Air Force & Space Force

April 28

USGIF kicks off a series focused on the GEOINT equities of the U.S. military forces with a day of virtual programming dedicated to the U.S. Air Force and the intelligence community’s newest member, the U.S. Space Force.  This day of keynotes and panel discussions is sure to inform participants from around the force about how GEOINT matters to them.  It also affords the opportunity for participants from USAF and USSF programs to share insights with GEOINT partners who are working to ensure the nation’s Airmen and Guardians can fly, fight, and win and maintain, protect, and expand our nation’s air and space capabilities.

The day includes discussions of how GEOINT enables air and space operations, and also delivers a look into the acquisition programs for USAF and USSF that include GEOINT equities.  End the day with a look into the promise and disruption represented by technological innovation in air and space domains.

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9:00-9:15AM  |  Welcome – Christy Monaco, VP of Programs and Robert Cardillo, Board Chair, USGIF   

9:15-10:00AM  |  Opening Keynote: Maj Gen Daniel Simpson, USAF, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance 

10:00-10:30AM  | Engagement Break

10:30-11:15AM  | Panel– GEOINT Support to USAF and USSF Operations

Panel focused on how the operational Air Force and Space Force leverage GEOINT. Topics will include aero and space PNT, GEOINT capabilities that may not be widely recognized as such (such as GPS, Lunar Mapping), and how these enable air and space operations. 

Moderator: Melanie Stricklan, CEO, Slingshot Aerospace  


      • Dave HoernerGEOINT Mission Manager for Space and NGA Support Team Chief for USSPACECOM 
      • Col Brian Sidari, USAF, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, HQ Space Operations Command
      • Barry Tilton, Technology Evangelist, Maxar 

11:15AM-12:40PM Engagement Break

12:40-12:45PM  | Welcome Back and Look Ahead to Session 2Christy Monaco, VP of Programs, USGIF 

12:45-1:30PM  | Panel – Air Force and Space Force Programs Enabled by GEOINT

We have returned to an era of Great Power Competition--we do not have assured, persistent access to targets.  Many in the community need to relearn how to conduct analysis with disparate data source, while at the same time lacking persistence against targets in denied areas.  This puts a greater emphasis on the need for enterprise collection operations and common data standards, to create virtual persistence via a network.   The Department’s focus on JADC2 increases the demand signal for GEOINT at the speed of relevance across the spectrum of competition, crisis and conflict. Our panel of three intelligence professionals with deep and broad experience will share their thoughts on the toughest GEOINT challenges ahead, and how can the rest of the IC, industry, and academia partners from the GEOINT community help. 

Moderator: Gordon Issler, Col (ret), USAF, Senior ISR Advisor, Riverside Research 


      • Maj Gen Leah Lauderback, USAF, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Space Force
      • Dr. Carl Brenner, Technical Advisor of Geospatial and Signatures Intelligence Group, NASIC    
      • Col Jacob Holmgren, USAF, Director of ISR, Pacific Air Forces    

2:15-3:00PM  Afternoon Keynote:  The Hon. Deborah Lee James, Former Secretary of the Air Force and Author, “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success”

3:30-4:15PM  | Panel – Disruptive Tech for USAF and USSF Innovation  

Panel focused on what kinds of innovative or disruptive technologies are on the horizon to advance USAF and USSF capabilities.  What are the potential mission applications of these technologies?  How are the USAF and USSF exploring such technologies, either through government R&D or leveraging commercial advances in novel ways? What might the hindrances to adoption of these technologies be, and how can USAF and USSF overcome these?   

Moderator: Col Jen Sovada, USAF (Ret.), Senior Vice President, Avantus Federal 


      • Lt Col Josh Hartman, USAFR, Defense Innovation Unit
      • Jason Motte, USAF Mission Support, Elastic 
      • Lindsey Polley, Defense and National Security Accounts, Starburst Aerospace 
      • Dr. Jason Rathje, Managing Partner/Cofounder AFVentures, AFWERX
      • Col Bill Waynick, USAF, Director, Air Force Cyberworx

4:15-4:30PM  | Closing Remarks, Christy Monaco, VP of Programs, USGIF




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