June 7-8 2023 | The Sunset Room, National Harbor, MD

*Information below pertains to the 2023 Summit. 2024 details coming soon!

Defense Strategies Institute is proud to host the 6th Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit. This comprehensive two-day summit will bring together leaders across DoD, IC, Federal Government, and industry to discuss the advancements in commercial and government small spacecraft and launch capabilities.


2023 Confirmed Speakers Included:

Lt Gen Phillip A. Garrant, USAF
Deputy Chief of Space Operations, Strategy, Plans, Programs and Requirements,

Dr. Derek Tournear, SES
Space Development Agency

Maj Gen John M. Olson, USAF
Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations; JADC2 & ABMS Lead,

Col. Edward G. Ferguson, USAF
Deputy Director, Space and Missile Defense,

Sandra Auchter
National Geospatial-Intelligence- Denver

Joseph Larson, SES
Deputy Chief Digital and AI Officer (Algorithmic Warfare),

Clare A. Hopper
Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office,

Download the 2023 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

There are efforts among leaders across DoD to embrace more agile ways to buy satellites in order to make U.S. systems more resilient to threats. A key component of this strategy is the transition to smaller satellites that can be built and launched within a three-year period, compared to the decade (or in some cases longer) needed for traditional satellites. As DoD looks to embrace a more agile satellite procurement strategy, it has become clear that SmallSats will be a critical component towards meeting U.S. military needs for space-based systems.

Leaders from across DoD, the Federal Government, and commercial industry will highlight the accomplishments and developments of the last year, as well as discuss the challenges faced in building an agile and reliable space architecture that includes the proliferation of small satellite systems. A panel of experts will also convene to share their perspectives on the critical role that artificial intelligence and edge computing will play in shaping the future of the US space strategy, as well as the technologies and policies necessary to maintain a competitive and strategic advantage in the space domain.

Attendees of DSI’s 6th Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit will have the opportunity to directly engage with leaders and experts across the space enterprise in a robust discussion about the bold innovation and action that will enhance small spacecraft capabilities and assure US space domain dominance.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits’ content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in human and technical analysis from space leaders to key policymakers across both military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.


2022 Participating Organizations Included:

Space Development Agency, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, OUSD(R&E), NRO, California Institute of Technology, Utah State Space Dynamics Laboratory, Department of Commerce, Defense Innovation Unit, NASA, NGA, Space Launch Delta 45, Office of Naval Intelligence, NOAA, US Geological Survey, US Naval Academy, US Navy, OSD Office of Net Assessment, Air Force Futures, NRL, Cognitive Space, SpiderOak, Emergent Space, TriSept, SpinLaunch, TrustPoint, Rocket Lab, L3Harris, Raytheon Technologies, TGV Rockets, VOX Space, Virgin Orbit, Moog, Terran Orbital, Boeing, The Aerospace Corporation, Loft Orbital, Forge Nano, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Mynaric USA, Lockheed Martin Space, Blue Canyon Technologies, Honeywell, Umbra, LeoLabs, CACI


*Summit is Closed to The Press / No Recordings*

Partner Organization:


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The SmallSat & Space Access Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.


Topics of Discussion:

- Modernizing Regulatory Framework to Enable Development and Growth of Novel Commercial Space Capabilities

- Expanding US Space Transportation Infrastructure in Support of Commercial Launch Capabilities

- Delivering Space-Based Capabilities to the Joint Warfighter through LEO SmallSat Constellations

- Leveraging Commercial Satellite Services to Increase Accessibility and Affordability

- Unifying US Space Operations and SATCOM Capabilities for Continued US Space Domain Dominance

- Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Enhanced SmallSat Data Processing

- Assessing Eco-Friendly Propellants and Leveraging SmallSat Technology for Lunar Observations

- Delivering Commercial Satellite Imagery to Enable Decision-Makers and Support the Warfighter


At Our Summit You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the US space enterprise.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD, IC, and Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum. ___________________________________________________________________________________