SAN DIEGO, July 21, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Leading government and industry officials will address the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' (AIAA) SPACE 2004 Conference and Exposition set for Sept. 28-30, 2004, at the San Diego Convention Center. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is the corporate sponsor.

"Many of the nation's foremost civil, military and industry executives have confirmed their participation in SPACE 2004," said Wes Bush, president of Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector, who will chair the event. "As speakers and panelists, these leaders will provide strategic insights and perspectives that will make the conference one of the most important industry events of the year."

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  - Edward C. Aldridge, Jr., chairman of the Presidential
    Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration
    Policy
  - Lt. Gen. Brian Arnold, commander, Space and Missile Systems
    Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base
  - Robert L. Dickman, deputy for Military Space, Office of the
    Undersecretary of the Air Force
  - Dr. Charles Elachi, director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  - The Honorable Sean O'Keefe, NASA Administrator, and
  - Dr. Ronald Sugar, chairman, chief executive officer and
    president of Northrop Grumman
 

SPACE 2004 is AIAA's premier annual space conference and serves as a venue for senior government and industry leaders to address critical space issues. The theme of this year's conference is "Realizing the Potential of Space." Panels and those participating on each one include:

"Realizing the Potential for Civil Space:"

  - Dr. Julian M. Earls, director, John H. Glenn Research Center
  - Dr. Charles Kennel, director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  - Michael I. Mott, vice president and general manager, NASA
    Systems, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
  - John Schumacher, chief of staff, NASA, and
  - Retired Rear Adm. Craig E. Steidle, U.S. Navy, associate
    administrator, NASA Office of Exploration Systems
 

"Realizing the Potential: Imperatives for Mission Success, Leadership, and Workforce Development:"

  - Dr. William Ballhaus, president and CEO, The Aerospace
    Corporation
  - Maj. Gen. Craig R. Cooning, director, Space Acquisition,
    Office of the Undersecretary of the Air Force
  - Al Diaz, science associate administrator, NASA Headquarters
  - G. Thomas Marsh, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin
    Space Systems Company
  - Ronald M. Sega, director, Defense Research and Engineering,
    U.S. Department of Defense, and
  - A. Thomas Young, chairman, Joint Task Force on Acquisition
    of National Security Space Programs
 

"Realizing the Potential for Military Space:"

  - Lt. Gen. Larry J. Dodgen, commander, U.S. Army Space and
    Missile Defense Command
  - Brig. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, director, Air and Space
    Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command
  - Brig. Gen. Richard Geraci, deputy director for military
    operations, National Security Space Office
  - Lt. Gen. Thomas B. Goslin, deputy commander, U.S. Strategic
    Command
  - Brig. Gen. Larry D. James, vice commander, Space and Missile
    Systems Center, and
  - Rear Adm. Kenneth Slaght, commander, Space & Naval Warfare
    Systems Command
 

"Realizing the Potential: Technology and Integration:"

  - Maj. Gen. Michael A. Hamel, commander, 14th Air Force, Air
    Force Space Command, and commander, Space Air Forces, U.S.
    Strategic Command
  - Albert F. Myers, vice president, strategy and technology,
    Northrop Grumman
  - Scott Seymour, president, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
  - Retired Lt. Gen. Eugene L. Tattini, deputy director, Jet
    Propulsion Laboratory, and
  - Dr. Anthony J. Tether, director, Defense Advanced Research
    Projects Agency
 

The conference will include 11 technical tracks spanning science, technology and policy in two primary categories: Major Missions and Markets - (military space missions, human space flight and exploration, space science and robotic missions, earth science and environmental space missions); and Key Enablers (space access and nuclear propulsion, orbital systems and operations, ground operations of space assets, enabling technologies, strategic planning and policy, education and workforce development and space economics).

AIAA's SPACE 2004 Conference and Exposition is sponsored and organized by Northrop Grumman this year. Program support is provided by NASA and the Department of Defense. Space News is the media sponsor, and the California Space Authority is a participating sponsor.

For a complete program or to register to attend, visit the AIAA SPACE 2004 Web site at www.aiaa.org/space2004 .

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