Recent developments in anti-satellite and space-based weaponry by foreign adversaries has prompted the Department of Defense (DOD) to rapidly develop and deploy secure space intelligence sensors that will arm military leaders with information supremacy and warfighters with tactical advantages over adversaries.
During Potomac Officers Club’s Space Intelligence Forum, the federal government and private sector leaders will gather to discuss strengthening space-based intelligence, improving data gathering effectiveness and creating innovative critical modeling and simulation technologies.
The Forum will host 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.
Moderator: Ronald Huntley of Peraton
Brig. Gen. Ron Huntley, U.S. Air Force (retired), is the vice president of National Security Space Growth at Peraton. As vice president, he uses his 33 years of experience in guiding and mentoring development teams to advance the evolution and execution of Peraton’s Department of Defense and Intelligence space ecosystem strategic plan.
Huntley also works across the business development and delivery teams to align Peraton’s capabilities with customer objectives to achieve space-based and multi-domain outcomes promptly.
Panelist: Fred Taylor
Fred Taylor serves as Viasat Government Systems’ vice president of Space and Cyber Applications. Taylor is the space customer account executive in charge of producing innovative and resilient space solutions and capabilities that enable assured federal government and DOD operations.
Panelist: Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick is the deputy director, J2 Intelligence Directorate of U.S. Space Command. He has extensive experience in research and development, systems engineering, acquisition, oversight, operations and policy. Kirkpatrick has the proven ability for executive-level cradle-to-grave strategy development, implementation and execution.
He is a recognized national subject matter expert, widely sought for advice and recommendations on space and counter-space and scientific and technical intelligence issues.
Panelist: James Chappelear
James Chappelear is the director of Space Intelligence and senior program manager at Jacobs. He is a retired Air Force colonel with 25 years of active military service. Before retiring from active service, he served as chief of staff of the Intelligence Directorate at NORAD and USNORTHCOM, deputy director for Mission Support, chief of Targeting, director of Intelligence and squadron commander.
Brig. Gen. Gregory Gagnon, director of Intelligence at U.S. Space Command, will deliver the Forum’s keynote address. Gagnon will discuss the challenges in gathering and developing space intelligence and how the industry can assist DOD organizations in accomplishing space intelligence missions.