SAE Media Group are proud to announce the 7th annual MilSatCom USA conference, returning on June 21-22, 2023.

FREE for the US DOD! Grab your ticket today.

At this event you can expect in-depth presentations from all branches of the military, numerous critical government agencies and leading industry SATCOM providers. This conference will explore the most important topics that are affecting you and provide discussions around the future of MILSATCOM.

This is the only event that will:

Bring together the US MILSATCOM community. The conference will host some of the most innovative international militaries as both speakers and audience. This is a networking opportunity not to be missed; no other event in the USA offers the same number of opportunities to meet, discuss and network with experts from across the USA.

What’s different this year?

This year’s forum will analyse several pressing topics including emerging US space policy, SATCOM Architecture, USSF and US Army SATCOM acquisition plans, COMSATCOM, Laser Communications, Spectrum Management and SATCOM for the Warfighter.

Why attend:

This event you will give you an unmatched opportunity to delve into the most important topics and discussions around MILSATCOM.

Meet and network with leaders in SATCOM from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking breaks and receptions
Hear updates and guidance from world leading SATCOM programme managers and decision-makers
Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of MILSATCOM
Discover cutting-edge SATCOM technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability

MilSatCom USA will provide a platform for space professionals to examine the challenges they face and work with the solution providers who are meeting these challenges.

National militaries:

• SATCOM Experts
• Space Operations Leaders
• Military Professionals seeking SATCOM solutions


• Businesses looking to break into the market
• Established players looking to expand their contacts
• Developers and innovators in SATCOM technology

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Thomas Cooley

Dr Thomas Cooley, Former Chief Scientist, AFRL, Space Vehicles Directorate
View Bio

9:00 US MILSATCOM: The Future of DoD SATCOM Acquisition Development and Delivery

  • Space warfighting: the DOD’s policies for creating an effective, sustainable, and resilient SATCOM ecosystem
  • US DOD’s space enterprise and updates on interagency collaboration policy
  • Assessing the MUOS Constellation Program
  • Strategic vision: SATCOM in 2030
  • Cordell DeLaPena

    Cordell DeLaPena, Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT, Space Systems Command, USSF
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    9:30 Creating an Aligned and Coherent DOD SATCOM Community

    Mike Dean

    Mike Dean, DOD SATCOM Chief, DOD CIO
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  •  Progress with Enterprise SATCOM and creating a robust governance and oversight setup
  •  Narrowband SATCOM analysis: results and feedback for future DOD SATCOM
  •  Architectural coherency: how we can improve and what industry can offer
  • The overall lines of effort: where are we going?
  • 10:00 Discovering and Developing Innovative Technologies in SATCOM to Enable Information Superiority and Tactical Overmatch

    Joseph Welch

    Joseph Welch, Director, DEVCOM C5ISR Center, US Army
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  • Engineering analysis, testing and project leadership in support of Tactical and Strategic Networks and to provide assured connectivity for the Soldier at all echelons and battle phases
  • Adapting technology and knowledge to enable more network functionality such as assured transport, increased capacity and enhanced security
  • Defining network strategy from a technical perspective

    10:30 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 USSPACECOM Enterprise SATCOM Management and Control (ESC-MC) Concept of Operations

    John Kirk

    John Kirk, Chief, SATCOM and International Partners, US Space Command, USSF
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  • ESC-MC Operational Imperatives for supported Warfi ghters
  • ESC-MC Operational Imperatives to ensure “Never a day without SATCOM”
  • What does this mean for Warfi ghters? For providers?
  • 12:00 Space Delta 8: The US MILSATCOM Operators

    Colonel Dave Pheasant

    Colonel Dave Pheasant, Commander Space Delta 8, Space Operations Command Delta 8
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  • Space Delta 8 mission/organizational overview
  • Warfighting imperatives/future planning
  • The Delta’s role in expanding cooperation to enhance prosperity and security
  • 12:30 Future Architecture and Advanced Concepts

    Joe Vanderpoorten

    Joe Vanderpoorten, SATCOM Technical Director, Space Systems Command
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  •  Convergence of management and control (M&C) enabling flexible terminals, networks and systems through on-demand allocations
  •  Working towards powerful hybrid operation structures 
  •  Architectural vision for future space: the DoD approach and vision statement
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Ensuring UK SATCOM Leadership Through SKYNET 6+

    Barry Austin

    Barry Austin, SATCOM Programme Manager - Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
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  •  Ensuring UK SATCOM Leadership Through SKYNET 6+
  • Current capabilities offered by SKYNET 5: core services and commercial offerings in C, Ku and Ka bands
  • SKYNET 6 – timelines for the SDW stop gap and 6EC BLOS solution provision
  • International by design: ensuring SKYNETs architectural ecosystem supports interoperability and collaborative allied operations
  • Sovereign, shared and commercial – delivering the right balance of capability for the UK
  • Competition timelines for the SDW and 6EC
  • 14:30 Decision Advantage from the Boardroom to the Battlefield: Acceleration of the DoD’s Adoption of Data, Analytics, and AI

    Daniel Holtzman

    Daniel Holtzman, Authorizing Official, DOD Chief Digital and Artificial Intilligence Office (CDAO)
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  • Leading strategy and policy on data, analytics, and AI adoption, as well as enabling the development of digital and AI-enabled solutions
  • Scaling proven solutions for enterprise and joint use cases
  • The specific work of CDAO on SATCOM as well as potential areas of growth and information advantage
  • 15:00 DOD Mission Partner Environment Update

    Darren Buck

    Darren Buck, Liaison to the Air Force and Space Force for the DoD Mission Partner Environment, Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) (SAF/CDMX)
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  • MPCO, MPOE Updates 
  • The SABRE Project
  • Syncing with JADC2
  • 15:30 Session Reserved for RequTech

    16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Session Reserved for Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Zeina Barrett

    Zeina Barrett, Space Vehicles Program Director, Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Northrop Grumman
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    17:00 SSC Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Status

    Charlotte Gerhart

    Charlotte Gerhart, Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM, Space Systems Command
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    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dr Thomas Cooley

    Dr Thomas Cooley, Former Chief Scientist, AFRL, Space Vehicles Directorate
    View Bio

    7:00 Space Systems Command Co-Sponsored Workshop

    Space Force is continuing to evolve Enterprise Satcom to rapidly and reliably connect warfighters and resources. Space Systems Command is pursuing standards and architectural frameworks to enable flexibility, compatibility, and extensibility needed to realize these goals. In conjunction with SAE Milsatcom USA the US Government will be previewing the heterogeneous network integration framework as an element level opportunity for industry to develop supporting capability. This capability supports the Integrated Satcom Enterprise implementation of DoD-CIOs ESC-MC architecture as well as cross-mission, cross-domain interoperability in tactically relevant timeframes. Satcom touches all missions, services, agency and coalition partners and the Flexible Network Interface provides the network termination and interconnection framework to bridge these capabilities.

    Agenda 07:00 - 08:15

  • Introduction to ISE - Joe Vanderpoorten
  • Network Architecture Overview (Standards Overview) - Dave Brunnenmeyer
  • Network Framework Key Constructs - Kevin Zhang
  • Satcom Status - Joe Vanderpoorten

    Dave Brunnenmeyer

    Dave Brunnenmeyer, Director, LinQuest MSEIT, Space Systems Command SE&I

    Kevin Zhang

    Kevin Zhang, Systems Engineer, SSC

    Joe Vanderpoorten

    Joe Vanderpoorten, SATCOM Technical Director, Space Systems Command
    View Bio

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Thomas Cooley

    Dr Thomas Cooley, Former Chief Scientist, AFRL, Space Vehicles Directorate
    View Bio

    9:00 Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture: Spiral Deployment in LEO

    Damon Feltman

    Damon Feltman, Chief, Transport Cell, Space Development Agency
    View Bio

  • Building a multi-layered architecture
  • Proliferating constellations to maximise warfighter capability and minimise enemy disruption
  • Updated Tranche 0 and Tranche 1 launch and capability plans
  • Ground system development: developing innovative networking and operation centres
  • 9:30 Commercial SATCOM as elements of DOD Hybrid Space Data Transport Architecture

    Colonel Eric Felt

    Colonel Eric Felt, Director, Architecture Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration
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  • Evolving the Space Force Hybrid SATCOM Architecture for speed, resilience, integration
  • Benefits and limitations of commercial SATCOM in future DOD architectures
  • Outernet: SATCOM within Space Data Transport force design
  • 10:00 Changing the Game on how the DOD Buys and Utilises COMSATCOM

    Clare Grason

    Clare Grason, Chief COMSATCOM Office, United States Space Force
    View Bio

  • Industry innovations enable previously unobtainable commercial capability
  • Integrating with the market
  • Working as part of the DOD SATCOM enterprise
  • Evolving CSCO mission and processes
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    11:30 SATCOM Requirements 2040 and Beyond

    Chris Solee, SES

    Chris Solee, SES, Deputy Director, Capability and Resource Directorate, USSPACECOM
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  • USSPACECOM as the Global SATCOM Manager 
  • SATCOM challenges
  • Requirements of Future Commercial SATCOM

    12:00 The Future of Army Space

    Colonel Pete Atkinson

    Colonel Pete Atkinson, Space Division Chief, US Army
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  • Evolving Army doctrine to support multidomain operations
  • Army equities in the space: past, present, and future
  • How space supports and enables the Army of 2030
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Session Reserved for SES

    Gus Anderson

    Gus Anderson, Vice President, Strategic Business Development, SES Space & Defense
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    14:00 Synchronizing, Integrating, and Coordinating Global SATCOM Enterprise Operations: SIOD Mission Brief

    Mike Connell

    Mike Connell, Operations Manager, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division SIOD
    View Bio

  • Fighting SATCOM
  • Organization Structure
  • SATCOM Warfighter Operations Cell
  • Support to exercises to provide real world ‘High Fidelity’ training 
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Laser Communication Technology: SATCOM & SDA

    Andrea Loper

    Andrea Loper, Senior Acquisition Program Manager, Space Electro-Optics Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate
    View Bio

  • Assisting SDA missions through by leveraging laser communication technology
  • International partnerships are key to rapid development and implementation
  • Expedited contracting options for advance technology
  • 15:30 Spectrum Management in the Mega-Constellation Era

    Scott Harris

    Scott Harris, Senior Spectrum Advisor, National Telecommunications & Information Administration
    View Bio

  • The NTIA’s effort to support the growth of wireless technologies through effective spectrum management
  • Ensuring that spectrum needs are satisfi ed: paving the way for innovation and growth
  • What LEO small satellite mega-constellations mean for future management of frequencies
  • Collaboration with other agencies to regulate LEO launch and congestion
  • Providing assured access to space: future strategy to maintain bandwidth allocation
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Dr Thomas Cooley

    Dr Thomas Cooley, Former Chief Scientist, AFRL, Space Vehicles Directorate
    View Bio


    Senior Acquisition Program Manager, Space Electro-Optics Division
    Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate
    SATCOM Programme Manager - Defence Digital
    UK Strategic Command
    Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM
    Space Systems Command
    Deputy Director, Capability and Resource Directorate
    Chief COMSATCOM Office
    United States Space Force
    Commander Space Delta 8
    Space Operations Command Delta 8
    Director, Architecture Integration
    Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration
    Space Division Chief
    US Army
    Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    Chief, Transport Cell
    Space Development Agency
    Authorizing Official
    DOD Chief Digital and Artificial Intilligence Office (CDAO)
    Liaison to the Air Force and Space Force for the DoD Mission Partner Environment
    Mission Partner Capabilities Office (MPCO) (SAF/CDMX)
    Director, LinQuest MSEIT
    Space Systems Command SE&I
    Former Chief Scientist
    AFRL, Space Vehicles Directorate
    Vice President, Strategic Business Development
    SES Space & Defense
    SATCOM Technical Director
    Space Systems Command
    Chief, SATCOM and International Partners
    US Space Command, USSF
    Director, DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    US Army
    Operations Manager
    SATCOM Integrated Operations Division SIOD
    DOD SATCOM Chief
    Senior Spectrum Advisor
    National Telecommunications & Information Administration
    Space Vehicles Program Director, Northrop Grumman Space Systems
    Northrop Grumman

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define possible every day.


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    Antenna systems for radar and satellite communications since 2009. Solid background within R&D of satcom and telecom, and has inhouse antennas, filters and related components for all SatCom frequency bands. Has since 2017 worked with satellite mobile innovation in the Phased arrays for satcom-on-the-move and LEO/MEO applications and launched the product line RESA (ReQuTech Electronically Steered Antennas) in 2021.

    SES Space & Defense

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    SES Space & Defense has provided bandwidth, end-to-end satellite communications solutions, and hosted payload opportunities to the U.S. Government and the military for more than 40 years.

    When SES Space & Defense primes an effort, performance is assured, and risk diminished.

    Our team capitalizes on customer satisfaction, industry-leading performance, and sensitivity to requirements no matter how simple or complex the task. With more than 70 satellites in orbit covering 99 percent of the world’s population and a robust satellite schedule that includes an average of 3-4 satellite launches per year – SES Space & Defense ensures future capacity and an abundance of hosted payload opportunities in the years ahead.

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    Microwave Journal


    Microwave Journal provides leading-edge technical content for RF, microwave and wireless engineers worldwide. MWJ the magazine reaches 50,000 qualified subscribers with practical design application articles for working engineers. MWJournal.com delivers the latest news, events, webinars, whitepapers, videos and newsletters to RF/microwave professionals. EDI CON China and USA events bring industry and engineers together for information exchange and education. For over 60 years, Microwave Journal has been THE resource for engineers who are developing infrastructure for the next-generation of wireless and defense technologies. www.mwjournal.com

    Defence Global


    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.

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    Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.


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