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WIA 2017 Conference Series

Aerospace 2017 — Registration is Open!

This conference experience, structured with multiple opportunities to network, will provide members with tailored programs specifically for the aerospace community and ones that can easily fit into today’s busy schedules.

Join WIA for in-depth discussion on the latest technological innovations to drive next generation capabilities as they are being pursued by the government and industry.

September 22, 2017 EventJune 1, 2017 Event

What Space Launch Enables: Markets Shaping The Launch Business

Launch manufacturers and providers not only must deal with changing technology and competitive global economies that are driving down the cost of launch systems, but the variety of spacecraft users and their needs are also dramatically changing. Enormous rockets for planetary exploration are not just being developed by governments, but commercial visionaries are investing and inspiring adherents. Traditional GEO comsats are growing both larger and smaller, and experimenting with on-orbit servicing to look for any competitive advantage over their fleet operating peers, all of which rests on competitive launch prices. Network enterprises have envisioned constellations of hundreds or thousands of MEO satellites that ensure global connectivity, that must be populated and sustained with systematic launch campaigns. Dozens of remote sensing entrepreneurs are pursuing hundreds of microsats for continuous monitoring of the Earth both natural and human activity, and are looking to get to orbit any way possible – ride-sharing, micro-launchers, bundling - for marginal cost to close their business cases. A tipping point for virtually all of these businesses is the availability of cost competitive launch services to convince investors to finance the endeavor.

In this session, thought leaders in space market assessment for spacecraft and constellations requirements, and the moguls of technology and commercial business cases will explore the trends and likely outcomes of this ongoing investment in launch systems.

8:30 am–9:30 am Breakfast & Registration

9:30 am–10:45 am Session I

Chris Quilty
Opening Keynote & Panel I Moderator: Chris Quilty
Quilty Analytics LLC
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Carolyn Belle
Carolyn Belle
Senior Analyst
Northern Sky Research (NSR)
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Sima Fishman
Sima Fishman
Managing Director
Euroconsult USA
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Alexis Sainz
Alexis M. Sáinz
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
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10:45 am–11:15 am Networking Break

11:15 am–12:30 pm Session II

Claire Leon
Closing Keynote: Dr. Claire Leon
Launch Enterprise, AFSPC/SMC
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Charity Weeden
Panel II Moderator: Charity Weeden
Senior Director of Policy
Satellite Industry Association (SIA)
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Jenny Barna
Jenny Barna
Launch Manager
Spire Global, Inc.
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Caryn Schenewerk
Caryn Schenewerk
Senior Counsel & Director, Government Affairs
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September 22, 2017
Residence Inn Marriott Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

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Entrepreneurship: Revolutionizing National Security Operations

Advances in technology and increased reliance on information technology are changing our way of life and the “art of the possible” in the conduct of our Government’s national security missions. From the Internet of Things and big data, to artificial intelligence, new threats to US space assets, and semi-autonomous weapons systems, the world in which military and intelligence operations will be conducted will change profoundly. The Government’s pressing need to take advantage of private sector/venture capital investments to retain our technical superiority has spawned new mechanisms — DIUx, SCO — to find solutions, fail fast and accelerate incorporation of capability that can change the game.

In this session, thought leaders from the government and the private sector will explore key technology advances, their impact on military and intelligence missions, and strategies to move ideas to operational capability.

1:30pm–2:00pm Registration

2:00pm–2:30pm Networking and Coffee

2:30pm–4:00pm Panel Discussion

Susan Gordon
Moderator: Sue Gordon
Deputy Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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Debra Dexter
Col Debra Dexter “Rocket”, USAF (ret)
Sr. Executive Director, Warfighter Transition Directorate
Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), Office of the Secretary of Defense
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Lisa Porter
Dr. Lisa Porter
Executive Vice President
In-Q-Tel & Director of IQT Labs
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Jocelyn Seng
Major General Jocelyn Seng
U.S. Air Force Reserves (ret.)
Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses
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Douglas Wolfe
Douglas Wolfe
Associate Deputy Director
CIA for Science and Technology
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Linda Urrutia-Varhall
Major General Linda Urrutia-Varhall
Director of Operations
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

4:00pm–4:45pm Peer Networking Break

4:45pm–5:30pm Keynote

William Roper
Dr. Will Roper
Director of the Strategic Capabilities Office
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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June 1, 2017
Residence Inn Marriott Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

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Registration Fee Per Session

Members: $110.00
Non-members: $140.00
Government: $  70.00

Corporate table price per session:

Members: $1100.00
Non-members: $1400.00

(Each table seats up to 10 guests)

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Annette Summers.