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Securing space at speed

The demand signal is clear: the U.S. government needs to spur innovative commercial capabilities to excel in an increasingly contested space domain. Hear directly from leaders driving government-commercial collaborations about opportunities to help usher in the next era of achievement in space.


Steve Isakowitz | President & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Steve Isakowitz is President and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, where he leads a team of more than 4,000 employees committed to solving the hardest problems in space. Prior to joining Aerospace, he was President of Virgin Galactic, where his responsibilities included the development of privately funded launch systems, advanced technologies, and other new space applications.

Pete Muend | Director, NRO Commercial Systems Program Office

Mr. Pete Muend is the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office’s Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO) where he leads the NRO’s strategy for full integration of multiple commercial imagery sources. Prior to establishing CSPO, Mr. Muend served as the NRO’s director for the Commercial GEOINT Activity (CGA), a joint initiative between the NRO and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) established to position both agencies to take full advantage of existing and emerging commercial GEOINT capabilities. Prior to CGA, Mr. Muend was the Assistant Deputy Director of the National Intelligence for Acquisition where he was responsible for overseeing Major Systems Acquisitions across the Intelligence Community. Mr. Muend also served as the NRO Chief of Staff and in a number of other positions within the NRO and Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Jessica Robinson | Co-founder & Partner, Assembly Ventures

Jessica Robinson is a mobility investor, entrepreneur, and educator. As Co-Founder and Partner of Assembly Ventures, she invests in and strategically supports the entrepreneurs and mobility companies moving the Western world. She joined Assembly Ventures from her prior role establishing the Michigan Mobility Institute, an organization she co-founded to accelerate the development of talent for the mobility industry. Jessica previously led the development of next-generation mobility efforts at Ford Smart Mobility where she was the Director of City Solutions, a team which enabled go-to-market strategies for the company’s entire mobility portfolio. As an early leader in the new mobility industry, she held operating roles at Zipcar, the world’s largest car sharing organization, where she held roles in growth, operations, and marketing across North America. Her background in technology and innovation also includes prior work at Techstars launching corporate startup accelerators with industry-leading partners like Target and Virgin Media. In recognition of her public-private work, Jessica has been named a Next City Vanguard, a competitive distinction for top young urban innovators, and a delegate to the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program, an initiative that brings together cross-sector leaders to drive new strategies for shared American prosperity. Jessica graduated with highest honors from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in anthropology and brings an unexpected perspective to the challenges that fall at the intersection of mobility and technology.

Tim Trimailo | Materiel Leader, Blackjack/CASINO, SSC/DCIR

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo is the Materiel Leader, Commercially Augmented Space Inter-networked Operations (CASINO) program at Space Systems Command (SSC), Los Angeles AFB, CA. In this role, he manages the Space Force investment in DARPA’s Blackjack program, which will demonstrate military utility of proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite architectures. In parallel, he is developing foundational prototypes and concepts of operations for future operational capabilities leveraging commercial investment in proliferated LEO technology. He has served in a variety of space operations, acquisitions, and staff assignments at Schriever AFB, the NRO, SSC, and the Pentagon.