Big Day In Huntsville

Posted: September 22, 2010 in Uncategorized
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A big day for the Air War College Space Elective students, set up in its entirety by MDA’s Chad Pressnell.  Thanks, Chad!!

First, the Missile Defense Agency’s Executive Overview course presented by the Joint BMDS Training & Education Center.  Excellent!

Next, lunch with USAF Brig. Gen. Terrence A. “Terry” Feehan, Deputy Program Manager for the Ballistic Missile Defense System at the Missile Defense Agency.  Superior!

The afternoon was spent with U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, AKA SMDC/ARSTRAT.  Fantastic!  Very cool stuff regarding:

  • The Army’s first satellite in 50 years (upcoming)
  • Space-based ISR on the very cheap (upcoming)
  • Space launch on the very cheap (non-traditional propellants and oxidizers; rocket engines without turbo pumps; cosmic space-rated pressure vessels)
  • An inflatable, Special Forces friendly 2.4 meter inflatable dish which fits into two big Tupperware containers called the GATR (pronounced “gator”)
  • The Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation – Portable (GIIEP, pronounced “jeep”)
  • Time with America’s upcoming program managers, all veterans of the SMART (Science, Mathematics & Research Transformation)  Program, a part of the National Defense Education Program
  • A couple of very capable FA40s

The downside?  The Redstone billeting, building 1427, Room C.  No internet and cockroaches.  For what it’s worth, the USAF would have bulldozed the facility long ago.

Embassy Suites—sight unseen—is recommended when in Huntsville.

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