The space defense sector continues to grow in response to foreign adversaries’ anti-satellite and space-based weaponry developments. The Department of Defense (DOD) is committed to rapidly developing and deploying robust space intelligence sensors that will supply military leaders with information supremacy and warfighters with tactical advantages over adversaries.
During Potomac Officers Club’s Space Intelligence Forum on August 10th, illustrious federal and industry leaders will meet to discuss broadening space-based intelligence, increasing data gathering effectiveness and developing critical modeling and simulation technologies.
Brig. Gen. Gregory Gagnon, director of Intelligence at U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM), will deliver the Forum’s keynote address. He will discuss the challenges in gathering and developing space intelligence and how the industry can assist DOD organizations in accomplishing space intelligence missions.
As Space Command’s director of Intelligence, Gagnon acts as the senior intelligence advisor to the commander of USSPACECOM and is responsible for all intelligence operations. Before becoming director, he worked as the director of Intelligence at Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
Gagnon became a commissioned officer through ROTC from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. He possesses vast knowledge and experience gathered through his career as an intelligence officer with an extensive background in cyberspace operations. He has commanded at the squadron, group and joint wing levels with one combat command tour in Afghanistan.
He is a fully qualified Joint Staff officer, with tours in Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Space Command, Air Combat Command and U.S. Strategic Command. Gagnon has deployed on many occasions in support of joint air and special operations.
Gagnon has been given significant awards and decorations during his service, including the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf clusters, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and others.
His knowledge of cybersecurity and space is demonstrated by four professional publications on topics such as outer space warfighting, cyberterrorism and special operations.
The Forum will also feature an expert panel on the challenges to a national security space intelligence picture, moderated by Ronald Huntley of Peraton featuring Fred Taylor of Viasat, Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick of U.S. Space Command and James Chappelear of Jacobs.
Join Potomac Officers Club to learn about the many opportunities in the burgeoning aerospace and defense sectors. To register for the Space Intelligence Forum and view upcoming opportunities, visit Potomac Officers Club’s Event Page.