May 5-7, 2015


Facilitate Mission Success through Knowledge Sharing

Lockheed Martin Space Systems



The U.S. space community (industry and government) has formed the Mission Assurance Improvement Workshop (MAIW) to explore and document best practices and craft a common approach to mission assurance for the U.S. space program. The MAIW is a U.S. space program community of practice dedicated to the development and promulgation of proven scientific, engineering, quality, and program management practices related to the U.S. space program's mission success.

The workshop is the culmination of nine months of effort by government and industry subject matter experts who are assembled to address high priority, common challenges faced by the U.S. space community as they strive to address the challenges to mission success. 

Participation is by invitation only and limited to individuals who are identified as subject matter experts by their respective organizations. U.S. government topic area practitioners are also encouraged to participate.

Keynote Speaker(s):

Wanda Sigur, Vice President and Deputy, Civil Space

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Dave W. Madden, Executive Director, Space and Missile Systems Center

Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base 

The 2015
workshop consists of four topic teams:

  • RF Breakdown Prevention Standard Development - Part 2

  • ASIC/FPGA Malicious Attack Mitigation

  • Design Review Process Improvements

  • Process Approach to Determining Quality Inspection Deployment


These four topic teams will be developing preliminary guideline documents, which will be available for substantive review and comment by the community prior to the workshop. 

During the May 7 plenary session, community experts will review disposition feedback, collectively finalize content of the products, and provide recommendations for implementation. Representatives from each topic team will then brief the government and industry leadership on their results.

Evening Social: 

Wednesday, May 6

Lockheed Martin Corporation 

Steering Committee:

Chair - Todd Nygren, The Aerospace Corporation

Co-Chair - John Kowalchik, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Eli Minson, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Robert W. Adkisson, The Boeing Company

Brian Reilly, Defense Contract Management Agency

Josh Lindley, Missile Defense Agency

Thomas Whitmeyer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Marv LeBlanc, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Richard Fink, National Reconnaissance Office

Craig Wesser, Northrop Grumman Corporation

David Swanson, Orbital Sciences Corporation

Mark Baldwin, Raytheon Company Space and Airborne Systems

Brian Kosinski, SSL

Dave Davis, Space and Missile Systems Center

Thurman Haas, The Aerospace Corporation (Advisor)

Holly Stewart, The Aerospace Corporation (Program Support)


Program Committee:

Chair - Jackie Wyrwitzke, The Aerospace Corporation

Co-Chair - Dan Yasukawa, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Coordinator - Terita Norton, The Aerospace Corporation

Coordinator - Gail Johnson-Roth, The Aerospace Corporation

Coordinator - Tracy Rico, The Boeing Company

Program Support - Cheryl Sakaizawa, The Aerospace Corporation

Arrangements Lead - Holly Stewart, The Aerospace Corporation

Arrangements Co-Lead - Mary Jo Higgason, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Arrangements Support - Cheryl Sakaizawa, The Aerospace Corporation

Arrangements Support - Roseanne Villalobos, The Aerospace Corporation

Arrangements Registrar - Trina Kilpatrick, The Aerospace Corporation


Senior leaders from the following government agencies and FFRDC expected:

Missile Defense Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Reconnaissance Office

Space and Missile Systems Center

The Aerospace Corporation

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: 

Lockheed Martin Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation



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  • When

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - Thursday, May 7, 2015
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems
    1111 Lockheed Martin Way
    Sunnyvale, California 94089

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