The expectations of aerospace customers are changing. As the commercial sector moves more aggressively into areas of aerospace development and services — that have historically been dominated by governments — three themes are starting to emerge. First, customers now expect steadily decreasing cycle times, partially enabled by a movement away from exquisite or bespoke solutions. Second, customers are now more accepting of initial deliveries, which are upgraded over time and interconnected with other existing products, rather than expecting a fully complete, stand-alone solution from the time of delivery. Finally, customers are beginning to expect cybersecurity principles to be incorporated into products and services. This talk will describe how these trends can be applied within domain-specific contexts.
Charlie Light, Program Manager for the Space Based Nuclear Detonation Detection, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Charlie Light is an engineer and program manager supporting national security and science programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, currently as the Program Manager for the Space Based Nuclear Detonation Detection program in the Nuclear Nonproliferation and Security Program. He has more than 20 years of experience in space and airborne sensor programs, space operations and program management. Prior to joining the lab in 2016, he was an officer in the United States Air Force for 21 years, where he developed and operated systems for various Department of Defense elements such as Air Combat Command, Air Force Research Lab, Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Missile Defense Agency. Light also worked on joint programs with other Government agencies such as NASA and with international partners including the Five Eyes and NATO allies. Charlie received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995, a M.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1998, and a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from National Defense Intelligence College in 2009.