Space is no longer a sanctuary; it is a warfighting domain. The threat of attacks on our national security space architecture, coupled to use of advanced missile strikes against US and allied forces, has heightened the concern for our national security space architecture. We must be more resilient and persistent. A hybrid architecture will add resilience and persistence by combining government and commercial space systems into an integrated whole. Commercial systems will support not only earth observation, but also MILSATCOM, Space Situational Awareness and Space Domain Awareness. The government is leveraging commercial technology and best practices today and must do so even more. This panel will explore key examples of successes and also impediments which must be overcome.
Mr. Preston C. Dunlap was the Chief Architect of the Department of the Air Force. First to hold this position, Mr. Dunlap was charged with working across the Air and Space Force, and in partnership with the Department of the Navy and Army, to transform technology development and acquisition so the Air Force not only designs, develops, and buys the right mix of future capability but does so more rapidly and with the power of interoperability. Key family of systems initiatives include Multi-domain Operations, Advanced Battle Management System, and Next Generation Air Dominance.
Prior to this position, Mr. Dunlap was the Executive for National Security Analysis of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center.
There he oversaw national security defense and intelligence programs at all levels of classification and managed an extensive and diverse organization of program managers, technologists, analysts, and operators. He led programs in support of the Vice President of the United States, Cabinet Secretaries, the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Dunlap served on the corporate Executive Leadership Team of the Laboratory. At the request of Congress, he also testified before the full House Armed Services Committee.
Before joining the Laboratory in 2014, Mr. Dunlap was a career member of the Senior Executive Service and served four Secretaries of Defense. He held the roles of Director of Program Analysis, Chief of Staff to the Senate-confirmed Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Senior Analyst for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Space Programs, and Deputy Director of the Simulation and Analysis Center. He shaped the Department of Defense five-year multi-billion dollar budget plans as well as associated Intelligence Community and National Nuclear Security Administration plans.
Mr. Dunlap led the Long Range Strike Front End Assessment and started the B-21 bomber program as well as future weapons, hypersonics, intelligence, electronic warfare, and communications capabilities for Secretary Gates and Secretary Panetta. He served in a lead role of the Strategic Choices and Management Review for Secretary Hagel where he identified options and risks required to meet the Budget Control Act that would reduce the budget by over $50 billion per year. He also participated in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Reviews.
Prior to government, Mr. Dunlap held various roles in the private sector as an early member of a rapidly growing technology startup company as well as an agile software development firm.
He earned a Master of Science degree with honors in Operations Research and Management Science from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Computer Science and Political Science from Duke University. Mr. Dunlap is Lean Six Sigma certified and is a graduate of the Harvard University National Security Senior Executive program and the Federal Executive Institute and served on the Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program. Mr. Dunlap’s awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service and multiple citations of both the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.Col. Dean Bellamy, USAF, Ret.
As Redwire’s Executive Vice President of National Security Space, Col. Bellamy brings his experience and expertise in strategic planning and program management in both the private sector and as a military officer to set and achieve new space development goals while meeting the needs of Redwire’s national security customers.
Prior to joining Redwire, Col. Bellamy was Vice President of Space Strategies and Development at national security technology company Peraton. In that position, he led Peraton’s space resilience campaign and produced long- range strategies to help Peraton meet its space portfolio’s objectives. Peraton’s critical space capabilities included the development of secure cloud platform as a service for ground battle management command and control, development of indications and warning tools for the National Space Defense Center and National Reconnaissance Operations Center, flight safety and conjunction assessment support to the National Reconnaissance Operations Center, development and operations of commercial and civil ground stations, operations and maintenance of NASA’s space network, near-earth network, and deep space network.
Col. Bellamy drew on his expert knowledge of program management, leadership, and satellite operations developed through his years of service in the military. In addition to developing these strategies, Col. Bellamy took an active role in their implementation.
Before joining Peraton in September 2018, Col. Bellamy was a career United States Air Force officer, retiring with the rank of Colonel. During his tenure in the Air Force, Col. Bellamy served in a variety of positions related to satellite operations and acted in a variety of other engineering and leadership roles. His most recent position as an Air Force officer was as Chief of the Policy and Strategy Group in the National Reconnaissance
Office (NRO). As Chief, he led the development and implementation of the Integrated Protection Strategy, which was the first update of the space protection strategy in 35-years. Col. Bellamy oversaw the NRO’s Space Enterprise Vision activities and served as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office’s interagency representative to various high-level defense, intelligence, and government groups such as the Space Enterprise Vision, National Security Council, National Space Council, Space Defense Council, and Department of State. He also developed and implemented space policy and strategies for U.S. intelligence satellites.
Col. Bellamy earned master’s degrees in aeronautical science, strategic intelligence and strategic studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Joint Military Intelligence College, and Air War College, respectively. He also attended the executive leadership course at the Harvard University School of Government and is a certified acquisitions level three program manager. Col. Bellamy was awarded by the Director of National Intelligence the 2018 National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement medal and was recognized by the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office as the NRO’s 2018 Jimmy D. Hill awardee for meritorious service for the development of the Integrated Protection Strategy.
Dr. Debra L. Emmons is vice president and chief technology officer at The Aerospace Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for providing vital leadership for determining and executing the company’s technology strategy and investments. Emmons leads four offices: Hubs, responsible for assessing promising new technologies; iLaB, responsible for developing investment strategies in innovative technologies and advanced concepts; xLab, responsible for building and operating prototypes; and the newly formed Commercial Space Futures (CSF) office, responsible for driving the harnessing of commercial solutions for government missions to advance U.S. space. She also manages the company’s internal R&D program and the Aerospace Technical Fellows program, with the company’s top engineers and scientists.
Previously, Emmons was vice president of special studies at Aerospace, responsible for promoting the use of corporate and government resources through horizontal and cross-program integrated planning and engineering. Prior to that, she served as general manager of Aerospace’s Communication Technologies and Engineering Division, where she oversaw the communications studies, analysis, and testing products of the division to serve the full range of corporate national security space, civil, and commercial customers, and managed a geographically distributed team of engineers and laboratories. Emmons was also the lead for the corporate strategic initiative in optical communications and its applications. Before that, she was the assistant general manager of the Strategic Assessment and Studies Division, where she led her team in providing objective technical analyses and assessments for space programs that serve the national interest. Emmons also managed the Programmatic and Technical Assessment Center of Excellence for strategic studies and analysis within her portfolio.
Emmons was integral in the establishment and growth of the NASA and civil space customer lines of business. In 2010, she relocated to the East coast offices to strengthen the customer- facing role and increase our value. Before joining Aerospace in 2003 as a project engineer, Emmons worked at Hughes Space and Communications Company as a system engineering project manager on commercial telecommunications satellite development.
An experienced aerospace leader with technical, management, and industry experience in the acquisition and development of advanced technology space systems, Emmons has more than 25 years of experience in systems engineering, technical and risk analysis, program management, and communications systems. She was a principal contributor on several key high-level studies and assessments that have informed strategic decisionmaking within the government.
Dr. Emmons earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University with a concentration in signal processing and communications theory. She was awarded an MBA from Imperial College Management School, London, UK, with a concentration in entrepreneurship and finance. Emmons earned a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the George Washington University.Dr. Rajeev Gopal
Dr. Gopal is Vice President, Advanced Programs and is responsible for resilient communications, LEO, 5G, HTS, AI/ML and cyber programs within Hughes Defense. He was on the system design of the OneWeb LEO broadband network using 4G/5G and IP network technologies. He earlier served as Network System Engineering lead for Transformational Satellite (TSAT) space segment (with onboard layer 3 packet processing) and was a lead architect for SPACEWAY® 3 (with onboard L2 processing) system, and worked on Mobile Satellite systems (Thuraya, ICO, LEO Teledesic) development teams. He was the chief architect and software manager for the SPACEWAY, a $1.8B development, Network Operations Control Center.
Dr. Gopal serves on the editorial board of Wiley’s International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (IJSCN) and is member of IEEE 5G World Forum, AIAA Communication Systems Technical Committee, and AIAA ICSSC technical program committee. He was a member of the FCC Cyber Security working group in 2010-2011. He contributed for the DHS National Communications Sector Risk assessment report in 2011-2012. As a member of the US President’s NSTAC Satellite Task Force 2009, he co-authored the report on commercial satellite communications and cyber security. He has served on program committees including IEEE Globecom SAC, SPIE, and IEEE SIMA and has been on SIA, AIAA/ICSSC, MILCOM, Global VSAT Forum, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) panels. Earlier, he architected drug screening and laboratory automation systems for NIH with IP networking, interactive distributed computing, and robotics technologies and founded a bioinformatics company.
Dr. Gopal has published more than 40 technical papers on topics ranging from space, 5G, software, AI/ML, network management, and life sciences, and holds 11 patents on satellite/communications systems.Jason Kim
Jason Kim became chief executive officer of Millennium Space Systems, a non-fully integrated Boeing subsidiary based in El Segundo, California, in December 2020. Millennium Space Systems provides alternative, relevant and affordable solutions to today’s aerospace challenges. The company designs space flight systems and develops space mission and system solutions for the U.S. Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as commercial customers.
Kim has more than two decades of experience in executive management involving small and large satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, mission payloads, ground systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data processing, command and control, launch, program management, systems engineering, prototyping, assembly and integration, and testing and operations of aerospace and defense systems.
Previous to his current position, he was the business development executive at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, where he led a team to fully develop and execute a global and domestic growth strategy. He worked to meet the growth goals of a vertically integrated, multi-billion-dollar space and command-and-control business.
From 2006 to 2019, Kim demonstrated his ability to grow companies as vice president of Strategic Planning at Millennium Space Systems and as a program manager at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
From 1999 to 2006, he served as a program manager in the U.S. Air Force’s Space Superiority Systems Program and Reconnaissance Systems Program offices, where he gained a deep background in advancing autonomous systems starting on unmanned aerial vehicle programs such as the Global Hawk and Predator and growing to acquisitions and developments of first-of-its-kind classified and unclassified space and ground systems.
Kim has served on the National Defense Industrial Association board of directors and Space Enterprise Consortium formation committee and has been an active member of the National Security Space Association.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
Mr. Jeremy Leader is the Director, Commercial Services Office (COMSO), Space Systems Command (SSC), United States Space Force (USSF), to enact the new paradigm shift to “buy before build.” Previously, he was Deputy Director, Cross Mission Ground and Communications Enterprise (ECX) and the Air Force lead for Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews. Mr. Leader is currently Deputy Director of Plans for the 960th Cyberspace Wing in the Air Force Reserve and has deployed world-wide in support of multiple operations. He currently has six degrees, ranging from Aeronautical Science to Cybersecurity, and enjoys playing ice hockey.