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MilSatCom USA 2017 to Highlight the Wideband AoA and Direction of US Space Programs

Exclusive panel discussion explores the importance of Wideband AoA and its importance for the future of satellite programs.

Arlington, VA, May 25, 2017 --( Since the launch of its widely anticipated study of options for meeting future military satellite communications needs, the US Department of Defense continues to explore functional capabilities that the wideband enterprise requires, as well as the capabilities needed to include commercial and international collaborations.

With aims of optimising future US MilSatCom through comprehensive collaboration and cooperation, SMi Group’s 2nd annual MilSatCom USA conference, taking place on June 27 & 28 this year, will be hosting an exclusive panel discussion to further discuss and deliberate “The Wideband SATCOM Analysis of Alternatives and its importance for the Future of US Satellite Programs.”

Led by key experts, the discussion will highlight crucial topics such as the demand for and status of the Wideband AoA; assessing future programs and satellite capabilities with a focus on affordability; guaranteeing effective performance, protection and resilience in any future system; and key challenges facing the Wideband AoA.

Panelists include:

· Moderator: Brigadier General (Ret'd) Tip Osterthaler, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, US Department of Defense
· Joseph Vanderpoorten, Technical Director, MILSATCOM Advanced Concept Group, US Air Force
· Rick Lober, VIce President & General Manager Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network Systems
· Eron Miller, Chief, SATCOM, Division, Infrastructure Directorate, Defense Informations Systems Agency
· Commander (Ret'd) Anthony Vraa, Wideband SATCOM Subject Matter Expert, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
A detailed agenda including a full list of speakers and their respective topics can be viewed on

The two-day event will also highlight significant topics including the USA's acquisition process, the Wideband AoA and the direction of the US space programs, ComSatCom utilization and operational systems.

MilSatCom USA is a part of SMi Group’s successful MilSatCom portfolio of events which includes its flagship Global MilSatCom. Described as Europe’s leading forum for satcom professionals, Global MilSatCom has been running for 18 years attracting over 450 attendees and 40 sponsors. With a wealth of experience, an international reputation and an established MilSatCom brand, SMi Group are bringing this industry-leading show once again to the USA.

All active US and foreign military and government personnel will be granted free admission to the event. However, pre-registration is required, which is subject to final approval by the conference organizers.

All commercial organizations who wish to attend should contact Alia Malick on or on +44(0)207 827 6168.

2nd Annual MilSatCom USA
June 28-29, 2017
Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington, VA

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For queries on military bookings, contact Daniel Tyler on For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Alia Malick on For media enquiries contact Honey de Gracia on

About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at
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