Mike is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development for Orbital Sciences. Prior to joining Orbital, Mr. Hamel was Commander of the Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space from 2005 until 2008, where he managed research, development, acquisition and sustainment of the country’s primary portfolio of military space and missile programs with an annual budget in excess of $10 billion.
Mike’s 36-year Air Force career included a broad array of space development, operations and policy responsibilities across the National Security Space sector. He served as Commander of the 14th Air Force “Flying Tigers” from 2002 to 2005, where he directed all Air Force space and launch operations supporting Department of Defense commands and agencies, as well as civil and commercial space sectors. Earlier, he served in senior staff positions at Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Air Force Space Command, where he led work in defining user and program requirements, operations policies, organization and management for military space systems and capabilities. He also was Military Advisor to Vice President Albert Gore, where he advised the Vice President on defense, arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, critical infrastructure, space, science and technology policies and issues.
Mike earned a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a M.A. degree in Business Administration from California State University. He is also a Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University and the Program in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.