Air Force Association 3/30/2015 1:44:30 AM
Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition  
Confirmed Speakers
  The Honorable Eric Fanning
Acting Secretary of the Air Force
Eric Fanning is the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He was confirmed as the 24th Under Secretary of the Air Force on April 18, 2013, and began to serve in the additional role of Acting Secretary of the Air Force June 21, 2013. He is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 333,000 men and women on active duty, 178,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 182,000 civilians, and their families. He also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $110 billion.
  Admiral James Winnefeld
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., serves as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Nation’s second highest-ranking military officer. Admiral Winnefeld’s unit commands at sea include Fighter Squadron 211, USS Cleveland (LPD 7), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). He led “Big E” through her 18th deployment, which included combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom immediately after the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001. As Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO/Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, he led Task Forces 50, 152, and 58 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime interception operations in the Arabian Gulf. He also served as Commander, United States SIXTH Fleet, Commander NATO Allied Joint Command Lisbon, and Commander Striking and Support Forces NATO. He most recently served as the Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). 
  General Mark Welsh
Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III is Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As Chief, he serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.
  General Frank Grass
Chief, National Guard Bureau
General Frank J. Grass serves as the 27th Chief, National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as a military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and is the Department of Defense's official channel of communication to the Governors and State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard. He is responsible for ensuring that the more than 470,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and to provide combat resources to the Army and Air Force.
  General Edward Rice
Commander, Air Education and Training Command
Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr. is Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. He is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University. AETC trains more than 340,000 students per year and consists of 12 bases, more than 70,600 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and 1,380 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft.
  General William Shelton
Commander, Air Force Space Command
Gen. William L. Shelton is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. General Shelton oversees Air Force network operations; manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. He leads more than 42,000 professionals assigned to 134 locations worldwide.
  General Mike Hostage
Commander, Air Combat Command
Gen. Mike Hostage is Commander, Air Combat Command, with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Va. As the commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. ACC operates more than 1,000 aircraft, 22 wings, 13 bases, and more than 300 operating locations worldwide with 79,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. When mobilized, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve contribute more than 700 aircraft and 51,000 people to ACC. As the Combat Air Forces lead agent, ACC develops strategy, doctrine, concepts, tactics, and procedures for air- and space-power employment. The command provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. ACC can also be called upon to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance and crisis response capabilities.
  General Janet Wolfenbarger
Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger serves as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command's 83,000 people manage $60 billion annually in research, development, test and evaluation while providing the acquisition management services and logistics support required to develop, procure and sustain Air Force weapon systems.
  General Herbert Carlisle
Commander, Pacific Air Forces
Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle is Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. PACAF is responsible for Air Force activities spread over half the globe in a command that supports 45,000 Airmen serving principally in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska and Guam.
  General Paul Selva
Commander, Air Mobility Command
General Paul J. Selva is Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces. The command also plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian support at home and around the world. The men and women of AMC - active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians - provide airlift, aerial refueling, special air mission and aeromedical evacuation.
  The Honorable Whitten Peters
19th Secretary of the Air Force
Mr. Peters is currently a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP. He has written and spoken on defense policy issues, acquisition reform, legal ethics, and criminal law. In 2010, he was appointed to the Defense Science Board. Prior to becoming Air Force Secretary, he served as Air Force Undersecretary (1997-1999) and DOD’s Principal Deputy General Counsel (1995- 1997). He also served three years in the Navy Reserve. He has a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from Harvard, a master’s in economics from the London School of Economics, and a doctor of law from Harvard.
  The Honorable James Roche
20th Secretary of the Air Force
James G. Roche served from 2001 to 2005 as the 20th Secretary of the United States Air Force. His responsibilities as the civilian leader of the Air Force included organizing, training and equipping the Air Force to fight the nation's wars as part of a Joint and/or Coalition Team. He was responsible for over 700,000 Active, Reserve, Guard and civilian airmen, and a budget in excess of $100 billion. Dr. Roche holds a Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in the fields of Decision Analysis and Management Control (1972). He received his Master's Degree in Operations Research, with distinction, in 1966 from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in English Literature in 1960 from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
  The Honorable Michael Wynne
21st Secretary of the Air Force
Mr. Wynne currently serves as a Director on the Air Force Academy Endowment Board and sits on the Board of Advisors for the George Mason University Critical Infrastructure Protection Program and other strategic advisory boards of energy, cyber, and international firms. He is a 1966 US Military Academy graduate who served seven years in the Air Force. After leaving active duty, he served in various executive positions with General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin and was Chairman and CEO of the IXATA Group. He served as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and then Undersecretary before being named Air Force Secretary in November 2005. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a master’s in business from the University of Colorado.
  Gen Michael Hayden, USAF Ret.
Principal at the Chertoff Group
General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the CIA and principal deputy director of National Intelligence at a time when the course of world events was changing at an accelerating rate. As the director of the country’s keystone intelligence-gathering agency, he was on the frontline of geopolitical strife and the war on terrorism. He understands the dangers, risks, and potential rewards of the political, economic, and security situations facing the planet. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy co-founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Hayden also serves as a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy and was elected to the board of directors of Motorola Solutions in January 2011.
  Gen Doug Fraser, USAF Ret.
Former Commander, US Southern Command
General Douglas Fraser retired from the U.S. Air Force in January 2013 after a 37 year career. His last assignment was as the Commander, U.S. Southern Command, responsible for U.S. military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In this capacity, General Fraser was responsible for leading Department of Defense relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Prior to commanding U.S. Southern Command, he served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from 2008-2009. General Fraser commanded operational flying units across the U.S. Air Force, including at the squadron, operations group, and wing levels.
  Gen Charles Wald, USAF Ret.
Department of Defense Practice
General Wald retired from USAF in 2006. He entered the service through ROTC in 1971 after graduating from North Dakota State University. Over his 35-year USAF career, he amassed 430 combat flying hours over Vietnam (O-2A forward air controller), Iraq (F-16), and Bosnia (F-16). He commanded the 31st Fighter Wing during NATO’s Deliberate Force in 1995 and led 9th Air Force/US Central Command Air Forces during the initial air campaign for Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001. Wald served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations at Hq. USAF, and as Deputy Commander, US European Command. He now serves as leader of Deloitte’s Department of Defense Practice, Federal Government Services. He is a subject matter specialist in weapons procurement and deployment, counterterrorism, national and international security issues, and energy security policy.
  Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USN Ret.
Independent Consultant
Admiral Mark Fitzgerald was commissioned in 1973, designated a naval aviator in October 1975 and retired from active duty in December 2010. He currently consults with numerous defense and commercial maritime and aviation contractors. He is Chairman of the Board of the Association of Naval Aviators and Vice Chairman of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. While in the Navy Admiral Fitzgerald’s assignments included; Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa and US Second Fleet, the Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group during Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-2002). Fitzgerald flew the A-7E Corsair II during numerous sea assignments and led the first Navy strike on Baghdad during the opening hour of Operation Desert Storm.
  Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody represents the highest enlisted level of leadership, and as such, provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public, and to those in all levels of government. He serves as the personal adviser to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progress of the enlisted force. Chief Cody is the 17th chief master sergeant appointed to the highest noncommissioned officer position. 
  Lt Gen Eric Fiel
Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command
Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel is the Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. The command is the Air Force component of U.S. Special Operations Command. AFSOC provides Air Force special operations forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to unified combatant commanders. The command has approximately 16,000 active-duty, Reserve, Air National Guard and civilian professionals.
  Lt Gen James Kowalski
Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command
Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski is Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. He is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining all U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear-capable bomber forces. The command's mission is to develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations to support the President of the United States and combatant commanders. The command comprises more than 23,000 professionals operating at various locations around the globe. The command's six wings control the nation's entire inventory of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft.
  Lt Gen Michael Basla
Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer
Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla is the Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Basla leads five directorates and supports 30,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. He integrates Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking space, air and terrestrial assets. Additionally, he shapes doctrine, strategy, and policy for all communications and information activities.
  Lt Gen Stanley Clarke
Director, Air National Guard
Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III is the Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 106,700 Guard members in more than 88 flying wings and 200 geographically separated units throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. 
  Lt Gen Stephen Hoog
Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of the Air Staff
Lt. Gen. Stephen L. Hoog is the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He also serves as Deputy Chairman of the Air Force Council, and is the Air Force accreditation official for the international Corps of Air Attachés.
  Lt Gen Jame Jackson
Chief of the Air Force Reserve
Lt. Gen. James "JJ" Jackson is the chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. As chief of Air Force Reserve, he serves as principal adviser on reserve matters to the secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff. As commander of Air Force Reserve Command, he has full responsibility for the supervision of all U.S. Air Force Reserve units around the world.
  Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan
Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program
Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan is the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Va. The F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office is the Department of Defense's agency responsible for developing and acquiring the F-35A/B/C, the next-generation strike aircraft weapon system for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and many allied nations.
  Lt Gen Robert Otto
Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Lt. Gen. Robert P. "Bob" Otto is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. As the Air Force's Senior Intelligence Officer he is directly responsible to the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He leads 5 Directorates and supports a 30,000 person enterprise with a portfolio valued at $55 Billion across the Air Force, including two FOAs, the Intelligence Analysis Agency and the Air Force ISR Agency.
  Lt Gen Carlo Magrassi
Chief of Staff & Air Squadron Deputy Commander
Lt Gen Carlo Magrassi is the Chief of Staff & Air Squadron Deputy Commander for the Italian Air Force. From 2007 to 2010 Lt General Magrassi served as Deputy Chief for Executive Strategy in the European Defence Agency in Brussels.  In the same period he was also appointed as the Italian Representative to FTPC (Future Tasks & Policy Committee) of the OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere d’Armament). Lt General Magrassi is currently Chairman of the European Defence Agency SESAR Forum supporting the military aspects relevant to the “Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR)”.
  Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF Ret.
Independent Consultant
Dave Deptula is currently an independent consultant. He serves as a senior scholar at the US Air Force Academy; is a board member on a variety of public, private and think-tank institutions; and a sought-after commentator around the world as a thought leader on defense; strategy; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). Transitioning from the Air Force in 2010 as a three-star General, and the Air Force’s first Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, he is a world-recognized pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. He has piloted more than 3,000 flying hours—400 in combat—to include multiple command assignments in the F-15.
  Lt Gen Loren Reno, USAF Ret.
Dean of the School of Business Administration
In his 38-year career in the USAF, Lt Gen Loren Reno, USAF (Ret), served in operations as a navigator, in training as an instructor, and in logistics and aircraft maintenance as a staff officer and commander.  He commanded five times at the squadron, group, and center levels.  In the Defense Logistics Agency, he commanded the Defense Fuels and Energy Support Centers and later was the vice director of the Agency.  He directed logistics at Air Mobility Command and commanded the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center.  His last active duty assignment was to HQ USAF as the deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations, and mission support.  General Reno is now the inaugural dean of Cedarville University's school of business administration in Ohio.  He also is an active independent consultant in logistics and leadership, sits on the board of directors for a defense parts provider, and speaks extensively.
  Lt Gen Mark Shackelford, USAF Ret.
Independent Consultant
Mark Shackelford is an executive management consultant serving the defense aerospace industry and the US Government. He delivers expert business development, systems engineering, and program management advice to several defense industry clients and conducts independent reviews of aircraft and space development programs. In over 30 years of Air Force service, Mark led organizations responsible for aircraft and weapon flight test, aircraft development and sustainment, ballistic missile defense system testing, space system capability development, and weapon system research and development. Prior to his retirement from the Air Force as a Lieutenant General he served as the Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition where he oversaw the Air Force's $40 billion research, development, and procurement portfolios, managed the Service's professional acquisition workforce, and steered major weapon and space systems through the Defense Department's complex budget and program approval processes.
  Maj Gen Brett Williams
Director of Operations, J-3, for United States Cyber Command
Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams is the Director of Operations, J-3, for United States Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Md. He is responsible for the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks as well as the ability to conduct full-spectrum military cyberspace operations in support of U.S. National Security Objectives.
  Maj Gen John Thompson
Program Executive Officer for Tankers
Maj Gen John F. Thompson is the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Tankers, Tanker Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for the planning and execution of all life cycle activities of the Air Force tanker fleet. His responsibilities include development, test, fielding and support of the KC-46 tanker system; in addition to modification and sustainment of the Air Force's tanker legacy tankers, the KC-135 and KC-10.
  Maj Gen Steven Kwast
Director, Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review
Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast is the Director, Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review, Office of the Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. General Kwast is responsible for leading the Air Force's Quadrennial Defense Review efforts and integrating Air Force strategic analyses, assessments, positions and stakeholder interests into Air Force recommendations on QDR issues. His organization serves as the focal point for Air Force participation in the QDR and assists senior Air Force leaders in making decisions regarding long-range initiatives, future concepts, and strategic options in order to continually refine Air Force strategy and capabilities to mitigate risk against uncertainty over the next 20 years.
  Maj Gen Garrett Harencak
Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration
Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak is Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U. S. Air Force, Washington D.C. General Harencak is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for focus on Nuclear Deterrence Operations. He advocates for and oversees stewardship of Air Force nuclear weapon systems. In addition, he integrates the organizing, training and equipping of the Air Force's nuclear mission, and engages with joint and interagency partners for nuclear enterprise solutions.
  Maj Gen Sandra Finan
Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
Maj. Gen. Sandra E. Finan is the Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The center is composed of a headquarters staff, one wing and two wing-equivalent directorates: the 377th Air Base Wing and Nuclear Capabilities Directorate at Kirtland AFB; and the ICBM Systems Directorate at Hill AFB, Utah. The AFNWC comprises more than 3,500 Airmen at 11 locations in the United States and Europe and is responsible for the entire scope of nuclear weapons sustainment functions.
  Brig Gen John Michel
Commanding General, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan
Brig. Gen. John E. Michel is Commanding General, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan; NATO Training Mission/Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan; and Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan.
  Brig Gen Albert Elton
Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Assessments, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command
Brig. Gen. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II is the Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Assessments, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. He ensures the 16,000 Air Commandos worldwide are resourced and equipped through force structure planning and programming, establishing requirements, and acquisition program oversight through U.S. Air Force and U. S. Special Operations Command processes.
  Brig Gen Yakov Shaharabani
Israeli Air Force Air Attaché to the US
Brig. Gen. Yakov Shaharabani is the Israeli Air Force Attache' and the Deputy Defence Attache' to the United States and Canada. As a part of his role, Big Gen Shaharabani serves as the liaison officer between the Israeli Air Force and the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Aviation, Army Aviation, and Air National Guard, as well as the Canadian Air Force. BG. Shaharabani was born in 1963 in Israel and joined the Israeli Air Force Flight Academy in 1981. In 1984 he graduated with honors and began his career as a helicopter pilot in the IAF. He was a distinguished graduate of the Flight Instructors Course and as Lt. Col. was made a Helicopter Squadron Commander, and later the Commander of the Helicopter Branch in the Israeli Flight Academy. Promoted to the rank of Colonel in October 2002, BG. Shaharabani, was appointed to be the Commander of Ovda AFB and was later made the Head of the IAF Jointness Unit. He was promoted to Brigadier General in October 2007, and became the Head of the Helicopters Air Division.
  Air Cdre James Brown
Australian Air Attaché to the US
Air Commodore James is the Australian Air Attaché in Washington D.C. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1976 and, after graduating from the RAAF Academy, was commissioned into the General Duties Branch in 1979. While at Central Flying School (CFS) Brown completed two seasons with the Air Force aerobatic display team - The Roulettes. He has accumulated 6700 total flying hours, with 4600 hours on P3 Orion and 2500 flying instructional hours. During his career he has held positions as; Executive and Operations Officer, Commanding Officer, Director Plans at Headquarters Air Command, Director-General Operations (J3) and Director, Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC). Air Commodore Brown commenced his current Washington appointment as the Air Attaché in November 2011.
  Air Cdre Ken McCann
United Kingdom’s Air Attaché to the US
Air Cdre Ken McCann is the United Kingdom’s Air Attaché in Washington D.C. He joined the Royal Air Force as a university cadet in 1978. During his career he has been posted to Wittering to fly the Harrier GR3, Gutersloh to participate in the Harrier GR7 conversion, commanded No IV(AC) Squadron involved in NATO’s air operations over Serbia and Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and flew extensively with the Harrier Force on air operations over Afghanistan flying the last RAF Harrier from Kandahar in June 2009. In 2010 he was appointed as Air Officer Commanding No 83 Gp and UK Air Component Commander in Al Udeid, where he had responsibility for all aspects of RAF air power over an area extending from Baghdad to Kabul. He was appointed to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as Commander in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2010.
  Col Agregado Saura
Spanish Air Force Air Attache to the US
  Col John Olsen
Norwegian Ministry of Defense
Colonel Professor John Andreas Olsen is currently assigned to the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and is a visiting professor of operational art and tactics at the Swedish National Defence College. He was the deputy commander and chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Advisory Team at NATO Headquarters, Sarajevo, from 2009 to 2012. Professor Olsen is the author of Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm and John Warden and the Renaissance of American Air Power; co-author of Destination NATO: Defence Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003?2013; editor of On New Wars, A History of Air Warfare, Global Air Power, and Air Commanders; and co-editor of The Evolution of Operational Art: From Napoleon to the Present and The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present.
  Col James Clark, USAF Ret.
Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR
Col. James G. Clark, USAF, Ret., is Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He invented the world's first deployable commercial imagery downlink system -- Eagle Vision. Mr. Clark also developed and fielded the Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER), which became the number one consumer of RPA video. In addition, he has contributed to the FalconView mission planning tool, a component of geospatial awareness across the DOD. He is now guiding the development and future of the U.S. Air Force's largest non-flying program, the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). Mr. Clark retired from active duty in the rank of colonel in 2001, and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2009.
  Col Richard Fryer, USAF Ret.
Energy Program Manager
Rich Fryer is the Energy Program Manager for ECC, a construction, environmental, and munitions clearance firm serving Federal Government clients in the U.S. and around the world. Rich leads ECC’s team responsible for planning, developing and building a renewable energy and energy efficiency business line for ECC. He serves as the firm’s technical lead for renewable energy, power purchase agreements, and energy-related enhanced use leases.
  Col Chuck Menza, USAF Ret.
Director of Battlefield Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR
Colonel Chuck Menza is Director of Battlefield Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  Col Ron Torgerson, USAF Ret.
Ronald A. Torgerson is the Manager of Bald Eagle Engineering Solutions (BEES), LLC, Hillside, Colorado, USA. BEES is a Veterans Administration Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. While in the Air Force Colonel Torgerson commanded a civil engineering group and two squadrons; was involved with the Peacekeeper, Rail Garrison, and Small ICBM systems; and, completed numerous staff duty tours at major command level. He retired in 1995 as the Assistant Civil Engineer, Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, HI. Colonel Torgerson is the current Utilities Subcommittee Chairperson for the Society of American Military Engineers Cyber Infrastructure Security Task Force and the past chairperson of the task force.
  Lt Col Lucian Niemeyer
Professional Staff Member
Lucien Niemeyer is a Professional Staff Member, United States Senate, Committee on Armed Services. An advisor and functional expert to Senator John McCain and the committee for military readiness, defense budgets, basing, and installation programs.  Areas of oversight include combat readiness, contracting/procurement policy, depot policy, military construction, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), facility sustainment and investment accounts, family housing programs, housing and utility privatization, real estate management, host nation support, DOD energy and fuel programs and other installation programs. Also serves Senator Kelly Ayotte as the Ranking Minority Staff Director for the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee. Joined the committee in January, 2003.
  Maj Robert Marshall
Acceptance Test Pilot
Major Marshall is currently an Acceptance Test Pilot for both Air Force and Marine Corps V-22s and the Chief of Aviation Safety at DCMA Bell Helicopter, Amarillo, TX.  Previously, he was a CV-22 pilot for the 8thSpecial Operations Squadron and a MC-130 pilot for the 67th Special Operations Squadron.  He graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2001 (Management), The George Washington University in 2010 (Strategic Public Relations), the Defense Acquisition University in 2013 (DAWIA Level II Production, Quality, and Manufacturing) and is a three-time distinguished graduate of Air Force schools.  Maj Marshall is a co-founder of the USAF 7 Summits Challenge and was the 2013 Mt. Everest Expedition Leader.
  Major Mark Uberuaga
ACSC Student
Major Mark Uberuaga is currently a student at Air Command and Staff College.  Previously, he was the Weapons Officer at the Combat Search and Rescue Combined Test Force at Nellis AFB, NV, an Instructor pilot at the 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, and an MH-53M pilot at the 21 Special Operations Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK.  He graduated from the University of Portland with a BS in Civil Engineering. Maj Uberuaga is a co-founder of the USAF 7 Summits Challenge and was the 2008 Mt. McKinley Expedition Leader.   
  Dr. Vicki Barbur
Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer
Vicki A. Barbur, Ph.D serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) and is a member of the Senior Executive Leadership Team. Dr. Barbur is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction for CTC’s scientific and technical capabilities. Her efforts focus on building and directing the company’s technical capabilities, overseeing research and development activities, and maintaining a sound plan of technical organization. Dr. Barbur also leads the execution of technology strategy for technology offerings, partnerships, and external relationships, as well as providing visible leadership for CTC within the technical community. Dr. Barbur strives to ensure the sustainability of CTC’s technical reputation and leadership in the competitive landscape while identifying new business opportunities.
  Dr. Hans Binnendijk
Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar
Dr. Hans Binnendijk is a Senior Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations. Until July 4, 2012, he was the Vice President for Research and Applied Learning at the National Defense University and Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Policy. He was also Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies. From 2001 to 2009 he was the founding Director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at NDU. He previously served on the National Security Council staff as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control (1999-2001). From 1994 to 1999, he served his first tour as Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies. Prior to that, he was Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff (1993-1994). He was Deputy Staff Director and Legislative Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1980-1985) and a senior staff member of the Committee from 1977 to 1980. He served his first tour at the National Security Council from 1976 to 1977 and at the Office of Management and Budget from 1974 to 1976.
  Dr. Kevin Geiss
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy
Dr. Kevin T. Geiss, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Washington, D.C. Dr. Geiss is responsible for providing oversight and direction for all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, and execution of plans, policies, programs, and budgets for the effective and efficient use of energy to support the global Air Force mission.
  Dr. Rebecca Grant
President of IRIS Independent Research
Dr. Rebecca Grant is President of IRIS Independent Research, a public-policy research organization in Washington, DC. She is also a director of the Washington Security Forum, a new non-profit encouraging research and discussion on how national security connects to advanced science and technology topics, including cyberspace, airpower, space, and energy resources. Dr. Grant earned her Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, then worked for RAND and the offices of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. She writes frequently for Air Force Magazine and served as Founding Director of the Mitchell Institute from 2008-2011.
  Dr. Nayantara Hensel
Professor of Industry & Business
Dr. Nayantara Hensel is Professor of Industry and Business at the Eisenhower School at National Defense University. She previously served as the Chief Economist for the Department of the Navy, where she provided economic guidance on the defense industrial base, the financial health of defense contractors, commodities and strategic materials, the federal budget, interest rates, unemployment, exchange rates, and inflation as well as trends in the broader economy and in the defense sector. She was extensively involved in various aspects of the Undersecretary of Defense (AT&L)’s Better Buying Power Initiative and led several of the sub-initiatives.
  Dr. Lani Kass
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Advisor for CACI
Dr. Lani Kass is Corporate Strategic Advisor and Senior Vice President for CACI International Inc, a $3.6 billion information solutions and services company. In this role, Dr. Kass leads corporate efforts to advance CACI's presence in the U.S. national security market, supports the development and evolution of CACI's corporate strategy, and supports the development and expansion of key client relationships. Dr. Kass also leads CACI's participation in the annual Asymmetric Threats symposia that the company has co-sponsored since 2008. Prior to joining CACI, Dr. Kass served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for three years.
  Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Dr. Krauthammer, winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, writes an internationally syndicated column on foreign and domestic policy and politics for the Washington Post Writers Group. Krauthammer, named by the Financial Times as America’s most influential commentator, began writing the weekly column for the Washington Post in January 1985. It now appears in more than 180 newspapers.
  Dr. Andrew Krepinevich
Dr. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. is President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He assumed this position in 1993, following a 21-year career in the U.S. Army. Dr. Krepinevich has served in the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment, and on the personal staff of three secretaries of defense. He has also served as a member of the National Defense Panel, the Defense Science Board Task Force on Joint Experimentation, the Joint Forces Command Advisory Board, and the Defense Policy Board. He currently serves on the Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO's) Advisory Board and on the Army Special Operations Command's Advisory Board. A graduate of West Point, Dr. Krepinevich holds an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff
Specialist in Eurasian & Russian Affairs
Jeffrey Mankoff, a specialist in Eurasian/Russian affairs, is Associate Director of International Security Studies at Yale University and adjunct fellow for Russia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Previously, he was a John M. Olin National Security fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University; Henry Chauncey Fellow in Grand Strategy, Yale University; and a fellow at Moscow State University. Dr. Mankoff has written on a range of topics connected to post-Soviet politics and foreign policy. He is the author of the book Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics, as well as numerous journal articles and op-eds. His areas of functional expertise include great power relations, foreign policy decision making, ethnic conflict, and energy security.
  Dr. Peter Singer
Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative
Peter Warren Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He is the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings's 90-year history. He has been named by CNN to their "New Guard" List of the Next Generation of Newsmakers, by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 “leading innovators in the nation,” and was featured in the Turner Broadcasting series "26 People to Save the World," and by Foreign Policy Magazine to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, of the people whose ideas most influenced the world that year. In his personal capacity, Singer served as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign’s defense policy task force, as a consultant for the US Department of Defense and FBI, and has advised a host of entertainment programs, including the video game series Call of Duty and Metal Gear Solid, movies like Traitor, Whistleblower, Line of Sight, and Battleship, and the TV series The West Wing, 24, Curiosity, and Strikeback.
  Dr. Sydney Savion
Dr. Sydney M. Savion holds a doctorate of education from George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a focus on human and organizational learning. Her interest in life transition was born out of studying the interrelationships, actions, and reactions of individuals, organizations, and communities in order to understand and help them define and solve their problems. Dr. Savion retired as a commissioned officer after twenty years of distinguished reserve and active service in the United States Air Force. Dr. Savion is a scholar-practitioner, author and international speaker. She is a recurring guest speaker at the Career Transition Workshop-San Antonio and has also had the privilege of lecturing at two of our nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, Harvard University and Columbia University. Dr. Savion lives in the Hill Country of Texas.
  Mr. Julian Barnes
Pentagon Reporter
Julian Barnes has covered defense issues since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, making multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of those wars to embed with military units. Based in Washington, Mr. Barnes primarily focuses on national security policy and military affairs issues. Currently Mr. Barnes is the Pentagon reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s Washington, D.C. bureau. For 2013, his coverage has focused on the crisis in Syria and the impact of declining defense budgets on military strategy.
  Mr. Bryan Bender
National Security Affairs Reporter
Bryan Bender is a journalist, who covers national security affairs for the Boston Globe in its Washington, D.C. bureau. He has covered US military operations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America and his dispatches have covered a range of topics including the war in Afghanistan; veterans and military training. He is also frequent television and radio commentator on national security and foreign policy topics. In 2011 he was elected president of Military Reporters and Editors Association, the professional association for journalists covering the US military.
  Ms. Candy Brown
Candy Kyler Brown is the daughter of the late John R. Kyler, whose remarkable history during World War II was mostly unknown to his children and family, and would have remained unknown had not his daughter Candy Brown taken an interest in his story after her father’s death in 2004. In sorting through John Kyler’s possessions, the family discovered various diaries, writings, drawings and poems previously unseen by the family members. Ms. Brown was so motivated by the story these documents told that she would spend the next six years of her life researching her father’s military service, which began in 1943 as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress, and changed abruptly on his fourth mission over Europe, when his bomber was shot down over occupied Belgium. From the moment of his capture in 1944 until he was liberated by the Russian Army in 1945, John Kyler survived a series of life-threatening experiences as a POW in different prison camps in Poland and Germany. Candy’s father had kept some records of his experiences, but most were uncovered by six years of travel and research by Kyler’s daughter. She then published a book of her father’s journey, entitled, What I Never Told You – a title which echoed the shroud of silence experienced by so many children of WWII veterans – the inexplicable reluctance and refusal of these American veterans to share their war experiences with family, children or even spouses.
  Mr. Wes Bush
Chairman, CEO and President
Wes Bush is chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation. Bush was named chief executive officer and president in January 2010, and elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 2009. He assumed the role of chairman in July 2011. Prior to his current role Bush served as corporate vice president and chief financial officer, and, earlier, as the president of the company’s Space Technology sector. Bush earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also completed the University of California, Los Angeles’ Executive Management Program. Bush serves on the board of directors of Norfolk Southern Corporation, as well as the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Conservation International and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. He is chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association board of governors and chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum.
  Mr. Gordon Chang
Author and Expert on China
Gordon G. Chang has lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, most recently in Shanghai as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss, and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Barron’s. He is a columnist at
  Mr. Robert Dorr
Robert F. Dorr is an author (since 1955), an Air Force veteran (1957-60) and a retired Foreign Service officer (1964-89). He is the author of 75 books and thousands of magazine articles about Air Force history and operations. He writes a weekly column for Air Force Times newspaper and monthly features for Aerospace America, Air International and Combat Aircraft magazines. Bob's first paid magazine submission was in the November 1955 issue of Air Force magazine, published when he was in the tenth grade. Bob Dorr and his wife are the parents of two grown sons with families. The couple live in Oakton, Virginia, with their Labrador retriever.
  Mr. Todd Harrison
Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies
Mr. Harrison joined CSBA in 2009 from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported clients across the Department of Defense, assessing challenges to modernization initiatives and evaluating the performance of acquisition programs. He previously worked in the aerospace industry developing advanced space systems and technologies and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Since joining CSBA, Mr. Harrison has authored a number of publications on trends in the overall defense budget, modernization initiatives, the defense industrial base, military personnel costs, and the cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. He frequently contributes to print and broadcast media and has appeared on CNBC, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera English, and Fox News. He has been a guest lecturer for a number of organizations, including Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the National Defense University.
  Mr. David Jenkins
Mr. Jenkins is a results oriented IT Professional with more than 24 years of experience, starting with service in the US Navy. He has lead teams in implementing complex high-performance enterprise solutions that meet and exceed challenging business needs. He is an excellent analytical problem solver with combined expertise in project management and technical architecture. He sets the pace and direction while performing as an effective leader and mentor. He champions a learning environment continually encouraging his teams to sharpen one another's skills. Mr. Jenkins has combined expertise in project planning and management with strong technical qualifications. His direct project experience ranges from interactive media companies to government entities to manufacturing companies.
  Mr. L. Douglas Keeney
Doug Keeney holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree from the University of Southern California and spent 14 years in executive positions in marketing before his first book was published, No Easy Days. Keeney cofounded The Military Channel on which he hosted the series On Target and is the author or co-author of 12 non-fiction histories including the critically acclaimed history of the Cold War 15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation and aphoto illustrated book with the NASA astronauts, The Lights of Mankind: Earth at Night From Space. The Pointblank Directive is Doug's most recent book and is a history of the air war leading up to the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944. 
  Mr. Jeffrey Martini
Middle East Analyst
Jeffrey Martini is a Middle East analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he works on political reform in the Arab world with a specific focus on North Africa. Martini has published on civil-military relations in Egypt, generational divides within the Muslim Brotherhood, changes in the regional security environment, and prospects for democratization in the "Arab Spring" countries. He has spent four years living in the Arab world, including three as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and one in Cairo, Egypt, where he was a 2007–08 fellow in the CASA Arabic language program. He speaks, reads, and writes modern standard Arabic and speaks Moroccan and Egyptian colloquial. Martini received his B.A. in political science and economics from Middlebury College and his M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University.
  Mr. Dave Moniz
Civilian Media Advisor
Dave Moniz is the Air Force's civilian media advisor. He joined the Air Force in 2005 after 25 years as a newspaper reporter in South Carolina and Washington, D.C.    He covered the Pentagon for USA TODAY for six years, reporting on all facets of military life.    Prior to working at USA TODAY, he covered military life and culture in The South for the Columbia, S.C., State, the largest newspaper in South Carolina. 
  Ms. Anna Mulrine
Senior Editor of the Nation & World Section
Anna Mulrine, a senior editor of the Nation & World section, covers defense for U.S. News & World Report. Mulrine has written more than a dozen cover stories for the magazine, most recently on Iraq and on Afghanistan’s border wars with Pakistan. She travels frequently to the Middle East, reporting on U.S. military strategy, foreign policy, and the challenges of fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda, and the lives of U.S. soldiers. Prior to covering defense for U.S. News, Mulrine wrote about the rebuilding of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  Mr. Jerry Yellin
P-40, P-47 and P-51 Pilot
Jerry was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 15, 1924. Two months after Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 18th birthday. He graduated from Luke Field as a fighter pilot in August, 1943 and spent the remainder of the war flying P-40s, P-47s and then P-51s in combat in the Pacific with the 78th Fighter Squadron. He flew 19 long range missions over Japan from Iwo Jima. He was on the first land based fighter mission over Japan on April 7, 1945 and the last mission of the war on August 14, 1945.
  Mr. Robert Zitz
Senior Vice President & ISR Chief System Architect
Robert Zitz is leading SAIC’s efforts to identify the long-term, enduring needs in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Intelligence markets, and driving development of technical concepts, technology plans, and business approaches to maintain and expand SAIC’s role as a world-class innovator and solution provider. Zitz is a former deputy under secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and a 32-year Intelligence Community veteran. Promoted to SES-6 in 2003, his senior executive experience spans Army Intelligence, CIA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), DHS, Secret Service, and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).