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Space Division 

Space Division

Key Policy Areas
Areas of Interest
Board of Directors
Contact Information
Briefings and Reports
The Honorable Peter B. Teets Award
Upcoming Events



  • To be the focal point and coordinating element within NDIA for the identification, study, and resolution of technology, operations, management, and business issues associated with government policy and practice in national security space activities.
  • To serve as an effective vehicle for the exchange of views and information between government and industry on all matters of common concern relating to space.
  • To provide, in cooperation with government elements, collective industry viewpoints, recommendations, and advice on matters of national security interest regarding space.
  • To foster mutual understanding and effective working relationships between government and industry for the purpose of ensuring effective and reliable space support to national security objectives.

Operations: The Space Division provides a continuing forum for communications, discussion, and exchange of views with the government on all manners of space activities through the conduct of periodic meetings, conferences, symposia, and studies to carry out its mission. The division works jointly and coordinates with NDIA chapters and other divisions and U.S. defense and government agencies in activities relating to space matters. It maintains close liaison with other industry associations, professional societies, universities, and other groups with similar interests in meeting its mission objectives.

NDIA Space Division Events Information for 2014 (postcard pdf)

Key Policy Areas

The NDIA Space Division addresses numerous key areas of interest including: Cost Reduction and Cost Credibility of Space Programs; Space Operations; Space Industry Information Programs; Strategic Defense Initiatives; Space Policy and Strategy; and, Space Research, Development, and Technology.

Senior officials in such organizations as the Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space, the United States Strategic Command, the Air Force Space Command National Reconnaissance Office, 14th Air Force, NASA, Space and Naval Systems Command, Office of Naval Research, USAF Special Projects, the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center, and the Air University, all participate in various Division sessions on these topics, and others that are of concern, to provide all the relevant and cogent positions an issues of importance to both government and Industry.

Through their regular and personal involvement, the senior leaders of the nation's space programs verified the significant impact that the NDIA Space Division has on national space strategies and policy matters.

Areas of Interest

  The NDIA Space Division provides industry advice and recommendations to government on:

  • Cost Reduction and Cost Credibility of Space Programs
  • Space Operations
  • Space Industry Information Programs
  • Space Industrial Base 
  • Space Policy and Strategies
  • Space Research, Development, and Technology






Executive Council and Board of Directors


Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Rick Larned
Vice President, Space Programs
Burdeshaw Associates, Inc.
3421 S. Sommer Rd.
Veradale WA 99037-9185
Phone: 509-927-3369

Vice Chairman
Mr. John Williams, Universal Space Network

Vice President, Eastern Region
Mr. Al Ballenger, TASC

Vice President, Rocky Mountain Region
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Russell Anarde, Northrop Grumman

Vice President, West Coast Region
Mr. Wayne Kauffman, Raytheon 

Vice President, Membership
Mr. Rick Randall

Executive Secretary
Mr. Gayle White, Colorado Aerospace Consulting, LLC

Member Board of Directors (Past Chairman)
Mr. Edward M. Swallow, Northrop Grumman

Member Board of Directors (Past Chairman)
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) David Vesely, Consultant

Member Board of Directors (Past Chairman)
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) “Mitch” Mitchell, The Aerospace Corporation

Member Board of Directors (Past Chairman)
Dr. Michael O. Ryan, The MITRE Corporation

Member Board of Directors and Special Advisor to the Chair
Maj Gen Donald G. Hard, USAF (Ret)  

Member Board of Directors at Large
Kenneth L. Bonner, Accenture
Duane Deal, SGT, Inc.
Ryan Frederick, Applied Defense Solutions
Michael Hamel, Orbital Sciences Corporation
Dewanne Phillips, Software Engineering Institute
Wanda A. Sigur, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Roberto L. (Rob) Vasquez, SAIC
Rick Ward, The Center for Space Entrepreneurship

Past Chairmen
Dr. Michael O. Ryan
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Howard "Mitch" Mitchell
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) David Vesely
Ed Swallow
Gayle White
David Messner
VADM (Ret.) William E. Ramsey
Jerry Cobb
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Earl S. Van Inwegen 


NDIA Division Conference POC

Miss Angie De Kleine, CAE, CMM, CMP, CEM
Associate Director, Operations

Upcoming Events

NDIA Space Division Events Information for 2014 (postcard pdf)

NDIA-AIAA Joint breakfast / luncheons

AIAA-NCS & NDIA Joint Luncheon with Dr. Troy E. Meink, March 20, 2014 (sold-out)

Please contact Michele McMurrer at with any questions.

AIAA National Capital Section (NCS) Monthly Luncheon January 29, 2014

Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, Virginia

• Dr. Bradford Tousley Director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) at DARPA

Dr. Bradford Tousley (darpa pdf)

Space division meeting during the National Space Symposium

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
May 19-22, 2014

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Rick Larned
Vice President, Space Programs
Burdeshaw Associates, Inc.
3421 S. Sommer Rd.
Veradale WA 99037-9185
Phone: 509-927-3369


Briefings and Reports

DISAM Journal article addressing the Aviation Enterprise, a universal Space customer

“A Vision for Global Aviation Enterprise Development”

by Mort Rolleston and Lt Col Peter Garretson

March 17, 2014

HQ AFSPC A-5/NDIA Informal Discussion Series

Download/Print/View  HQ AFSPC A-5 staff members and
                                     NDIA Space Division Representatives
                                     Spacelift Discussion
                                     Tuesday, January 14, 2014

NDIA Forum on Resilience for Space Systems
August 14th, 2013
Colorado Springs, CO

HQ AFSPC A-5/NDIA Informal Discussion Series

Download/Print/View Satellite Operations/TT&C Discussion;
                                   HQ AFSPC A-5/staff members and
                                   NDIA Space/Cyber Division Representatives 
                                   Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Download/Print/View Winterfeld - Cyber Brown Bag Notes
                                   May 22, 2013

Download/Print/View Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Discussion
                                   March, 12, 2013

Download/Print/View Position, Navigation and Timing Architecture Discussion
                                   January 8, 2013


Executive Forum - September 14, 2012

Download/Print/View A Perspective on Disaggregation/Hosted Payloads
                                   Mr. Jeff Grant, Sector Vice President/General Manager,
                                   Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Download/Print/View Commercialization
                                   Mr. John Williams, President & CEO, Universal Space Network

Download/Print/View Performace Challenges in a Severe Fiscal Environment
                                   Mr. Joseph Wysocki, Vice President, Defense Services Sector,
                                   SCITOR Corporation

The Honorable Peter B. Teets Award

NDIA Recognizes Space Achievers

Each year NDIA’s Space Division recognizes outstanding industry and government achievement in space with the presentation of the Honorable Peter B. Teets Award. The recipients must be of notable influence and in their distinguished service, must have made significant contributions that strengthened our national security. Recent winners include the following:

  • 2006 – Dr. Bill Ballhaus

  • 2007 – Lt Gen Mike Hamel and Mr. Bill Maikisch

  • 2008 – Mr. Mike Gass

  • 2009 – General Robert Kehler

  • 2010 – Lt Gen Tom Sheridan and Dr. Ron Sugar

  • 2011 – General William Shelton and Ms. Joanne Maguire

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The awards for 2012 were presented on June 24 to Lt Gen Ellen Pawlikowski, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Commander and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, and Dr. Wanda M. Austin, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Aerospace Corporation.

In 2012 Gen Pawlikowski was instrumental in SMC’s launching four next-generation spacecraft, including Advanced EHF (AEHF) #2-2, Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) #4, Global Positioning System (GPS) #IIF-3, and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) #1, as well as four NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) spacecraft. Her team was personally recognized by the Director of the NRO for their outstanding support. These launches extend SMC’s track record to 79 successful launches in a row.

Dr. Austin played a key leadership role between industry and government in 2012, particularly in the areas of space mission assurance, space parts, and standards and specifications. In addition to leading Aerospace Corporation in its support to an extraordinarily busy year for SMC, she also demonstrated her commitment to the future through her dedication as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) leader, working to inspire and encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers. Shown in the photo are Lt Gen (ret.) Larry Farrell, NDIA President and CEO, presenting the awards to Gen Pawlikowski, and Dr. Mal DePonte, accepting the award for Dr. Austin.



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