Mr. Stephen Kitay is the Senior Director of Azure Space at Microsoft. Before this position, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Space Policy where he had a key leadership role in the establishment of the U.S. Space Force. As the DASD Space Policy, he was responsible for establishing policy and guidance to assure U.S. and allied warfighters the benefits of space capabilities and to guide the Department’s strategy for addressing space-related issues. He also led Departmental activities in international space cooperation. Mr. Kitay was also an active duty Air Force military officer, and held civilian positions in the Intelligence Community and on Capitol Hill.