Event Calendar

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

America's Future in Space: A Discussion of Possibilities for Small Businesses (unclassified)

Start Date: 6/8/2021 8:00 AM EDT
End Date: 6/8/2021 9:30 AM EDT

Venue Name: Zoom Webinar

Organization Name: SECAF

Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
8:00- 9:30am

Monthly Briefing: America's Future in Space - A Discussion of Possibilities for Small Businesses (unclassified)

This event is focused on helping small business understand how the U.S is engaging in creating space superiority and what the future holds for that realm.  

In the year 1800, John Adams was President of the United States and the Louisiana Purchase made by Thomas Jefferson was still three years away. The United States of America had 16 states and was 27 years old. In one short century, the country expanded to the Pacific Ocean and finished creating the foundation for our nation today. 

What will the year 2100 look like? In 1800, did early Americans think about long wagon caravans and settlers protected by the US Army, new government policies for managing growth of the West, or the need for treaties with our neighbors and other governments? In this century, technology and opportunity will bring incredible changes some of which we are already seeing with NASA’s Artemis Program to return to the moon and build a permanent presence, Billionaire entrepreneurs that will turn spaceflight into the newest domain for tourists, and industry plans to colonize Mars and mine asteroids for their raw materials. 

What types of organizations, human capital, technology, vehicles and equipment will be required to transform science fiction into tomorrow’s new business? How will these needs transform every spectrum of our lives from higher education to services and manufacturing? What new markets will be created?

For SECAF’s last session of the year, we wanted to expand everyone’s minds as well as discuss future business opportunities. Our panel will help you understand the efforts to achieve Space Superiority and  how relationships between government and industry continue to strengthen. Our panel will also look into the future and discuss what a nation working in space could look like.

Who should attend this event?  
  • CEOs and Presidents
  • Business Development Executives
  • Other company officers responsible for business growth and development.
  • Thomas Dorame - Senior Vice President, The Space Foundation
  • John T. Sheridan - General Manager, JTSheridan Associates LLC.
  • Jason L. Terry - Col, USSF Director, Policy and Integration, Office of the ASAF for Space Acquisition & Integration (SAF/SP)
  • Paula Trimble - Chief, Policy Legislative Affairs Director, Space Development Agency
Registration is required.
  • SECAF Members - Complimentary
  • Non-Members - $35
Register by Monday, June 7th by 12:00pm.
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Thomas Dorame leads Symposium 365, the premier source for media and events in the global space ecosystem, offering authoritative news and information and venues for networking and conducting business — including the world-renowned Space Symposium, The Space Report and Symposium 365 Digital Platform.

Based in Washington, D.C., Thomas brings a combination of military and civilian education to Space Foundation, complemented by both operational experience and working strategic issues. He engages with government, commercial and education sectors to produce signature programming — live and online — for professionals, entrepreneurs, educators and students to learn, connect and conduct business 365 days a year.

Thomas is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with 30 years of active military service and experience managing diverse, multidiscipline organizations. Throughout his distinguished military career, Thomas commanded combat units at several levels and has multiple operational deployments, which include Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait: 1991), Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia: 1996), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq: 2003, 2008, 2010).

Well-recognized as a team builder with a strong record of leading large organizations as well as small teams of experts through complex and critical situations, Thomas is also a skilled strategist, with experience in operational planning and policy development. He has been instrumental at all levels in implementing change to improve processes, transform organizations, and implement innovative solutions.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, with studies at Oxford University. He also earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.

John T. (Tom) Sheridan is currently General Manager of his own company, JTSheridan Associates LLC. His career in the Aerospace Industry has spanned 40+ years. Prior to forming JTSheridan Associates LLC in 2016, Tom served as Senior Vice President of Vencore's Space Group, overseeing 1000 engineers and scientists engaged in Systems Engineering and Integration projects for the US Government. Tom also served as Vice President, Space Group for the SI Organization, the predecessor company of Vencore. 

Tom retired from the US Air Force as a Lieutenant General in 2011, after 36 years of active duty service. His principal assignments were in Space Systems Development and Operations, and in Spacecraft, Rocket, Missile, and Aircraft Acquisition. Tom's senior assignments in the Air Force included Group Commander, Operating Division 2, England; Commandant, Air Command and Staff College; Director of Requirements, Air Force Space Command; Program Director and Program Executive Officer (PEO) of the Space Radar Program; Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; and Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force PEO for Space. 

During his career, Tom has been the recipient of several honors and awards including the Air Force Association's General Bernard A. Schriever National Space Leadership Award, the National Defense Industrial Association's Honorable Peter B. Teets Award, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Dr. Wernher von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management. 
Col Jason L. Terry is assigned as Director of Policy and Integration for the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, SAF/SP.  This office leads integration, synchronization, and acquisition of space systems and programs to promote unity of effort across the national security space enterprise, guide efficient Department of Defense investments, and drive delivery of combat-ready space capabilities to the Joint Force.

Col Terry is a 1993 graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  He was commissioned in 1999 through Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  His first assignment was Undergraduate Space and Missile Training at Vandenberg AFB, California.  Upon graduation, he served as a Missile Combat Crew Commander, Instructor, and Chief of Courseware Training at Malmstrom AFB, Montana.  Col Terry was assigned to the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colorado as the Chief of Mobile Milstar Operations and 50th Operations Support Squadron as Chief of Wing Weapons and Tactics Combat Training.  In 2007, Col Terry earned his Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.  In 2008, Col Terry was assigned to the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, California, culminating as the Chief, Current Operations Branch.  Upon completion of Joint and Combined Warfighting School, he was certified as a Joint Qualified Officer.  In 2012, Col Terry graduated from Joint Command and Staff Program at Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario.  He spent the next two years as Project Officer for Low and Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (LEOSAR and MEOSAR) satellite programs at National Defence Headquarters and as the Director of the Canadian Space Operations Center (CANSpOC) in Ottawa, Ontario.  Col Terry served as the Operations Officer for the 21st Operations Support Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colorado and commanded the 7th Space Warning Squadron, Beale AFB, California.  Following command, Col Terry served as Chief, Space and Missile Defense Branch, Joint Staff J-36, providing space, missile warning, integrated air and missile defense, and meteorological and oceanographic subject matter expertise to the Chairman, Department of Defense senior leadership, and the National Security Staff.

Col Terry is married to the former Fiona Alferez of Chicago, Illinois.  They have a daughter, Isadora Terry.