-- Former Air Force General and SMC Commander to Lead Strategic Initiatives in Space and Missile Markets --
DULLES, Va.Apr. 13, 2009--
Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) announced today that Lt. Gen.
Michael A. Hamel (U.S. Air Force, retired) has joined the company as
Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development. Mr. Hamel
will be responsible for leading selected strategic initiatives in the
company’s current markets and in adjacent areas, and for assessing new
technology and product development plans supporting future growth. In
this new position, he will be a member of the company’s senior executive
staff and based at Orbital’s Dulles, VA headquarters outside Washington,
Prior to joining Orbital, Mr. Hamel was Commander of the Air Force Space
Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Program
Executive Officer (PEO) for Space from 2005 until 2008, where he managed
research, development, acquisition and sustainment of the country’s
primary portfolio of military space and missile programs with an annual
budget in excess of $10 billion.
Mr. David W. Thompson, Orbital’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
said, “We are very happy to welcome Mike Hamel to Orbital. The company
is most fortunate to attract a national space leader with Mike’s
experience and background to our enterprise. His accomplishments and
expertise in strategic planning, program management, space operations
and other fields will be of great benefit as the company expands in the
Mr. Hamel’s 36-year Air Force career included a broad array of space
development, operations and policy responsibilities across the National
Security Space sector. He served as Commander of the 14th Air
Force “Flying Tigers” from 2002 to 2005, where he directed all Air Force
space and launch operations supporting Department of Defense commands
and agencies, as well as civil and commercial space sectors. Earlier, he
served in senior staff positions at Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Air
Force Space Command, where he led work in defining user and program
requirements, operations policies, organization and management for
military space systems and capabilities. He also was Military Advisor to
Vice President Albert Gore, where he advised the Vice President on
defense, arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, critical
infrastructure, space, science and technology policies and issues.
Mr. Hamel earned a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the U.S.
Air Force Academy and a M.A. degree in Business Administration from
California State University. He is also a Graduate of the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University and the
Program in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University. Mr. Hamel is a member of the
Council on Foreign Relations and is an Associate Fellow of the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and
space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers.
The company’s primary products are satellites and launch vehicles,
including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary
spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense
missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other
missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into
orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and
target vehicles. Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and
space-related technical services to government agencies and laboratories.
Source: Orbital Sciences Corporation
Orbital Sciences Corporation
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
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