SIA and its members are committed to advancing the dialogue between the Department of Defense, and related government entities, and the commercial satellite industry, from spacecraft builders and launch providers to satellite operators, end-to-end service providers, integrators and ground equipment manufacturers. To facilitate that relationship, SIA partners with key government agencies to offer specialized workshops that target the role of satellites for the U.S. military, state-of-the-art communications technology and applications, and development of satellite capacity and applications for the DoD, Army and Navy.
TheDoD Commercial SATCOM Users’ Workshop is SIA’s flagship military workshop, held annually in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in partnership with the DoD’s U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). For the past five years, this multi-day event has brought together government leaders from across DoD services and agencies with the commercial satellite industry to discuss the key policy and operational issues affecting commercial and military satellite communications, including satellite system planning, safety of flight and protection issues, comms on the move and space policy. Past government briefers have come from a wide array of services and agencies including: AFRICOM, EUCOM, SOCOM, SOUTHCOM, STRATCOM, CENTCOM, TRANSCOM, OSD/NII, OSD/AT&L, DISA, NSSO, AFSPC, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the White House. Previous year’s keynotes and guest speakers included: Maj Gen Paul F. Capasso, Director Network Services, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Officer of the Secretary of the Air Force, RADM Janice M. Hamby, Vice Director C4 Systems (J6) – Joints Chief of Staff, and RADM Liz Young, Director, Systems Engineering, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
The Navy Commercial SATCOM Users’ Workshop is a one-day workshop held annually in association with the AFCEA’s WEST conference in San Diego, CA. The Navy Day joins leaders from the Navy and maritime-related forces with the commercial satellite communications industry. For the past four years, SIA has partnered with the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence SPAWAR PEO C4I, to provide a day-long overview of the satellite requirements, usage, and planning by Navy, Coast Guard and Marines officials, as well as discussions on technology solutions and innovation presented by leading industry representatives. Previous years’ keynotes and guest speakers included: RADM Kendall L. Card, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3; RADM Russell S. Penniman IV, Deputy Commander, C3F; and Dr. Kurt Fiscko, Future SATCOM Chief Engineer, PEO C4I PMW/A 170.
The Army Commercial SATCOM Users’ Workshop is a one-day workshop held annually in association with the AFCEA’s LandWarNet conference in Tampa, FL. For the past three years, the workshop has joined leaders from the Army with the commercial satellite communications industry. SIA has partnered with the U.S. Army’s Project Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T) to explore both the Army’s current requirements for satellite connectivity and the capabilities that will help to meet the Army’s future mission requirements. Previous years’ keynotes and guest speakers included: Brigadier General Ronald M. Bouchard, Deputy Chief of Staff/G6, U.S. Army Forces Command; Major General Randy Strong, Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks and Space, Office of the Chief Information Officer/G6 ; and Lieutenant General Jeffrey Sorenson, U.S. Army Chief Information Officer/G6.