September 9, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm

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A Global LA webcast on the U.S. Space Force featuring Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). 

With 6,000 employees and an annual budget of $9 billion, the Los Angeles-based Space and Missile Systems Center is one of the U.S. military’s most consequential facilities. The center is a subordinate unit of the U.S. Space Force and is responsible for developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining military space systems. SMC’s mission is to deliver resilient, affordable, and sustainable space capabilities. Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities. At its head sits Lieutenant General John F. Thompson, who will join us to discuss the U.S. Space Force, the economic and military value of the United States' space infrastructure, and the investments the United States is making to maintain its edge over its competitors.

Event hosted in partnership with United Service Organizations (USO). 


Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center

Lt. Gen. Thompson is responsible for approximately 6,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $9 billion. As the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, General Thompson manages the research, design, development, acquisition and sustainment of satellites and the associated command and control systems. His extensive portfolio includes military satellite communication, missile warning, navigation and timing, space-based weather, space launch and test ranges, certification for launch, space superiority, responsive space and other emerging evolutionary space programs. Read more.


Marissa Moran, Chief Communications Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy

Marissa Moran has dedicated her decade-long career to the intersection of media, communications, and social impact. Read more.


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