Leadership in missile defense

Experts discuss today’s challenges at symposium

Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Air and Missile Defense Systems vice president, speaks on a missile defense networking panel at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.

Military, government and industry leaders from the U.S. and allies around the world gathered at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, on Aug. 7-9. The theme of this year’s show was Space and Missile Defense: Sharpening the Military’s Competitive Edge.

A panel of thought leaders from across all tiers of missile defense met to discuss trending topics. Panel members were:

  • Mitch Stevison, vice president of Raytheon Air and Missile Defense Systems.
  • Richard Yu, director of the Capability Development Integration Directorate at the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command’s Future Warfare Center.
  • Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Mann, the service’s former Space and Missile Defense Command commander.
  • Col. Francisco Lozano, project manager of the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Project office within the Program Executive Office Missiles and Space.

“We continue to sometimes defeat our own selves by finding every little reason why something isn’t perfect, and if we do that, we’re going to watch our main adversaries continue to move ahead of us in key areas that we will be reactive to,” Stevison said. “That’s not what the United States is about. We’re not reactive; we’re leaders, and that’s where we need to be.”

The panel also discussed the evolving threat, priorities in procurement of modern technology capabilities and efforts among Western allies to increase cooperation as a united front against common adversaries.

Last Updated: 08/10/2018