Doug Belair, SVP Strategy & Planning, BAE Systems Inc.
Douglas E. (Doug) Belair is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning. In this role, which he assumed in January 2009, he leads the development of strategies and initiatives to promote growth, both organic and through acquisition, within the U.S.-based sectors and across elements of the entire company. Mr. Belair also has responsibility for Mergers and Acquisitions..
He began his career in 1979 with General Electric Defense Systems as a software engineer. He received his MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1987 and in 1993, when GE sold the Defense Systems Division to Lockheed Martin, Mr. Belair accepted a program management position with the new company. In this role, he developed an incremental modernization approach to upgrade a major weapon system across a ten-year period. As a result of his work, Mr. Belair received the inaugural Lockheed Martin Corporate Nova Award for Strategic Excellence.
In 1997, Lockheed Martin named Mr. Belair Technical Director and assigned him to bring military technologies into the commercial marketplace. Over a two-year period, he successfully introduced liquid propellant technology into the automotive airbag industry and introduced computer-based diagnostics developed for the Navy into an automotive maintenance system for Chrysler Corporation.
In early 1999, Mr. Belair joined General Dynamics and accepted the challenge to build on previous commercial successes at Chrysler. In June 2000, Mr. Belair directed a number of acquisitions and was named General Manager of TechSight, a commercial business unit selling electronic documentation and computer-based diagnostics technology in the airline and automotive markets.
Mr. Belair joined BAE Systems in 2002 and was named Vice President of the Undersea Warfare Division in February 2003, and President of Technology Solutions and Services in June 2006.
Mr. Belair lives in Ijamsville, Maryland with his wife Sue.
Dr. Reginald Brothers, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research
Dr. Reginald Brothers joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research on December 6, 2011. Dr. Brothers is responsible for policy and oversight of Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology (S&T) programs from Basic Research through Advanced Technology Development. He is also responsible for oversight of DoD laboratories, ensuring the long-term strategic direction of the Department’s S&T programs, and for developing those technologies needed for continued technological superiority of U.S. forces.
Before assuming this position, Dr. Brothers was a BAE Systems Technical Fellow in the areas of Communication, Sensor and Optical Systems. He was the Director of Mission Applications for the Communications and Networking Business Area, where he led a team developed to determine critical warfighter capability gaps, architect technical solutions and determine strategic alignment and business rationale for new opportunities.
Dr. Brothers also served on several committees of the National Academies of Science, including the Board on Army Science and Technology.
Dr. Brothers was a Program Manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO). While at DARPA, he led efforts in Wireless Communications, RADAR and LADAR systems and precision navigation and targeting.
Prior to his work at DARPA, he was the Group Leader of the Distributed Information Networks Group at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Chief Architect at Envoy Networks (a successful 3G wireless start-up company), and an assistant Group Leader at Lincoln Laboratory where he specialized in the areas of RF and Optical communications.
Dr. Brothers received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Julian (JB) Burns, MG, USA, Retd, VP for Defense Affairs, Land & Armaments, BAE
Julian (JB) H. Burns, has served in BAE (USA) since January 05 after some 3 decades of Army Service in CONUS, Korea, Germany, Italy, the Balkans, Israel and the Arabian Peninsula -- last serving as Operations Chief in IFOR and SFOR, as DCG of V Corps in Kosovo operations, as Commanding General of a Joint Task Force in OPERATION DESERT FOX; and as G3/5-Chief of Staff/Deputy Commanding General of FORSCOM. Since joining BAE he has delivered on wheel, combat and armaments solutions for Army, Marine and Navy security markets in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, NATO and in home markets in the USA, UK, Sweden and South Africa.
JB holds a Bachelors degree from West Point as a Cavalry Officer, with Airborne-Ranger qualifications; a Master’s Degree in ORSA/Systems Management from the University of Southern California; and, the Army War College.
He is an avid athlete and sportsman, and an absentee South Carolina tree farmer. He is a member of the Carabao, the Cincinattii, AUSA, Navy Surface League, numerous professional organizations, pro bono member of the OSD WSAR and the TFBSO group in Iraq and Afghanistan. He serves in the TRURO parish and on the boards of two faith-based Relief organizations for Sudan. He is a published author, and EA to two Chairmen of the JCS, and EA to the Chief of Staff, Army. JB and his wife, Ruth Ann, have three daughters: Joan, with the world’s best granddaughter, Lindsay; Captain Julia Burns Furman; and Jacqueline, in Federal service
Byron Callan, Partner, Capital Alpha
Byron Callan joined Capital Alpha Partners, a Washington, DC-based policy research firm in December 2010 as a Director to cover the defense sector. He also is responsible for related NASA and other aerospace issues. Capital Alpha's primary goal is to provide superior research to institutional investors.
Prior to joining Capital Alpha, Byron was a Portfolio Manager at Lion's Path Capital where he focuses on industrials, aerospace and defense equities. He joined Lion's Path in 2010. Previously he was an analyst and co-founder of Perella Weinberg Partners’ Aerospace Defense Security investment fund from 2007-2010.
Byron was a Senior Vice President at Prudential Equity Group, LLC from September 2005-2007. He was responsible for equity research of the aerospace/defense sector. From 1993-September 2005, he was First Vice President at Merrill Lynch where he also covered the aerospace/defense stocks and was Global Coordinator for this sector. He covered electronic warfare and engineering stocks as an equity analyst at Prudential Securities from 1984-1993.
He has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA with Special Honors from George Washington University.
Pierre Chao, Managing Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
Pierre Chao is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a strategy and financial advisory firm. Pierre brings over 20 years of management consulting, investment banking and policy expertise in the aerospace/defense industry.
He is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington D.C.-based, non-partisan defense and foreign policy think tank. He was a Senior Fellow and Director of Defense-Industrial Initiatives at CSIS from 2003-2007. At CSIS he directed a team of five focused on policy issues related to the defense-industrial base, including defense industrial policy, acquisition reform, trans-Atlantic relations, export controls, and technology/innovation policy.
Before joining CSIS in 2003, Pierre was a managing director and senior aerospace/defense analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1999-2003, where he was responsible for following the U.S. and global aerospace/defense industry. He remained a CSFB independent senior adviser from 2003-2006.
Prior to joining CFSB, Pierre was the senior aerospace/defense analyst at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter from 1995-1999. He served as the senior aerospace/defense industry analyst at Smith Barney during 1994 and as a director at JSA International, a Boston/Paris-based management-consulting firm that focused on the aerospace/defense industry (1986-88, 1990-93). Pierre was also a co-founder of JSA Research, an equity research boutique specializing in the aerospace/defense industry. Before signing on with JSA, he worked in the New York and London offices of Prudential-Bache Capital Funding as a mergers and acquisitions banker focusing on aerospace/defense (1988-90).
Over the course of his Wall Street career, Pierre participated in 31 aerospace/defense equity offerings/IPOs raising $11.7 billion and dozens of buy-side and sell-side M&A assignments. In addition, Pierre garnered numerous awards while working on Wall Street. Institutional Investor ranked Pierre's team the number one global aerospace/defense group every year eligible from 2000-02 and he was on the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team every year eligible from 1996-2002. He was ranked the number one aerospace/defense analyst by corporations in the 1998-2000 Reuters Polls, the number one aerospace/defense analyst in the 1995-99 Greenwich Associates polls, and appeared on the Wall Street Journal All-Star list in four of seven eligible years.
He was a member of the 2005 Defense Science Board Summer Study (Assessment of Transformation), 2006 DSB Summer Study (Strategic Technology Vectors), the 2006/2007 DSB Task Force on the Health of the Defense Industry, the 2007/2008 Defense Business Board Capability Requirements Identification and Development Processes study, the 2007/2008 DBB Task Force on Relations with the Industrial Base and the 2008 DBB study on Export Control Best Practices. He was also a member of a National Research Council study on Critical Technology Accessibility (2006) and a member of an Army Science Board task force on Use of Venture Capital (2001). In 2000, Pierre was appointed by President Clinton to the Presidential Commission on Offsets in International Trade. He is also a guest lecturer at the National Defense University and an Intermittent Professor at the Defense Acquisition University.
Chao earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Management Science from M.I.T.
Gerard "Duke" Dufresne, Sector VP and GM Unmanned Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Gerard A. "Duke" Dufresne is sector vice president and general manager of Unmanned Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation's security.
In this role, Dufresne oversees major programs, including the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance system, MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance, Firebird Optionally Piloted Vehicle, MQ-8 Fire Scout and Euro Hawk. He also leads advanced development programs to offer innovative future solutions that meet emerging customer needs.
During his more than 20 years with Northrop Grumman, Dufresne has held a variety of key positions, most recently as sector vice president of Aerospace Systems' former Strike and Surveillance Systems Division. He has also served as vice president for the Airborne Early Warning and Electronic Warfare business unit, vice president and deputy for Air Combat Systems (ACS) and vice president and Long Range Strike program manager at the former Integrated Systems sector.
His earlier service included 11 years on the B-2 program as manager of Flight Line and Delivery Operations and vice president of Operations at the company's site in Palmdale, Calif. Dufresne also served as vice president of Operations and Quality for ACS, program manager on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and vice president for Unmanned Systems.
Dufresne holds a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida. He is a 1995 graduate of Harvard's Program for Management Development.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Phil Dunford, VP/GM Operating Executive, Boeing Military Aircraft
Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and CFO, Office Secretary of Defense
As Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Robert F. Hale is the principal advisor to Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta on all budgetary and fiscal matters, including the development and execution of the Defense Department’s annual budget of more than $600 billion. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Hale also oversees the Department’s financial policy, financial management systems, and business modernization efforts.
At the time of his nomination by President Barack Obama in January 2009, Robert Hale was Executive Director of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), the professional association of Defense financial managers. For three-and-a-half years, he led the society's certification program (the Certified Defense Financial Manager program), as well as training programs, a professional journal, and other activities, including ASMC's National Professional Development Institute, an annual conference which attracts more than 3,500 participants.
From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Hale served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), where he was responsible for annual budgets of more than $70 billion, efforts to streamline Air Force financial management, and compliance with the Chief Financial Officers Act.
For the 12 years prior to his Air Force service, Mr. Hale headed the National Security Division at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), developing quantitative analyses of major defense budget issues and testifying frequently before Congressional committees.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hale was a senior fellow and head of the acquisition and grants management group at LMI, a consulting firm specializing in service to the Federal government. He also spent three years as an active duty officer in the U.S. Navy and served as a staff analyst and study director at the Center for Naval Analyses.
Mr. Hale graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in mathematics and statistics. He also holds a Master’s degree in operations research from Stanford and an MBA from the George Washington University. He is a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM), a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a past member of the Defense Business Board.
Randall Garber, VP/Partner, A.T. Kearney Public Sector and Defense Services
Randy Garber is a partner in A.T. Kearney. He leads the aerospace and defense practice for the Americas. He has also led the firm’s operations practice in the U.S. West. Randy has 26 years of management consulting experience in conducting and directing client engagements in supply chain management, strategic sourcing, change management, and organizational effectiveness. His experience spans a broad range of industries and government agencies - with a focus on aerospace and defense companies.
Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, he was deputy director for a U.S. Congressional Board in Washington, D.C., and Vice President of a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, specializing in supply chain management. Randy directed research on managing the China supply chain, and has published and presented on the trends and issues identified in the study. He has published numerous articles, including “Want a More Flexible Supply Chain?” in Supply Chain Management Review, and “Your Strategy Means Sink or Swim,” Chief Logistics Officer. Randy earned an M.B.A. from the Olin School, Washington University.
He has a B.S. from Central Missouri State University in economics. He is a founding member of the North America Transportation Competitiveness Research Council.
Richard T. Ginman, Director of Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy, OSD
Mr. Richard T. Ginman assumed the position of Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) in June of 2011. In that capacity he is responsible for domestic, international, and contingency contract policy, Acquisition policy and oversight of DoD 5000.1 and 2, oversight of the DFARS and the DoD member of the FAR council, as well as Program Development and Implementation with regard to E-Business, and finally oversight of the Purchase card program. He also serves as co-leader and proponent of the Pricing and Contracting Community within the Department of Defense.
He assumed the position of Deputy Director Contingency Contracting and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) in March, 2010. In February 2008 he assumed the position of Principal Deputy to the Director of DPAP. In that capacity, he is the principal advisor to the Director for all contracting and procurement policy areas including program acquisition strategies, incentives, program execution, Peer reviews, contingency contracting and acquisition policy.
Mr. Ginman has more than 37 years experience in government and commercial business in the fields of contracting, acquisition management, logistics and financial management. Among his previous assignments, he has been Vice President, Maritime Information Systems for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems; Director of Contracts, Digital System Resources; Commander, Navy Exchange Service Command; Deputy for Acquisition and Business Management for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A); and Deputy Commander for Contracts, Naval Sea Systems Command.
Throughout his career, Mr. Ginman has led large organizations with complex budget and fiscal challenges during periods of substantial change. In addition to the positions above Mr. Ginman's extensive work experience includes tours at the Naval Ordnance Systems Command; Naval Sea Systems Command; Naval Air Systems Command; Naval Regional Contracting Office, Long Beach; Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Embassy, Morocco. In addition he has served on USS Puffer (SSN 652), USS Ranger (CV 61) and USS Hunley (AS 31).
Mr. Ginman was commissioned an Ensign in the Supply Corps, United States Navy in 1970 and retired as a Rear Admiral in 2000. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University and attended the University of Southern California's Executive Program in Business Administration. His personal military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.
Michael Gross, Vice President, Subcontracts, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Gross is the vice president of Subcontracts at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation's security. His areas of responsibility include subcontract management/performance, strategic initiatives/relationships, leveraged supplier capabilities and source selection decisions in support of program objectives.
He has more than 33 years of technical and programmatic leadership responsibility across diverse missile, airborne and space platforms. His prior experience/roles encompass domestic and international markets and include program management, technology development, product diversification, product line leadership, business development, major subcontracts, systems engineering and systems design.
Before joining Northrop Grumman, Gross was the director of Department of Defense and Civil Space Systems at Raytheon, where he was the program executive over multiple EO/RF space sensor programs. Prior to the merger of Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon, Gross was the Hughes Defense Systems, Battlefield Systems product line manager. In that capacity, he fielded warfighter systems for the U.S. Army and forged teaming relationships and alliances with multinational corporations.
Previously, Gross was Hughes Missile Systems Engineering Laboratory manager, with responsibilities across multiple missile product lines. This organization provided the systems design/requirements responsibility for production programs, all new missile developments and multiple "Star Wars" initiatives. These responsibilities included extensive participation in prototype hardware development and software verification efforts. Gross joined Hughes Aircraft Company in 1978 as a member of the technical staff. His early engineering responsibilities included broad design and applied subsystems innovations across diverse technologies for successful integration into developmental missile systems.
Gross earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Arizona; a Master of Business Administration in finance from California State Northridge; and a master's degree in electrical engineering from USC.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Steven Grundman, Founder, Grundman Advisory
Rear Adm Randall Hendrickson, Dep Dir, Missile Defense Agency
A native of Marquette, Iowa, Rear Admiral Randall M. “Randy” Hendrickson graduated from Iowa State University in December 1983 with a double major in political science and naval science. He also holds a master’s degree in National Security Affairs with sub-specialties in Far Eastern/Pacific Studies and Strategic Planning, International Organization and Negotiations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
Hendrickson’s sea tours include command of USS Lake Erie (CG 70) from June 2006 to April 2008, and USS Ramage (DDG 61) from March 2002 to November 2003. During his tours, both commands received consecutive Battle Effectiveness and Golden Anchor Retention awards. In addition, Lake Erie received the 2007 Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award and the James F. Chezek Memorial Gunnery Award.
Prior to command of Ramage, Hendrickson served as the commissioning executive officer in USS Decatur (DDG 73) and as combat systems officer in USS Chandler (DDG 996) as well as division officer assignments as a plankowner in USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and in USS Garcia (FF 1040).
Hendrickson’s shore tours include serving as Missile Defense branch head in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Surface Warfare Directorate; military assistant to the principal deputy under secretary of Defense for Policy; force planner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Strategy; requirements officer for the Navy Theater Wide Ballistic Missile Defense Program; and force air warfare officer at commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific. Hendrickson assumed his current duties as deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency in November 2009.
Hendrickson's personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and various other personal and unit awards.
Lt Gen Larry D. James, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, HQ US Air Force
Lt Gen Larry D. James 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 more than 20,000 ISR officers, enlisted and civilians across the Air Force ISR Enterprise. This includes the Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency as well as the Air Force ISR Agency which includes the 480th ISRW, 70th ISRW, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and the Air Force Technical Applications Center.
General James entered the Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978, and earned his master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983. His career has spanned a wide variety of operations, intelligence and acquisition assignments, including space shuttle payload specialist, Air Staff program element monitor, Chief of Operations, 14th Air Force and Director of Signals Intelligence, National Reconnaissance Office.
General James has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered Air Force levels. He was Vice Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center as well as Vice Commander, 5th Air Force, and Deputy Commander, 13th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan. The general has served on the staffs of Headquarters U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command. He also served as the Senior Space Officer for Operation Iraqi Freedom at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia. Prior to his current assignment, the general was Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
1978 Distinguished graduate, Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1983 Master of Science degree in astronautical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1984 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1988 Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1989 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1993 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 Joint Professional Military Education Phase II, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2002 National Security Management Fellowship, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2006 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Intelligence Community Executive Leader Program, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.
2007 Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander Course, Naval War College, R.I.
1. July 1978 - August 1981, project officer, Advanced Space Guidance Systems, Directorate of Technology, Space and Missile Systems Organization, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
2. August 1981 - January 1983, student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
3. January 1983 - December 1987, space shuttle payload specialist and Chief, Global Positioning System Space Systems Division, Headquarters Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
4. January 1988 - July 1988, student, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
5. August 1988 - July 1989, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
6. August 1989 - June 1991, program element monitor, Global Positioning System, Directorate of Space Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. June 1991 - July 1992, executive officer to Director, Space Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
8. August 1992 - July 1993, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. September 1993 - July 1994, Commander, 45th Spacecraft Operations Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
10. July 1994 - July 1995, Commander, 5th Space Launch Squadron, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.
11. July 1995 - January 1996, Deputy Commander, 45th Operations Group, Patrick AFB, Fla.
12. January 1996 - May 1997, Deputy Chief, Space Control Mission Team, Air Force Space Command, later, Chief, Requirements and Programs Branch, Integration Division, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
13. May 1997 - August 1998, Chief, Integration Division, Directorate of Plans, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
14. August 1998 - June 2000, Commander, 614th Space Operations Group, and Chief of Operations, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
15. June 2000 - April 2001, executive officer to Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Commander, U.S. Space Command and Commander, AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colo.
16. April 2001 - June 2003, Commander, 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo.
17. June 2003 - July 2004, Assistant Director of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colo.
18. July 2004 - July 2005, Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
19. July 2005 - May 2007, Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C.
20. May 2007 - December 2008, Vice Commander, 5th Air Force, and Deputy
Commander, 13th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan
21. December 2008 - January 2011, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, USSTRATCOM, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
22. January 2011 - present, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (A2), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. January 1996 - May 1997, Deputy Chief, Space Control Mission Team, Air Force Space Command, later, Chief, Requirements and Programs Branch, Integration Division, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a lieutenant colonel
2. May 1997 - August 1998, Chief, Integration Division, Directorate of Plans, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a lieutenant colonel and a colonel
3. July 2005 - May 2007, Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general
4. December 2008 - January 2011, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, USSTRATCOM, Vandenberg AFB, Calif., as a lieutenant general
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Top third graduate, Air Command and Staff College
Top 10 percent graduate, Air War College
National Finalist, White House Fellow Program
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1978
First Lieutenant May 31, 1980
Captain May 31, 1982
Major April 1, 1988
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 1992
Colonel Dec. 1, 1997
Brigadier General Feb. 1, 2004
Major General Aug. 2, 2007
Lieutenant General Dec. 9, 2008
Frank Kendall, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Mr. Frank Kendall is the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. He has more than 35 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition and national security affairs in private industry, government and the military. He has been a consultant to defense industry firms, non-profit research organizations, and the Department of Defense in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management, and technology assessment. Mr. Kendall was Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for management direction to the engineering functions throughout the company and for internal research and development. Before assuming his current position, Mr. Kendall was a Managing Partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense sector consulting firm.
Within government, Mr. Kendall held the position of Director of Tactical Warfare Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the position of Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategic Defense Systems. Mr. Kendall is a former member of the Army Science Board and the Defense Intelligence Agency Science and Technology Advisory Board and he has been a consultant to the Defense Science Board and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Kendall also spent ten years on active duty with the Army serving in Germany, teaching Engineering at West Point, and holding research and development positions.
Mr. Kendall is an attorney and has been active in the field of human rights, working primarily on a pro bono basis. He has worked with Amnesty International USA, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors, with Human Rights First, for whom he was an observer at Guantanamo, and with the Tahirih Justice Center, where he was Chair of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Kendall is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and he holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from California Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration degree from C.W Post Center of Long Island University, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.
Stephen J. Lee, Sr. Research Scientist, US Army Research Office
CURRENT POSTION RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities as Senior Research Scientist include planning and developing the future vision of basic research for Army and the Army Research Office and maintaining an active research program. The position involves coordination of the individual extramural programs within the Army Research Office with the needs of the Soldier and Army intramural laboratories.
PREVIOUS POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
Chief of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, U.S. Army
The Chief of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry’s responsibilities included planning, executing, and determining the goals for extramural Army basic research programs focused on organic synthesis, organized assemblies, surfaces, and catalysis. The position involved management of research, contracts, and budgets for U.S. and international research programs and organization of research review panels, conferences, symposia, and workshops.
Chemist, Program Manager
Aug 2001 to Feb 2007
Army Research Office
Adjunct Faculty Member
Oct 2004 to present
Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Adjunct Faculty Member
Oct 1999 to Aug 2004
Departments of Chemistry and Pathology, Duke University
Oct 1999 to Aug 2001
Army Research Office
Oct 1998 to Oct 1999
Army Research Office
Oct 1996 to Sept 1998
Universite Louis Pasteur, FRANCE
Oct 1997 to Sept 1998
Lee & Associates, France
Jun 1991 to Oct 1996
Emory University, Atlanta
Ph.D. Physical Organic Chemistry, Emory University, Advisor: Professor F.M. Menger B.S., Biology and Chemistry; Millsaps College, Jackson, MS
AWARDS AND HONORS
2003 Army’s Greatest Invention Award -for the Agentase Nerve Agent Sensor
2005 Army’s Greatest Invention Award - for the FIDO Explosives Detector
Army Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program to Australia 2006
Chateaubriand Research Fellowship – from the French Government
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Fellow in the American Institute of Chemists
Member of the American Chemical Society
Army Research Laboratory Fellow
“The Discovery of an Enantioselective Receptor for (–)-adenosine from a Racemic Dynamic Combinatorial Library” S. M. Voshell, S. J. Lee, M. R. Gagné, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 12422-12423.
“Supramolecular Assemblies of DNA with Neutral Nucleoside Amphiphiles.”, Philippe Barthélémy, Carla A. H. Prata, Shaun F. Filocamo, Chad E. Immoos, Benjamin W. Maynor, S. A. Nadeem Hashmi, Stephen J. Lee, and Mark W. Grinstaff, Chem. Comm. 2005, 1261-1263.
“Conformationally Gated Electrochemical Gene Detection.” Chad E. Immoos, Stephen J. Lee, Mark W. Grinstaff, ChemBioChem. 2004, 5, 1-5.
“Charge-Reversal Amphiphiles for Gene Delivery.” Carla A. H. Prata, Yuxing Zhao, Philippe Barthélémy, Yougen Li, Dan Luo, Thomas J. McIntosh, Stephen J. Lee, and Mark W. Grinstaff J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 12196-12197.
“Giant Vesicles as Microchemical Systems" Stephen J. Lee and Jason S. Keiper, chapter in Reactions and Synthesis in Surfactant Systems, ed. John Texter, Marcel Dekker, 2001. Note: Invited Contribution to Textbook.
“Biotechnology”, Lee, Stephen J., C.M. Smith, E.Morgan, R.Chelewski, R.Hunewill, J.S. Lee Text Book, Interstate Publishers: Illinois, 2001.
Dave Markham, Corp VP Affordability, Lockheed Martin
Since January of 2010 Mr Markham has been focusing his efforts on improving affordability. 2010 was dedicated to establishing structure and idea generation at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. In February 2011 he accepted the affordability position at the corporate level.
Mr. Markham previously held roles as president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services responsible for marketing, sales, communications, program and mission management, regulatory compliance, and business management for Commercial Launch. Dave also served as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development. In this capacity responsibilities included the development of strategic plans, market development, acquisitions, and management of discretionary investment.
In other capacities, Mr. Markham served in progressive capacities in launch system development, program management, operations management, finance- business management and economic development.
Mr. Markham earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Ft. Lewis College. He is a graduate of executive development programs at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and completed the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. Mr. Markham serves as a board member of Illinois Business Consulting, Junior Achievement and a regional economic development council.
Katrina McFarland, President, Defense Acquisition University and Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition
Katrina McFarland has served as the President of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) since December 2010. Before joining DAU, she was the Director for Acquisition for the Missile Defense Agency, from 2006 to 2010. From 1992 to 2005, she worked for the U.S. Marine Corps System Command, holding several positions including Director of Management and Air Defense Systems. From 1990 to 1992, Ms. McFarland worked for the Department of National Defense in Ottawa, Ontario, where she carried out Procurement Head of Electronics duties. She began her career in 1986 as a general engineer at Marine Corps Headquarters. Ms. McFarland received her B.S. from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.
Richard McKinney, USAF Deputy Under Secretary for Space Programs
Richard W. McKinney, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs, Washington, D.C. He provides guidance, direction and oversight for the formulation, review and execution of military space programs. He provides the principal support to the Under Secretary's role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the Air Force space enterprise. He supervises military space and space related matters for the Under Secretary; developing and executing Air Force space policy; integration of military space activities between Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, NASA, other agencies and nations; and advising and supporting USecAF for strategic planning for the Air Force space programs.
Mr. McKinney is a 1973 distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He served 28 years on active duty, retiring as a colonel in May 2001. Mr. McKinney is certified level three in the acquisition areas of program management, acquisition logistics, and systems planning, research, development and engineering. He was the first Program Director of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. Mr. McKinney was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2002.
Mr. McKinney previously served as the Director for Space Acquisition in the Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, and was the Air Force liaison to Europe to facilitate and expand Air Force international cooperation on space with Europe. Prior to his current assignment, he was Special Assistant to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force where he was responsible for the review of the headquarters management of space responsibilities.
1973 Bachelor's degree in business administration, Washington State University, Pullman
1976 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1980 Master's degree in business administration, University of Montana, Missoula
1982 Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1987 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1987 Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1992 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2002 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. September 1973 - November 1973, student, combat crew training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2. November 1973 - August 1977, deputy missile combat crew commander, later, combat crew commander, 341st Strategic Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
3. August 1977 - August 1980, faculty member, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
4. August 1980 - March 1982, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. March 1982 - June 1985, project manager, Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program, Air Force Systems Command, Norton AFB, Calif.
6. June 1985 - July 1986, executive officer to the Commander, Ballistic Missile Office, Norton AFB, Calif.
7. August 1986 - January 1987, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
8. January 1987 - June 1989, Program Element Monitor, Global Positioning System and Titan IV, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. June 1989 - July 1991, executive officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. July 1991 - June 1992, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. June 1992 - March 1993, Chief for Plans and Programs, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
12. March 1993 - July 1993, Director of Technology and Industrial Support, Oklahoma City ALC, Tinker AFB, Okla.
13. July 1993 - June 1995, Director of Propulsion, Oklahoma City ALC, Tinker AFB, Okla.
14. June 1995 - July 1999, System Program Director, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
15. July 1999 - May 2001, Deputy Director, Directorate of Space and Nuclear Deterrence, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
16. May 2001 - January 2002, private consultant, Washington, D.C.
17. January 2002 - April 2002, Deputy Director, Directorate of Space and Nuclear Deterrence, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
18. April 2002 - July 2005, Deputy Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
19. July 2005 - July 2007, Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
20. September 2007 - November 2009, Director, European Space Liaison, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Paris, France
21. November 2009 - July 2010, Special Assistant to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
22. August 2010 - present, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
Department of State Superior Honor Award
Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service
1977 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year, Air University
1998 David Packard Award for excellence in acquisition, Department of Defense
1998 John J. Welch Jr. Award for excellence in acquisition management, U.S. Air Force
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Life member, Air Force Association
Board of Advisers, College of Business and Economics, Washington State University
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Trustee, Washington State University Foundation
Lt Gen Richard P. Mills, Deputy Commandant Combat Development & Integration, USMC
A native of Huntington, New York, Lieutenant General Mills was commissioned via Officer Candidate School. As a Lieutenant he served at the battalion level in two Marine Divisions as a rifle platoon commander, weapons platoon commander, rifle company executive officer, and adjutant. As a Captain he attended Amphibious Warfare School, served at Parris Island as a series officer and commanded a recruit company before joining the 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division, as the Commanding Officer of Alpha Company and Regimental Assistant Operations Officer.
As a Major, he was assigned to the Officer Assignment Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps, attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, was a Military Observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine, and served as the Air/Ground Liaison Officer, Marine Air Group 29, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing.
Lieutenant Colonel Mills served as Operations Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU SOC) taking part in operations off Bosnia and Somalia, was assigned as the Amphibious Exercise/Operations Officer on the staff of the Commander, United States Sixth Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, and as Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 6th Marines (deploying as Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 24th MEU (SOC)).
While a Colonel, he studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies, London, England, was the Officer-In-Charge of the Special Operations Training Group, II MEF before commanding the 24th MEU (SOC). While under his command the 24th MEU (SOC) participated in Operations Joint Guardian in Kosovo, Enduring Freedom, and combat operations ashore in Iraq as part of Task Force Tarawa.
Next Colonel Mills went to Headquarters, United States European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany for duty as the Assistant Chief of Staff then, selected to Brigadier General, was the Deputy Director of Operations at EUCOM. Subsequently he was Director, Manpower Management Division at Headquarters Marine Corps before assuming command of the 1st Marine Division.
From 2007 to 2009 Brigadier General Mills served concurrently as Assistant Division Commander, 1st Marine Division and upon promotion to Major general as Commander, Ground Combat Element, Multi-National Forces - West, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Upon returning from Iraq he again assumed command of the 1st Marine Division and then was selected to command the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) which deployed to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). In June 2010, he assumed command of the newly-created Regional Command (Southwest) and in October 2010 he relinquished command of the 1st Marine Division. In March 2011 he relinquished his duties as the Commander, Regional Command (Southwest). Lieutenant General Mills is the first Marine Corps General Officer to command NATO forces in combat. In July 2011 and upon promotion Lieutenant General Mills assumed the duties as the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.
Robert Peak, Director, Bids and Proposals, EADS North America
Mr. Peak is a senior systems engineering and program management executive with over 35 years of progressive success in marketing, acquisition, research, development, production, test, integration, operation, and support of large scale, high technology airspace management, manned and unmanned space, defense, and command, control, communications, computers, information, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems (C4ISR) through all phases of their lifecycle; He is a recognized authority on systems engineering, Human Systems Integration, and emerging aviation technologies, and has taught Systems Engineering and Human Factors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He successfully ran his own small business for a decade, providing Systems Engineering and Program Management expertise to domestic and international clients.
He is currently Director, Bids and Proposals, with EADS North America, where he led the Systems Engineering, Integration and Test, Software Engineering, and Specialty Engineering efforts for EADS North America KC-45A Tanker proposal to USAF Aeronautical Systems Center. He provides Systems Engineering, capture, and program management expertise to U. S. Army Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, Armed Aerial Scout, and other projects in EADS North America’s Space, Defense Electronics Systems, Homeland Security, Transport and Military Aircraft lines of business.
Mr. Peak holds a MS in Human Factors and Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduate studies in Systems Engineering, Program and Executive Management, and a BA in Mathematics from the University of California at Irvine.
He has held membership in AIAA, IEEE, NDIA, and is the EADS North America Point of Contact for INCOSE. He has authored several papers on Systems Engineering and advanced aviation technologies, and has been an invited speaker at corporate and professional society conferences.
Dean Peebels, Deputy Director Infrared Space Systems, USAF Space & Missile Systems Center
Dean Peebels is the Deputy Director, Infrared Space Systems, US Air Force. His duties include leading day-to-day program business operations and preparations for a Defense Acquisition Executive review for the Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) satellites five and six.
Mr. Peebels has over 24 years of acquisition experience and has worked on a variety of major acquisition programs, including the Military Satellite Communications System (MILSTAR), Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS), Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), F-15, Low-Altitude Navigation and Targeting InfraRed for Night (LANTIRN) system, Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS), RQ-4A/B Global Hawk, plus over twenty automated information systems. In addition to his active duty and civilian service, Mr. Peebels served the Air Force for 10 years as an acquisition support contractor and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force Reserves.
Dr. Jennifer C. Ricklin, Chief Technologist, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Jennifer C. Ricklin is the Chief Technologist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As the principal adviser and consultant to the Commander, Dr. Ricklin is responsible for advising on the Air Force's $2.2 billion science and technology program; additional customer-funded research and development of $2.2 billion; and a global workforce of approximately 10,800 in the laboratory's component technology directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Dr. Ricklin has over 27 years of science and technology leadership experience. She began her career with what became the Army Research Laboratory, where she held both bench scientist and management positions. Subsequently, she served as Program Manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where she managed system development programs of national importance and initiated more than 30 studies to explore emergent technologies; and Director for Strategic Technologies, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, where she had profit and loss responsibility for developing strategic business opportunities covering a wide range of technologies.
Dr. Ricklin was elected Fellow of SPIE- the International Society for Optical Engineering and served on its Board of Directors. She has also served on the Air Force Science Advisory Board, chaired over 25 international conferences and workshops, served as Associate Editor for the journal "Optical Engineering" for eight years, and co-authored one book and over 70 papers and patents. Dr. Ricklin is currently on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program assignment to the AFRL from the Georgia Tech. Research Institute.
1982 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, Sam Houston State University, Texas
1990 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, New Mexico State University
2002 Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Md.
1. 1982 - 1983, Instructor, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
2. 1983 - 1990, Research Physicist, Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
3. 1990 - 1994, Principal Investigator, Army Research Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
4. 1994 - 1997, Team Leader, Nonlinear Atmospheric Processes, Army Research Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and Adelphi, Md.
5. 1997 - 2002, Senior Research Physicist, Optical Communication Systems, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Md.
6. 2002 - 2005, Team Leader, Intelligent Optics, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Md. (2004 - Acting Chief, Computer and Communication Sciences Division, Army Research Laboratory)
7. 2005 - 2009, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Strategic Technology Office, Arlington, Va.
8. 2009 - 2011, Director, Strategic Technologies, Lockheed Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla.
9. 2011 - present, Chief Technologist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1994 White Sands Missile Range Civilian Employee of the Year
2004 Fellow, SPIE- the International Society for Optical Engineering
2009 OSD Civilian Career Service Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Army Acquisition Corps, Level 3 Program Management
National Defense Industry Association
SPIE- the International Society for Optical Engineering
Optical Society of America
Sigma Pi Sigma Associate
(Current as of October 2011)
Scott D. Starrett, VP Government Business Development, Sikorsky Military Systems
Scott Starrett serves as Vice President, Government Business Development, leading Sikorsky's government business organizations in Washington, D.C and across the United States. Scott provides strategic leadership and oversight in monitoring governmental, legislative and budgetary trends, representing Sikorsky and facilitating growth with key customers.
Previously Scott served as President, Sikorsky Military Systems, which is the company's largest business segment serving the global military marketplace. He was responsible for all aspects of the BLACK HAWK, UH-60M, Naval Hawk, Marine Corps, Executive Transport programs, and international FMS and DCS customers.
Scott joined Sikorsky in February 2008 after working at Honeywell, where he was a member of the Senior Aerospace Division Leadership Team for 10 years and a 26-year veteran of the company. Among the positions he held at Honeywell was Vice President, Military Aircraft, Aerospace, starting in September 2005 with strategic leadership and P & L responsibility for $1.6 billion in military programs. He also held the position of Vice President and General Manager, Defense and Space, from April 2002 to June 2005. In that role, he reported to the president of the then $11 billion Aerospace Division and was accountable for all sales, marketing and aftermarket operations for the $4.5 billion Defense and Space segment. Other positions included Vice President and General Manager, Defense and Space; Vice President and General Manager, Air Transport, Aerospace Electronic Systems; and Vice President, Business Development, Space Systems.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin.
Scott is married to his wife Nancy and has two daughters, Samantha and Alexandra. He is passionate about golf, gourmet cooking and also enjoys theater and youth athletic coaching.
Mark Valerio, VP and General Manager, Surveillance and Navigation Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Mark Valerio is Vice President and General Manager of the Surveillance and Navigation Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In this capacity, Mr. Valerio has general management responsibility for the Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and Space Situational Awareness Programs for the company.
Previously, Mr. Valerio was vice president of Programs for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company from January 2009 to January 2011. In that role, Mr. Valerio oversaw the Program Management, Subcontract Management and Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) functional organizations across the company, concentrating on strengthening program performance and operational excellence.
He previously served as vice president and general manager of the Special Programs line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of multiple highly classified space programs of national importance.
Throughout his 30 year career, Mr. Valerio has led several critical initiatives for Lockheed Martin Corporation, including leadership for multiple first-of-a-kind space development programs. He has delivered over 35 satellites from numerous launch vehicles and launch sites, and has worked on various types of contracts for the U.S. Government, national and international commercial customers.
Mr. Valerio began his career with heritage Lockheed Martin companies and has served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions within the organization including vice president and deputy of the SBIRS program, vice president of Military Support Programs, director of the Lockheed Martin A2100 commercial communications satellites, program manager for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Global Geospace program, and director of the Integration and Test functional department with responsibility for all manufacturing, assembly, test and launch of the more than two dozen civil space programs.
Mr. Valerio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Widener University-Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from University of Colorado, Denver. Mark is also a graduate of the Harvard JFK School of Government’s National and International Security Management (NISM) program.
He is a two-time winner of the prestigious Lockheed Martin NOVA Award, as well as various recognition awards from Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, General Electric and NASA customers.
David M. Van Buren, USAF Service Acquisition Executive
Mr. David M. Van Buren is the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for all Air Force research, development and acquisition activities. He provides direction, guidance and supervision of all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, approval and execution of acquisition plans, policies and programs. Mr. Van Buren directs the approximately $70 billion of annual investments that include major programs like the KC-46A, F-35, Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, Global Positioning System Satellite and weapons, as well as capability areas such as information technology, cyber, command and control and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. He formulates and executes the roughly $300 billion five-year Air Force investment strategy to acquire systems and support services to provide combat capability to joint warfighting commanders. Since April 2009, he has been performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, while serving as the Principal Deputy for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Van Buren has more than 30 years of acquisition experience in the Air Force, large defense corporations, and private equity owned small and medium aerospace and commercial high-technology firms. These technology areas include hyperspectral imaging; laser communications; alternative power sources; avionics; high-speed processing; compound semi-conductors; and satellite power systems. In 2005, he was also a member of the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment Study Senior Review Team as its only small business representative.
Prior to entering public service, and for the past 15 years, Mr. Van Buren primarily worked as an executive for numerous private equity-owned high technology firms. He directed Raytheon's compound semi-conductor activity, and successfully transitioned TECSTAR, a small business, to being named one of the top 50 space manufacturers in the world by Space News. Mr. Van Buren was Vice President and Deputy Program Manager for the B-2 bomber at Northrop Corporation. He was involved in the transition to production, flight test, first flight and day-to-day program management activities. At Lockheed, he was a project manager on several classified airborne platforms, including the F-117A, and satellite platforms. Prior to his tenure at Lockheed, he served on active duty in the Air Force for nine years, including two tours in Southeast Asia, ending his career as a captain. His last Air Force assignment was as Program Manager in the AIM-9 Sidewinder Program Office.
1971 Bachelor's degree in physical science, University of Illinois
1975 Master's degree in industrial management, Central Michigan University
1977 Education with Industry, Air Force Institute of Technology
1987 Executive Program, Stanford University
1. 1971 - 1981, Air Force officer
2. 1981 - 1983, Project Manager, Classified Programs, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Sunnyvale, Calif.
3. 1983 - 1987, Engineering Manager and Deputy Program Manager, B-2 Bomber, Northrop Corporation, Pico Rivera, Calif.
4. 1987 - 1992, Vice President and Deputy Program Manager, B-2 Bomber, Northrop Corporation, Pico Rivera, Calif.
5. 1992 - 2000, President and Chief Executive Officer, TECSTAR Corporation, City of Industry, Calif.
6. 2000 - 2001, President, Raytheon Microelectronics, Commercial Electronics Group, Andover, Mass.
7. 2001 - 2004, consultant and Chief Executive Officer for several private equity firms, Sudbury, Mass., and Blackhawk, Calif.
8. 2004 - 2007, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Novasol Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii
9. March 2008 - April 2009, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management, Washington, D.C.
10. April 2009 - present, Air Force Service Acquisition Executive duties, Washington, D.C.
Lt Gen Keith Walker, Director Army Capabilities Integration Center, US Army
Lieutenant General Keith C. Walker assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General, Futures and Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center on 15 August 2011. Lieutenant General Walker graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University, 1984. Lieutenant General Walker's military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
Commissioned an Armor Officer in 1976, he served in a variety of positions in the United States, Europe, and Iraq, including command of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized); and 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Lieutenant General Walker has served as platoon leader, troop executive officer, squadron transportation section commander, S-3 of 1st Battalion, 69th Armor and S-3 of 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). He was an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy. Lieutenant General Walker has also served as an Assistant G-3, Chief of Resource Management Branch, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); and G-3, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), later re-designated 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized).
In April 1999, Lieutenant General Walker was assigned to SHAPE, Belgium, for duty as a Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. In June 2001, he moved to Heidelberg, Germany, to serve as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General, U. S. Army Europe. Lieutenant General Walker served on the Department of the Army Staff as Chief, Strategic Plans, Concepts, and Doctrine Division in 2002. He was assigned as Chief of Staff of the 1st Cavalry Division in August 2003, and served as the Chief of Staff of 1st Cavalry Division and TF Baghdad from March 2004 through March 2005. In May of 2005, Lieutenant General Walker returned to the Pentagon, assigned to the Joint Staff J5 as Chief, Iraq Division; and in June 2006, he transferred to the Department of the Army Staff as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, G-3/5. In July 2007, he reported to Fort Riley, Kansas, as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 1st Infantry Division. Lieutenant General Walker served as Commanding General, Iraq Assistance Group, from June 2008 through July 2009.
Prior to his arrival to the Army Capabilities Integration Center, Lieutenant General Walker served as the Commander, Brigade Modernization Command, Fort Bliss, Texas, from August 2009 to July 2011.
Lieutenant General Walker is married to the former Valerie Warner. They have two sons and two daughters, Laura, Brian, Duncan and Audrey.
Complete Speaker List
- Joseph Anselmo, Managing Editor, Aviation Week
- Doug Belair, SVP Strategy & Planning, BAE Systems Inc.
- Capt David T. Bishop, Program Manager, OHIO Replacement (PMS397)
- Dr. Reginald Brothers, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research
- Michael Bruno, Deputy Managing Editor-Defense, Space & Security, Aviation Week
- Maj Gen Julian “JB” Burns (US Army Ret), VP Defense Affairs, Land & Armament, BAE Systems
- Byron Callan, Partner, Capital Alpha
- Pierre Chao, Managing Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
- Gerard “Duke” Dufresne, Sector VP and GM Unmanned Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
- Phil Dunford, VP/GM Operating Executive, Boeing Military Aircraft
- Randall Garber, VP/Partner A.T. Kearney Public Sector and Defense Services
- Richard T. Ginman, Director Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy
- Steve Gitlin, VP Strategy, AeroVironment
- Steven Grundman, Founder, Grundman Advisory
- Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and CFO, Office Secretary of Defense
- Rear Adm Randall Hendrickson, Dep Dir, Missile Defense Agency
- Lt Gen Larry D. James, USAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
- Frank Kendall, Under Secretary (Acting) Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics
- Stephen J. Lee, Sr. Research Scientist, US Army Research Office
- Dave Markham, Corp VP Affordability, Lockheed Martin
- Katrina McFarland, President, Defense Acquisition University and Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition
- Richard McKinney, USAF Deputy Under Secretary for Space Programs
- Lt Gen Richard P. Mills, Deputy Commandant Combat Development & Integration, USMC
- Dean Peebels, Deputy Director Infrared Space Systems, USAF Space & Missile Systems Center
- Jennifer C. Ricklin, Chief Technologist, USAF Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB
- Scott D. Starrett, VP Government Business Development, Sikorsky Military Systems
- Stan Szemborski, Corp VP Strategy, Northrop Grumman
- Mark Valerio, VP and General Manager, Surveillance and Navigation Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
- David M. Van Buren, USAF Service Acquisition Executive
- Lt Gen Keith Walker, Director Army Capabilities Integration Center, US Army
- Rusty Weiger, Deputy Program Executive Officer, US Army Aviation