Mark J. Albrecht is Chairman of the Board of U.S. Space LLC, a provider of dedicated space solutions to serve the nation’s interests.
Dr. Albrecht was President of Lockheed Martin’s International Launch Services (ILS) from 1999 until 2006. ILS provided launch and associated launch integration services to government and commercial customers utilizing the Lockheed Martin-built Atlas rocket and the Russian-built Proton launch vehicle from Khrunichev Space and Research Center in Moscow.
During his tenure at ILS, Albrecht was nominated multiple times for Satellite Executive of the Year by Via Satellite magazine. In 2004, he was named by Space News as one of the “100 People Who Made a Difference” in space. Under Albrecht’s leadership, ILS received the Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award for Strategic Alliance and Leadership in 2002, as well as the PBI Media PR and Marketing award for the Best Launch Innovation of the Year in 2003. By 2006, ILS had a backlog of over $2.0B and had booked over $6.0B of contracts and was widely recognized as the industry leader.
Albrecht’s career at Lockheed Martin included serving as vice president of business development for Lockheed Martin Space Systems. In that position, he was responsible for domestic and international marketing and business development for the Space Systems operating companies and management of its strategic planning and customer relations.
Before joining Lockheed Martin, Albrecht was senior vice president of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). In this capacity, he coordinated all space business activities, including business development, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions. He joined SAIC in 1992 as its first director of Washington, D.C., operations.
Albrecht was appointed in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush as the executive secretary of the National Space Council, serving in that capacity until June 1992. During this period, Dr. Albrecht was the President’s Principal Advisor on the U.S. space program, including all national security, civil and commercial government space activities.
Previously, Albrecht served six years as the legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson of California. Albrecht also held positions as a senior research analyst for the intelligence community staff in Washington, D.C., and the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif.
Albrecht has been awarded the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Civil Service Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the National Space Society Space Pioneer Award. He is an associate member of the Defense Science Board and has served on several advisory and corporate boards, including United Space Alliance and the American Astronautical Society.
He is the author of Falling Back To Earth; A First Hand Account of The Great Space Race and The End of The Cold War (New Media Books, 2011, 232pgs)
Albrecht graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds a Master’s degree from UCLA and a doctorate in public policy analysis from the Rand Graduate School.