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Day 1: Space Situational Awareness

Travis F. Blake, PhD
Senior Manager, Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Dr. Travis Blake is the Space Domain Awareness Senior Manager at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC). The ATC develops and transitions technology discriminators for SSC lines of business in civil and military space, strategic missile defense systems, special programs, and commercial space. Dr. Blake provides management and oversight for ATC’s internal research and development (R&D) investments and contract R&D programs for all aspects of Space Battle Management/Command, Control, and Communications (SpBMC3). Dr. Blake leads far-reaching architecture studies, utility assessments, and technology demonstrations that create next-generation mission capabilities to support evolving customer needs. Dr. Blake’s R&D portfolio spans the full-spectrum of SpBMC3, including space domain awareness, sensor management, data validation, characterization algorithms and behavior analysis, decision support tools, and predictive assessments. His current R&D efforts are focusing on accurate space domain modeling for architecture analysis, wargaming, and course-of-action evaluation. A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Blake was a Distinguished AFROTC graduate and held leadership positions in space launch, intelligence, R&D, and policy. He authored numerous national intelligence documents and while as a SAF/OR and DARPA Program Manager, he developed novel space technologies and led the Space Domain Awareness portfolio. He completed his career at the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President where he developed empowering policies for all-aspects of air, space, and near-space technologies including aviation security, Planetary Defense, and hypersonics. Dr. Blake holds a Ph.D. in Electro-Optics from the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he also received a Masters in Electrical Engineering, and continues to serve on student advisory committees. A graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology (with Honors), Dr. Blake is also the LMSSC Focused School Advisor for the Institute where he works with the faculty and staff to prepare the engineering and science students to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


Day 1: Environmental Modeling

John Emmert
Research Physicist
Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. John Emmert is a research physicist in the Geospace Science and Technology Branch within the Space Science Division at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Emmert’s research focuses on the climate and dynamics of the thermosphere, using a variety of extensive geophysical databases and models. He has developed a 45-year database of thermospheric densities derived from orbital tracking of 5,000 space objects in low Earth orbit. He has employed this data set for continuing studies of long-term upper atmospheric climate change, for analysis of the thermospheric response to solar activity variations, and for validation of thermospheric densities inferred from far-ultraviolet remote sensing. He has also studied extensively the effect of geospace storms on global thermospheric dynamics and has developed a global empirical model of geomagnetic storm effects on thermospheric winds. Dr. Emmert received a B.S. in astronomy from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in physics from Utah State University.


Day 2: Policy

Jim Bridenstine
United States Representative (R)
Oklahoma, 1st District

Congressman Jim Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, where he was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Environment Subcommittee. Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings. While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN. After leaving active duty, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Bridenstine’s background includes a triple major at Rice University, a MBA from Cornell University, 9 years active duty in the United States Navy, and business experience in real estate, ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting. Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2010 flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs and most recently transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where he will fly with an MC-12 squadron stationed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.


Day 2: Policy

Audrey M. Schaffer 
Director for Space Strategy and Plans
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Audrey Schaffer is currently the Director for Space Strategy and Plans in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the U.S. Department of Defense. In that role, she manages a team of military officers and civil servants responsible for policy and strategy initiatives to enhance space security. Her team develops DoD policy guidance; represents the DoD in U.S. Government interagency policy deliberations; negotiates multilateral diplomatic space security agreements; manages bilateral relationships with strategic international partners; and oversees strategic communications initiatives. Ms. Schaffer has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense since 2010. She has served in a variety of capacities within the Space Policy office, including as the Deputy Director of Space Policy Engagement, where she was involved in a variety of international military and government space cooperation initiatives. Ms. Schaffer was also detailed to the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance within the Department of State, where she established and led the Bureau’s first cyber strategic stability policy team and cross-Bureau cyber working group. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Ms. Schaffer was an Air Force Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), working in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California. As a PMF, she rotated through assignments related to space policy, strategy, acquisition, and engagement, including the Policy and Plans Division of the Air Force Directorate of Space Acquisition, the Commander’s Action Group of Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, and the Commercial Policy and Strategy Branch of the National Security Space Office. Ms. Schaffer holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University.


Day 3: Mitigation Technologies

Walt Everetts
VP, Satellite Operations and Ground Development
Iridium Satellite, LLC

Walt Everetts is Vice President, Satellite Operations and Ground Development for Iridium, where he is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the Iridium network operations and deployment of upgrades to support future system enhancements. Walt started his career working within the aerospace industry with specific responsibilities in commercial communication satellite integration, testing and launch. In 1996, he joined the satellite communications division at Motorola as the manufacturing manager responsible for the delivery and deployment of the Iridium program spacecraft constellation. After completion of today’s Iridium network, Walt left the Iridium project but remained at Motorola in a new product program management position, where he was assigned to projects in more than 40 different countries and a multitude of different product lines in the telecommunication industry. His primary responsibilities included developing repeatable processes that were used in initial field trials and deployment of new product services offerings. Walt heeded the irresistible call of Iridium again in February 2008 as the Space Systems Operations Director. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.


Day 3: Remediation Technologies

Charles Bacon
Chief Cooperative Servicing Engineer,  NASA GSFC SSO

Mr. Charles Bacon has served as an expert in the field of satellite servicing for almost 10 years. Since 2009, he has provided mission systems design engineering support for the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight in Greenbelt, Maryland. Currently Mr. Bacon supports NASA’s Restore-L mission, a groundbreaking venture that will refuel Landsat 7 to demonstrate a core suite of NASA-developed servicing technologies. In parallel with his role on Restore-L, Mr. Bacon also serves as the chief engineer for NASA’s cooperative servicing effort. In this role, he works with diverse entities to identify stakeholder needs, and guides the maturation of new technologies that enhance the serviceability and resiliency of future government and commercial missions. Prior to these efforts, Mr. Bacon served as a systems and operations engineer on SSCO’s multi-phased Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM). Mr. Bacon also served as a leader in the design, development and testing of astronaut tools for the 2009 Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission Four. Mr. Bacon graduated in 2005 from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. In 2011, he was awarded the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award by NASA for his work on the RRM servicing demonstrations.




Lunch, Day 1: Enhanced Space Situational Awareness

Alvin Alexander
President and CEO
Orion Applied Science and Technology

Alvin Alexander, is a combat veteran with over 23 years of service in the United States Army. In 2013, he founded Orion Applied Science & Technology, LLC for the purpose of becoming the industry leader of on-orbit, risk mitigation services, with an emphasis on orbital asset protection and recovery. With a strong background in systems engineering, he has supported a number of acquisition programs where he advised senior program managers and key leaders as to best practices for system development. Alvin maintains a broad experience base of advance sensor phenomenology’s, and applications. Also, he is a Master of Science Candidate at Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, and possesses a Bachelors of Arts in Aviation, from The Ohio State University.



Dinner, Day 2: Lockheed Martin Space Fence

Bruce Fredericks
Program Manager, Space Fence Radar Development
Lockheed Martin, Rotary & Mission Systems (RMS)

Bruce Fredericks is responsible for leading the radar development of the Space Fence System. This includes a massive effort to complete final development (Software, Firmware and Integration & Test) while manufacturing and procuring all the components required to build the system. The Space Fence radar will be installed and operated on Kwajalein; a small island located within the Marshall Islands atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Bruce started his career with RCA in 1983 working as a digital designer and signal processing systems engineer. Over his career, Bruce has worked extensively on every stage of system life cycle; from concept definition through fielding. This includes a stint as the New Business Capture Manager for sales of naval combat systems internationally as well as being the technical lead on a newly formed team to aid programs across Lockheed Martin during the startup phase immediately after contract award. The Space Fence radar will be the first (and largest) element level digital beamforming (DBF) radar fielded when it becomes operational late in 2018. It will also be one of the most easily maintained systems Lockheed Martin has produced. Bruce holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.