Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael A. Hamel was appointed Vice President & General Manager of Commercial Space for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in November 2013. In this role, he is responsible for all commercial space business including satellite communications, remote sensing, and other advanced technology applications and business ventures. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Hamel served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 30 years in a broad range of space operations, development, acquisition, policy and command positions, concluding his military career in 2008 as a Lieutenant General. In his later years in the Air Force, he was Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, Commander of the 14th Air Force, served in senior command and staff positions at HQ USAF and AF Space Command, and was Military Advisor to the Vice President on defense, arms control, non-proliferation, and space policy. Hamel holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in business administration from California State University. He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Program in National and International Security at Harvard University. Hamel is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.