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As the newest branch of the military, Space Force is quickly building out the infrastructure it needs to be an effective fighting force, which means rich opportunities for government contractors. Given that space is now a major warfare domain, Space Force needs robust command and control systems, resiliency, cybersecurity, and interoperability capabilities.

Space Force spent $12.3 billion with contractors over the last year across a broad range of products and services. These represent lucrative opportunities for large, mid-size and small businesses.

In this Power Breakfast, we explored what Space Force is buying and who they are buying it from. We heard from senior leaders who talk about their needs and strategies and how industry can contribute to the success of Space Force.

Speakers

Maj. Philip Duddles

SpEC Program Manager

Space Systems Command

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Maj. Philip Duddles

SpEC Program Manager

Space Systems Command

Maj. Philip “Phil” R. Duddles serves as Space Systems Command’s (SSC) Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) Program Manager within The Innovation and Prototyping Delta (SSC/SZI), Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

The major leads a team for the Department of Defense's
only space consortium Other Transaction Authority (OTA), managing cost, schedule, performance, and risk on up to $13.4B in programs consisting of 101 space prototype development projects. In this role he serves as the prime liaison between industry and the DoD on innovation and prototype requirements across 15 joint mission areas to inform future defense architecture and to reduce acquisition risk of future programs of record.

Maj. Duddles received his Air Force commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at University of South Florida in 2010. He has deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM, SPARTAN SHIELD, and INHERENT RESOLVE. His staff assignments include Headquarters Combined Forces Command/United Nations Command/United States Forces Korea and Headquarters Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central). Prior to his current role, Maj. Duddles led the SSC team that managed and developed the strategic plans for multi mission Long Duration Propulsive ESPA rings (LDPE-1/2/3a), ensuring mission success for 15 hosted and separable prototyping payloads.

EDUCATION
2010 Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, Florida
2015 Master of Business Administration, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
2015 Squadron Officer School, In-residence, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2021 Leadership Development Course, Virtual, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2010 - December 2010, Missile Combat Crew Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg AFB, California
2. December 2010 – January 2015, Missile Combat Crew, 90th Missile Wing, FE Warren AFB, Wyoming
3. January 2015 – December 2016, Project Manager, Remote Sensing Directorate, Space and Missiles Systems Command, Los Angeles AFB, California
4. December 2016 – January 2019, Program Manager, Launch Directorate, Space and Missiles Systems Command, Los Angeles AFB, California
5. January 2019 – February 2021, Air Forces Branch Chief, Operations Directorate (J3), United States Forces Korea, USAG Yongsan, Republic of Korea
6. February 2021 – February 2023, Space Prototype Principal Investigator, Development Core, Space Systems Command, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
7. April 2022 – October 2022, Special Projects Officer, Commander’s Action Group, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central Command), Al Udeid AB, Qatar
8. February 2023 – Present, Program Manager, Space Enterprise Consortium, Innovation and Prototyping Delta, Space Systems Command, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (2)
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with ‘N’ Device
Air and Space Longevity Service Award
Air and Space Training Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, May 14, 2010
First Lieutenant, May 23, 2012
Captain, May 23, 2014
Major, Mar 31, 2021

(Current as of April 2023)

Jeremy Leader

Deputy Director, Commercial Space Office

Space Systems Command

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Jeremy Leader

Deputy Director, Commercial Space Office

Space Systems Command

Mr. Jeremy Leader is the Deputy Director, Commercial Space Office (COMSO), Space Systems Command (SSC), United States Space Force; newly expanded in 2023 and charged with enacting the paradigm shift to “buy before build” for all commercial space capabilities. Previously, as a civilian Senior Materiel Leader (SML), he was Deputy Director, Cross Mission Ground and Communications Enterprise (ECX), managing over $5 billion of space programs and a 520+ member organization; he was also the SSC lead for Air Battle Management Systems (ABMS), Kobayashi Maru—USSF’s premier software coding factory for Space Command and Control, and Cross Mission Data—which includes the Unified Data Library (UDL), Warp Core (Envision) platform, and artificial intelligence applications of space data. Mr. Leader was the Air Force Lead, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), where he also enabled rapid acquisition policy reform and modernization for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics). Mr. Leader was the Defense  

Fellow for former Congressman Jeff Miller, and was also previously the Deputy Chief, Evolved Expendable  Launch Vehicle (EELV) Acquisition Branch, Launch Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center  (SMC) where he led a team to assure both competition and mission success for U.S. National Security Space  launch for the next 20 years. He has also served as the Executive Officer to the Executive Director of SMC.  Mr. Leader is currently working Warfighting Communications in HAF A2/A6 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the  Air Force Reserve and has previously deployed world-wide in support of multiple operations. Before his  civilian government roles, he worked six years with industry developing Supervisory Control and Data  Acquisition (SCADA) systems for NASA’s wind tunnels, fuel farms for the Navy and Air Force, co-generation  power facilities, and commercial refineries across the globe.  

 Mr. Leader holds a PMP, CISSP, Sec+, and Defense Acquisition certifications in Program Management  (III), Engineering (I), and Test/Evaluation (I). In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing ice hockey, and  spending time with his wife Laura, an accomplished calligrapher, and their dogs Kepler and Tycho.  

 

Janet Grondin

VP, NDIA's Space Division and CEO of Stellar Solutions;

Stellar Solutions

Janet Grondin

VP, NDIA's Space Division and CEO of Stellar Solutions;

Stellar Solutions

Greg Pejic

Account Executive

Leidos

Greg Pejic

Account Executive

Leidos

David Hutchins

Senior Analyst

Forecast International

David Hutchins

Senior Analyst

Forecast International

Nick Wakeman

Editor-In-Chief

Washington Technology

Nick Wakeman

Editor-In-Chief

Washington Technology

Ross Wilkers

Senior Staff Reporter

Washington Technology

Ross Wilkers

Senior Staff Reporter

Washington Technology

Agenda

Times are subject to change.

7:45 AM EST Friday, January 19

Registration & Networking

Registration & Networking

45 minutes

Pick up your badge and enjoy networking with your peers!

Pick up your badge and enjoy networking with your peers!

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8:30 AM EST Friday, January 19

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks

5 minutes
ON DEMAND

Washignton Technology welcomes you to Doing Business with Space Force Power Breakfast.

Nick Wakeman
Nick Wakeman
Editor-In-Chief
Washington Technology

Washignton Technology welcomes you to Doing Business with Space Force Power Breakfast.

Nick Wakeman
Nick Wakeman
Editor-In-Chief
Washington Technology
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8:35 AM EST Friday, January 19

Keynote

Opening Keynote: Early Lessons from Space Force's Commercial Services Office

30 minutes
ON DEMAND
Jeremy Leader
Jeremy Leader
Deputy Director, Commercial Space Office
Space Systems Command
Jeremy Leader
Jeremy Leader
Deputy Director, Commercial Space Office
Space Systems Command
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9:05 AM EST Friday, January 19

Editorial

Space Force Opportunities: What You Need to Know

20 minutes
ON DEMAND

Forecast International's David Hutchins gives a high-level budget overview for Space Force, outlining the agency's spending priorities, identifying its leading industry partners, and highlighting resources available to interested businesses. 

David Hutchins
David Hutchins
Senior Analyst
Forecast International

Forecast International's David Hutchins gives a high-level budget overview for Space Force, outlining the agency's spending priorities, identifying its leading industry partners, and highlighting resources available to interested businesses. 

David Hutchins
David Hutchins
Senior Analyst
Forecast International
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9:25 AM EST Friday, January 19

Panel

Space Force: An Industry Perspective

30 minutes
ON DEMAND

A panel of industry executives will discuss the space market and how Space Force shapes the opportunities they are pursuing. This will include a discussion of the capabilities needed and how the competitive landscape is evolving for the newest military service branch.

Janet Grondin
Janet Grondin
VP, NDIA's Space Division and CEO of Stellar Solutions;
Stellar Solutions
Greg Pejic
Greg Pejic
Account Executive
Leidos
Ross Wilkers
Ross Wilkers
Senior Staff Reporter
Washington Technology

A panel of industry executives will discuss the space market and how Space Force shapes the opportunities they are pursuing. This will include a discussion of the capabilities needed and how the competitive landscape is evolving for the newest military service branch.

Janet Grondin
Janet Grondin
VP, NDIA's Space Division and CEO of Stellar Solutions;
Stellar Solutions
Greg Pejic
Greg Pejic
Account Executive
Leidos
Ross Wilkers
Ross Wilkers
Senior Staff Reporter
Washington Technology
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9:55 AM EST Friday, January 19

Panel

Space Force Small Business Priorities for 2024

30 minutes
ON DEMAND

A senior acquisition official will discuss the small business priorities for Space Force, including what initiatives they are planning and tips for small businesses to best serve Space Force.

Maj. Philip Duddles
Maj. Philip Duddles
SpEC Program Manager
Space Systems Command

A senior acquisition official will discuss the small business priorities for Space Force, including what initiatives they are planning and tips for small businesses to best serve Space Force.

Maj. Philip Duddles
Maj. Philip Duddles
SpEC Program Manager
Space Systems Command
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10:25 AM EST Friday, January 19

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks

5 minutes
ON DEMAND

Thank you for joining the Washington Technology Space Force Power Breakfast!

Thank you for joining the Washington Technology Space Force Power Breakfast!

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