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President Trump will sign a new space policy directive June 18 addressing space traffic management issues, closely following the proposed policy that Vice President Pence announced in April. SpaceNews.com
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A key senator says he’s keeping an open mind regarding who in the federal government should have responsibility for the oversight of “non-traditional” commercial space activities. SpaceNews.com
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The House Appropriations defense subcommittee approved $49.5 million to create a new “program of record for commercial satellite communications." SpaceNews.com
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As the National Space Council prepares for its third public meeting, its activities to date have won widespread praise in the space community, even as there is some skepticism about the effectiveness of the council’s advisory group that will soon meet for the first time. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:00:25 +0000
A House hearing on the reasons for cost and schedule problems with major NASA programs pointed blame at a wide variety of sources, from the tools used to track programs to the agency’s mindset to Congress itself. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:59:03 +0000
Astranis, a startup developing geostationary satellites to offer broadband internet access, plans to equip its MicroGEO spacecraft with Bradford of the Netherland’s high performance green ECAPS thrusters. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:56:47 +0000
Oxford Space Systems, a British startup that hopes to compete with space industry giants Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman in the satellite component business, has raised 6.7 million British pounds ($8.9 million) from investors. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:19:42 +0000
Outer space is the last frontier of human exploration. Unfortunately, the glory days of landing men on the moon are now a distant memory. So too are the memories of watching space shuttles rumble to life and roar to space fading away. That is poised to change and America is ready to lead the way. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:09:04 +0000
The relay satellite which will facilitate China’s Chang’e-4 lunar far side landing mission late in 2018 has entered its intended halo orbit around Earth-Moon Lagrange point 2. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:14:11 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine used a recent speech to lay out not just the recent space policy changes that directly affect NASA activities but other administration efforts that focus more on commercial space. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:57:00 +0000
Both chambers want legislation that strengthens the U.S. military space posture, said Thornberry. The House and Senate are “not going to let up in our push to do better in space.” SpaceNews.com
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:34:01 +0000
Despite conditions that have deprived the Opportunity Mars rover of solar power, NASA officials said June 13 that they expected the long-lived spacecraft to survive an intense ongoing dust storm. SpaceNews.com
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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:22:42 +0000
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters the Pentagon appreciates the congressional focus on space issues and is not being passive about space reforms, although he would like to see further debate on the pros and cons of reorganizing the military. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 03:28:58 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says he’s pushing to have a current NASA center director and former astronaut be nominated to be his deputy. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:39:06 +0000
While Angola’s first telecom satellite, Angosat-1, failed not long after reaching orbit late last year, the sub-Saharan African nation will get a second shot at satellite ownership with the planned 2020 launch of Angosat-2. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:21:38 +0000
A fiscal year 2019 spending bill approved by a Senate appropriations subcommittee June 12 offers $21.3 billion for NASA, including funding for several missions slated for cancellation in the administration’s budget request. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:34:11 +0000
As the Federal Communications Commission nears a decision on the use of C-band satellite spectrum, it and several other U.S. agencies are weighing a broader strategy for the nation’s spectrum. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:46:37 +0000
Sen. David Perdue: China has spent a lot of time and money developing capabilities to attack GPS satellites, jam them or take them off orbit. SpaceNews.com
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NASA doesn’t expect to make decisions on how it will carry out a Mars sample return effort until late next year despite recent discoveries that have offered additional evidence that the planet was once, and may still be, habitable. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:12-07-2015
     Last Modified:13-07-2015 (07:53)
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     Current job:Director
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     KeywordsExperienced space systems program manager and director. Delivered large/complicated launch vehicles, satellites, and ground systems.
    CV

    SUMMARY

    An accomplished and conscientious aerospace executive. A strategic thinker consistently delivering results. Expertise in weapon systems acquisition, organizational leadership, operations, financial management, creating new ideas, and improving processes. Director-level experience leading high-performing organizations with >1,600 people and $400M/year operating budgets.

     

    A rare combination of in-depth program management experience in rockets, satellites, and command/control networks: Program Director for 3 rocket launches; Program Director/Manager for 4 satellites and 65+ payloads; Program Director/Manager for 3 major command/control networks. Promoted 4 years ahead of peers.  One of only 11 senior program directors in Air Force weapon systems acquisition.

     

    EXPERIENCE

     

    ADVANCED SYSTEMS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE, Kirtland AFB NM            10/2014 - 03/2015
    Director and Commander.  Led organizational merger of two directorates. New organization doubled in employees and operating budget with >700 employees in California, New Mexico and Texas with $400M in annual budget. Led the Defense Department's first rocket launch with SpaceX.

     

    SPACE DEVELOPMENT AND TEST DIRECTORATE & DEVELOPMENTAL PLANNING DIRECTORATE, Kirtland AFB NM and Los Angeles AFB CA                                                                         05/2013 - 10/2014

    Director and Commander.  Led 400+ employees with a $1.1B 5-year budget at three operating locations. Directed $280M lunar launch for NASA mission–most complex flight since the Apollo missions. Proved military utility of small rockets and saved $70M in budget. Delivered rocket for world-record breaking 29 satellites on one launch vehicle.

     

    SPACE BASED INFRARED SYSTEMS GROUND GROUP AND ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, Los Angeles AFB CA                                                                 06/2010 - 04/2013
    Commander and Division Chief. Led 1,000+ employees, $400M/year operating budget. Inherited troubled program, reinvigorated culture and processes–delivered complicated computer network 8 days early for program's first satellite launch. Developed $570M ground computer network technical upgrade; saved $167M in negotiations. Overhauled $8.5B contract–met $100M savings target. Led 100-member team on SBIRS GEO-2 satellite launch; flawless factory processing with perfect on-time launch. Devised activation plan 67% faster than predecessor satellite–operational 7 months faster.

     

    Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington DC                           08/2009 - 08/2010
    Student.  “
    Distinguished Graduate” of 321 US and international students.

     

    SPACE AND MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER, Los Angeles AFB CA                                          06/2007 - 7/2009
    Commander, Defense Meteorological Satellite Squadron. 
    Led 200+ employees with $90M annual budget for $1.5B weather satellite. Led $101M engineering design program–largest technical program in 40+ years extending life of three $350M satellites by 25%. Devised plan to double production by dual-processing satellites on the factory floor–saved $7M and delivered one month early.  Completely turned around organizational culture after predecessor was fired–morale and production skyrocketed. Ranked #1/26 squadron commanders.

     

    JOINT STAFF, The Pentagon, Washington DC                                                                    07/2004 - 06/2007
    Chief, Global Operations Acquisition
    . Developed & managed worldwide operations budget of $114M/year for the Joint Staff Operations Directorate. Secured $17M in revenue–first investment increase in 10 years. Program manager for $37M classified computer network. Developed plan to recoup unliquidated obligations; spent $9K and saved $500K. Ranked #1/16 program managers.

    MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY, Washington DC                                                                       11/2002 - 07/2003
    Executive Officer.
        Managed front office staff for Senior Vice President-level senior executive in the Missile Defense Agency. Responsible for managing communication between Missile Defense Agency and 10 subordinate program offices. Doubled organization's ability to track interagency communication.

     

    12TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON, Thule Air Base, Greenland                                  10/2001 - 11/2002
    Operations Flight Commander / Acting Operations Officer
    .  Led team of instructors to train crew members for remote location’s 24/7 missile warning operations. Aggressively tackled slack in training pipeline. Personally developed training program that reduced initial training from 30 days to 15 days; that 50% reduction saved an entire man-year of operations each year; a year-on-year savings of over $100K. Ranked #1/9 officers.

     

    Previous positions (additional information available upon request):

    91ST SPACE WING, Minot AFB ND; Executive Officer,12/1999 - 06/2001

    UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN ETHIOPIA & ERITREA; Operations Officer,01/2001 – 06/2001
    THE PENTAGON, Washington DC; Air Force Intern,07/1997 - 06/1999  

    SPACE & MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER, Los Angeles AFB CA; Program Manager, 08/1992 - 07/1997

     

    EDUCATION

     

    M.S., National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces

    Certificate, Leadership & Management Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Certificate, Project Management Program, The University of Chicago

    M.A., Military Art and Operational Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Air University

    M.A., Organizational Management, The George Washington University

    M.S., Systems Management, University of Southern California

    B.S., Management, United States Air Force Academy
     

    CERTIFICATIONS

     

    DoD ACQUISITION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

    Level 3 Program Management
    Level 3 Systems Planning Research Development and Engineering
    Level 3 Communications and Computers
    Level 3 Test and Evaluation

     

    SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

     

    German Marshall Fund, 2009:  American Marshall Memorial Fellowship
    Space & Missile Systems Center:  Field Grade Officer of the Year (#1/201 officers), 2008
    Air Force Association:

    Program Manager of the Year (#1/127 officers), 2007
    Senior Company Grade Officer of the Year (#1/500 officers), 1996

    Office of the Secretary of Defense:  David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, 2000
    Air Force Space Command Undergraduate Space and Missile Training:  Top Graduate, 1999
    Squadron Officer School:  Distinguished Graduate, 1996
    United States Air Force Academy:  Blue Chip Graduate (Top 15% of 1,076 graduates), 1992


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