SIA Events

SIA’s 24th Annual Leadership Dinner

March 13, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
International Spy Museum
SIA Executive and Associate Members-Only

The Annual Satellite Leadership Dinner, hosted by the Satellite Industry Association, brings together top leaders from the government and satellite industry to recognize and discuss the critical role that satellite technology plays in the economy and defense of the nation and around the world. Open to SIA Executives and Associate members only, the dinner provides an exclusive opportunity for senior government officials, CEOs, and other industry executives to connect and network with colleagues.

The dinner features an esteemed guest list, including government officials, agency experts, Congressional staff, members of congress, and representatives from leading companies in the satellite industry from around the world. The evening also includes the presentation of the prestigious Satellite Leadership in Government Award, which is awarded to government employees or members of Congress who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in issues affecting the satellite industry.

In the past, this award has been presented to a distinguished group of leaders, including Congressman Mike Rogers (2022); Kenneth Turner, Deputy Director, Spectrum Policy and Programs, DoD CIO (2021); Cecily Holiday of the FCC and State Department (2020); Scott Pace of the National Space Council ( 2019); Jose Albuquerque of the FCC (2018); Julius Knapp of the FCC (2017); Lieutenant General Jay Raymond of the Air Force (2016); Karl Nebbia of the Commerce Department (2015); the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce (2014); 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 Radio Conference (2008); Representative Ellen Tauscher and Maj. Gen. James B. Armor Jr. (2007); Senator Ted Stevens (2006); Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. (2005) and Tom Tycz, Federal Communications Commission (1998).

This year, the seating capacity of the venue is smaller rendering the event even more exclusive than in previous years. Therefore, please book your table or seat immediately.

Please contact Jennifer Williams, SIA’s Senior Director of Events and Operations, and Operations at for any questions.

SIA’s Government and Military Forum at Satellite 2023

March 13-16, 2023
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Promotion Code SIA4SAT23 for 25% off all registration rates or to get a complimentary exhibit hall pass

Each year SIA organizes the Government and Military Forum at the Satellite Show. This year SIA’s panel discussions will explore the use of 5G technology in military communications, the competitiveness of the US in remote sensing, the challenges of communication in the face of cyber and kinetic attacks, the role of satellites in disaster relief, and the challenges and opportunities for next-generation space architecture. The discussions will provide a platform for experts to share their insights and knowledge on these topics, including the importance of standardization, how 5G can improve communications in austere environments, and the regulatory hurdles to the growth of novel space activities.

The 2023 panelists for the 5 SIA panels include Dawna Morningstar of Lockheed Martin; Rick Lober of Hughes; Brig. Gen. Steve Butow of DIU; Ward Roberts of U.S. Army; Michael Minero of Hawkeye 360; Conor Brown of Spire; Chris Badgett of Kratos; David Gauthier of ICCSC; Rich Pang of Telesat; David Robinson of Iridium; Dr. Frank Turner of Space Development Agency; Joel Schroeder of Intelsat; Jon Olser of Kymeta; Ethan Lucarelli of the FCC; Dr. Shanna McClain of NASA; Tory Bruno of ULA; Rob Hauge of SpaceLogistics LLC; Kelvin Coleman of the FAA; Richard DalBello of NOAA; Dr. Douglas Hendrix of ExoAnalytic Solutions; Maj. General Anthony Potts and Maj. General Rey of the U.S. Army; and more!

Additionally, for the second year, SIA has partnered with Satellite 2023 show management and we confirmed that the 19th Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves will provide Wednesday Luncheon Keynote with opening remarks being delivered by SIA President Tom Stroup. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Graves served as Counselor to President Joe Biden during his 2020 presidential campaign and held the position of Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations at KeyBank. Additionally, during the Obama-Biden Administration, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Graves served as Counselor and Domestic and Economic Policy Director for then-Vice President Biden. This experience gives Deputy Secretary of Commerce Graves a wealth of experience in the private sector, government, and non-profit organizations.

Don’t forget to use promotion code SIA4SAT23 for 25% off all registration rates or for a complimentary exhibit hall pass at the website

Please contact Jennifer Williams, SIA’s Senior Director of Events and Operations, and Operations at for any questions.

SIA’s 19th Annual DoD Commercial SATCOM Workshop Co-Sponsored by U.S. Space Command

December 12-14, 2023
Arlington, VA

The annual DoD Commercial SATCOM Workshop, organized by SIA in partnership with U.S. Space Command, is a highly-anticipated event held in Washington D.C. It brings together government leaders from various DoD agencies related to the commercial satellite industry to discuss policy and operational issues related to commercial and military satellite communications. The multi-day workshop aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between the government and industry leaders on a wide range of topics.

The past five years of the workshop has been successful in bringing a diverse and vast group of government agencies including AFRICOM, EUCOM, SOCOM, SOUTHCOM, STRATCOM, CENTCOM, TRANSCOM, OSD/NII, OSD/AT&L, DISA, NSSO, AFSPC, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the White House. These government leaders’ input and insights have played a critical role in shaping the conversation around the future of commercial and military satellite communications. The workshop provides an invaluable opportunity for government and industry leaders to come together to share their perspectives and explore solutions to the legislative and technological challenges facing the industry.

Interested in:
A Sponsorship?
A Speaking Slot?

Visit or contact Jennifer Williams, SIA’s Senior Director of Events and Operations at for any questions.

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