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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


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

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Lt. Gen. Heath Collins


Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

Robert Conrad

Vice President of Business Development

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)

Peter Schemmel

Deputy Chief of Glenn Research Center’s Space Communications and Navigation office

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

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 Geo

Eric Stuckey

Chief Technology Officer


Dr. Derek Tournear

Director, Space Development Agency [SDA]

U.S. Department of the Air Force

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


7:00am 8:00am

Networking Reception

8:00am 8:05am

Welcome and Opening Comments

8:05am 8:45am

Opening Keynote: Gen Stephen Whiting
Keynote Introducer: Dave Sterling

8:45am 9:20am

Morning Keynote: Dr. Derek Tournear
Keynote Introducer: Deirdre Walsh

9:20am 9:50am

Networking Break

9:50am 10:50am

Panel A: Optical Space Data Relay Supporting Human Spaceflight Communications: MAJ Austin Baker, Robert Conrad (Moderator), Greg Heckler and Peter Schemmel.

9:50am 10:50am

Panel B: Advancements in Commercial Space Imaging to support future US Defense & Intel initiatives: Devin Brande, Col. Richard Kniseley, Peter Muend and Dave Sterling (Moderator)

10:50am 11:00am


11:00am 12:00pm

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

11:00am 12:00pm

Panel B: No Power, No Mission: Dr. Tabitha Dodson, Kate Kelly (Moderator), Lt Col Thomas Nix and Michael Smith

12:00pm 12:30pm

Networking Lunch

12:30pm 1:05pm

Afternoon Keynote: Lt. Gen. Heath Collins
Keynote Introducer: Justin Kasper

1:05pm 1:40pm

Closing Keynote: Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton
Keynote Introducer: Robert Conrad

1:40pm 1:45pm

Closing Comments

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