Michael A. Hamel
MICHAEL HAMEL was appointed Vice President, Strategic Solutions and Country Executive, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, in January 2017. In this role, Mr. Hamel is responsible for developing strategic solutions to new and emerging business opportunities. As Country Executive for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia he leads efforts within SSC and with other LM Business Areas to develop strategic space business with KSA government organizations and industry. Previously, Mr. Hamel served as Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Space, for Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company. In that role, he was responsible for all commercial space business including communication programs, remote sensing programs, wind energy, new product development and other advanced technology applications and business ventures beginning in November 2013. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Relations for Orbital Sciences Corp., where he was responsible for leading Orbital Science’s strategic planning, product and business development, government relations and corporate communications. Mr. Hamel served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 30 years in a broad range of space operations, development, acquisition, policy and command positions, concluding his military career in 2008 as a Lt. General. In his later years in the Air Force, Gen Hamel was Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, was Commander of the 14th Air Force, served in senior command and staff positions at U.S. Air Force Headquarters and Space Command and was Military Advisor to the Vice President on defense, arms control, non-proliferation and space policy. Mr. Hamel holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University. He is a Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Program in National and International Security at Harvard University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also serves on the boards of several corporate and advisory groups.
Leslie F. Kenne
LESLIE KENNE is a consultant for LK Associates. Previously, she held the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force. In her military career, she held the positions of Commander, Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom, AFB; and Program Director for the Joint Strike Fighter, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force. General Kenne received her B.S. in aerospace engineering from Auburn University, and an M.S. in procurement management from Webster College. She also attended the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School; the National War College; the Defense Management College at Fort Belvoir, VA; the Wittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire; and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
WILLIAM LAPLANTE is Senior Vice President and General Manager for MITRE National Security Sector (MNS). MNS includes two of MITRE’s federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs)—the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC) and the National Cybersecurity FFRDC. In this role, Dr. LaPlante is accountable for increasing MITRE’s strategic value across the company’s U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), intelligence, and cybersecurity portfolios. He previously served as vice president of the Intelligence Portfolio in the NSEC. In this role, Dr. LaPlante led key initiatives in support of the nation's intelligence community. Dr. LaPlante has more than 30 years of experience in defense technology, most recently as assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. During his three years in that position, Dr. LaPlante led the $43 billion Air Force acquisition enterprise budget, bringing it into alignment with the greater Air Force vision and strategy. Under his leadership, the Air Force reaped nearly $6 billion in "should-cost" savings – the investment of these savings resulted in greater capability for our nation's warfighters. In recognition of his outstanding performance, the Air Force Association awarded Dr. LaPlante the W. Stuart Symington Award for the most significant contribution by a civilian in the field of national defense. In November 2015, the Air Force bestowed on him its Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the highest honor it bestows on a civilian employee. In 2016, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program presented him with the General James Doolittle Award, in recognition of his contributions to U.S. air power. Prior to entering public service in 2013, he was MITRE's Missile Defense portfolio director. During this time, Dr. LaPlante was appointed to the Defense Science Board (DSB), where he co-chaired a study on enhancing the adaptability of U.S. military forces. He has resumed his participation in the DSB, where he advises top Department of Defense leadership on critical scientific and technological topics related to the effectiveness of the nation's military forces. Before joining MITRE, he was the department head for Global Engagement at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). In that role, he was responsible for all of APL's work supporting offensive military capabilities. He was also a member of the APL Executive Council. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois, a master's degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Catholic University of America.
Robert H. Latiff
ROBERT H. LATIFF retired from the U.S. Air Force as a major general in 2006. He is a private consultant, providing advice on advanced technology matters to corporate and government clients and to universities. Dr. Latiff is an adjunct faculty member with the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a research professor and adjunct faculty member at George Mason University, where his interests are primarily in technologies to support the U.S. intelligence community. Immediately after his retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Latiff was chief technology officer for Science Applications International Corporation’s space and geospatial intelligence business. He has led and participated in numerous studies on such diverse topics as critical minerals, and intelligence and surveillance systems. Dr. Latiff is an active member of the Intelligence Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). Major General Latiff’s last active duty assignment was at the National Reconnaissance Office, where he was director, advanced systems and technology and deputy director for systems engineering. He has also served as the vice commander, U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Center and commander, NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. While in the U.S. Army, General Latiff served both in the infantry branch and the ordnance corps where he commanded an Army tactical nuclear weapons unit. He received his commission from the Army ROTC program at the University of Notre Dame. He entered active service in the U.S. Army and later transferred to the U.S. Air Force. He received his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of the National Security Fellows Program at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. General Latiff is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Latiff is a member of the Air Force Studies Board.
Lester L. Lyles
LESTER L. LYLES (NAE) is currently an independent consultant. He retired as Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. General Lyles entered the Air Force in 1968, as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He has served in various command assignments, including Director of the Medium-Launch Vehicles Program and Space-Launch Systems offices; Vice Commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah. He served as Commander of the center until 1994, then was assigned to command the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, California until 1996. General Lyles became the Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization in 1996. In May 1999, he was assigned as Vice Chief of Staff at USAF/HQ ; and Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command in 2000. General Lyles received an M.S. in mechanical/nuclear engineering from New Mexico State University. He has received honorary Doctors of Law from New Mexico State University, and Urbana University. He is chair of the NRC’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and is a member of the NRC’s Air Force Studies Board. He also serves as a member of the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and previously served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in the White House.
Helen L. Reed
HELEN REED is a Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University. She has served on various NASA headquarters aeronautics advisory committees, subcommittees, task forces, the NASA Federal Laboratory Review Task Force of the NASA Advisory Council, and the NATO/AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel. Professor Reed has served on the Science Advisory Board for the National Institute of Aerospace, as Chair of the Aerospace Department Chairs’ Association, and as Department Head of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M. Presently a member of the AIAA Transition Study Group, AIAA Academic Affairs Committee, and Aerospace Advisory Committees for four universities, Texas A&M Institutional Representative to the Texas Space Grant Consortium, and instructor for AIAA courses in “Stability and Transition”. Professor Reed is the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors, of Chandah Space Technologies. She has participated in LoneStar Campaign with NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) for autonomous rendezvous and docking, LoneStar Mission 1/DRAGONSat/AggieSat2: 5” cubesat operated 230 days transmitting DRAGON GPS data; launch 15 Jul STS-127 / release 30 Jul 2009 / deorbit 17 Mar 2010. Professor Reed has also participated on U.S. commercial-space start-up specializing in products using small satellites for on-orbit inspection capability in geosynchronous Earth orbit for health management, anomaly resolution, spaced-based space situational awareness. Professor Reed received a B.A., (Mathematics) from Goucher College, M.S., and Ph.D. (Engineering Mechanics) from Virginia Tech.
David M. Van Wie
DAVID M. VAN WIE (NAE) is the mission area executive for precision strike at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) with responsibility for the strategic planning executing, and performance of programs addressing detection and targeting, kinetic engagement, and electronic attack capabilities. Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Van Wie was the chief technologist for the precision strike mission area, where he focused on technology development supporting asymmetric multi-domain system concepts for use in anti-access/area-denial environments. Dr. Van Wie holds a research faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and has lectured extensively in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. He served on National Research Council committees addressing conventional prompt global strike, civil booster systems, and Air Force development planning. Dr. Van Wie also served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board conducting studies on hypersonic systems, small precision weapons, virtual training technologies, future launch vehicles, and munitions for the 2025+ environment, and he served as the vice-chair and chair of the 2010 and 2011 Air Force Research Laboratory Science and Technology Reviews, respectively. Dr. Van Wie is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), an active member of the U.S. science and technology community, and has published extensively in the fields of high-temperature fluid dynamics, plasma aerodynamics, and hypersonic air-breathing propulsion systems.