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"Dare Mighty Things" - Inaugural Meeting Arizona Chapter

The Aerospace & Defense Forum

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (PDT)

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"Dare Mighty Things"  
Turning Around Two A&D Organizations
Guest Presenter: Gen. Gene Tattini
Deputy Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory &
former Commander, AF Space & Missiles System Center

Prior to his retirement from the Air Force in July 2001, Lieutenant General Gene Tattini led the largest military space research, development and acquisition activity in the Department of Defense. But, on his first morning on the job, a Titan IV rocket exploded during liftoff, sending a half billion dollar satellite to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This was followed in rapid succession by four other high profile failures.

Three years later Gene was credited putting the organization back on its feet and achieving a record of 20 consecutive launches without a hitch. In his presentation Gene will highlight what was required to put back the engineering and quality assurance reviews that had been "streamlined" out of the launch business just two years prior. All of this occurring during a period of dramatic launch industry consolidation, downsizing, and a de-emphasis of high quality engineering. And, needless to said, the accompanying impair on workforce morale.

Gene will also discuss the similar situation he faced when he became Deputy Director of JPL 12 years ago as it was recovering from the two 1999 Mars failures, and how the organization successfully overcame this series of failures leading to 27 successful missions, including four highly publicized successful landings on Mars.




Eugene L. Tattini was appointed deputy director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in July 2001. He is the Laboratory's chief operating officer responsible to the director for the day-to-day management of JPL's resources and activities, including management of the Laboratory's solar system exploration, Mars, astronomy, physics, Earth science and interplanetary network programs, as well as all business operations. These activities employ 5,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and business support personnel, and generate $1.5 billion in annual revenue.


Before his retirement from the Air Force as a lieutenant general and his appointment as JPL deputy director, Tattini was commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He was responsible for managing the research, design, development and acquisition of space launch, command and control, and satellite systems. The center employed more than 3,200 people nationwide and had an annual total obligation authority in excess of $5 billion.


His 36-year military career included 20 separate assignments ranging from serving as a Minuteman II missile combat crew member at Grand Forks Base, N.D. to an air staff acquisition policy staff officer in the Pentagon. His oversea assignments were in Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya and Kwang Ju Air Base, Korea. During his career he was the program manager for more than $700 million in structural and avionics modifications to the B-52. He was a member of the development team that launched the first U.S. anti-satellite weapon against a cooperating space target.


Gene is the receipient of many awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. 

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Greenberg Traurig
2375 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (PDT)

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