Recently 62MileClub partnered with Frontier Associates, Inc to create a monthly forum titled the Aerospace Defense Forum. We invite you to consider attending this regular series.
You are invited to the July meeting of The Aerospace & Defense Forum,
a monthly informal group of senior professionals to share news, information, and analysis concerning the commercial and defense aerospace industries.
Friday, July 16, 2010
7:30 am – 9:00 am
Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, 1900 Avenue of the Stars, 7th Floor
Los Angeles, California
Space is limited and Security-controlled. An RSVP is required to irosenberg AT frontier-assoc.com or 818-505-9915.
“The LA AFB Space and Missile Systems Center”
Guest Speaker: Edward Salem
Chancellor, SMC University & Director, Change Management
Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California
Ed will give an overview briefing on the programs the SMC manages, their economic impact, the POM and PPBE process and the future outlook, as well as the infrastructure issues for the base. Specifically he will address the following questions:
- What takes place at Los Angeles Air Force Base? What are SMC’s responsibilities?
- What are the major SMC programmatic directions and what local companies are involved?
- What are some of the technologies that SMC is interested in for the near-term and long-term future, i.e., on what might investor and entrepreneurs focus?
Ed Salem is the Chancellor, SMC University and Director, Change Management, Special Assistant to the Director, Program Management Integration Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center (Air Force Space Command), Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Ed has been in the federal service since 1972, serving with the Small Business Administration and with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Arriving at Space and Missile Systems Center in 1985, he has been Chief of Community Relations, Deputy Director: Commander’s Action Group, Director of Strategic Planning, Deputy Director of Staff, and Director, Plans and Programs. He has been awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the Distinguished Civil Service Career Medal. Among the many projects he has managed are the Center’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission efforts, the Quality Air Force Assessment, the base renovation and revitalization program, the deployment of a knowledge management instance, and managing change in the organization through business process engineering and reengineering.
The purpose of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is to provide a venue to share news, information and analysis, and discuss events relevant to the aerospace, commercial space and defense industries, with an emphasis on California-based activities.
Members are senior business service providers and other professionals, investors, government agencies, established businesses and entrepreneurs active in and with a strong interest in the aerospace and defense industries.
Each meeting includes a speaker and equal time for group discussion on current events. Discussion and presentation topics include:
- The established and emerging entrepreneurial space industry, e.g., New Space, SpaceX, Bigelow Aerospace, space tourism, satellites, space stations, microgravity research
- Civil space activities, e.g., NASA’s new strategy of purchasing services instead of vehicles
- Commercial and defense aeronautics, e.g., UAV’s, commercial and defense aircraft.
- Defense space activities, e.g., the Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane for a possible
on-orbit of up to 270 days
- Related topics, such as cybersecurity, space enabled applications in health care, IT, materials research, manufacturing, and biotech
If it lifts off the ground, it is an appropriate topic for the Forum.
What is the need for such a group? Why now?
Southern California has a rich aerospace history that started decades ago but a new chapter is currently being written. For example, space’s equivalent of Silicon Valley is developing 90 minutes north of the San Fernando Valley at the Mojave Spaceport where flight research and manufacturing activities supporting private sector and government-funded projects are currently underway. This activity does not occur in isolation of the established aerospace community dotting the Southland.
Who are the potential buyers of services? How are related emerging space enabled businesses being financed? How can the U.S benefit from a robust commercial space industry? How does public policy affect this burgeoning industry?
Although New Space has not yet experienced the initial public offerings, acquisitions, and venture capital commitment that permeated the dot com world, it has the potential to change the world in the same way that the Internet did for accessibility to information and communication. Super Angels, the President of the United States, and some investment groups are now taking serious consideration at how fledgling commercial space enterprise can develop from the tadpole stage it’s currently at and help it evolve to a robust industry.
One of the purposes of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is to provide a venue for those interested in this transition to share information and analysis.
Schedule for the rest of 2010 are:
- July 16: Ed Salem on the AF Space & Missiles Systems Center
- August 20: Gen. Gene Tattini, Deputy Director, JPL on NASA
- September 17: Stan Stahl on cybersecurity
- October 15: Rick Citron on commercialization of space
- November 19: Andrea Seastrand, ED of California Space Authority
- December 17: No meeting
Previous Speakers included:
- Rick Tumlinson
- Dr. James Wertz, Microcosm
Thank you to our host, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, LLP