Today, resiliency can entail multiple satellites transmitting data via different paths, orbits, or networks, distributing the overall risk of being compromised. Although technology has vastly improved, communicating in a secure manner remains difficult during conflict. What methods enable resilience in spite of the competition’s ongoing efforts to interfere with operations? Please join us as we discuss this critical capability and its challenges.
Mr. Chris Badgett is vice president of Technology for Kratos Space. In this role, he sets vision, technology strategy and direction for a portfolio of Kratos Space products. This includes secure and protected virtual satellite ground solutions for military and commercial applications. Prior to Kratos, Mr. Badgett served in the Air Force as a weapons engineer in the Air Force Research Lab. Chris has also worked in the Space Development and Test Wing as a program manager for a satellite system developed by Ball Aerospace. Mr. Badgett holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Tennessee and an MS in Space Systems from the Air Force Institute of Technology.Michael A. Chandanais
Mr. Mike Chandanais serves as the Director of Satellite Communications and Deputy to the Commander for U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s Satellite Operations Brigade. He is responsible for Wideband and Narrowband MILSATCOM global payload management as well as all satellite communications planning at the Command’s Regional Satellite Communications Support Centers. He also serves as the Operational Project Lead and Operational Project Manager for DoD’s Wideband Satellite Communications Joint Production Memorandums of Understanding and directs the Command’s delivery of MILSATCOM through DoD’s other international partner agreements.
Mr. Chandanais is a retired Army Signal Officer. Over a 23-year career he served in a variety of assignments at various echelons beginning with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse), and the 141st Signal Battalion in Germany. Later he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served with the 187th Infantry Regiment, Division G6, 3rd Brigade S6 (Rakkasans), and 501st Signal Battalion. As a field grade officer his tours included assignments with 78th Division, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Third Army, and Mission Command Center of Excellence. His final tour was with USASMDC where he led the Regional SATCOM Support Division. Since 2004, he was the communications planner for several key partnership events include the 60th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration Ceremonies, US Israel missile defense partnership program culminating with Juniper Cobra 2005, and several allied communications interoperability experiments including Talon Strike, Omni Fusion, and Allied Auroras.
Following Mr. Chandanais’ retirement from active duty in 2014, he accepted an appointment as a Department of Army Civilian serving first as the Chief of Plans for G6 Narrowband Division and later selected as the Director of Satellite Communications.
Mr. Chandanais is a graduate of Michigan State and Webster Universities, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
He and his wife Nicole have been married for more than 27 years and have two daughters.Raymond Lindenmayer
Raymond Lindenmayer currently works for L3Harris as a business development director for the Broadband Communication business areas. His customers include US Army, US Air Force, USSOCOM, and working with SATCOM partners like Space-X.
Prior to his current assignment, Ray was the Director of Business Development running the Communication Systems’ (CS) Strategic Accounts Group. The Strategic Accounts Group creates, manages, and executes goal-based campaigns to grow the sales revenue pipeline and assist in winning individual pursuits related to the campaigns. In FY18/19 the campaigns generated $256M in orders.
Ray managed the CS Top 50 customers and executive engagements with those customers as well as relationship management with key strategic partners needed to meet the revenue goals of the business development campaigns.
Prior to his business development assignment, he was the Growth Engineering Manager responsible for the execution of the division wide innovation process (I2) to identify new growth revenue opportunities into the corporate strategic growth plan (SGP). His group also identified, bid, and submitted research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) proposals that are aligned with Harris’ core technology roadmap, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and other government labs programs.
As part of his role as the Growth Engineering manager, Ray was the engineering manager for the RF-3590 Ruggedized Android Tablet and the RF-325N nanoSAVR ISR receiver.
Ray was the Falcon III MP Radio Software Manager responsible for full life cycle development of the Harris Falcon III Manpack AN/PRC-117G secure tactical radio product and the international equivalent 7800M radio. His team successfully launched the products in 2008. Harris just sold its 50,000 117G yielding over $1.5B in new product revenue.
Prior to joining Harris, Ray was a Chief Engineer at Xerox. Some of the highlights of his 16 year career include leading a large engineering organization responsible for full product life cycle development for the new family of high volume digital systems. The products yielded over $3B in revenue from 1999-2005.
Ray was born November 11, 1961, in Baldwinsville, New York. He entered the Air Force as a graduate of AF ROTC from Syracuse University in 1984. He has served in various communications and logistics positions during his 28 year military career. During his final 5 year tour at the Pentagon, he was responsible for programs, budgets, and transformation initiatives for the $4.5B Air Force Depot Purchased Equipment Maintenance (DPEM) program and the Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program. He was also the division’s most experienced AFSO21 black belt, successfully executing seven events from 2007 – 2012.
Other Air Force duties included Chief of Automated Logistic Technology for USCENTCOM at MacDill Air Force Base. Lt. Colonel Lindenmayer was mobilized for 1 year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was critical in the establishment of the forward headquarters for USCENTCOM in Qatar in November 2002.
L3Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving our customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. L3Harris supports customers in more than 125 countries, has approximately $16 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees worldwide.
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving our customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports customers in more than 125 countries, has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and 22,000 employees worldwide. The company is organized into four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems, and Critical Networks.Lt. Col. Gary G. Thompson
Lieutenant Colonel Gary Thompson advises and assists the Portfolio Architect and Corps on matters concerning business practices and technologies to advance U.S. Government, Commercial and Coalition Partner satellite communications capabilities as an integrated enterprise.
Lieutenant Colonel Thompson entered the Air Force in 1999 as a graduate of Officer Training School following 7 years of Army and Minnesota Army National Guard enlistment. He has served in a variety of acquisition, business, information assurance and staff positions at Air Force Materiel Command and Air Force Space Command. He was mobilized in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. While deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, he served under United States Central Command at the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan and the NATO International Security Assistance Force. Lieutenant Colonel Thompson transitioned from active duty to the Air Force Reserves in 2009 where he continues to support space systems and users worldwide.
2000 Joint Air Operations Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, FL
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2010 Space Fundamentals, Peterson AFB, CO
2017 Intermediate Developmental Education, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2017 Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2008 APDP Level I, SPRDE, DAU
2008 APDP Level III, Program Management, DAU
2010 Certified Information Systems Security Professional, (ISC)2 2013 Certified HIPAA Security Expert
1. July 1999-Sep 1999, Officer Trainee, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
10. Jul 2019-Present, Chief of Enterprise Satellite Communications Capability Integration, Portfolio Architect, Los Angeles AFB, California
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
1999 General Edwin W. Rawlings Award
2000 Top Contributor, Aerospace Basic Course 2005 Top Third Flight, Squadron Officer School 2017 SMC/MC Reservist of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant First Lieutenant Captain
Lieutenant Colonel (Current as of 1 Apr 2021)
30 September 1999 30 September 2001 30 September 2003
1 October 2010 1 October 2018
Will leads the Strategic Government Initiatives group at SES Networks and is focused on creating and executing SES’ business strategy, technology innovation, market development, and long-term vision for the Aero, C3, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) vertical for global defense, security, humanitarian and institutional needs.
Will has 20 years of experience in the field of satellite communications, including 8 years leading engineering, program management, product development, and strategic planning efforts for the United States Department of Defense (Navy). He joined the SES family in 2015, leading overall US Government sales and business development initiatives, before taking on his current role as Vice President, Strategic Government Initiatives. Will received his BSEE from Michigan State University with an emphasis on wireless, cellular, and satellite communications.