Maj Gen Jay Santee, USAF (Ret.)
Vice President, Strategic Space Operations, Defense Systems Group, The Aerospace Corporation
Jay G. Santee is vice president, Strategic Space Operations, Defense Systems Group. In this role, he leads the company’s activities to meaningfully transform the nation’s space warfighting posture by enabling a substantial, positive shift in the lethality and resilience of U.S. space forces. To fulfill this objective, Santee leads the corporation’s support to the U.S. Space Force, U.S. Space Command, the Space Security and Defense Program, the Department of the Air Force and the Space Rapid Capability Offices, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Prior to joining Aerospace, Santee was outcome leader for Resilient Affordable Space at MITRE, where he was responsible for directing and shaping MITRE’s contributions to the national security space enterprise’s fielding of a resilient, affordable space force.
Santee served 33 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a major general in 2014. Santee’s last assignment was as deputy director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In this capacity, he played a key leadership role in the removal and destruction of declared Syrian chemical weapons materials aboard the MV Cape Ray. Santee’s other assignments in the Air Force included: acting deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, vice commander of the 14th Air Force, Director of the Space Operations Center (now the Combined Space Operations Center), commander of the 21st Space Wing, and operations division chief at U.S. Space Command.