Dr. Josef Koller is a Systems Director for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy, serving as a senior analyst and team leader on topics that cut across policy, technology, and economics. Prior to joining Aerospace, Dr. Koller served as a Senior Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Space Policy where he directly supported key national and international strategy efforts for space-related U.S. Government and DoD policy matters including commercial remote sensing, space traffic management, and related congressional affairs. Prior to that assignment, Dr. Koller managed and co-lead over 40 scientists in the “Space Science and Applications Group” at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Koller also established and led the Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School to promote graduate student research and outreach at the Laboratory.
Dr. Koller has over 17 years of experience with global security and space science programs. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications with 700 citations. Dr. Koller has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Rice University.Robert Cardillo
Robert is Chief Strategist and Chairman of the Board at Planet Federal where he is responsible for supporting strategic decision-making for future products and services, driving meaningful partnerships, and increasing the utility of commercial innovations for global government agencies. Robert has a distinguished career as former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2014-2019, where he successfully transformed the Agency’s future value proposition through innovative partnerships with the growing commercial geospatial marketplace. Prior to NGA, Robert served in leadership positions with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. From 2010 to 2014, Robert managed, edited, and delivered the President’s Daily Brief to President Obama and Vice President Biden – over 1400 editions – while also serving on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council.Shawn Cochran
Mr. Shawn Cochran is a Senior Manager for Civil and Environmental Space in Raytheon’s Space Systems organization. Space Systems manufactures the VIIRS instrument for the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System.
Prior to joining Space Systems, Mr. Cochran was the Chief Scientist for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System (CGS) and the head of the Mission Data Services program. The Mission Data Services organization provides a “system of systems” view for the novel use of data products generated from the sensors onboard the JPSS spacecraft, identifying new ways that JPSS can become more efficient and effective in meeting the data consumers’ requirements. The Mission Data Services team works with the US Government agencies, NATO allies, and industry partners to find ways to use existing capabilities to meet existing or emerging mission requirements for a variety of use cases.
Mr. Cochran’s role is not limited to VIIRS and JPSS, as he works across business units within Raytheon which develop a variety of capabilities including air and missile defense, large land- and sea-based radars, and systems for managing command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Before joining JPSS CGS, Mr. Cochran was the head of Systems Engineering / Operations for the United States Missile Defense Agency’s Integration and Operations Center at Schriever AFB, Colorado. His primary focus has always been large scale systems-of-systems integration with a sub area focus on command and control systems. He has been with Raytheon since 2004.Peter Platzer
Peter Platzer co-founded Spire in 2012 with a vision to provide satellite-powered data solutions
to problems on earth. The company’s audacious goal is to double global GDP growth by eliminating the negative economic impact from inaccurate weather forecasts in the era of Climate Change. Platzer is now regarded as one of the pioneers in launching small form factor satellites into space and was named by President Obama a
White House Champion of Change in 2013.
Prior to launching Spire, Peter trained at CERN and the Max Planck Institute before turning to business with the Boston Consulting Group in
Europe and Asia, and serving as a quantitative investment manager for almost a decade on Wall Street.
Peter received an M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna, an M.B.A. from Harvard, where he was a Baker scholar, and an MSc cum laude in Space Science from ISU Strasbourg. He also serves as a Career Coach at Harvard Business School. His publications and patents span Computational Physics, Nano-satellite Technologies, and climate change adaptation. He currently lives happily in Luxembourg with his wife Theresa, daughters Alex and Asta, and cats Wolferl and Nannerl.