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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
Space Division Quarterly Meetings
Upcoming Events
Past 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.


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


Mr. John Williams
703-303-7943 (C)

Vice Chairman

Mr. Marc Johansen, Boeing 

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. Arnie Streland, ATK 

Vice President, Midwest Region
Mr. Frank Gallegos, Lockheed Martin

Vice President, Membership
Mr. Rick Randall, URS Federal

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, Aerospace Corporation
Wanda A. Sigur, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Roberto L. (Rob) Vasquez, SAIC
Rick Ward, The Center for Space Entrepreneurship

Past Chairmen

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Rick Larned
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-AIAA Joint breakfast / luncheons (TBA)

  • Space division meeting during the National Space Symposium (TBA)
  • 2016 Space Policy and Architecture Symposium (TBA)
  • 2016 - The Honorable Peter B. Teets Award Dinner (TBA)
  • Air Force Space Command Executive Forum for CEOs (TBA)



Briefings and Reports

"NDIA-RMC/AFSPC Executive Forum, 26 Sep 2014"

  • AFSPC NDIA Executive Forum (pdf)
  • 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

     Mr. John Williams, Chairman, NDIA Space Division; General John Hyten, USAF; and General Craig McKinley, USAF (Ret.), CEO, NDIA
     Mr. John Williams, Chairman, NDIA Space Division; Mr. Myland Pride (accepting award on Ms. Sears’ behalf);Gen. Craig, NDIA CEO
     Mr. John Williams, Chairman, NDIA Space Division; Mr. Myland Pride (accepting award on Ms. Sears’ behalf);Gen. Craig, NDIA CEO
    Video Acceptance remarks by Ms. Kay Sears

    On the evening of Monday, August 3, the NDIA Space Division hosted its annual Peter B. Teets awards dinner, presenting the Space Divi­sion’s highest awards.

    The Honorable Peter B. Teets Awards was presented during the August 3rd Annual Awards Dinner at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia (the night before the August 4th  NDIA National Security Space Policy and Architecture Symposium at the TASC Heritage Conference Center).

    The Government category honoree for 2014 is General John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command.  General Hyten has distinguished himself as a leader in space systems operations and development for over 34 years and has had an extensive record of success, innovation, and contributions to national security space, as well as continuous support for the industrial base and the National Defense Industrial Association.  In his current role, he is responsible for organizing, equipping, training, and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command, and other combatant commands around the world.

    The Industry honoree is Ms. Kay Sears, President, Intelsat General. Ms. Sears has been a strong and influential technology leader for over 22 years in the satellite communications industry and has extensive experience in delivering rapid-response solutions to both military and civilian agencies of the U.S. government.  She is a key driver of technology innovation to support the global reach of government customers and has played a leading role in changing how U.S. government procures commercial satellite capacity, resulting in better service for the warfighter and savings for U.S. taxpayers. Ms. Sears has worked diligently to help focus defense industry on the critical need to advance the commercial/DoD partnership for continued technology strength for national security and is noted as a leader throughout the Satellite Communications Industry.

    The NDIA Space Division’s Teets Award recognizes public or private sector leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction, operational contribution or support of space systems. The recipient(s) must be of notable influence, and in their distinguished service must have made significant contributions that strengthened our national security by direct application of space capabilities or the enhancement of our industrial space technology base.

    Following the process of the last three years, a six-person Award Committee, selected two award winners for 2014, one representing exemplary government service, and the other outstanding service to the space industry.

    • The 2014 Peter B. Teets Award winner in the government category is General John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command for exemplary government service, and
    • The 2014 Peter B. Teets Award winner in the industry category is Ms. Kay Sears for outstanding service to the space industry.

    Past Honorees include:

    • 2013 - Ms. Betty Sapp and Mr. Jeff Harris
    • 2012 – Lt Gen Ellen Pawlikowski and Dr. Wanda Austin
    • 2011 – Gen Willie Shelton and Ms. Joanne Maguire
    • 2010 – Lt Gen Tom Sheridan and Dr. Ron Sugar
    • 2009 – Gen Robert Kehler
    • 2008 – Mr. Mike Gass
    • 2007 – Lt Gen Mike Hamel and Mr. Bill Maikisch
    • 2006 – Dr. Bill Ballhaus

    Ms. Sapp   
    Harris & Bates
    Bats, Sapp, and Harris
     Harris, Bates, and Larned  

    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
    • 2012 – Lt Gen Ellen Pawlikowski and Dr. Wanda Austin

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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.


    Space Division Quarterly Meetings


    The Space Division Breakfast Meeting:

    NDIA Space Division Breakfast that was held in conjunction with the Space Symposium at The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. 

    The guest speaker was Major General John E. Buck. Buck, USAF, Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

    Award presentation:

    Mr. John Williams, Chairman of the NDIA Space Division awarded the silver medal to Mr. Wayne Kauffman for his long standing contributions to the Space Division, serving many years as the Western Region Vice President of the Space Division, and in recognition of his outstanding service to the defense space industry during the breakfast meeting.

     Gen. Buck
     Gen. Buck - Speaker
     Mr. Kaufman Award Presentation
     Williams-Kaufman - Award Medal


    Other Previous Space Division Breakfast Meetings:

    The 2014 NDIA Space Division also held its Annual Space Division Breakfast Meeting (held in conjunction with the National Space Symposium) at The Broadmoor on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

    The guest speaker was General/select John E. Hyten, USAF, Commander-designate, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.


    Past Events



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    Folder: 2015 Breakfast Meeting and Award Presentation2015 Breakfast Meeting and Award PresentationSergio R. Alvarez Salvatori
    Folder: 2014_Teets_Awards_Pics2014_Teets_Awards_PicsCyndi O'Connell
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