Dual-Use Technology in Space Defense Forum
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Dual-Use Technology in Space Defense Forum

February 15th, 2022 9:00am EST   Virtual, ON24

Dual-Use Technology in Space Defense Forum

The United States Space Force and private sector organizations are examining how to support a viable industrial base in the space domain through dual-use technology that has both military and commercial utility as global competition escalates.

The intelligence community, Department of Defense and other federal agencies are looking to leverage AI/ML and commercial geospatial intelligence resources, including satellite clusters equipped with advanced sensors and technology, to equip today’s warfighters with rapid, accurate and actionable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data.

Join ExecutiveBiz Events for the platform’s Dual-Use Technology in Space Defense Forum to hear government and industry leaders discuss the evolving challenges and potential opportunities surrounding the development and integration of dual-use technologies in space defense and national security missions.

William Nelson, director of the U.S. Army’s Assured Position, Navigation and Timing Cross Functional Team, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker to share his insights and expertise as he works to synchronize space capability development efforts across military branches.

  • Jennifer Krischer
    Jennifer Krischer - Moderator
    Vice President and General Manager of NGA Programs, Maxar Technologies

    Jennifer Krischer is Vice President & General Manager of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Programs with Maxar. She leads a team of data scientists, developers, geospatial experts and meteorologists who deliver intelligence and geospatial solutions to the US Government, international and commercial customers. Her teams are located in Herndon, VA, St Louis, MO, and Ypsilanti, MI. Prior to joining Maxar, Jennifer served as a Deputy Product Line Director for Sensor Processing and Exploitation at BAE Systems FAST Labs. In 2018, Jennifer retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Air Force. During her 25-year career, she served as an Intelligence Officer in various roles to include leading the AF/A2 Resources Division for Military Intelligence Programs, Deputy Commander of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division at al Udeid AB, Qatar and Operations Officer in Africa Command J2. Jennifer holds an MA in African Studies from Howard University and a BS in Geography and History from the US Air Force Academy. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two children.

  • William Nelson
    William Nelson - Keynote
    Director, Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT/Space) Cross Functional Team (CFT), U.S. Army

    Mr. Nelson is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as Director of the Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space (APNT/Space) Cross-Functional Team (CFT), Army Futures Command (AFC), located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. As the CFT Director, Mr. Nelson is responsible for accelerating the delivery of advanced APNT, Tactical Space and Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) capabilities to the Soldier. Working across the Army Modernization Enterprise, his team informs technology and system requirements through continuous experimentation and prototyping, technology integration and Soldier feedback. Leveraging innovative solutions, prototyping, Soldier touchpoints, and lessons learned, the APNT/Space CFT team is finding ways to rapidly transition capability requirements to the Army Acquisition System, delivering next generation weapons, vehicles and equipment at an accelerated rate. Prior to joining Army Futures Command, Mr. Nelson served as the Director, Programs and Technology at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command, where he directed research, development and test programs for space, missile defense, directed energy and hypersonic weapon technologies. He also served as Acting Deputy Director of the Technical Center; Director for Space Strategic Systems; and Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/4 for Current Operations at US Army Materiel Command. Mr. Nelson previously served 13 years at the Missile Defense Agency, where he led Agency-level technical integration of the Ballistic Missile Defense System as MDA’s Deputy Chief Engineer. He also served as the Chief Engineer for Targets and Countermeasures, where he led the acquisition of air and ground-launched missile and re-entry systems and as the Director for Mission Management & Integration, leading mission management, test planning and readiness activities for all MDA flight and ground testing. Mr. Nelson earned a U.S. Air Force commission through ROTC at the University of Texas at Austin, and retired as a Space and Missile Officer after 20 years of combined active duty and reserve service. His operational deployments include Operations Northern Watch, Noble Eagle, and Enduring Freedom. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Senior Executives in National and International Security and Oxford’s Advanced Management & Leadership Programs.

  • Joseph O’Callaghan
    Col. Joseph O’Callaghan - Panelist
    XVIII Airborne Corps Fire Support Officer, U.S. Army

    Colonel Joe O’Callaghan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to then Captain Joseph O’Callaghan Sr. and Mrs. Suzanne O’Callaghan. Attending Christian Brother University in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduating from the ROTC program at Memphis State, he was commissed as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, December 1994 and subsequently attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Colonel O’Callaghan’s operations assignments include various company/battery grade positions in 3-82 FA, 1st Cavalry Division, Deputy G4 and Fires Officer XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, Battery Commander, 1st Battalion 321st Field Artillery (155mm Airborne), multiple field grade positions in 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne), 3-27th Field Artillery, 3-321st Field Artillery (Airborne), Fire Support Officer for the Directorate of Special Operations Aviation, Army Special Operations Aviation Command where he was a plank holder as the Fire Support Officer, Battalion Commander 3rd Battalion 321st Field Artillery (HIMARS), Task Force Erbil J3, Combined Joint Task Force OIR, G5, 82nd Airborne Division, CJ34 Fire Support Coordinator Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. He currently serves at the XVIII Airborne Corps Fire Support Coordinator charged with the integration of Joint kinetic and non-kinetic Fires for a Joint Task Force Capable Army Corps. He serves as the XVIII Airborne Corps lead on the operational integration of Artificial Intelligence and Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control.

  • Aaron Prupas
    Maj Gen Aaron Prupas - Panelist
    Director for Defense Intelligence Warfighter Support, U.S. Air Force

    Major General Prupas is the Director for Defense Intelligence Warfighter Support (DDI (WS)) serving as the principal staff Director within OUSD(I&S) responsible for developing policy, conducting oversight, synchronizing, managing, and ensuring adequate resourcing for DoD in the areas of intelligence support to Combatant Commands (CCMDs) and Combat Support Agencies/National Reconnaissance Office (CSAs/NRO); Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML known as Project Maven); Defense Intelligence Analysis; Foreign Partner Engagement, and Military Intelligence Disclosure to Foreign Partners. Maj Gen Prupas previously served as the Director of Intelligence and Information for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)and the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), both headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. In this capacity, he served as the senior Intelligence Advisor to the Commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM and directed all intelligence operations for both commands. Prior to this assignment, Major General Prupas served as the Director of Intelligence, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Major General Prupas entered the Air Force in 1990 after commissioning from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a career intelligence officer and weapons instructor. He has served in a variety of Air Force, Joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense positions and commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels. His combat deployments include Operations Southern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Resolute Support. Highlights of Major General Prupas’ career include assignments as Space and Missile Event Officer, and later Deputy Chief, J2 (Intelligence) Special Activities, U.S. Space Command/North American Aerospace Command (USSPACECOM/NORAD); Deputy Chief, Commander's Initiatives Group, U.S. Central Command; Commander, Air Force Technical Applications Center; Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center; Principal Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Deputy Director of Intelligence, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff of Intelligence to NATO Resolute Support Headquarters, Kabul, Afghanistan. Major General Prupas holds a Bachelor of Science in English from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts in Information Systems Management from Webster University, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

  • Joseph Rouge
    Joseph Rouge -
    Deputy Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, U.S. Space Force

    Joseph D. Rouge, a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader, is the Deputy Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this capacity, he serves as the deputy senior Intelligence Advisor to the Chief of Space Operations and is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Space Operations for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight and leadership of Space Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. In his previous assignment, as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader, he was the Technical Advisor for Space and Cyberspace ISR capabilities in AF/A2/6, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Arlington, Va. He advised on intelligence-related space and cyber activities and ensured AF/A2/6 effectively participated in Air Force, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community planning activities and policy development for space and cyber activities. Prior to that assignment, as a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, he was the Director, National Security Space Office, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. He was responsible for leading a multi-agency unit tasked to create unity of effort across all of National Security Space. Specifically, the NSSO was responsible for promoting synergy and integrating interagency space policy, strategy, acquisition, launch, planning programming and technology development. Mr. Rouge is a graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Southern California where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering. He came on active duty in September 1974, serving in a variety of positions involving ballistic missile systems, space surveillance systems, Strategic Defense Initiative programs, strategic war planning and BM/C2 systems, and systems engineering and program integration. He has served on the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, at the Air Force Inspection Agency, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, and on the staff at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He was both a Research Fellow both at the Airpower Research Institute, Maxwell Air Force Base and at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, authoring books on military space strategy and national security strategy respectively. He also served as a joint specialty officer. Mr. Rouge retired from active duty in June 2004 as Chief of NSSO's Integration Division, and then served as a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Services as the Associate Director of NSSO before assuming the position of Director of NSSO.

  • Christopher Worley
    Christopher Worley - Introducer
    Vice President, Department of Defense Earth Intelligence, Maxar Technologies

    Chris Worley joined Maxar in 2021 as the Vice President for Department of Defense Earth Intelligence. In this role, Mr. Worley will lead sales, business development and services delivery activities across the Department of Defense. Mr. Worley joins Maxar following executive roles in Business Development and Program Management within the Aerospace and Defense industry. Mr. Worley retired from the US Air Force in 2017 following 25 years as an intelligence officer and weapons school graduate with a career leading Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations across every intelligence discipline, with an applied focus on development and application of digital technologies. Mr. Worley served in command and leadership roles within the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System, the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, US Air Force Weapons School, and the Secretary of Defense ISR Task Force. Mr. Worley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree is Russian and Soviet Studies from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University, and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from the US Army War College. Mr Worley is a graduate of the US Air Force Weapons School, Joint Combat Targeting School, Leningrad State University Russian Language Program, and the Haus Rissen Institute Program on International Alliances in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Worley, his wife and two children reside in Clifton, Virginia.

  • 9:00am - 9:05am EST


    Welcome and Opening Comments

  • 9:05am - 9:55am EST

    Keynote Speaker: William Nelson

  • 9:55am - 10:55am EST

    Commercial GEOINT for Rapid Decision-Making

  • 10:55am - 11:00am EST

    Closing Comments

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