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We are delighted to bring you the opportunity to attend MilSpace 2011, returning for its 4th  annual installment in Paris. Don't miss your chance to network with the top MilSpace experts from across Europe and beyond.

This year the conference will focus on the changing nature of military space partnerships and the impact of recent government austerity measures.  As military use of space continues to evolve, ensure that you stay ahead of the game and build future space partnerships!


  • Discuss the changing nature of European militarization of space – what is the way forward?
  • Gain expert insights into the future direction and challenges facing Military Space in the US
  • Hear about the European approach to BMD and the differences between the European and US approach
  • Learn about the operational use of space and efforts to increase NATO spatial cooperation 
  • Identify future opportunities for military, civil and commercial co-operation
“A good programme with high calibre, senior speakers…” UK Ministry of Defence

“Another great conference, with a good mix of speakers. Thank you,” United States Air Force

“Excellent preparation and organisation…. Excellent level of presenters,” Belgian Foreign Office

“MilSpace is a topic that is constantly changing and remains an important topic of discussion for international forums….this was an excellent conference,” United States Air Force

Industry profile includes:

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts, Consultants & Officers for:

  • Space development
  • Space programmes
  • Telecommunications and navigation
  • Business operations
  • Sales, marketing and business development
  • Projects and programmes
  • Systems engineering

 Military profile includes:

Directors, Assistant Directors, Staff Officers, Engineers, Project & Programme Managers

  • Communications and long range communications
  • Space programmes and policy
  • Space operations
  • Missile Defence
  • Space situational awareness
  • Networks and network infrastructure development
  • Plans and requirements
  • Satellite communications
  • Operationally Responsive Space

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Director, The Air League


Richard W McKinney

Richard W McKinney, Deputy Under Secretary, Space Programmes, Senior Executive Service, US Air Force

  • Executing military space programmes across the US Air Force
  • Managing space acquisition programmes amid budgetary constraints
  • Plans for greater future cooperation to offset the costs of operating in space?
  • 9:50 The French Outlook on European Space and Cooperation

    Colonel Kary Mermet

    Colonel Kary Mermet, Head of Space Surveillance Division, French Air Force

  • Space cooperation with European allies
  • Utilising space assets in operations
  • The way ahead for French and European involvement in Space
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Partnering in Space – A UK Perspective

    Wing Commander David Keighley

    Wing Commander David Keighley, CAS-AS Strat Space, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The role of space in UK security
  • Cooperation with other European nations and the use of shared space assets
  • Plans for future space use and national cooperation outlined in the SDR
  • 11:20 Partnering in Space – A Canadian Perspective

    Colonel Andre Dupuis

    Colonel Andre Dupuis, Director of Space Development, Canadian Department of Defense

  • Policy on partnering with other nations with like-minded spatial strategy
  • Emphasising collaboration and cooperation in future space projects


  • 11:50 Partnering in Space – A German Perspective

    Olaf Holzhauser

    Olaf Holzhauser, , German Armed Forces

  • Optimising space based assets
  • How does Germany cooperate with partners in space?
  • The way forward
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Space Partnerships and Security Constraints

    Erwin Duhamel

    Erwin Duhamel, Head, Security Strategy and Partnership Development Office, European Space Agency

  • ESA in the European context
  • European space programs contributing to security and defence
  • State of the GIANUS and EFC initiatives

    Partnering in Space – Present and Future Space Partnerships
    Assessing the Impact of Austerity Measures on Future Cooperation and Strategy

    Led by: General (Ret’d) Bernard Molard, Vice-President
    Defence & Security, EADS Astrium

  • Optimising space based assets through greater cooperation
  • Can closer cooperation between nations offset the impact of reduced budgets?
  • Achieving maximum synergy
  • Shared investment in space R&D
  • Richard W McKinney

    Richard W McKinney, Deputy Under Secretary, Space Programmes, Senior Executive Service, US Air Force

    Colonel Andre Dupuis

    Colonel Andre Dupuis, Director of Space Development, Canadian Department of Defense

    General (Ret'd) Bernard Molard

    General (Ret'd) Bernard Molard, Defence and Security Advisor to CEO, EADS Astrium

    Patrick Chatard-Moulin

    Patrick Chatard-Moulin, Crisis Management Planning Directorate, European External Action Service (EEAS)

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 MilSpace beyond 2020

    Gerard Petitalot

    Gerard Petitalot, Senior Advisor for Military Space, Ministry of Defence, France

  • What lessons can be drawn from the last 25 years?
  • What kind of MilSpace architecture does Europe really need?
  • Does and optimal military space organization exist for the future?
  • What technical options there are for the future MilSpace systems?
  • Will MilSpace acquisition practices evolve?
  • 15:40 Collaborative Space Situational Awareness - a Commercial Software Perspective

  • A common challenge, a similar approach
  • Reducing risk, a modular approach
  • Commercial solutions - industry's first step
  • Matthew  Malek

    Matthew Malek, Director, Analytical Graphics Inc (A G I)

    Paul Welsh

    Paul Welsh, Vice President Business Development, Analytical Graphics Inc (A G I)


  • How can the EU promote and facilitate cooperation in space?
  • The role of space in European security and defence
  • Does the EU have an effective space capability?
  • Does space need a managing body?
  • Patrick Chatard-Moulin

    Patrick Chatard-Moulin, Crisis Management Planning Directorate, European External Action Service (EEAS)

    16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Director, The Air League

    17:00 Drinks Reception sponsored by A.G.I

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Director, The Air League


    Brigadier General Yves Arnaud

    Brigadier General Yves Arnaud, Commander, Joint Space Command, French Joint Staff

  • The growth and development of the CIE
  • Future French space capability
  • How has planned strategic capability been affected by recent austerity measures?

    Rodolphe Paris

    Rodolphe Paris, PT SatCom Chairman, Space & Radio Spectrum Project Officer, Capabilities Directorate, European Defence Agency

  • EDA work to consolidate European space activities
  • Developments in the ESCPC concept and future milestones
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Adapting Commercial Telecoms Services to Military Requirements

    Dylan Browne

    Dylan Browne, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Astrium

  • UAV datalink and backhaul solutions
  • Welfare and troop moral services
  • Tracking and Logistics solutions
  • 11:20 Satellite and Imagery Support

  • Providing satellite support to CFSP operations:
  • Support to humanitarian and rescue tasks
  • Support to peacekeeping operations
  • Support to combat forces
  • Support to military exercises
  • EU satellite potential
  • Future plans for the centre
  • Pascal Legai

    Pascal Legai , Deputy Director , European Union Satellite Centre

    Marcello Moretti

    Marcello Moretti, Data Manager, European Union Satellite Centre

    11:50 Governmental Telecommunications with KA-SAT: Eutelsat’s Revolutionary High Throughput Satellite

    Jean-Francois Fremaux

    Jean-Francois Fremaux, Director of Business Development, Eutelsat

  • 70 Gbps distributed by 82 ka-band spot beams and an advanced integrated network of 10 on-ground gateways
  • Coverage over Europe and the Mediterranean Basin
  • Broadband internet access for border control, tele-presence, emergencies, welfare, etc.
  • Fixed, mobile and transportable applications
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 NATO Cyber Space Security

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael F. Delorey

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael F. Delorey, C4ISTAR Branch , NATO Joint Airpower Competence Centre

  • Is there a lack of cyber warfare preparedness across NATO?
  • What can NATO do to become more prepared?
  • 13:50 NATO Space Policy Proposal

    Major Phillip Verroco

    Major Phillip Verroco, Air and Space Strategist, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)

  • The need for a policy
  • Why NATO policy differs from national policies
  • 14 Specific proposals
  • 14:20 Ballistic Missile Defence - The European Approach

    Olivier Zajec

    Olivier Zajec , Advisor , CEIS

  • BMD planning and policy at the European level
  • Differences between the European and US approach
  • What do the differences imply for the global BMD architecture?
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Security Policy Dimensions of SSA

    Jana Robinson

    Jana Robinson, Research Fellow, European Space Policy Institute

    15:40 Space from a Small Nations Perspective - The Czech Space Scene

    Petr Bares

    Petr Bares, President , Czech Space Alliance

  • Czech entry into European Space Agency: developments and consequences
  • Future plans for development of space capabilities
  • 16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Director, The Air League


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