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    Nation’s Space Technology Enterprise at SciTech 2014

    Panel Discussion on Industry Views on the Nation’s Space Technology Enterprise at SciTech 2014

    The session will solicit industry input on perceived investment gaps and overlaps in the nation’s space technology enterprise. A distinguished panel consisting of representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congressional staff along with industrial leaders, will frame and then address issues related to space technology-related investments needed to ensure U.S. leadership in national security, civil, and commercial space. A question-and-answer period will provide further industry input to the government as it deliberates a national space technology framework.


    Eric Spittle   Yadunath Zambre   Mark Sirangelo   Will Pomerantz   Anne Hale Miglarese
    Eric Spittle
    President SSL
    Federal, Space Systems/Loral
      Yadunath Zambre
    Space System Company Advanced Technology Center Chief Scientist
    Lockheed Martin Corporation
      Mark Sirangelo
    Corporate Vice President
    Chairman of SNC Space Systems
    Sierra Nevada Corporation
      Will Pomerantz
    Vice President
    Special Projects
    Virgin Galactic
      Anne Hale Miglarese
    President and Chief Executive Officer


    Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 0930-1230 hrs, National Harbor 7



    National Harbor 7


    Introduction and Expectations for the Session

    Mark J. Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Institute for Defense Analyses (Chair)


    Describing the Challenge and Opportunities

    Richard DalBello (OSTP), Celinda Marsh or alternate (OMB); Ann Zukowski or alternate (Congress) 


    Industry Response on Perceived Gaps and Overlaps in Space Technology and Potential Ways Forward - Panel Discussion

    Panelists: Eric Spittle, Space Systems/Loral; Yadunath Zambre, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Mark Sirangelo, Sierra Nevada Corporation; Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic; Anne Hale Miglarese, PlanetiQ    

    1130-1230   Open Discussion with Comments and Questions from the Audience 


    The United States spends about $50 billion on the space enterprise,[1]  a large fraction of which goes to private sector firms that produce the hardware, software and services for the government. Without these space systems and associated technologies, U.S. military forces would have reduced operational effectiveness, civilian financial and communications capabilities would be degraded or disrupted, and policymakers would be unable to make informed decisions about the nation’s security.  ​

    There is a historic interdependence – in the form of a monopsonic-oligopoly – between the government and private sector contractors that some experts believe has led to stagnation and decreased levels of innovation in the space sector.[2]  Across government agencies (and sometimes even within an agency), space technology efforts are “siloed,” with each organization developing the same or similar technologies in parallel. External factors, including a tightening fiscal environment, globalization of the aerospace sector, and increasing governmental interest in space worldwide, exacerbate these challenges. It may be timely and useful for the community to consider a coordinated and integrated space technology strategy. Such a strategy will support higher levels of innovative dynamism in the sector while simultaneously aligning government and industry R&D and related infrastructure investments.

    Developing a government-wide R&D plan must combine bottom-up data collection with top-down decision-making. The core critical success factor for such an effort is a compelling rationale (why do we need a strategy, as distinct from what we currently have). To develop this rationale we need: industry engagement, inter-agency openness and trust, and participant belief that a strategy would be useful for the space community as-a-whole as well as serve agency-specific interests.

    Industry Engagement

    Utilizing a panel discussion approach at the upcoming AIAA SciTech 2014[3] meeting, the government can begin to solicit industry input on perceived investment gaps and overlaps in the nation’s space technology enterprise. In the discussion, 4-6 panelists, representing a range of firm attributes, will be asked to comment on needed capabilities to meet US national security and competitiveness goals, and what technology investments writ large are needed to meet these capabilities. The discussion will then open up to the audience for further comments and questions.

    The focus of the panel will be on technology (not ITAR or other regulatory/policy issues). The moderator will ensure that panelists stay on track, and audience participation focuses on industry views rather than soliciting a response from government representatives.

    The Panel Discussion would result in a short White Paper that summarizes industry views related to investment gaps in space technology.

    [1] Space Foundation, The Space Report 2012

    [2] Szajnfarber, Z., Richards, M., Weigel, A., Challenges To Innovation In the Government Space Sector  

    [3] AIAA SciTech 2014,