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25 Apr

Vice President Pence Announces New Policy at Space Symposium

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The National Space Council has formulated a comprehensive space traffic management policy, which will soon be sent to the president’s desk for approval, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced during the opening day of the 34th Annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

“This new policy directs the Department of Commerce to provide a basic level of space situational awareness for public and private use based on the space catalog compiled by the Department on Defense so that our military leaders can focus on protecting and defending our national security assets in space,” Pence said during his speech.

“The policy will also encourage the commercial space industry to partner with the government to develop data-sharing systems, technical guidelines and safety standards to apply domestically and be promoted internationally that will help minimize debris, avoid satellite collisions during launch and while in orbit.”

Managing the movement of objects in space has long been a concern for the U.S. government, with the U.S. military acting as a de facto regulator of space traffic. The Defense Department manages the U.S. Space Surveillance Network, which uses ground-based sensors and radars to track satellites and debris in space, which are then logged in the space catalog.

Pence noted that there are “tens of thousands of man-made objects orbiting the Earth, including more than 1,500 active satellites and thousands of inactive satellites and spacecraft fragments.” That number will increase exponentially in the coming years, as access to space grows and low-cost launch vehicles and small satellites become the norm.

Although the vice president’s brief statements at Space Symposium didn’t lay out the specifics of the Commerce Department’s new responsibilities, if Commerce is able to take a larger role in regulating space traffic, it follows that the U.S. military will have more resources to focus on the business of war fighting in space.

“Under this new policy, we will preserve the integrity of our critical space assets and foster an orbital environment, where America’s space companies can propel our nation to new heights for generations to come,” Pence said.

Watch the vice president’s entire speech at the link below.

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23 Apr

Discovery Week at Aberdeen Proving Ground

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Aberdeen Proving Ground hosted the APG Discovery Week Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry (APBI) April 17–20, 2018. The objective of the APBI was for the Government to brief upcoming opportunities to industry to help potential partners better understand Army capability requirements and shape their internal development efforts. Odyssey Consulting attended this very successful event, which described potential future contracting opportunities for mission areas including: command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); research and development; and test & evaluation.

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13 Apr

Navy League Holds Annual Maritime Exposition

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This week Odyssey Consulting met with representatives from the Department of the Navy at the 2018 Sea Air Space Exposition, where we discussed technology applications and needs for the future. The exposition was founded in 1965 as a means to bring the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime based event located in Washington, DC. Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support. Next year’s event will be held May 6-8, 2019.

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12 Apr

Is Hyperloop the Future of Transportation?

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On April 11th, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington DC co-hosted an event with the Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) to discuss the role of hyperloop in the future of transportation. The hyperloop is a new form of high-speed tube transportation that has captured the imagination of futurists, researchers, and investors. Its speed and resilience have the potential to help address some of America’s most pressing transportation challenges. Maryland Transportation Secretary and chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA), Pete Rahn, began the event by acknowledging Maryland has a traffic congestion problem. He also expressed his organization’s willingness to support innovative new concepts to resolve that issue.

Following Mr. Rahn’s opening statement, Dane Egli, the president and co-founder of HARP and Chief Strategy Officer of Odyssey Consulting, introduced a panel of experts to discuss the value proposition, the challenges, and the status of current hyperloop efforts. Bibop Gresta, co-founder and chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) Inc., spoke of his company’s success in actually building the first hyperloop. TransPod Hyperloop CEO and co-founder Sebastien Gendron spoke of plans to develop hyperloop in the United States. Pete Stockton, managing director for Sonecon LLC, discussed security considerations and the need to proactively design resilience in the hyperloop infrastructure. The entire panel anticipates many advances in the near future for this industry.

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18 Mar

SATELLITE 2018 Conference Gathers Aerospace Community

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The 2018 SATELLITE conference and exhibition was held March 12-15, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Odyssey Consulting staff joined over 14,500 aerospace professionals to discuss the latest innovations in remote sensing and communication technology. For more than 35 years, the conference has brought together industry executives, government officials, entrepreneurs and satellite enthusiasts from more than 100 nations around the world.

Maxar Technologies CEO Howard Lance, a keynote speaker, shared how Maxar has unlocked the power of four market-leading space brands with end-to-end advanced systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise. He addressed the opportunities that he sees for industry growth in this new space renaissance and why now is the right time for a vertically integrated company focused on helping customers address their most mission-critical challenges. The new space economy is expected to become a $1.1 trillion market by 2040. As capital is deployed more efficiently and technologies converge, demand for data and insights is growing and global IP traffic is projected to be about 60 times what it is now in the next 20 years. Companies that can provide commercially driven technology innovation will be well-positioned to accelerate and lead the new space economy.

Key sessions from the Imagery and Sensing Forum discussed industry’s insatiable demand for environmental data. Janet Nickloy, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Harris Corporation joined John Serafini, CEO of Hawkeye 360 and other panelists to discuss how satellite imagery and sensing provides an impressive set of data analytics tools that are helping businesses and industries make smarter, more informed decisions about their day-to-day operations and their future growth strategies. The session featured customers that have benefited from these solutions and the developers that are making it easier to capture, analyze and explain complex data sets.

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03 Mar

Mark Littleton Joins Odyssey Consulting

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Mark Littleton has joined Odyssey Consulting as its Senior Contracts Manager. Most recently from 2011 to present, Mark has been the principle Contracts Management individual responsible for proposal generation, negotiation and administration at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.

Mark is a native of Fallston, Maryland and currently lives with Liz, his wife of 37 years in Parkville, Maryland.  They have three children and three grandchildren.  He graduated from Loyola University, Maryland in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned his MBA from the University of Baltimore in 1985.  From 1976 – 1979, Mark worked in the financial banking sector in a variety of capacities for the present-day BB&T as well as for M & T Bank, formally First National Bank of Maryland.

He began his 37-year Department of Defense related career in 1979 with Westinghouse as a Contracts Representative negotiating and managing a portfolio of spares and repair related logistics contracts before being given increasing levels of responsibility for prime mission hardware.

Mark’s DoD, commercial and classified business management experience literally covers major products from under seas to outer space and all points in between, foreign and domestic, both as a prime contractor and as a major first tier subcontractor.  He led or participated in over 100 negotiations totaling in excess of $5B and has managed over $8B of contract value.

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31 May

Dane Egli, PhD Named Chief Strategy Officer

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image00Dr. Dane Egli has been appointed to the position of Chief Strategy Officer of Odyssey Consulting, Inc. He will be responsible for establishing and executing a comprehensive strategic plan to carry out the long-term goals of the company. He will report directly to the CEO and provide actionable, quantitative plans to support the company’s key strategic initiatives.

Most recently Dr. Egli has been a senior advisor for National Security Strategies at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, focused on Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Resilience, Cyber and Maritime Security.

From 2004-2006 he served at the White House on the National Security Council staff as a Director for Counterterrorism and Global Counternarcotics, and was senior advisor to President George W. Bush on hostage rescue and global counternarcotics policy.

During a 33-year Coast Guard career, he served on six cutters in operational assignments conducting search & rescue and maritime law enforcement missions. He also served at US NORTHCOM as a senior advisor to the Combatant Commander (2006-2008). In the private sector (2008-2011), he was a senior systems engineer and business consultant for Integrity Applications Inc., Naval Research Laboratory, and several Fortune 100 Companies.

He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and Whiting School of Engineering; Distinguished Professor at the Colorado Technical University in Homeland Security Studies; and adjunct professor at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs for Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, and Cyber Security.

Dr. Egli is a native of Danville, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1979, earning a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in Civil Engineering. He received graduate degrees from George Washington University and National Defense University, a doctoral degree from University of Colorado (Denver) and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.

He is the author of “Beyond the Storms: Strengthening Homeland Security and Disaster Management to Achieve Resilience,” published in 2014. He regularly appears on ABC, CNN, FOX News, Al Jazeera America, C-SPAN, and NPR to address the current war on terrorism, homeland security, emerging threats, and hostage rescue policy.

“Dane is an experienced visionary and change agent,” says Bradley Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of Odyssey Consulting, Inc. “We are excited to welcome him to the team as we work together to execute the company’s strategic initiatives.”

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