National Space Symposium panel: “The Government Customer Buys Commercial”
The National Space Symposium is coming up in less than two weeks. It’s a great event—in fact, I haven’t missed one day of the show in 22 years. The program, exhibit floor and networking events just keep getting better all the time, and this year is no exception.
The Space Foundation has put together a great program with a tremendous lineup of speakers and panels every day. One you won’t want to miss is on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. — “The Government Customer Buys Commercial.” It’s an exciting and timely topic with a super group of panelists—Charlie Baker from the Office of Space Commercialization; Lt. Gen. (ret) Mike Hamel, senior vice president (SVP) of corporate strategy and development for Orbital Sciences and former head of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC); and Maj. Gen. John Hyten, head of space and missile acquisition for the Secretary of the Air Force. Each one has significant hands-on experience with this topic.
The panelists will give their views on the environment we’re working with today given the National Space Policy, DoD’s efficiency initiative and Ashton Carter’s Better Buying Power guidance. They will also talk about what the government buyer needs; how commercial fits into the picture; and what can be done to stimulate the use of commercial products in space and defense.
Mark your calendars for April 14 at 11:15 a.m. We hope to see you there!