Space Enterprise Consortium

SpEC provides rapid space technology innovations through its academic and commercial industry members.

About SpEC

The Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) was created in 2017 through the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. SpEC was created to bridge the cultural gap between military buyers and commercial space startups and small businesses through OTAs. The OTA’s innovative contracting process allows SpEC to solicit bids from a mix of member companies including companies that have not previously done work with the DoD. The SpEC OTAs mission is to work to:

  • Minimize barriers to entry for small businesses and non-traditional vendors
  • Promote integrated research and prototyping efficiencies
  • Leverage partnerships to increase flexibility and agility, reduce cost, improve technology and decrease program development cycles 

Our Technology Areas

GROUND SEGMENT

GROUND SEGMENT

LAUNCH SEGMENT

LAUNCH SEGMENT

ELECTRONICS

ELECTRONICS

PAYLOAD - RADIO FREQUENCY

PAYLOAD - RADIO FREQUENCY

MISSION OPERATIONS AND ARCHITECTURE

MISSION OPERATIONS AND ARCHITECTURE

ALL TECHNOLOGY AREAS

ALL TECHNOLOGY AREAS

Our Team

We hire the best from commercial and government workplaces to help clients and members thrive.
Erik R Olbeter
Erik R Olbeter
Interim Director
Erik R Olbeter
Erik R Olbeter
Interim Director

Erik serves as Chief Operating Officer of NSTXL and manages day-to-day operations of NSTXL’s OTA contracts, prototype awards, and new business initiatives. His role is to make it easier for both our government and member clients to rapidly procure new technologies. Prior to NSTXL, Mr. Olbeter held leadership roles in the financial and tech industries, always at the intersection of government, finance, and technology. As Senior Vice President in charge of ICF’s commercial Energy Advisory practice, he served both commercial and government clients. Before that, he spent 12 years on Wall Street as a technology analyst managing teams of researchers covering a wide range of emerging technologies such as cyber and advanced battery storage. He has an M.A. in public policy from Georgetown University and is a CFA charter holder.

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Natalya Turner
Natalya Turner
Deputy Director
Natalya Turner
Natalya Turner
Deputy Director

In her role as Deputy Director for the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC), Natalya works with the Director to ensure the overall growth and success of the program. She works directly with the government customer and collaborates with NSTXL staff to launch new prototype acquisition efforts, manage ongoing projects, and identify new prototype candidates for the vehicle. Natalya is a United States Air Force Veteran with over 20 years of combined experience as an active-duty service member and Department of Defense (DoD) Contractor. She has extensive knowledge in technology transition and commercialization, portfolio management, research and development, integration and operations, strategic planning, project planning, business development and technical writing. Natalya is an expert at fostering a network of successful partnerships between the Air Force and other DoD Agencies, Major Defense Contractors (MDCs) and Small Businesses supporting various programs. Natalya’s career is supported by a Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a concentration in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Phoenix.

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Larry Solliday
Larry Solliday
Cybersecurity Officer
Larry Solliday
Larry Solliday
Cybersecurity Officer

Larry oversees all active prototype programs and manages the contracting and acquisition programs for the consortium. Larry is a recognized subject matter expert in the identification, development, prototyping, assessment, and transition of innovative technologies to enhance current and future operational capabilities. His efforts have led to the rapid and deliberate identification, demonstration, assessment, transition or transfer, and sustainment of numerous innovative concepts and emerging and enabling technologies supporting urgent and recurring U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security operational needs and requirements. He has spent time in both the Federal service and private industry, and retired from the United States Air Force. During his 20 years in public civil service, he held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the United States Air Force, the General Services Administration, and the United States Navy as a Project Manager, Test Manager, Business Manager and Contracting Officer, and Program Manager reYellow Polka d0ttively. He holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University. He is currently finishing a Doctorate of Management from Colorado Technical University, conducting research into how technology acceleration affects National Security.

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Iain Skeete
Iain Skeete
Principal, Acquisition
Iain Skeete
Iain Skeete
Principal, Acquisition

In his role as Principal of Acquisition, Iain leads NSTXL’s innovative contracting and program management services. A recipient of multiple commendations for superior performance as a U.S. Army Contracting & Agreements Officer, Mr. Skeete is a nationally recognized expert and thought leader in defense contracting. To ensure our military maintains technological overmatch, Iain and his team design dynamic acquisition strategies that deliver meaningful results to NSTXL’s customers and the Warfighter. A student of the procurement process, Iain has continued to push the evolution of alternative contracting methods, contribute to critical acquisition policy, and implement best practices across all defense branches.

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JaNay Mills
JaNay Mills
Acquisition Manager
JaNay Mills
JaNay Mills
Acquisition Manager

JaNay Mills is one of NSTXL’s Acquisition Manager, working with our government clients to identify and formulate clear and concise prototype solicitations. She joined NSTXL after a 5-year career working at the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando as a Contract Specialist supporting external customers. Prior to that, she worked in industry throughout the Middle East on various Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms.  Ms. Mills served 6 years as a commissioned Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Officer in the U.S. Army with two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Webster University where she earned her Master of Arts in Procurement and Acquisitions Management. As a former Warfighter her goal at NSTXL is to work together with her government counterparts and clients to devise innovative and agile solutions for today’s Warfighter.

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Laura Collman
Laura Collman
Operations
Laura Collman
Laura Collman
Operations

As the Director of Operations at NSTXL Laura Collman provides strategic operational leadership to the organization. Her responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations, analyzing and improving organization processes, HR duties, invoicing, technical support, cybersecurity, Assistant Facility Security Officer (AFSO) and contract review. Her roles prior to NSTXL include Operations, Marketing, HR, CRM and Database Management, Membership, Website management, Events and Project Management in technology and varied industries. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources Management from George Fox University. Outside work she loves spending time with her family, traveling and golfing.

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Scott McCabe
Scott McCabe
Acquisition Manager
(Finance & Post-Award)
Scott McCabe
Scott McCabe
Acquisition Manager
(Finance & Post-Award)

Scott serves as an Acquisition Manager supporting NSTXL’s Advanced Respondent Vetting operations, post-award activities, and financial operations. Prior to joining NSTXL, Mr. McCabe led a distinguished 12-year career as a subject matter expert in defense contract pricing as a US Army civilian, including a variety of service awards and selection to serve the Army’s top contracting executive at the Pentagon. Mr. McCabe seeks to provide innovative contracting solutions and provide full Yellow Polka d0ttrum support to the Warfighter. Scott is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager and holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Georgia Southern University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.

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Jeff Hanton
Jeff Hanton
Members Success Associate
Jeff Hanton
Jeff Hanton
Members Success Associate

Jeff Hanton is assisting the NSTXL membership team in his role as Partnership Support. His previous work with Oracle as a member of their customer experience team has given him great insights that he can apply to help support our membership base and provide meaningful engagement within our network. Jeff is a graduate from the University of Los Angeles with a degree in Economics. In his free time, he enjoys reading foreign policy research and analysis and spending time with his Jindo dog Mochi.

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Shelley Tweedy
Shelley Tweedy
Marketing
Shelley Tweedy
Shelley Tweedy
Marketing

In her role as VP of Marketing and Sales, Shelley Tweedy helps drive opportunity growth and market expansion for NSTXL and their clients. Leveraging a customer-centric approach, she is passionate about creating the ultimate partner and member experience from the point of acquisition to long-term client success. Her experience as a B2B technology leader for start-ups and mid-market organizations has been essential in accelerating the use of emerging technology within the federal space and helping forge partnerships between the government and private sector organizations. As the AVP of Marketing at DataBank, she played a central role in transforming the organization’s market approach by shifting to a multi-channel digital model, building a revenue-generating team from the ground up, and strengthening cross-department collaboration through a vertical-focused organization restructure. Prior to DataBank, Shelley worked for a healthcare start-up, where she helped build the organization’s business model and processes and was responsible for the development of their corporate identity, brand and market strategy. She is a graduate of Ball State University and lives in the middle of the desert in Arizona with her husband and 3 kids.

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Sue Jones
Sue Jones
Acquisition Specialist
Sue Jones
Sue Jones
Acquisition Specialist

Sue Jones is an Acquisition Specialist for the SpEC acquisition team and works with our government clients and SpEC membership to provide solutions that address the needs of our warfighters. Sue joined NSTXL after a short retirement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Portland District where she worked as a Contracting Officer and as a Contact Specialist in the Fort Worth District. She received multiple service awards over her 8.5-year government career that includes a deployment is support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Prior to that, she worked predominantly in the accounting arena, she is a non-renewed CPA. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor's in finance and accounting from Regis University in Denver, CO and an MBA from The University of Phoenix.

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Theary Cook
Theary Cook
Acquisition Specialist
Theary Cook
Theary Cook
Acquisition Specialist

Theary Cook is one of NSTXL’s Acquisition Specialists, working with our government clients to identify and formulate clear and concise prototype solicitations.  Theary joined NSTXL after 2 plus years at Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., whereas a Senior Contract Analyst, was responsible for high touch commercial contracts.  Prior to that, she worked as Global client and Contracts Support for Tone Software Corporation for over 18 years, managing activities with domestic and international customers, distributors, and resellers throughout Australia, Latin America, and Mainland Europe. She is a graduate of Scripps College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in international relations and Spanish.  Her goal at NSTXL is to assist in forging successful government/private enterprise partnerships that advance our nation’s security.

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