Air Force Association 3/29/2015 10:15:54 PM
Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition  
Confirmed Speakers
  Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense
Chuck Hagel was sworn in as the 24th Secretary of Defense on February 27, 2013 becoming the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense. Secretary Hagel is a recipient of two Purple Hearts he earned while he was an infantry squad leader during the Vietnam War. In the mid-1980s, he co-founded Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., which became one of the largest independent cellular networks in the country. In 1997, Secretary Hagel was elected as a United States Senator from Nebraska and served until 2009. Following his Senate career, Secretary Hagel served as Co-Chairman of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board and a member of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board.
  The Honorable Jeh Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security
Jeh Charles Johnson was sworn in on December 23, 2013 as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense, where he was part of the senior management team and led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the Department. As General Counsel of the Defense Department, Secretary Johnson oversaw the development of the legal aspects of many of our nation’s counterterrorism policies, spearheaded reforms to the military commissions system at Guantanamo Bay in 2009, and co-authored the 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010. Secretary Johnson graduated from Morehouse College in 1979 and received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1982.
  The Honorable Deborah Lee James
Secretary of the Air Force
Deborah Lee James is the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force and 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 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $110 billion.
  General Mark A. Welsh III
Chief of Staff, U.S. 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 Philip M. Breedlove
Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command
General Philip M. Breedlove assumed duties as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command in May 2013. A Fighter Pilot by trade, General Breedlove is a Command Pilot with over 3,500 flying hours primarily in the F-16. He has flown combat missions in Operation Joint Forge supporting the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia and Operation Joint Guardian to implement the peace settlement in Kosovo. He has served in a variety of senior leadership positions for the U.S. Air Force including: the senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force; the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff; the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements for Headquarters U.S. Air Force; and Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.
  General Michael Hostage
Commander, Air Combat Command
Gen. Mike Hostage is Commander, Air Combat Command, 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. The command operates more than 1,000 aircraft, 22 wings, 14 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. The command can also be called upon to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance and crisis response capabilities.
  General Janet C. 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 employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, executing the critical mission of warfighter support through leading-edge science and technology, cradle-to-grave life cycle weapon systems management, world- class developmental test and evaluation, and world-class depot maintenance and supply chain management.
  General Hawk Carlisle
Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff
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 Frank Gorenc
Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Commander Allied Air Command
Gen. Frank Gorenc is Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Commander Allied Air Command, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Kalkar, Germany. He is responsible for Air Force activities, conducted through 3rd Air Force, in an area of operations covering more than 19 million square miles. This area includes 104 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the Arctic, Atlantic and Indian oceans, and possesses more than a quarter of the world's population and generates more than a quarter of the world's gross domestic product.
  General Robin Rand
Commander, Air Education and Training Command
Gen. Robin Rand is Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and Air University. AETC trains more than 293,000 students per year and consists of 12 bases, more than 62,400 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and 1,369 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft.
  General Darren W. McDew
Commander, Air Mobility Command
Gen. Darren W. McDew is Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. 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.
  General John E. Hyten
Commander, Air Force Space Command
Gen John E. Hyten 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 Hyten 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 Michael V. Hayden, USAF Ret.
Principal, Chertoff Group
General Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. In his military career, General Hayden served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. He has also served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, U.S. European Command, the National Security Council, with U.S. Forces in Korea and in the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. General Hayden also served as Director of the National Security Agency from 1999-2005. After his retirement from the Air Force he served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006-2009. General Hayden has a bachelor of arts in history and a master of arts in modern American history, both from Duquesne University.
  Chief Master Sergeant of Air Force James A 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 Stanley E. Clarke III
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 105,700 Guard members and civilians in more than 89 flying wings and 175 geographically separated units across 213 locations throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
  Lt Gen Bruce Litchfield
Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center
Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield is Commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. As AFSC Commander, he ensures the Center provides operational planning and execution of Air Force Supply Chain Management and Depot Maintenance for a wide range of aircraft, engines, missiles, and component items in support of AFMC missions. He is responsible for operations which span three air logistics complexes, three air base wings, two supply chain management wings, and multiple remote operating locations, incorporating more than 32,000 military and civilian personnel. In addition, he oversees installation support to more than 75,000 personnel working in 140 associate units at the three AFSC bases.
  Lt Gen James Jackson
Chief, 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, 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 Russell Handy
Commander, Alaskan Command, Northern Command; Commander, Eleventh Air Force
Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy is Commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Command; Commander, Joint Task Force Alaska, U.S. Northern Command; Commander, Eleventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and Commander, Alaskan Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. General Handy is the senior military officer in Alaska, responsible for the integration of all military activities in the Alaskan joint operations area, synchronizing the activities of more than 21,000 active-duty, Guard and Reserve members from all services. He is also responsible for the planning and execution of all Homeland Defense operations within the theater, including security and civil support actions. General Handy also commands Eleventh Air Force, overseeing the training and readiness of five wings and Air Force installations located in Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. As Commander of the Alaskan Region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, General Handy directs operations to ensure effective surveillance, monitoring and defense of the region’s airspace.
  Lt Gen Stephen Wilson
Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command
Lt. Gen. Stephen W. "Seve" Wilson 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 David Deptula, USAF Ret.
Dean, Mitchell Institute
Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), serves as the Dean of the Mitchell Institute. He also serves as an independent consultant to leading aerospace companies; a guest at leading academic institutions around the world; a senior scholar at the US Air Force Academy; 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 ISR. Transitioning from the Air Force in 2010 as 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— and had multiple command assignments in the F-15. He was a distinguished Air Force ROTC graduate at the University of Virginia in 1974, remaining there to complete a master’s degree in systems engineering in 1976.
  Lt Gen Robert Elder, USAF Ret.
Research Professor, George Mason University
Lieutenant General Robert Elder (USAF, retired) joined the George Mason University faculty as a research professor with the Volgenau School of Engineering following his retirement from the Air Force as the Commander of 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Strike Component. Additionally, he serves as a senior advisor to the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Cyber Innovation Center in Louisiana. He currently conducts research in the areas of command and control, cyber enterprise resiliency, electronic warfare, and the use of modeling to support national security decision-making. General Elder served as the Central Command Air Forces Deputy Commander for Operation Enduring Freedom and later as the Air Operations Center Commander and Deputy Air Component Commander for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was the first commander of Air Force Network Operations and led the development of the cyberspace mission for the Air Force. General Elder also served as Commandant of the Air War College, and holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Detroit.
  Lt Gen Tad Oelstrom, USAF Ret.
Director, National Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Tad Oelstrom is an adjunct lecturer in Public Policy, and is Director of the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He joined the faculty in 2001 after more than 35 years in the US Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant General. As a Command Pilot, he has flown more than 20 types of fighter aircraft, served in 6 different countries, and participated in combat in both Southeast Asia and Southwest Asia. He has command experience at all tactical levels from Flight through Numbered Air Force. Key senior command positions include three different fighter wings in England, Southwest Asia, and Germany, the US Third Air Force in England and the US Air Force Academy. Key staff assignments include Director of Fighter Operations, Tactical Air Command; Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander US European Command; and Inspector General US Air Forces in Europe. His areas of focus are national and international security issues, US military, and advanced development education for national security professionals.
  Lt Gen John Sattler, USMC Ret.
Former Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff
Lieutenant General John F. Sattler served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) the Joint Staff from September 2006 until his retirement in August 2008. Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he was the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command from September 2004 to August 2006. During this period, he commanded all forces in Al Anbar Provence in Iraq from September 2004 through March 2005. Prior to Commanding I MEF, he was the Director of Operations (J3) for Central Command from August 2003 to July 2004. In November 2002, he stood up and commanded the initial Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and established the Headquarters in the Country of Djibouti. He commanded the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC prior to sailing to the Horn of Africa. General John F. Sattler earned a B.S. Degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in 1971. He graduated with honors from the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
  Maj Gen John F. Thompson
Air Force 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 Garrett Harencak
Assistant Chief of Staff, 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 Michael S. Stough
Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command
Maj. Gen. Michael S. Stough is the Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He is responsible for force structure planning, programming, doctrine, and requirements for the nation's airlift and air refueling force.
  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.
  Vice Admiral Mark D. Harnitchek
Director, Defense Logistics Agency
Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek became director of the Defense Logistics Agency in November 2011. As such he is responsible for providing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services in peace and war. These services include logistics information, materiel management, procurement, warehousing and distribution of spare parts, food, clothing, medical supplies and fuel, reutilization of surplus military materiel and document automation and production. This worldwide mission is performed by nearly 27,000 civilian and military personnel.
  CMSgt Brandy Petzel
Chief, Enlisted Force Policy, Directorate of Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services
Chief Master Sergeant Petzel is the Chief, Enlisted Force Policy, Directorate of Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C. In this capacity she interprets, develops, and implements enlisted personnel policy for the United States Air Force. Her strategic direction, leadership, and vision ensure fair and equitable promotion opportunities, impartial assignment selection, and objective performance evaluation for over 405,000 total force enlisted members. In addition, her collaboration and guidance on enlisted force management, special and incentive pays, and retentions affects the total force.
  CMSgt Michael J. Warner
Command Chief, Air Force Materiel Command
Chief Master Sergeant Michael J. Warner serves as the Command Chief, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. As command chief, he is the primary advisor to the commander and senior staff on all matters affecting training, education, readiness and effective utilization of the command's more than 75,000 enlisted Airmen, civilians and their families. He coordinates with headquarters staff, commanders and senior leaders on development and implementation of command policy. He also serves as the command functional manager for the command chiefs, group superintendents and first sergeants across AFMC.
  Col Brandon E. Baker
Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Capabilities Division
Colonel Brandon E. Baker is Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Capabilities Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. In this position, he leads a cross-functional, civilian, military, and contractor team as the Air Force focal point for all unmanned aircraft systems. He advises senior Air Force leaders on Department of Defense unmanned aircraft future vision, strategic planning, systems operations, and integration. He also develops overseas strategies for acquisition, fielding of aircraft/sensor capabilities, communications and encryption integration, and manpower and resources required for sustainment. Colonel Baker is the Air Force liaison to Congress, the intelligence community, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and the other Services to advocate for Air Force remotely piloted aircraft forces and assets to United States Combatant Commanders.
  Colonel James S. Merchant
Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Division, Air Combat Command
Colonel James S. Merchant is the Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Division, Air Combat Command Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. He is responsible for requirements development & management of the MQ-1, MQ-9, MC-12, RQ-4, U-2 and RC-135 Major Weapons Systems in addition to Sensor Platform Integration and future ISR research and development. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he earned his basic parachutist wings at Fort Benning, Ga. as an Air Force ROTC cadet & his pilot wings as a Captain at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Colonel Merchant has been deployed supporting contingency operations in Afghanistan, Iraq & Saudi Arabia and he was selected to be the first Squadron Commander of the USAF’s only dedicated MQ-9 Formal Training Unit; executing the squadron stand-up at Holloman Air Force Base, NM in 2009. He is a command pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours, primarily in the MQ-9, MQ-1 & F-16.
  Maj Gen Thomas Masiello
Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory
Major General Masiello, a 1981 graduate of the Air Force Academy, is the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He is responsible for managing a $4 billion science and technology program that includes both Air Force and customer funded research and development. He is also responsible for a global workforce of approximately 10,000 people in the laboratory's component technology directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He has been Director of the Munitions Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wing Commander of a classified unit, the Command Inspector General for Air Force Materiel Command and most recently Director of Special Programs within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. He earned a master's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
  Major General Linda Urrutia-Varhall
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Major General Urrutia-Varhall, a 1984 graduate of the Air Force Academy, is the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Prior to UV's current position, she served as Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (J2) at US Southern Command in Florida. The general has held command and staff positions in the wing, major command, headquarters and joint environments.
  Col John Andreas Olsen
Deputy Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Defence
Dr. John Andreas Olsen is a deputy director general in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and a visiting professor of operational art and tactics at the Swedish National Defence College. A colonel in the Royal Norwegian Air Force, he held the position as deputy commander and chief of the NATO Advisory Team at NATO Headquarters, Sarajevo, from 2009 to 2012. His previous assignments include tours as dean of the Norwegian Defence University College and head of its division for strategic studies. Colonel Olsen is a graduate of the German Command and Staff College and has served both as liaison officer to the German Operational Command in Potsdam and as military assistant to the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin. He has a doctorate in history and international relations from De Montfort University, a master’s degree in contemporary literature from the University of Warwick, a master’s degree in English from the University of Trondheim.
  Col Edward J. Chupein, USAF Ret.
Division Chief for Basing, Ranges and Airspace for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements
Mr. Edward J. Chupein is the Division Chief for Basing, Ranges and Airspace for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. This office is responsible for providing worldwide policy and guidance on Air Force Special Use Airspace, test and training ranges, unmanned and remotely piloted aircraft access to the National Airspace System, airfield operations and the impact of all forms of encroachment respective to Air Force operations and readiness. The office is also responsible for the operational assessment of basing realignments and the analysis of basing options for new weapons systems. Retired in 2010, Mr. Chupein entered the Air Force in 1983. He served as an instructor and evaluator Navigator, Electronic Warfare Officer and Weapons Systems Officer accumulating over 3,800 flying hours.
  Col Richard Fryer, USAF Ret.
Energy Program Manager, ECC
Col Richard A. Fryer, USAF (Ret.) 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. He 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 Ronald Torgerson, USAF Ret.
Manager, Bald Eagle Engineering Solutions, LLC
Colonel Torgerson served in various executive positions after retiring from the Air Force in 1995. While on active duty, he commanded several civil engineering units and worked with the Peacekeeper, Rail Garrison, and Small ICBM systems. His last assignment was as the Assistant Civil Engineer, Hq., Pacific Air Forces. In addition to managing BEES, which is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in Colorado, he serves on the Society of American Military Engineers Cyber Infrastructure Security Task Force.
  Lt Col Lucian Niemeyer, USAF Ret.
Owner, The Niemeyer Group
Lt Col Lucian Niemeyer, USAF (Ret.), is the owner of the Niemeyer Group. Previously, he was an advisor and functional expert to Senator John McCain and the committee for military readiness, defense budgets, basing, and installation programs. Areas of oversight included 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. He also serves Senator Kelly Ayotte as the Ranking Minority Staff Director for the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee.
  The Honorable F. 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 G. 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 W. 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.
  The Honorable Michael B. Donley
22nd Secretary of the Air Force
Michael Donley has over 35 years of experience in national security, including service in the Senate, White House, and Pentagon. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of The Aerospace Corporation, a federally-funded research and development center providing technical support to the national security space community. Mr. Donley served as 22nd Secretary of the Air Force from June 2008 to June 2013. He was responsible for all affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the recruiting, training, and equipping of over 600,000 military and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $110 billion. As Secretary, he concurrently served as the DoD Executive Agent for Space, chairing the DoD Space Council and coordinating DoD space policies, plans, and programs with other government agencies.
  CMSAF James M. McCoy, USAF Ret.
6th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (Retired) James M. McCoy was the advisor to the Secretaries of the Air Force Hans Mark and Verne Orr and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Lew Allen on matters concerning the health, welfare, effective utilization and progress of the enlisted members of the Air Force. He was the sixth chief master sergeant appointed on 1 August 1979 to this ultimate noncommissioned officer position. Upon retirement from the United States Air Force, Chief McCoy joined Mutual and United of Omaha where he became vice president and director Military Sales. After leaving the company in 1991, Chief McCoy became the President and Chairman of the Board, Air Force Association.
  CMSAF Frederick J. Finch, USAF Ret.
13th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Frederick Finch retired from active duty in 2002 after serving more than 28 years. His final assignment was at the Pentagon as the 13th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force--the highest enlisted level of leadership. As such, he provided direction for nearly 450,000 members of the Air Force enlisted corps and represented their interests, as appropriate, to the American public and to those in all levels of government. After transitioning from active duty, Jim served as a Housing Privatization Study Project Manager for Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, Inc. Currently, he is both the President of Jim Finch Inc. and a managing director of Pinnacle Five, LLC--a consulting company focused on providing advisory services to companies and organizations typically associated with Veteran issues and/or the Department of Defense.
  CMSAF Gerald R. Murray, USAF Ret.
14th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Gerald Murray is a Senior Manager in Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development. He is the Marietta Site Lead for Domestic Market Integration where he supports multiple lines of business including the C-130, C-5, F-16, F-22, F-35, P-3, Advanced Development Programs (ADP), and Modification, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MMRO) programs. Additionally, he serves as the Company’s Past Performance Information Executive. His previous experience includes logistics and sustainment support to the F-22 program and Capture Lead for the F-22 Sustainment Multi-Year Contract pursuit. Gerald joined Lockheed Martin in 2006 after 29 years of distinguished military service, culminating as the 14th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.
  Dr. Michael Auslin
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Dr. Michael Auslin is a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies Asian regional security and political issues. Before joining AEI, he was an associate professor of history at Yale University. A prolific writer, he is a biweekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal Asia, which is distributed globally on Dr. Auslin has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington, and a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.
  Dr. Nayantara Hensel
Former Chief Economist, Department of the Navy
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. Charles Krauthammer
Foreign Policy Commenter and Journalist
Dr. Charles Krauthammer has over 25 years of experience commenting on foreign policy, he offers a unique and highly influential perspective that is not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom. He began writing his weekly column for The Washington Post in 1985. It now appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide. He is a contributor for Fox News and appears nightly on Fox's evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier. He is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard. He has won both the Pulitzer Prize (Distinguished Commentary, 1987) for his newspaper column and the National Magazine Award (Essays and Criticism, 1984), the highest award in magazine journalism.
  Dr. Benjamin S. Lambeth
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Dr. Lambeth assumed this position in 2011 after a 37-year career at the RAND Corporation. He previously served in the Office of National Estimates at the Central Intelligence Agency. He graduated with honors in political science from the University of North Carolina in 1965 and earned his doctorate from Harvard in 1985. A civil-rated pilot specializing in international security affairs and air warfare, he has flown or flown in more than 40 different fighter, bomber, attack, mobility, surveillance, and trainer aircraft types with the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as with nine foreign air forces. In December 1989, he became the first U.S. citizen to fly the Soviet MiG-29 fighter and the first Westerner invited to fly a combat aircraft of any type inside Soviet airspace since the end of World War II. In 2002, he was elected an Honorary Member of the Order of Daedalians, the national fraternity of U.S. military pilots. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Visitors of Air University, and the Editorial Advisory Boards of Air and Space Power Journal and Strategic Studies Quarterly. Most recently he published The Unseen War: Allied Air Power and the Takedown of Saddam Hussein (Naval Institute Press, 2013), which later was chosen by General Mark Welsh for inclusion on his USAF Chief of Staff’s Reading List for 2014.
  Dr. William LaPlante
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
Dr. William A. LaPlante is the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Washington, D.C. He is the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, responsible for all Air Force research, development and acquisition activities. Dr. LaPlante oversees a research and development, test, production and modernization program portfolio of over $32 billion annually. He is also responsible for development and execution of policies and procedures in support of the operation and improvement of the Air Force's acquisition system.
  Dr. Jamie Morin
Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
Jamie Morin was confirmed by the Senate as the second Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation for the Department of Defense on June 25, 2014. As director, he leads an organization responsible for analyzing and evaluating the Department's plans, programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives, projected threats, allied contributions, estimated costs, and resource constraints. The CAPE organization continues the heritage of the Systems Analysis office created by Secretary Robert McNamara and later renamed as Program Analysis and Evaluation. To support better defense decision making, CAPE develops analytical tools and methods for analyzing national security planning and the allocation of resources. The CAPE role in ensuring that the costs of defense programs are properly estimated and presented accurately was enhanced by the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009.
  Tom Arseneault
Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems
Tom Arseneault is chief operating officer (COO) for BAE Systems, Inc., a global, U.S.-based defense, aerospace, and security company with nearly 40,000 employees and generating approximately $12.75 billion in annual revenue. As COO, he serves as deputy to President and CEO Jerry DeMuro and is responsible for driving operational performance and successfully delivering key business objectives across the enterprise. Arseneault is also a member of the Executive Committee of BAE Systems plc. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University.
  Marion Blakey
President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association
Marion C. Blakey is president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association. AIA is the most authoritative and influential voice of the aerospace and defense industry, representing approximately 380 of the industry’s leading manufacturers – the largest membership in AIA’s 95-year history. In her position Blakey has led the industry’s fight against arbitrary and severe sequestration budget cuts to national security, civil space programs and Federal Aviation Administration operations mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. She has also played a leading role in promoting the export of civil and defense aerospace products, and supported the priorities of America’s thousands of suppliers to aerospace and defense programs.
  Christopher Chadwick
President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security
The Boeing Company named Chris Chadwick president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) effective Dec. 31, 2013. This $33 billion, 56,000-person business is a provider of integrated solutions to meet the enduring needs of defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers in the United States and around the world. Chadwick, also is a member of the company's Executive Council. Chadwick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Maryville University.
  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
  Mark Cherry
President and Chief Operating Officer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
Mr. Cherry joined Aurora in October 2012 as President and COO, with responsibility for the operational and financial performance of the company. Prior to joining Aurora he worked for Sikorsky Aircraft, a Division of United Technologies where he held roles of increasing responsibility, ending as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Synergy. Cherry joined the defense industry after serving as an officer in the United States Air Force. He held several roles including lead battle damage engineer for the A-10 program office. He led the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) efforts to demonstrate technology in the Advanced Fighter Technology Integration (AFTI) program, as well as unmanned aircraft demonstrators. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and Master of Science degrees in Systems and Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Mechanics.
  Darryl W. Davis
President, Phantom Works, The Boeing Company
Mr. Davis oversees a billion-dollar advanced research and development program that is currently designing, building, testing, and/or operating prototypes from the sea floor to space and into cyberspace. He is a former Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow with the US Senate. Davis earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla.
  Mark Duszynski
Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Johnson Controls Federal Systems
Mr. Duszynski is Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Federal Systems (JCFS), a division of the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the establishment of strategic alliances and partnerships, identification and development of technology-based contract enablers, and coordination of certain major project business development and sales activities. He serves on the JCFS executive management team and participates in overall strategic planning for the organization. He also currently serves as the program manager of the company’s US Air Force SATOC program.
  Bob Edmonds
Vice President, Air Force Programs, Exelis
Bob Edmonds is the Vice President for Air Force programs at Exelis and the senior executive for Air Force issues at the corporate level. In addition, he provides leadership on other aviation-related programs, including NASA and FAA business, as well as work in the Cyber security area. Prior to working in industry Bob was in the Air Force and he retired with the rank of Brigadier General. He is a command pilot with over 2500 flight hours and 300 combat hours, having led 42 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm. During his career, Bob commanded at the F-15 flight, squadron, and wing level and also served in multiple senior operations and policy positions in the Pentagon.
  Heidi H. Grant
Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs
Heidi H. Grant, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Washington, D.C. She provides oversight and guidance for international policy and programs supporting national security objectives through politico-military affairs; security assistance programs; technology and information disclosure; education and training; cooperative research and development; and attaché affairs
  Roberto I. Guerrero
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy
Mr. Guerrero, 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, Installations, Environment and Logistics. He earned his commission as an ensign in the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988. In 2000, Mr. Guerrero was selected for inter-service transfer to the Air Force. He is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flight hours, including more than 350 combat hours. Mr. Guerrero entered civil service where he served as Deputy Chief of Safety, US Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. and he also served as Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
  Todd Harrison
Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Todd Harrison is the Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Since joining CSBA in 2009, Mr. Harrison has authored a number of publications on trends in the overall defense budget, defense acquisitions, the defense industrial base, military personnel costs, military readiness, 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 and is an Adjunct Professor in the Eliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Mr. Harrison is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and for the past two years has been named one of the Defense News 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense.
  Jonna Doolittle Hoppes
Founder & Executive Director, The Doolittle Foundation
Jonna Doolittle Hoppes is the founder and executive director of The Doolittle Foundation, an organization dedicated to making US military history available to students. She is currently involved in developing lesson plans for teachers in public, private and home school settings and in setting up programs that link veterans with local schools. Her lectures are focused on encouraging veterans to record their individual histories. She is on the executive board of the Air Force Historical Foundation, on the Board of Directors for the Warhawk Air Musuem in Nampa, Idaho, and an advisor to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum at Travis Air Force Base.
  Jared Isaacman
Chief Operating Officer, Draken International
Jared Isaacman recently became one of the founders and the CEO of Draken International. Isaacman is also the founder and CEO of Harbortouch, a premier payment processing organization based out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Isaacman started Harbortouch in the basement of his family’s house when he was only 16 years old. With the help of his father and business partner, he built the company into the industry leader it is today. Under Isaacman’s hands-on leadership, Harbortouch has become one of the largest payment processors in the nation, providing merchant services to over 110,000 business locations and processing in excess of $9 billion in credit card volume annually. A graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, he is considered to be one of the banking industry’s most influential business leaders.
  James McAleese
Founder, McAleese & Associates, P.C.
James McAleese founded McAleese & Associates, P.C., a government contracts consulting and legal firm, in 1992. McAleese has dedicated his career to mastering the intricacies of the government contracting process and to maintaining credibility with various stakeholders at all levels of the Federal government. Prior to founding McAleese & Associates, P.C., Jim McAleese was a practicing attorney in government contracts law, based in Washington, D.C.
  Mick Maurer
President, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Mr. Maurer is President of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Maurer joined Sikorsky in 2000 and also has served as Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Planning; Vice President, Commercial Programs; Senior Vice President, Operations; and President of Sikorsky's military business. Maurer started his United Technologies Corporation career in 1989 at Otis Elevator where he held various positions in sales, marketing, engineering and operations. Prior to joining United Technologies, Maurer served as an officer in the US Navy's nuclear submarine program, performed research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and taught physics at the US Naval Academy.
  Richard Whittle
Richard Whittle is the author of Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution (Henry Holt and Company, September 2014), and of The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey (Simon & Schuster, 2010). A Global Fellow in International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, during 2013-14 Whittle was also Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. He writes occasionally for Air & Space Smithsonian, the web site Breaking Defense, and other publications, and from 1984-2006 covered the Pentagon and other Washington beats for The Dallas Morning News. Earlier in his career, Whittle wrote about defense and foreign policy for Congressional Quarterly and was an editor at National Public Radio.
  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.