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NDIA Space Division to Present 2014 Peter B. Teets Award to General John Hyten, USAF, and Ms. Kay Sears

July 21, 2015

The Space Division of NDIA will present the Honorable Peter B. Teets award on Monday, August 3rd in Chantilly, VA.  The award is the Space Division’s highest honor and serves to recognize public or private sector leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction, operational contribution or support of space systems. Each year there is a winner from both government and industry.

The Government category honoree for 2014 is General John Hyten, Commander Air Force Space Command. General Hyten has distinguished himself as a leader in space systems operations and development for over 34 years and has had an extensive record of success, innovation, and contributions to national security space, as well as continuous support for the industrial base and the National Defense Industrial Association. In his current role, he is responsible for organizing, equipping, training, and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command, and other combatant commands around the world.

The Industry honoree is Ms. Kay Sears, President, Intelsat General. Ms. Sears has been a strong and influential technology leader for over 22 years in the satellite communications industry and has extensive experience in delivering rapid-response solutions to both military and civilian agencies of the U.S. government. She is a key driver of technology innovation to support the global reach of government customers and has played a leading role in changing how U.S. government procures commercial satellite capacity, resulting in better service for the warfighter and savings for U.S.  taxpayers. Ms. Sears has worked diligently to help focus defense industry on the critical need to advance the commercial/DoD partnership for continued technology strength for national security and is noted as a leader throughout the Satellite Communications Industry.

Selected by a six-person Award Committee, the recipients met criteria that include displaying notable influence, and in their distinguished service have made significant contributions that strengthened our national security by direct application of space capabilities or the enhancement of our industrial space technology base. This year’s winners extend a remarkable lineage of excellence in space achievement. Recent past winners include Ms. Betty Sapp and Mr. Jeff Harris (2013), Lt Gen Ellen Pawlikowski and Dr. Wanda Austin (2012), and Gen Willie Shelton and Ms. Joanne Maguire (2011).

The dinner falls in conjunction with the 2015 NDIA Space Division National Security Space Policy and Architecture Symposium on August 4, 2015 at the TASC Heritage Center.

About NDIA:

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations, and events.

About the Space Division:

The mission of the Space division is to be the focal point and coordinating element within NDIA for the identification, study, and resolution of technology, operations, management, and business issues associated with government policy and practice in national security space activities; to serve as an effective vehicle for the exchange of views and information between government and industry on all matters of common concern relating to space; to provide, in cooperation with government elements, collective industry viewpoints, recommendations, and advice on matters of national security interest regarding space; to foster mutual understanding and effective working relationships between government and industry for the purpose of ensuring effective and reliable space support to national security objectives. Click here to learn more about the Space Division.