Unfettered access and freedom to operate in space is of vital interest to western allies. Foreign proliferation of advanced space systems has resulted in congested and contested space operations — adversaries are quickly developing ever more lethal anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities, as well as advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. How can national security space enterprise transform to continuously outpace such threats? This focus will be on the need for urgent changes in space defense and will present the lessons learned for new models as well as how improved acquisition policies could meet new space systems and on-the-ground special operation’s needs. Finally, how should commercial space operators prepare for space as a contested domain?
Phil Carrai is President of the Technology and Training group for Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc, where he is responsible for all aspects of business operations, sales, mergers and acquisitions. Kratos Defense is an approximately $650 million public company focusing in Aerospace and Defense products and services.
Kratos Technology and Training provides products for satellite signal processing, testing, communications, cybersecurity, in addition to training and simulation products and services. Phil led the acquisitions of DEI (2010), Integral Systems (2011), SecureInfo (2011), BSC (2014) and the integration that followed which transformed the group to be a major provider of specialized products and related services to global commercial and government customers. Previously, he was the CEO of Ai Metrix, a telecommunications software company focused in the defense and commercial markets, which was sold to Kratos Defense in 2006.
He is a former Managing Director for the Morino Group and Special Advisor to General Atlantic, Inc. During that period, he served as the Executive Chairman for US mobile media leader Ztango until its sale to Widerthan.com (now part of Real Networks), and an active board member for Internosis, a commercial and federal services provider, until its sale to EMC.
Phil also was the CEO of McCabe and Associates, a testing and analysis software company, growing revenues during his tenure, and remained with the company as Chairman until its sale to a private equity firm. Between 1989 and 1996, Phil held a number of executive positions at Legent, including Vice President and General Manager of its $200 million Resource Management business unit, where he managed or was directly involved in numerous product launches, channel and international expansions, new product development, and mergers and acquisitions, including the merger with Computer Associates. Phil began his career as a systems analyst/programmer for Alcoa.
Phil currently serves as a board member for Network Alliance and is the President of the Alumni Board for Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He graduated from IUP in 1983 majoring in Information Science and Accounting, where he is a University Distinguished Alumni and a member of the Eberly Business Hall of Distinction, and received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989.Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch is Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy of Inmarsat Government Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications to the United States government.
Ms. Cowen-Hirsch is responsible for establishing Inmarsat’s strategic direction and policy with respect to the U.S. government. She also leads Inmarsat’s government outreach and advocacy program shaping its government focused capabilities and strategy.
Ms. Cowen-Hirsch brings more than 25 years of defense, aerospace and executive leadership experience to Inmarsat. As a decorated member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) in the U.S. Department of Defense, she served as the Program Executive Officer for SATCOM, Teleport, and Services at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). She served in several other key SES executive positions including as the first Vice Component Acquisition Executive for DISA, with executive management responsibility for the acquisition oversight and horizontal integration of DISA’s products, services, and programs. Ms. Cowen-Hirsch established the Defense Spectrum Office, serving as its first Director where her responsibilities included the development of national security spectrum strategic plans and policy and national and international negotiation of defense spectrum issues.
Her broad defense career ranged from systems engineering, experimental flight test, program management, spectrum management and a wide range of executive leadership positions. Ms. Cowen-Hirsch was a rated experimental flight test engineer; was the first female civilian Mission Commander for the Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA) mission, and was the recipient of an Exemplary Service Medal for her years of selfless service to the Department of Defense.
Ms. Cowen-Hirsch serves on the board of directors for the Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA), a non- profit association dedicated to promoting innovation and development of the satellite mobility market worldwide. Additionally, Ms. Cowen-Hirsch has been recognized for her professional accomplishments as well as her leadership in the technology industry and her dedication to STEM education. She is a recipient of awards from prestigious organizations such as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and Women in Technology.
Ms. Cowen-Hirsch received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. She serves on the College of Engineering advisory board and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Distinction. Having conducted her post-graduate studies in Engineering Management at the University of Dayton, she is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee Space Institute Experimental Flight Test Program; the DoD’s Acquisition Management Program; and the Cambridge Senior Executive Leadership Program.Clare Grason
Clare A. Grason is now the Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office for the Air Force Space Command.
Clare was DISA’s Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Division Chief where she was responsible for delivering SATCOM capabilities to support the joint warfighter, federal and coalition partners. Her portfolio included the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) Program Office, the Department of Defense Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Program Office, the Enterprise Gateways Program Office and the SATCOM Operations Integration Branch.
EMSS is an $800 million global satellite program that provides the Department of Defense and federal partners unlimited access to the commercial Iridium constellation, a mesh-network of 66 on-orbit cross-linked satellites, through a dedicated, EMSS controlled gateway.
The Enterprise Gateways Program Office provides and maintains ground infrastructure and services at 48 sites around the world. The SATCOM Operations Integration Branch facilitates the Division’s collective mission by providing customer support tools and other supporting capabilities.
Prior to this role, Ms. Grason was the Program Manager, EMSS. Other assignments include managing a classified telecommunications system within DISA’s National Leadership Command Capabilities Center (NLCC). Ms. Grason began her career at DISA as a contracting officer and served as the Chief, Special Projects Contracting Branch, which held a contracts portfolio valued at over $2 billion.
Prior to joining the government, Ms. Grason was a retirement planner for T. Rowe Price.
Ms. Grason received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from West Virginia University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ms. Grason is DAWIA Level 3 certified in contracting.Rick Lober
Rick Lober is the Vice President and General Manager of the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) at Hughes Network Systems, LLC. In this role, he is responsible for applying the company’s broad range of SATCOM technologies and services to the worldwide defense marketplace and intelligence community. Applications cover satellite communications on the move for both ground-based an airborne platforms along with numerous classified development programs. He has over 30 years experience with both COTS-based and full MIL communications and intelligence products, systems and major programs starting as a design engineer and progressing to a P&L executive.
Mr. Lober previously worked at Cubic Corporation as Sr. VP/GM of the Communications Business Unit. In this role, he led the company’s development of the Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) for application to both manned and unmanned military ISR platforms.
Mr. Lober worked at Watkins-Johnson Company before joining Cubic. In this role, he started as a design engineer for the company’s large catalog of signal intelligence equipment and progressed to a Department P&L lead for SIGINT equipment and systems. Mr. Lober led the program to develop the world’s first high volume digital HF receiver and also led efforts to move the company into commercial telecommunications markets.
Mr. Lober received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and is a member of the IEEE, AFCEA, AUSA, AUVSI and the Society of Satellite Professionals. He has published numerous papers and presentations on digital receiver design, high-speed data links, and satellite communications. Mr. Lober holds a patent in wireless communications and he and his family live in Annapolis, MD.Janet Nickloy
Janet Nickloy is vice president of Strategic Initiatives for Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems segment. Space and Intelligence Systems offers complete Earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection, and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing, and information analytics.
Nickloy ensures the breadth of Harris’ capabilities are fully employed to serve the customer community, leveraging cross-segment offerings, strategic partnerships, and comprehensive mission solutions.
Prior to her current position, Nickloy was the vice president of Responsive Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Programs, providing discriminating mission solutions for customer intelligence needs leveraging smallsats, hosted payloads, and conventional satellites.
Previously, she was vice president of Strategy and Business Development for the National Systems business unit of Harris Government Communications Systems, where she established and executed growth strategies for end-to-end mission solutions in intelligence collection, analysis, and distribution. During her tenure, the organization saw an unprecedented 30 percent year-over-year growth.
Earlier positions include vice president of Engineering for National Programs, director of Business Development for Aerospace Mission Solutions, director of Business Development for Space Communications Systems, and director of programs for NASA Programs.
Nickloy was elected and served as the 2013 and 2014 chair of the Hosted Payload Alliance and was honored as the 2014 Woman of the Year from ViaSatellite. She is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics (AIAA) and Women in Aerospace (WIA).
Nickloy has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She attended the Mahler Advanced Management Program and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Leadership Directions Program.
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers around the world. Learn more at harris.com.Ken Peterman
Ken Peterman is President Government Systems at Viasat. A world leader in satellite communications, networking and related technologies, Viasat (sales ~$2B/yr) employs over 5,500 professional and support personnel worldwide. Viasat produces satellite payloads and ground infrastructure, satellite terminals, networked data links and cybersecurity solutions that provide high speed, assured, secure global communications serving both the commercial and government sectors. Viasat’s government business is a market leader in tactical networking and Link-16 datalinks; information assurance and cybersecurity; assured, high capacity satellite communications; and air/ground situational awareness.
Before joining Viasat Ken founded the SpyGlass Group, a respected thought leader in emerging defense and aerospace market trends. SpyGlass works primarily with small and mid-sized businesses to formulate effective strategies to optimize performance, maximize growth, increase new market penetration, and execute challenging business transformation and turnaround agendas.
Prior to founding SpyGlass, Ken was President, Exelis Communications and Force Protection Systems, and President, ITT Communications Systems (sales ~$1.3B/yr). In these positions, responsibilities included general management of over 3,000 employees with facilities in 12 states plus the United Kingdom. Portfolios included tactical communications systems, satellite communications systems, information assurance and cybersecurity solutions, global positioning systems (GPS), electronic protection and counter IED systems, vision systems and integrated command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems for U.S. and allied forces in over 35 countries.
Previously, Ken was Vice President, Rockwell Collins Integrated Command, Control and Communications (C3) Systems (sales ~$600M/yr) and Displays and Awareness Systems (sales ~$450M/yr). In these positions, responsibilities included general management of facilities in 5 states plus the United Kingdom. The C3 Systems portfolio included special mission communications systems, information assurance and cryptographic systems, mobile networking solutions, electronic warfare systems, and MILSTAR satellite communications systems. The Displays portfolio included head-down displays for all types of military ground, vehicular and aerospace platforms, head-up displays for tactical fighter and trainer aircraft, and helmet-mounted vision systems for tactical fighter aircraft and also for soldier systems serving the US and worldwide market.
Ken also held positions at Raytheon including Director, Tactical Systems where he managed a variety of products and systems portfolios serving the global defense communications market. He holds a BSEE (high honors) from Tri-State University (now Trine), augmented by executive education at Pennsylvania State University and Stanford University. Industry leadership includes roles as chairman of the Indiana Aerospace and Defense Council and membership in the National Defense Industry Association, the Association of the United States Army, the Association of the United States Air Force, the Satellite Industry Association and numerous other professional organizations.
As a passionate and innovative leader in the global defense and aerospace market, Ken serves on a variety of boards and advisory groups where he has helped to shape the strategic trajectories of the tactical communications, mobile networking, cybersecurity, and satellite sectors for more than 35 years.
Ken is married to Ms. Jennifer Hawks and is blessed with eight children and five grandchildren.