A New Webinar from Via Satellite
Now Available On Demand! (presented December 16, 2009)
Invite your entire staff to attend at one low price, $269 per location. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program for 1-year.
Today's U.S. Military needs more bandwidth than ever, and on short notice as new battle arenas develop quickly and unexpectedly. With the cancellation of TSAT, the military has realized that it MUST acquire bandwidth from commercial companies in order to have what it needs for advanced applications.
The problem is, the process of acquiring this bandwidth is stuck in a slow government, military acquisition process. The military needs the bandwidth quick, the commercial companies can give it to them (for the right price) and they both agree on a lot of issues. Once it enters the area of government red tape, everything slows down to the point where the military suffers because it is continuously behind on its needs and the commercial sector suffers because it has to sell that bandwidth to broadcasters and other private sector companies to make money.
DISA has come up with the FICSA program to consolidate some of the government agencies to make bandwidth acquisition easier, but a lot of people in the commercial industry agree that this new program needs a lot of work. On the political side, the satellite industry has both strong support and opposition to using commercial capacity.
Join Via Satellite and our panel of experts from the military, government, industry associations and commercial operators to discuss this important issue and come up with solutions.
The Webinar also will address:
- How the satellite industry and its military partners can make a case to Congress and express the urgency of fixing this acquisition process.
- What technologies that are being developed right now that will keep costs down and efficiency up.
- And more!
The timing of this webinar is key as the U.S. Military and the Obama administration figure out their future strategies for Afghanistan.
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Bruce T. Bennett
Director and Program Executive Officer
Satellite Communications, Teleport and Services
Defense Information Systems Agency
Bruce T. Bennett is the Director and Program Executive Officer for Satellite Communications, Teleport and Services, Defense Information Systems Agency. He is responsible for the evolution, planning, resourcing and acquiring of commercial satellite communications, Joint Satellite Gateway Teleports and overseeing the major acquisitions of the DISA strategic business units. The Commercial Satellite Communications and Joint Gateway Teleports provide the bulk of the Department of Defense’s strategic Satellite Communications transport infrastructure to the warfighter. The total scope of his acquisition responsibility exceeds $2 billion per year and he manages 300 technical and administrative employees.
Mr. Bennett is a career federal professional and has held many positions with the Department of Defense. Prior to 2009, he was responsible for the entire engineering and evolution of the Global Information Grid and the Defense Information Services Network. He led the redesign of the GIG to an Internet Protocol-centric service, established the Multi-Protocol Label Switching backbone, led the Everything over Internet Protocol (EoIP) transition of satellite communications first with the Global Broadcasting System (GBS) and then with the Joint Internet Protocol Modem (JIPM). Prior to coming to DISA in 1997, Mr. Bennett held numerous leadership positions in the development of US Army signals intelligence. His last position prior to moving to DISA was the Chief of the Research and Technology Branch responsible for all US Army signals intelligence developments. Prior to that position, he held several acquisition positions with the last being the Program Manager for the US Army Strategic and Fixed Station Line-of-Site portfolio.
Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Mr. Bennett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and numerous advanced certificates from George Washington and Texas A∓M. He is also a Level III Acquisition Professional in Program management and Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering. He graduated from the US Army Engineering Inter Training Center at Texarkana, TX in 1982.
Vice President, Global Government Services at Inmarsat
Prior to joining Inmarsat in November 2008, Rebecca was a member of the Senior Executive Service and the Program Executive Officer of SATCOM, Teleport and Services within the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), USA . She has also held the executive position of Director, Defense Spectrum Office for the USA DoD and numerous leadership positions across the defense market.
Mr. Schmidt has extensive management, strategic planning and business development experience in the telecommunications, information technology and information security sectors, both defense and commercial.
After serving three years as a U.S. Army Air Crewman, Mr. Schmidt began his career in aerospace and defense with the Link Division of Singer with P&L responsibility for multi-million dollar U.S. government contracts. He continued in positions of increasing management responsibility, working for other large multi-billion dollar multinationals such as Honeywell and Figgie International, Data Systems Analysts, Inc. and most recently, ARTEL Inc.
Assistant Director, Satellite Communications
and Cyber Security
The Boeing Company
Bill Reiner is the Assistant Director of Satellite Communications and Cyber Security in the Boeing Government Operations Office where he is responsible for the WGS, GPS, Cyber Security, and Satellite Services programs. Since his arrival at Boeing, Mr. Reiner has been involved in many aspects of satellite communications and networks affecting both the Boeing Company and the nation. In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Reiner was the co-chair of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Satellite Communications Task Force. During this activity, Mr. Reiner led the study focused on the use of satellite communications by the national security community.
Mr. Reiner came to Boeing in September 2003 from a contract support position on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT) where he served as the Department of the Army Systems Coordinator for Satellite Communications. In this position, Mr. Reiner was responsible for Army Staff oversight of all Army MILSATCOM terminal programs.
A retired Army Signal Corps Officer, Mr. Reiner served in many Army leadership and staff positions from 1980 until 2000. His career culminated as a Lieutenant Colonel serving as the Satellite Systems Integrator for the US Army Assistant Chief of Operations and Plans at the Pentagon. Mr. Reiner’s Army career included leadership assignments in both tactical and strategic units.
Mr. Reiner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Writing and Editing from Carnegie –Mellon University and a Masters of Arts degree in Information and Computer Management from Webster University. He is an honor graduate of the US Army Signal Office’s Advanced Course and a distinguished graduate of the Communications Electronics Staff Officer Course. Mr. Reiner graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College in 1996. He is married to the former Theresa Getz and together they have three sons aged 18-25.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Skot Butler held previous executive roles marketing satellite communications to both the commercial and government markets. He joined Intelsat in 2006 and worked as a founding member of the company's hosted payload team, also worked as director of business development for Spacelink.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Globecomm Systems Inc.
Keith Hall was named president and chief operating officer of international satellite-based communications infrastructure solutions and services provider Globecomm Systems Inc. in July 2009. Hall, who has been employed by the company for 12 years, oversees Globecomm’s infrastructure and service operations as well as the planning and execution of corporate growth strategies and strategic business development. He holds a BSEE from Auburn University and an MBA from Dowling College of New York.
Satellite News and SatelliteTODAY.com
Jeffrey Hill joined Access Intelligence’s satellite group in July 2008 as news editor for SatelliteTODAY.com and contributing writer for Satellite News and Via Satellite magazine. He also hosts SatelliteTODAY’s weekly video news update. Hill previously served as Web editor for Next American City, a national urban policy magazine and staff news writer for Philadelphia Weekly, the largest weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania. A graduate of Rowan University with a degree in journalism and writing arts, Jeffrey also holds a degree specialization in Asian studies. He is currently a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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Use speakers on your computer or speakerphone on your telephone and invite your entire staff to attend for one low price of 299 USD per site. Package options are available if you register for multiple webinars.
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