The InSpace 21® Management Team  



Michael M. Maier
President and Program Manager of InSpace 21®
As president of InSpace 21® and program manager, Maier leads PAE's pursuit of the U.S. Air Force's multibillion-dollar Launch and Test Range System (LTRS) Integrated Support Contract (LISC). Prior to this assignment, Maier was vice president and general manager of PAE's joint venture CSR, where he directed 85 Eastern Range launch campaigns, achieved four consecutive 100-percent award fee scores and led PAE's $816 milion win of the 10-year Eastern Range Technical Services contract in 2007. He has served the U.S. Air Force and the space community in a series of significant technical and management positions since 1988.

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Douglas L. Kendall, Colonel, USAF (retired)
Deputy Program Manager and Engineering & Sustainment Director of InSpace 21®
Honeywell’s current Satellite Control Network Contract (SCNC) Operations Manager 3, Doug Kendall, is the Deputy Program Manager and Director of Engineering and Sustainment of InSpace21®.

In this role, Doug will interface with all levels of government customers; oversee and direct day-to-day activities of the engineering, maintenance, sustainment, and logistics functions; support the Eastern and Western Range operations to ensure launch and program success; and he will support and backup the LISC Program Manager, as required.

Doug’s career spans a wide breadth of leadership, engineering, logistics/sustainment and program management positions. In his current position, Doug manages all logistics support on the $1.8 billion SCNC program to sustain the 16 antennas, communications and electronic systems of the Air Force Satellite Control Network, supporting over 65 sustainment projects on the legacy equipment.

Doug received numerous awards, distinctions and medals during his distinguished 30-year Air Force career, including the Legion of Merit, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and numerous meritorious service and commendation awards.

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Dave Rentschler
InSpace 21® Chief Engineer
Mr. Dave Rentschler brings 27 years of distinguished service as the former 30 Space Wing (SW) lead technical expert on the Western Range (WR), culminating as the 30 Operations Group Technical Director. With expertise in engineering, acquisitions, logistics and range/space operations, he solved critical WR issues and delivered technical options to USAF leaders. He worked extensively with Air Frce Space Command HQ, SMC, and the 45 SW to develop joint priority lists and move to standardizing range systems and operations.

At InSpace21®
Mr. Rentschler is responsible for the technical performance of the range systems and for leading our four primary engineering process teams.

David "DT" Thompson, Colonel, USAF (retired)
InSpace 21® Western Range Operations Director
Mr. Thompson leverages 11 years of serving the 30 SW, 45 SW, and the space launch and test range community to lead WR Operations. During his 26-year career with the USAF, Mr. Thompson commanded USAF Detachment 2, Ascension Island, and the 45 Range Squadron (predecessor of 1 Range Operations Squadron [ROPS]) and was Chief of Safety and Vice Wing Commander of Vandenberg AFB. After retiring from teams through dozens of successful launch campaigns, instrumentation modernization and development projects, and numerous unscheduled and emergency depot level maintenance actions.

Steve Griffin
InSpace 21® Eastern Range Operations Director
Mr. Steve Griffin leverages 28 years serving the 45 SW and the space launch and test range environment. He joined ATD in 2005 to lead the CSR Lean Six Sigma program. He was responsible for the project that successfully consolidated the different ER countdowns into a single common countdown procedure of 6 hours for all ER missions and 4 hours for the Trident SLBM launches. In 2008 he was promoted to Program Manager of the Launch Operations and Support Contract at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), where he implemented changes that increased award fee performance from 70% to 95% in 1 year. When Mr. maier was promoted to lead the InSpace21® LISC OM&S effort in 2011, Mr. Griffin becamse CSR general manager, leading the CSR team to consistently high operational performance.

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