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SIA July’s Webinar

The Future Role of LEO Satellites for Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)

Thursday, July 15, at 2:00 pm (EDT)

CSAR are search and rescue operations carried out during war when they are within or near combat zones,

This panel will describe and discuss types of emitters, frequencies, user equipment and how missions can be supported by LEO satellite constellations.

Moderated by:

Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association

Panelists include:

  • Billy Bingham, Director of Government Accounts, OneWeb

Billy is the Director Government Accounts for the global communications company OneWeb.

Billy brings a blend of military and commercial communications experience spanning over 40 years both from his service with the UK Ministry of Defense and subsequent employment with Industry.

He is responsible for business development and sales of OneWeb’s LEO global connectivity for UK Ministry of Defense, and European Defense, Security and Emergency Responder organizations.

In his previous role with Spectra Group, he was the Business Development Manager for the Americas and Europe, responsible for creating innovative satellite solutions to meet demanding operational requirements for Defense and Security customers.

Prior to his role at Spectra Group, he was an Officer in the British Army, retiring from a career that spanned over 30 years in several roles both at the Tactical and Strategic level.

His last 5 years served included a deployment to Afghanistan as Deputy Chief of Staff in the International Stabilization Afghanistan Force Headquarters, and the Ministry of Defense as a Chief Communications Information Systems, responsible for Operations, Planning, and Capability Development. Billy has extensive military and commercial experience working with NATO, 5EYES, and Defense organizations globally.

Billy was appointed as a Member of the British Empire in 2008 for his services to the UK Ministry of Defense and holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Computing and Information Technology.

  • Bill Raymond, Solutions Engineering Team Manager, Planet Federal

Bill is Planet Federal’s Pre-Sales Solutions Engineering team Manager. Bill specializes in designing systems used for GEOINT, and IMINT applications. Bill has designed systems for numerous DoD/IC, DHS, and Civilian Federal Agencies.

He is a 14-year veteran in the Air National Guard as an Operational Intelligence Analyst. He volunteers as a GeoMentor, helping educators facilitate the use of GIS and Geography in the classroom. He received a Bachelor’s in Cartography and GIS from Salem State University.

  • James (J.J.) Shaw, Director, Government Solutions, Telesat U.S. Services

James “J.J” Shaw, CDR (Ret.) U.S. Navy, is currently the Director, Government Solutions, Telesat U.S. Services. He retired as Branch Head of Satellite and Tactical Communications, OPNAV N6, in 2004, after bringing commercial C-band (CNO Special Project “Challenge Athena”) and Inmarsat L-band leases to the Fleet.

He subsequently worked for Inmarsat Government Solutions; O3b Networks; and joined Telesat U.S. Services in 2019 to help establish the Government Solutions Team.

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SIA Webinar: The Resiliency of Satellite Networks

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Please join SIA on Thursday, June 17 at 11:00 am (EDT) for our June webinar, “The Resiliency of Satellite Networks.”

Satellite resiliency differs between individual satellites and satellite constellations. Some of these resiliency factors are related to orbit while other factors are technology-based such as on-board processors or protected modems.

This panel will discuss what types of resiliency are required by both commercial and government users including which aspects of resiliency are important to each sector and where the industry is heading regarding future technologies, needs and applications. This panel will also discuss the pros and cons of each solution including data rates, service limitations and cost.

Moderated by:

Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Association

Panelists include:

  • Campbell Marshall, VP Government and International Markets, OmnispaceCampbell Marshall leads U.S. and international government initiatives at Omnispace. In this role, he partners directly with U.S. and Allied governments and militaries to ensure that their mobile people and platforms will benefit from the resiliency and flexibility of Omnispace’s cutting edge 5G communications system. Separately, Campbell leads efforts to develop new international markets by creating stakeholder interest and support around the world.Previously, he was part of the investment team at the Xerion Fund, a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund within Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to that,Campbell spent over a decade as a national security professional with the U.S. government focusing on a range of pressing international security issues. He also served as a key aide to U.S. Trade Representative and later Deputy Secretary of State, Robert B. Zoellick in the George W. Bush administration, and held strategy and policy roles for both the George W. Bush and Jon Huntsman Jr. Presidential campaigns. He also served on the 2000 White House Transition team.Campbell received a master’s degree in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University. He is a member of the Meridian International Center’s Rising Leaders Council and a “Young Atlanticist” member with the Atlantic Council. He is fluent in Spanish.
  • Jose Horta, Business Development Director, IntegrasysJose studied Telecomm Engineering at ‘’Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’’ and is now based in Madrid as the Business Development Director at Integrasys.He has an extended experience of 25 years in Business Development across Engineering and Telecommunications companies. He has an international background based in his high-level positions in UK, Riyadh or Madrid. He has an expertise in strategic customers management & Business Development, through new customers. Jose is focused on building new business, complying customer satisfaction excellence.
  • David J. Allen, Solutions Architect Manager, Global Enterprise Solutions, Leonardo DRSDavid Allen is a Solutions Architect Manager for the Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) business unit of Leonardo DRS. Dave has over 30 years’ experience in both tactical and strategic long-haul communications. Dave’s background includes 25 years of service in the United States Navy where he served in positions including A-Troop Sergeant Major for the Joint Communications Unit (JCU) and the Communications Director (N6) for NAVCENT’s Task Force FIVE SIX (CTF 56), which plans and executes expeditionary combat support throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Dave served at JCU a total of 17 years spanning two tours of duty. Dave’s military background includes numerous combat deployments starting with Desert Shield/Storm, to the NATO intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and throughout all phases of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.For the past five years with DRS GES, Dave has supported USSOCOM as a Senior Program Engineer designing and implementing technical solutions for the command’s Global Area Network (GAN). Dave’s current role in GES leverages his extensive expertise of tactical satellite communications, large-scale DoD networks and the commercial SATCOM industry to engineer technical solutions for an expanded customer base including the US DoD’s Geographic Combatant Commands, Theater Special Operations Commands, as well as other Federal and Government entities.

SIA’s 17th Annual DoD Commercial SATCOM Workshop Co-Sponsored by U.S. Space Command

December 14-16, 2021

Each year, the DoD Commercial SATCOM Workshop brings together government leaders from DoD Combatant Commands, Services and Agencies as well as commercial satellite industry operators, service providers, integrators, ground equipment suppliers, and manufacturers.

The 2021 Workshop is currently scheduled to be held live unless SIA determines it is not legal or safe to do such.  SIA will convert this event to a virtual one if we are not able to hold a live event.

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*Note: U.S. Space Command co-sponsorship of this event does not constitute federal endorsement of SIA or any other sponsors of this workshop.

SIA’s 23rd Annual Leadership Dinner

*Postponed until further notice

Due to the ongoing pandemic, SIA’s 23rd Annual Leadership Dinner was postponed in 2020 and at this time has not been rescheduled for 2021.  SIA plans to hold the Annual Leadership Dinner when we have determined it is safe to return to live events such as the Leadership Dinner.

Though SIA’s 2020 Annual Leadership Dinner was postponed due to the pandemic, the 2020 Satellite Leadership in Government Award was awarded to Cecily Holiday, who most recently served as the Deputy Director, Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs for the United States Department of State.  Additionally, Ms. Holiday had a distinguished career at the Federal Communications Commission.

As Deputy Director, Ms. Holiday was responsible to the Director for the Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.  The Office focuses on targeted bilateral-objectives divided by region and works directly with foreign governments to promote fair, market friendly digital economy policies for topics including 5G related events.  Prior to joining the Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs, Ms. Holiday was Deputy Director, Multilateral Affairs, Office of International Communication and Information Policy, Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy (CIP).  She has been part of the U.S. delegation for several ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) including last year’s WRC-19 where she served as a delegate. Prior to joining the State Department as a Foreign Affairs Officer in 2001,

Ms. Holiday was Deputy Chief, Satellite and Radiocommunications Division for the International Bureau at the FCC.  From 1986-1994, she served as Chief of the Satellite Radio Branch for the FCC’s Common Carrier Bureau where she created a new regulatory environment for the commercial satellite industry.  In 1980, Ms. Holiday began her career with the FCC as a Staff Attorney for the Radio Branch of the Common Carrier Bureau.  Prior to joining the FCC, from 1972-1976 Ms. Holiday served with the U.S. Army in West Berlin as a Russian Linguist for the Army Security Agency where she helped advance U.S. intelligence objectives.

“SIA is very pleased to honor Cecily Holiday for her four decades of public service with both the U.S. State Department and Federal Communications Commission,” said Tom Stroup, President of SIA.  “Over her distinguished career, Ms. Holiday has helped reform the regulatory and licensing environment for satellites.  This helped lay the foundation that spawned what has become today’s robust domestic commercial satellite industry.  She accomplished this while also successfully advocating for America’s communications and global spectrum allocation goals both here at home before lawmakers and regulators and on the international stage in front of organizations such as the ITU.  On behalf of the Satellite Industry Association and its members, it is my great honor to announce Cecily Holiday as this year’s Satellite Industry Leadership Award recipient.”

SIA’s Satellite Leadership in Government Award is traditionally presented to a current or former government official or member of Congress who has demonstrated long-term leadership and dedication to public service on issues affecting the satellite industry and has served as an example to others in government.  The Award has been awarded to sixteen previous recipients, including Dr. Scott Pace (2019), the FCC’s Jose Albuquerque (2018), FCC OET Chief Julius Knapp (2017), General John W. Raymond (2016), Karl Nebbia for his work with the NTIA (2015), Richard Beaird of the State Department (2013), Brian Nilsson of the White House National Security Staff (2012), Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein (2011); Major General Ellen Pawlikowski (2010); General James Cartwright and Mr. Richard Russell, Ambassador to the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (2008); Representative Ellen Tauscher and Maj. Gen. James B. Armor Jr. (2007); Senator Ted Stevens (2006); and Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. and Tom Tycz, Federal Communications Commission (2005).