Maj Gen (Ret.) Thomas Taverney
Senior Vice President, Space Payloads, Leidos


Maj. Gen.(Ret) Thomas “Tav” Taverney is the senior executive at Leidos responsible for building space payloads. He has managed and led the development of numerous space payloads, including multiple classified payloads and the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (which has received numerous awards from the AF, NASA, and Aviation Week) and ANGELS. In 2018 he received the Von Braun award for Program management.


 He is a former Vice Commander of AF Space Command. He has served on SMC and Space Command advisory boards, and has supported numerous acquisition and launch system reviews. Tav has received an Air Force Scientific Achievement Award, a Legion of Merit, a Distinguished Service Medal and a Schriever Fellowship.


Tav continues as an advocate for Space related challenges and issues and frequently has articles in The Space Review, Space News, Defense News, Astropolitics, and High Frontier. and other publications. In 2010 Tav was inducted into the “Space Operations Hall of Fame”. In 2014 he received the General Bernard Schriever lifetime achievement award. In 2016 Tav was a recipient of an Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Award, and was also inducted in to the Air Force Space Command Hall of Fame.

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