POC - 2024 Space Summit

2024 Space Summit | Potomac Officers Club


The global race for space dominance is underway. New technologies, commercial investments and adversarial threats are shaping the future of space, and the United States must act quickly to solidify its superiority in a rapidly evolving and increasingly contested domain. Join the Potomac Officers Club’s 2024 Space Summit to get an in-depth look at how the nation’s space experts, government leaders and industry executives are tackling the most urgent issues while forging a path forward in space.


Space officials Gen. Stephen Whiting, commander of the U.S. Space Command, Space Development Agency Director Dr. Derek Tournear, Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Heath Collins and U.S. Space Force's Deputy Chief of Space Operations, Strategy, Plans, Programs, and Requirements Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton are slated to keynote this engaging and informative summit. 


Tuesday, March 05, 2024
7:00am - 1:45pm
Eastern Time Zone


7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102


MAJ Austin Baker

Deputy Director for the DIU Space Portfolio

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

Dr. Patrick Biltgen

Principal in Artificial Intelligence and Space Mission Engineering

Booz Allen

Devin Brande

Director, Commercial Operations Group

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton

Deputy Chief of Space Operations, Strategy, Plans, Programs, and Requirements,

U.S. Space Force

Jason Bryant

Senior Supervisory Computer Scientist Over Autonomous Command and Control and Mission Planning

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Lt. Gen. Heath Collins


Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

Robert Conrad

Vice President of Business Development and Strategy

Kepler Communications

Dr. Tabitha Dodson

Program Manager, Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations [DRACO]

Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)

Greg Heckler

Director, Commercial Communications Services Division, Space Communications and Navigation Program

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Justin Kasper

Chief of Technology

BWXT Advanced Technologies LLC

Kate Kelly

Director of Space & Emerging Programs

BWXT Advanced Technologies LLC

Col. Richard Kniseley

Senior Materiel Leader, Commercial Space Office

Space Systems Command

Dr. Steven Meier

Associate Director of Research, Naval Center for Space Technology

Naval Research Laboratory

Peter Muend

Director, Commercial Systems Program Office

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Lt Col Thomas Nix

Space Nuclear Power Lead and Senior Military Advisor, Spacecraft Technology Division (RVS)

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

COL Joseph O'Callaghan Jr.

XVIII Airborne Corps, Chief of Fires

U.S. Army

Peter Schemmel

Deputy Chief, Space Communications and Spectrum Management Office & Manager, Communications Services Project (CSP)

NASA Glenn Research Center

Michael Smith

Nuclear Portfolio Lead, Operational Energy-Innovation (OE-I)

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (OUSD A&S)

Dave Sterling

Founder &CEO

Royce Geospatial Consultants Inc.

Eric Stuckey

Chief Technology Officer


Dr. Derek Tournear


Space Development Agency (SDA)

Deirdre Walsh

Executive Vice President of Strategy & Government Affairs


Gen. Stephen Whiting


U.S. Space Command [USSPACECOM]

Dave Wooddell

Practice Manager, National Security Professional Services

Amazon Web Services


7:00am8:00amNetworking Reception
8:00am8:05amWelcome and Opening Comments

Opening Keynote: Gen. Stephen Whiting
Keynote Introducer: Dave Sterling

8:45am9:20amMorning Keynote: Dr. Derek Tournear
Keynote Introducer: Deirdre Walsh
9:20am9:50amNetworking Break
9:50am10:50amPanel A: Optical Space Data Relay Supporting Human Spaceflight Communications: MAJ Austin Baker, Robert Conrad (Moderator), Greg Heckler and Peter Schemmel.
9:50am10:50amPanel B: Advancements in Commercial Space Imaging to support future US Defense & Intel initiatives: Devin Brande, Col. Richard Kniseley, Peter Muend, COL Joseph O'Callaghan Jr. and Dave Sterling (Moderator)

Panel A: Leveraging AI and Autonomous Solutions to Meet Current Threats: Dr. Patrick Biltgen, Jason Bryant, Dr. Steven Meier, Eric Stuckey (Moderator) and
Dave Wooddell

11:00am12:00pmPanel B: No Power, No Mission: Dr. Tabitha Dodson, Kate Kelly (Moderator), Lt Col Thomas Nix and Michael Smith
12:00pm12:30pmNetworking Lunch
12:30pm1:05pmAfternoon Keynote: Lt. Gen. Heath Collins
Keynote Introducer: Justin Kasper
1:05pm1:40pmClosing Keynote: Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton
Keynote Introducer: Robert Conrad
1:40pm1:45pmClosing Comments
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