; Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright, USAF (Ret), President and CEO of Air & Space Forces Association; Col. William Woolf, USAF (Ret), President and founder of USSFA; and Steve Jacques, Executive Director and founder of NSSA.

10:45 a.m. ET, “Partnerships Driving Our Future in Space” by Shelli Brunswick, Chief Operating Officer of Space Foundation; Col. Pamela Melroy, USAF (Ret.), Deputy Administrator of NASA.

11:15 a.m. ET, “The Obstacles to Dual-Use Innovation” by Maj. Gen. Kim Crider, USAF (Ret.), founding partner of Elara Nova; Jordan Noone, co-founder and general partner of Embedded Ventures and co-founder and founding CTO of Relativity Space; and Melanie Stricklan, founder & CEO of Slingshot Aerospace.

12:00 p.m. ET, “Investing in the Space Economy” by Maj. Gen. Clint Crosier, USAF (Ret.), Director, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions of Amazon Web Services; André Pienaar, founder of C5 Capital; David Fields, President, and CEO of SES Space & Defense; Nicole Robinson, Chief Growth Officer of Comtech.

12:45 p.m. ET, fireside chat by Lt. Gen. John Shaw, Deputy Commander of U.S. Space Command; and Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Texas).

1:15 p.m. ET, “Protecting Critical Space Infrastructure Cyber and AI in Space” by Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege, USAF (Ret.), Chief Executive Officer of NCC; Sam Visner, Tech Fellow of Aerospace Corp; and Neil Seberyany, CEO and founder of CalypsoAI.

2:00 p.m. ET, “Space Acquisitions and Innovation” by Jenny Poisson, President & Chief Executive Officer of Business Acquisition Consulting; Cordell DeLaPena, Program Executive Officer for Military Communications and Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, Space Systems Command of USSF.

2:30 p.m. ET, “Public/Private Collaboration—Advancing the commercialization and defense of Space” by Dr. Greg Autry, Clinical Professor & Director of Space Leadership, Policy and Business Initiative of ASU-Thunderbird School of Global Management; Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Agricultural and Biological Engineering of Purdue University.

3:00 p.m. ET, “Joint Domain Integration—Innovation and Collaboration” by Daniel Gizinski, Chief Strategy Officer of Comtech; Maj Gen John Olson, Chief of Space Operations Mobilization Assistant of USSF.

3:30 p.m. ET, “Our Enlisted Force—The Future of our Airmen and Guardians” by Ken Peterman, Board Chairman, President and CEO of Comtech; Gen John Hyten, former VCJCS, USAF.

4:00 p.m. ET, closing.

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