Hear how Space has become an integral part of our military’s capabilities. Our panelists will speak on the operational as well as the programmatic aspects of Space from a defense and security perspective. The increasing availability of access to space will have profound consequences for the global security environment. Since Colorado has more aerospace jobs per capita than any other state in the Union, this is a topic that is very important to us all.

Moderator: Shane Deichman
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.

Shane Deichman is Senior Director for Business Development at Teledyne Brown Engineering, in the company’s Colorado Springs office. His role is to support strategic business development, partnering, and acquisitions in the defense, space, energy, and intelligence community markets. Shane joined Teledyne Brown in March 2017. Prior to joining Teledyne, Shane was Program Manager for Space Integration & Early Warning in the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications(C2BMC) Directorate at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), where he was responsible for integrating space-based sensors into the C2BMC architecture – providing Warfighters with better data more quickly. A graduate of the U.S. Naval War College (1994) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government “Senior Executive Fellows” Program (2003), Shane also holds an M.S. in Engineering Systems from Naval Postgraduate School-Monterey (2016), an M.S. in Management from Salve Regina University (1997), and a Baccalaureate in Nuclear Physics from the University of California at Berkeley (1989).


Commander, 3rdSpace Experimentation Squadron

Lt Col Kevin G. Amsden is the Commander of the 3d Space Experimentation Squadron, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. In this role, he leads the Air Force’s only unit for space-based demonstrations and experimentation. In addition to developing operational concepts for current and future space systems, the squadron recently operated the Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite, managed the Multi-Mission Satellite Operations Center (MMSOC) ground system, and oversees operations of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). Lt Col Amsden entered the Air Force in 1999 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Brigham Young University. His background includes various duties in intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and space situational awareness (SSA) operations, as well as research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) and satellite command and control. He was the lead orbital analyst for the Operation Burnt Frost satellite engagement, a Service Chiefs Intern at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and an executive officer for an Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study on extended uses of space sensors.


Chief Scientist, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC/HBQ)

Dr. Bob Racca is the Chief Scientist of the Strategic Warning and Surveillance Systems Division under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC/HBQ) which is part of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).  This organization is responsible for the design, fielding and maintenance of the U.S. Strategic Warning system with the responsibility to characterize adversary missile threats against the U.S. and its allies. Dr. Racca’s responsibilities include the generation of the operational databases and algorithms used by both the Missile Warning and Missile Defense Communities.

Dr. Racca has 35 years of experience modeling both ballistic missile and satellite trajectories and recently completed an operational model to predict impact trajectories for hypersonic vehicles.  He holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Physics from Kansas University and a Master of Engineering in Astrodynamics from the University of Colorado.

Chief Defense Development Officer
Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC

As Chief Defense Development Officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC, Rich leads their community engagement with military and aerospace and defense industry, as well as support to economic development and government affairs activities as they relate to the defense sector.  In the context of the Chamber & EDC, the defense sector comprises military bases and missions, private sector companies and organizations, and the organizations that support them.  He shares responsibility for cultivating, recruiting and maintaining relationships with Chamber & EDC members and investors, with his primary focus on military installations and defense companies in the Pikes Peak Region.

Rich served nearly 30 years in the U.S. Air Force (Colonel, Retired), splitting that time between active duty and the Air Force Reserves. He holds a master’s degree and project management professional certification.

Lt Col (ret) Gordon White
U.S. Strategic Command Joint Early Warning Lab.

Bio coming soon!