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Quarterly Virtual Dinner Meeting: Project Risk Management and the Return of Human Space Flight Support

Quarterly Virtual Dinner Meeting: Project Risk Management and the Return of Human Space Flight Support

Michael Thompson, Lt Col, PMP, USAF, Director of Military Liaison, PMI Space Coast

Risk management is the key to project success and is a priority to all leaders and managers. Successful project risk management will mean the difference between project success and failure. Risk management is never more important than when your job is to provide contingency rescue for NASA and NASA-sponsored astronauts at a moment’s notice covering a 155 million square mile area of responsibility.  

Lt Col Michael Thompson will discuss project risk management planning and execution through the lens of the Commander in charge of recovering NASA astronauts flying in commercial capsules such as the SpaceX Crew Dragon or Boeing Starliner CST-100, or the NASA deep-space Orion capsule.

Risk management is an iterative process which occurs at in all project processes and in the military context is conducted at the Strategic, Operational and Tactical levels of command. The scrutiny and attention of a project protecting national assets in the international spotlight after nearly a nine-year gap is nearly impossible to explain. Risk management is a must.

At the end of the day, whether it’s rescuing military members on the battlefield or recovering astronauts after a launch anomaly, Lt Col Thompson and his team have risk mitigation as the cornerstone to ensure that someone’s worst day is not their last day.

Event Properties

Event Date 12-03-2020 6:00 pm
Event End Date 12-03-2020 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 11-22-2020
Cut off date 12-03-2020 12:00 pm
Individual Price This event is free of charge
No. of Technical PDUs 1.5
Location Conference Call




Lt Col Michael Thompson is the Commander of Detachment 3, 45th Operations Group, 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, FL. Detachment 3 is the Human Space Flight Support Office and is the only full-time unit tasked to provide DoD support to the nation’s crewed space flight programs. This Detachment is responsible for worldwide astronaut rescue, recovery and retrieval; medical operations, and nominal/contingency landing site support. Lt Col Thompson was commissioned in 2001 through the United States Air Force Academy. He received his wings as a pilot in January 2004 and received an assignment flying HC-130s under Air Force Special Operations Command at Moody AFB, GA. Following his first operational assignment Lt Col Thompson was an initial instructor for the HC/MC-130J recapitalization program and served as a dual qualified instructor and evaluator. He then served a joint tour as Military Assistant to the Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency before returning to the 71 Rescue Squadron as the Director of Operations. Lt Col Thompson has commanded an expeditionary rescue squadron and has flown combat missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-AFGHANISTAN, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-HORN OF AFRICA and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

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