Joseph E. Vanderpoorten

Chief, SATCOM Advanced Concepts, Portfolio Architect Office, Space and Missile Systems Center
US Air Force


Mr. Joseph Vanderpoorten is the Chief for the MILSATCOM Advanced Concept Division, MILSATCOM Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. He oversees study contracts, and acquisition planning for the next generation of MILSATCOM protected and commercial wideband systems. Mr. Vanderpoorten, has 30 years of Air Force systems acquisition and space acquisition experience and 6 years of industry management and business development experience. He has held program management, systems engineering, and test & evaluation positions with MILSATCOM Terminals (AFSATCOM, DSCS, Milstar I/II, FAB-T), Remotely Piloted Vehicles (YBGM-34C), terrestrial communications (TRI-TAC), ground/network programs (SBIRS High Ground, TSAT Mission Operations Segment, Milstar I Site Activation, NPOESS Ground), MILSATCOM Capability Insertion Programs (AEHF/WGS) and COMSATCOM Programs (SMC Pathfinders, Pilot, and support for Wideband Communications Services (WCS) Assessment of Alternatives), program architecture/integration for WGS-11+.


1975 Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
1976 Master’s of Science degree in Electrical, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
1982 Squadron Officers School, Residence
1985 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
1990 Program Manager’s Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
1994 Air War College, Correspondence


1. 1976-1978, Remotely Piloted Vehicle Flight Test Engineer, Air Force Flight Test Center, 6514th Test Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
2. 1979-1983, Production Program Manager, Air Force Satellite Communications Program Office, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
3. 1983-1984, System Engineering/Program Management Inspector, AFSC Inspector General Team, Headquarters AFSC, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
4. 1985 PEM, Tactical Communications Technology Development, AF/RD, Pentagon, Washington DC
5. 1986-1990, TRI-TAC Program Element Monitor, Pentagon, SAF/AQ, Pentagon, Washington DC
6. 1990-1994, MILSTAR Engineer/Logistic Division Chief, 4 SOPS Activation Team, Headquarters AFSPC, Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado
7. 1995, Program Manager, Joint National Test Facility, Research & Development Contract, BMDO, Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado
8. 1996-2000, Program Manager, SBIRS High Ground, Space & Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California
9. 2001-2002, Technical Subcontract Manager, National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System, TRW Corporation, Redondo Beach, California
10. 2002-2006, Follow-On Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminal, Subcontract Manager/System Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Redondo Beach, California
11. 2006-2009, Director, TSAT Mission Operations Group, MILSATCOM Systems Wing, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California
12. 2009-2010, Technical Director, MILSATCOM Advanced Concepts Group, MILSATCOM Systems Wing, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California
13. 2010-2010, Program Manager, MILSATCOM Capability Insertion Programs (WGS/AEHF), MILSATCOM System Wing, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California
14. 2010-2011, Interim Program Manager Commercial SATCOM Branch
15. 2011-2018, Advanced Concept Division Technical, responsible for SMC advanced MILSATCOM technologies, SMC Pathfinders, Pilot Program and Support for Wideband Communications Services Assessment of Alternatives, Wideband Global SATCOM WGS-11 (2018)
16. 2018-Sep 2019, MILSATCOM Advanced Concepts, MILSATCOM Directorate, Space and Missile System Center, Los Angeles AFB
17. Sept 2019-present, SATCOM Architect, Portfolio Architect, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB


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