The space industry’s premier conference, the National Space Symposium, annually brings together all sectors of space – civil, commercial, and national security – to discuss the most current and pressing issues facing the space industry. A special focus panel entitled “Coalition-Style Acquisition for National Security Space Systems” will feature top space industry executives and government officials. This panel is the second in a series bridging the Symposium with the global security conference, Strategic Space and Defense, which the Space Foundation conducts annually with its partner, Space News in Omaha, Neb. The panel will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2007. The 23rd National Space Symposium is scheduled for April 9-12, 2007, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

“Acquisition, acquisition reform, and process improvement are pressing issues across the space industry,” said Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham. “We regularly hear accounts of how government and industry encounter roadblocks in the form of growing requirements, shrinking budgets, and complicated regulations. Is the answer coalition-style cooperation like the International Space Station? Is this type of cooperation even possible under ITAR and the current export control regime? This panel will take a hard look at these and other acquisition-related challenges in developing national security space assets.”

This critical conversation will be led by Mr. Jeffrey D. Grant, vice president, Business Development, Northrop Grumman Space Technology, who will serve as the moderator. A panel of senior military and civilian leaders representing a wealth of experience in the acquisition process from both the civil and national security space sectors will tackle this important and complicated issue. The panelists include Maj Gen Craig R. Cooning, USAF (Retired), vice president and deputy general manager, Space and Intelligence Systems, The Boeing Company; Mr. Rex D. Geveden, associate administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and Lt Gen Michael A. Hamel, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command.

In addition to this key panel, the 23rd National Space Symposium is packed with featured speeches and other timely panel discussions by the most senior government officials and industry leaders in space. Among the more than 7,000 expected registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors, and media are the senior executive leadership from NASA, NOAA, and other civil space and government agencies; the commercial space and satellite broadcasting industry; the Department of Defense and military space commands; space entrepreneurs; universities and academia; and senior representatives from the global space industry.

Highlights of the 23rd National Space Symposium also include an extensive exhibit center showcasing more than 140 companies and organizations, co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; a spectacular Opening Ceremony, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; Opening Night Reception, co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Coalition; Opening Night Fireworks and Dessert Reception, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; the Corporate Partnership Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by Arianespace, Inc.; the Corporate Partnership Dinner, co-sponsored by Raytheon Company; the presentation of the Space Foundation’s highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, at a luncheon co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; the Space Technology Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by Goodrich Corporation; and the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Additional co-sponsors of the symposium are Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), Ares Corporation, Astrotech, ATK, Axiom Worldwide, BAE Systems, BearingPoint, Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, CSP Associates, General Dynamics, Honeywell, IAC 2008 Ltd., Infinite Links, ITT, Mannheim Steamroller/Ambience Medical; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Space Florida, Stellar Solutions, Swales Aerospace, and United Launch Alliance. Media partners for the 23rd National Space Symposium are Aviation Week, The New York Times and Space News. Frontier Airlines is the official airline of the conference.

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About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and inspires, enables, and propels tomorrow’s explorers. The Space Foundation also has an office in Washington, D.C., and field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, trade association services, research and analysis for the global space industry, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom. Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation also conducts Strategic Space and Defense (Oct. 9-11, 2007), in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit