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.
SIA’s DoD Commercial SATCOM 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 workshop which brings 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 include:
Winston Beauchamp, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space and Director, Principal DoD Space Advisor (PDSA) Staff; Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1); Lt. Gen. John W. Raymond, Commander, JFCC Space; Lt. Gen. Susan J. Helms, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; LTG Mark Bowman, Director, Joint Staff J6; Lt Gen Ellen Pawlikowski, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, U.S. Air Force; Ms. Cindy Moran, Director, Network Services, Defense Information Systems Agency; BG Joseph Brendler, Chief of Staff, Defense Information Systems Agency; Ambassador Greg Schulte, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy; Maj Gen Paul F. Capasso, Director Network Services, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office 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).