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The Mitchell Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research organization established to provide fact-based policy options, inform debate, and empower our nation’s leaders.

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is an independent, nonpartisan research organization established to provide fact-based policy options that better empower our nation’s leaders by:

Informing

the national security debate

Educating

about the essential role of aerospace power in securing America’s global interests

Cultivating

aerospace-minded talent

This involves questioning established doctrine, organizational constructs, and operational concepts, asking whether there are better ways to meet national security goals. The Mitchell Institute provides independent analysis based on science, history, and data outlining the right solutions in the aerospace domain.

“The role of airpower is not only to fight and win wars if necessary, but to influence the behavior of other nations by actions short of war in support of national policy.” – Gen Laurence Kuter, USAF, Former Commander of NORAD

The Legacy of Billy Mitchell:

Army Brig Gen William Mitchell, for whom the Mitchell Institute is named, was a visionary of early airpower and the importance it would play in post-world-war global security and future wars. At great personal risk and sacrifice, he defied the contemporary military leaders of his time in pursuit of what he knew was true: superiority in the air (and today, space) would become the most critical factor in future military competitions. Read more about Mitchell

Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret)

Dean
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Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), serves as the Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Gen Deptula is a world-recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat.

Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), serves as the Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Gen Deptula is a world-recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat. He was the principal attack planner for the Operation Desert Storm air campaign; commander of no-fly-zone operations over Iraq in the late 1990s; director of the air campaign over Afghanistan in 2001; twice a joint task force commander; and was the air commander for the 2005 South Asia tsunami relief operations. He served on two congressional commissions charged with outlining America’s future defense posture. He is a fighter pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours—400 in combat—including multiple command assignments in the F-15. His last assignment was as the Air Force’s first chief of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), where he transformed America’s military ISR and drone enterprises, orchestrating the largest increase in drone operations in Air Force history. He retired from the Air Force in 2010 after more than 34 years of distinguished service.

Areas of Focus: Gen Deptula is a recognized expert and sought-after commentator around the world as a thought leader on aerospace operations, defense, strategy, and ISR. His recent works include: Aerospace Vectors for the Incoming Biden Defense Team; Resolving America’s Defense Strategy-Resource Mismatch: The Case for Cost-Per-Effect Analysis; Restoring America’s Military Competitiveness: Mosaic Warfare; and The Force We Need: Key Factors for Shaping the Air Force for the Future, among many others.

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Doug Birkey

Executive Director
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Douglas A. Birkey is the Executive Director for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Power Studies.

Background: As Executive Director, Mr. Birkey guides the research agenda and stakeholder strategy for Mitchell Institute.

Douglas A. Birkey is the Executive Director for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Power Studies.

Background: As Executive Director, Mr. Birkey guides the research agenda and stakeholder strategy for Mitchell Institute. He also executes research projects, hosts aerospace forums, shapes public programming, and engages leaders in Congress, the Department of Defense, as well as the broader policy and budget community. He is a routine contributor to the defense dialogue, with a regular presence in a range of publications ranging from the Washington Post and Financial Times to Defense News and Aviation Week.  Prior to this position, Birkey served as the Air Force Association’s Director of Government Relations. He was responsible for developing strategies to advance aerospace policy positions with Members of Congress, their staffs, officials within the Air Force, and the broader defense industry. Birkey was also the cofounder of the Washington, DC Airpower Working Group, which afforded the foundation from which Mitchell Institute was launched. Birkey began his Washington, DC career as a defense staffer in the office of Senator Lieberman (D-CT), assisting the Senator with his duties on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Areas of Focus: Air Force modernization, defense policy and budget decisions, airpower strategy, aerospace power history, and congressional defense issues.

Academic and professional titles: He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster, majoring in history, and was awarded a graduate degree from Georgetown University. He is also active in the restoration and operation of vintage aircraft for several private organizations.

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Matthew P. Donovan

Director of the Mitchell Institute, Spacepower Advantage Research Center

The Honorable Matthew P. Donovan is director of the Mitchell Institute – Spacepower Advantage Research Center (MI-SPARC).

Background: Prior to joining MI-SPARC, Hon. Donovan was the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Previously, he was the Under Secretary of the Air Force from 2017 until 2020, and he was the acting Secretary of the Air Force for over five months in 2019.

The Honorable Matthew P. Donovan is director of the Mitchell Institute – Spacepower Advantage Research Center (MI-SPARC).

Background: Prior to joining MI-SPARC, Hon. Donovan was the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Previously, he was the Under Secretary of the Air Force from 2017 until 2020, and he was the acting Secretary of the Air Force for over five months in 2019. Hon. Donovan was also Majority Policy Director and Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, he was a Department of the Air Force civilian engaged in strategic planning and programming on the Air Staff. Hon. Donovan served over 30 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, first as an enlisted member, then earning a commission to become an F-15C combat mission ready instructor pilot, an F-5E Aggressor adversary instructor pilot, commanding an F-15C fighter squadron and the USAF Officer Training School, and serving in various capacities on headquarters and combatant commander staffs, retiring as a colonel in 2008. Hon. Donovan is a twice Senate-confirmed Presidential appointee and recognized expert with wide-ranging executive leadership experience in national security strategy and policy issues, defense resource allocation and budget development, interagency processes, military operations, and Congressional legislative activities.

Areas of Focus: As director of MI-SPARC, Hon. Donovan is responsible for advancing the thought leadership, rigorous analysis, and vigorous debate on preserving America’s military spacepower advantage. Foundational to the MI-SPARC is the strong advocacy for the resources and authorities necessary for the U.S. Space Force to provide uniquely powerful and dominant capabilities to the Joint warfighter and the Nation’s leaders. Activities also include the education of the American public, Congress, the defense industry, the media, and the broader national security community on increasing threats to America and her allies in space, rapidly evolving advancements in the global space industry, and emerging military spacepower requirements.

Academic and professional titles: Hon. Donovan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University majoring in technical management; and earned master’s degrees in management from Webster University, in airpower arts and sciences from the USAF School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and in military art and science from the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies in their senior-level Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship.

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Maj Gen Larry Stutzriem, USAF (Ret)

Director of Research

Maj Gen Larry “Stutz” Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.), is the Director of Research for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: He attained the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force while serving over 30 years as a fighter pilot, commander, and strategist.

Maj Gen Larry “Stutz” Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.), is the Director of Research for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: He attained the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force while serving over 30 years as a fighter pilot, commander, and strategist. He’s flown F-4, F-16, and A-10 aircraft. Additionally, he flew T-37 and T-38 aircraft as both instructor and commander in the Air Force’s rapid-paced specialized undergraduate pilot training program. Mid-career he served as Professor of National Security Studies on the faculty of the National War College, the Nation’s most prestigious defense school located in Washington, DC, at Fort Lesley J. McNair. Following 9/11, General Stutzriem was on the leadership team that directed air operations in Afghanistan resulting in the surrender of the Taliban government in 90 days. He pioneered time-sensitive targeting in Afghanistan that led to current high-leverage targeting concepts. During nation-building operations in Iraq, he was assigned to the U.S. Department of State to reinvigorate the political-military interface. His final assignment was as Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy for U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). There, he led a dynamic team that achieved historic breakthroughs in theater security cooperation in the Western Hemisphere and the first Arctic defense strategy. He was a key leader in the modernization of the structure by which defense assets and personnel can be used to assist in missions normally carried out by civil authorities, such as responses to natural and man-made disasters. Before joining the Mitchell Institute, he worked as a consultant to a range of organizations from small business to NASA.

Areas of Focus: He’s a recognized expert in national security, aerospace power, and combat aircraft operations.

Academic and professional titles: General Stutzriem has a BS in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University, an MS in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. Among his career achievements, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during Operation Enduring Freedom and received the State Department’s top service award while acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

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Mark Gunzinger

Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments

Mark Gunzinger serves as the Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments.

Background: USAF Col (Ret.) Gunzinger was a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in the B-52.

Mark Gunzinger serves as the Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments.

Background: USAF Col (Ret.) Gunzinger was a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in the B-52. As a member of the Air Staff during the 1990s, he conducted research on behalf of the Air Force Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on future warfighting operational concepts. In the late 1990s, he was a co-author of DoD’s first transformation strategy that prioritized the development of new technologies to sustain the U.S. military’s ability to project power into contested areas. As Director for Defense Transformation, Force Planning and Resources on the National Security Council staff, The White House, Mr. Gunzinger co-led the development of strategic plans focused on offsetting emerging of anti-access and area-denial (A2/AD) challenges in the Western Pacific. He was then appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Transformation and Resources with oversight of DoD’s conventional capabilities. Acting as project leader for government-sponsored wargames that examined the challenges of emerging A2/AD threats in the Persian Gulf region, he developed elements of a new operational concept for U.S. military operations, which informed the development of DoD’s Air-Sea Battle concept.

Areas of Focus: Mr. Gunzinger’s recent studies have focused on future directed energy capabilities, such as ship-based lasers and high-power microwave weapons, operational concepts and technologies needed to maintain the U.S. military’s dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum, and capabilities to create new advantages in precision strike salvo competitions with China and Russia. He has led multiple U.S. and international wargames and workshops to assess future concepts and systems-of-systems for joint and combined military operations in contested environments.

Academic and Professional Titles: Mr. Gunzinger has an MS in National Security Strategy degree from the National War College, a Master of Airpower Art and Science degree from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, a Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and a BS in Chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit Medal.

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Peter Huessy

Director for Strategic Deterrent Studies

Peter Huessy is the Director of Strategic Deterrence Studies at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Prior to joining AFA in 2011, Huessy was with the National Defense University Foundation for 22 years and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in Washington, DC, for 10 years.

Peter Huessy is the Director of Strategic Deterrence Studies at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Prior to joining AFA in 2011, Huessy was with the National Defense University Foundation for 22 years and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in Washington, DC, for 10 years. Huessy was also special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior and legislative assistant for five U.S. Senators. Since 1983, Mr. Huessy has organized and hosted 1700 Congressional seminars on Capitol Hill with these three institutions (AFA, IFPA and NDUF). These seminars deal with missile defense, strategic nuclear modernization, strategic airlift, strategic bombers, space, proliferation, arms control, homeland, port and maritime security, and defense policy, as well as the security of Israel, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and other U.S. allies. Mr. Huessy continues to lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy on the history of U.S. nuclear strategy and policy and regularly briefs the Institute of World Politics on international security issues. He is Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, where he writes regularly on nuclear security issues. He has written for the Journal of International Security Affairs (JINSA), the InFocus Journal of the Jewish Policy Center, and the National Interest. He writes a weekly nuclear blog for the Maven Warrior, linked at Global Security.

Areas of Focus: Mr. Huessy serves as an expert defense and national security analyst, helping to analyze Washington defense activities, while monitoring defense budget and defense policy developments on nuclear deterrence, missile defense, arms control, proliferation, and space, as well as key adversaries such as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. His specialty is developing and implementing public policy campaigns to secure understanding of important national security objectives within the larger professional defense community. He annually organizes three dozen Congressional Breakfast Seminars on Space, the NNSA, nuclear deterrence, proliferation, missile defense, and defense policy. Huessy regularly provides expertise to industry on key elements of the Triad, land-based ICBMs, strategic bombers, and nuclear modernization and deterrence overall. On behalf of the Mitchell Institute and AFA, Mr. Huessy also hosts two nuclear Triad symposiums each year, one in Washington, D.C. and the other locally at a U.S. nuclear-related military base. Huessy assists Global Strike Command in hosting nuclear related workshops for USAF officers in cooperation with LTRI. In 2020, he co-directed a project to publish a nuclear handbook on sustaining nuclear deterrence in the age of great power competition.

Academic and professional titles: Huessy graduated in 1972 from Beloit College in Beloit, WI with degrees in International Relations, National Security Studies, and Anthropology. He studies a year abroad from 1969–1970 at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. In 1975, he received an MIA in International Relations from the Columbia University School of International Affairs while also working at the Columbia University School of Law’s Legislative Drafting Research Fund. He remains President of GeoStrategic Analysis, a defense analysis firm he founded in 1981.

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Heather Penney

Senior Resident Fellow

Heather Penney is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, where she conducts extensive research on cutting-edge defense policy with a focus on the leveraging the critical advantage that only aerospace power affords.

Heather Penney is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, where she conducts extensive research on cutting-edge defense policy with a focus on the leveraging the critical advantage that only aerospace power affords.

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Penney worked over a decade in the defense industry focusing on defense budgets, supporting program execution, and capturing campaign management. She served in the Washington, DC Air National Guard flying F-16s and G-100s; she has also served in the Air Force Reserve in the National Military Command Center. She has also lectured extensively on subjects such as Air Force capabilities and force structure, organizational command and control, reforming the defense personnel system, and other defense policy issues to a broad number of organizations, universities, and military institutions.

Areas of Focus: She’s a recognized expert on defense policy issues concerning data rights, unmanned systems, software maintenance and operations, autonomy, and force structure considerations. Penney is established voice on Mosaic warfare, JADC2, and future operational concepts associated with information architectures.

Academic and professional titles: Penney received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, majoring in English with a minor in Philosophy. She earned her MA in American Studies from Purdue University as well.

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Chris Stone

Senior Fellow for Space Studies, Spacepower Advantage Research Center

Christopher Stone is Senior Fellow for Space Studies for the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Research Center (MI-SPARC).

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Stone served as a strategic consultant supporting the Office of Secretary of Defense, and he was a Presidential appointee in the Office of Secretary of Defense’s Space Policy office.

Christopher Stone is Senior Fellow for Space Studies for the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Research Center (MI-SPARC).

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Stone served as a strategic consultant supporting the Office of Secretary of Defense, and he was a Presidential appointee in the Office of Secretary of Defense’s Space Policy office. Stone has served on the staffs of two United States Senators, as well as over a decade serving as a senior space policy analyst for two Secretaries of the Air Force; Chief of Staff of the Space Division at Air Force International Affairs, and Chief of Strategy for the National Guard Bureau’s Space Operations Directorate, Pentagon. He has served as a space operations officer in the Air Force (Regular, Reserve and now National Guard) for over 17 years at tactical, operational, and strategic levels to include two Combatant Commands, Joint Staff, and Air Staff strategy and campaign planner positions.

Areas of Focus: As Senior Fellow for Space Studies for MI-SPARC, Stone conducts extensive research on spacepower strategies and policies with a focus on deterrence and warfighting options as well as other issues such as, great power competition, organizational structures, and doctrines necessary for effective space forces.

Academic and professional titles: Stone received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, with a dual concentration in American and Russian History; his master’s degrees include a M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University; Masters of Military Operational Arts and Science from Air Command and Staff College; and a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy from the Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University. He is a Professor of Space Strategy at Missouri State University’s Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies in Fairfax, VA. He is the author of two books on space deterrence and has published in Comparative Strategy: An International Journal; The Space Review, Space News Magazine, and has written for the National Institute for Public Policy and American Foreign Policy Council.

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Kamilla Gunzinger

Senior Program Director

Kamilla Gunzinger is the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies’ Senior Program Director.

Background: In addition to coordinating the Institute’s several research and writing projects, Ms. Gunzinger also manages multiple speaker series, public engagement efforts, and outreach programs.

Kamilla Gunzinger is the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies’ Senior Program Director.

Background: In addition to coordinating the Institute’s several research and writing projects, Ms. Gunzinger also manages multiple speaker series, public engagement efforts, and outreach programs. Before starting at Mitchell, she was the Publications Manager at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) from 2013–2020 where she edited and published several Congressionally mandated studies on U.S. Air Force and Navy force structure, in addition to other monographs for the Office of Net Assessment and DARPA, as well as for public release. She has experience designing and planning workshops, wargames, and tabletop exercises and helped coordinate the first three annual Directed Energy Summits in Washington, DC. She also worked for Scholastic Asia in Beijing from 2008–2010.

Areas of focus: East Asian geopolitics and security, U.S. military partnerships with Japan and the Republic of Korea, Chinese military culture, informationized warfare.

Academic and professional titles: Ms. Gunzinger received a BA in Global Studies from the College of William and Mary and an MA in International Studies from Concordia University, Irvine. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and she also completed a year-long language program at Keio University in Tokyo.

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John Baum

Senior Fellow

John Baum is a senior resident fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies where he focuses on strategic communication and key aerospace leader engagement by providing research discussions on defense policy and tactical employment of aerospace power.

John Baum is a senior resident fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies where he focuses on strategic communication and key aerospace leader engagement by providing research discussions on defense policy and tactical employment of aerospace power.

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Mr. Baum worked as a defense contractor providing strategic planning, aircraft acquisitions and air power employment to support the Department of Defense. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF, serving as an F-16 Weapons School Instructor, F-35 Tactics Development Team Lead, USAF Thunderbird Demonstration Pilot, SECAF Strategic Communications Fellow and HAF Air Dominance Requirements Officer. John has over 2,300 hours in the F-16 and served in OPERATION JOINT FORGE, OPERATION JOINT GUARD, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE.

Areas of Focus: He’s a recognized expert of/established voice on tactical and operational employment of air and space power, integration of weapons systems across the USAF and USSF domains and strategic development of future concepts, aerospace vehicles and weapons.

Academic and professional titles: Baum received BS and MS degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, majoring in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Aviation Safety and Accident Investigation; and earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Communications from George Mason University. He also chaired the Aerospace Science Department as a full professor at Wilkes University. John maintains his FAA ATP/CFII ratings flying vintage warbirds and aerobatic aircraft.

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Lukas Autenried

Senior Analyst

Lukas Autenried is a Senior Analyst at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Prior to joining the Mitchell Institute, Lukas Autenried was an Analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), where his work focused on the development of new operational concepts, force planning, operations research, and defense budgeting and resourcing.

Lukas Autenried is a Senior Analyst at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Prior to joining the Mitchell Institute, Lukas Autenried was an Analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), where his work focused on the development of new operational concepts, force planning, operations research, and defense budgeting and resourcing. Previously, he was a Research Assistant for the Finance and Private Sector Development team at the World Bank, as well as worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Areas of Focus: He’s an expert in force development, aerospace concepts and capabilities, defense budgets, and wargaming.

Academic and professional titles: Lukas Autenried holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Dan Gettinger

Analyst

Dan Gettinger is a Research Analyst at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: He is the founder and former co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, a research institute at Bard College dedicated to understanding the opportunities and challenges presented by unmanned technologies in the military and civilian spheres.

Dan Gettinger is a Research Analyst at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: He is the founder and former co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, a research institute at Bard College dedicated to understanding the opportunities and challenges presented by unmanned technologies in the military and civilian spheres. He is the author of numerous reports and articles on unmanned systems, including, most recently, “The Drone Databook,” a comprehensive study of the military UAV capabilities of over 100 countries, and “Public Safety Drones,” an examination of the emerging role that drones are playing in police and fire departments across the country. As an independent consultant, he has provided expert advice on and research into drones and counter-UAS systems to partners in industry, academia, and government.

Areas of focus: He is a recognized expert in unmanned systems for defense and security.

Academic and professional titles: Gettinger has a BA in Political Studies from Bard College. He is an expert at the Forum on the Arms Trade and a founder of the Drone Research Network. He has previously served as a visiting fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point and on the board of Drone360 magazine.

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Daniel Clayton Rice

Analyst

Daniel Clayton Rice is a Research Analyst with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Background: He graduated from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2019 after spending years working and studying in China.

Daniel Clayton Rice is a Research Analyst with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Background: He graduated from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2019 after spending years working and studying in China. He is a regular volunteer contributor to the Geopolitical Risk analysis firm Foreign Brief where he publishes weekly geopolitical briefs on underreported events. His areas of study at SAIS were Strategic Studies, Intelligence, China, and the Middle East. Prior to his studies he was engaged in entrepreneurial ventures in education with a focus on recruiting international students from China. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker and speaks some Spanish and Arabic.

Areas of Focus: Intelligence, China, Great Power competition, Insurgency and Counterinsurgency, the Middle East, Geopolitics

Academic and professional titles: Daniel has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University, a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from the Hopkins Nanjing Center, and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has maintained HSK VI proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, was a bronze medalist in the 2013 Jiangsu Chinese Speech competition for the Greater DC area, and is a current Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist.

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Since 1958, the Air Force has carefully chosen a small number of officers to serve tours at distinguished civilian academic institutions, inter-governmental agencies, and think tanks. Through these programs, the Mitchell Institute invests in the future by supporting the development and education of future Air Force leaders.

The Senior Development Education (SDE) program is directed at the strategic level of development, usually for O-5/O-6/GS-15 or equivalent grades, and designed to develop leadership and broaden perspectives.

The Strategic Policy Fellowship program seeks to provide Air Force officers with demonstrated potential for future leadership with insight into inter-governmental agency and civilian defense policy community thinking, broader overall perspectives, and sharper executive skills.

Col Nelson “Bigfoot” Rouleau

Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow

Col Nelson “Bigfoot” Rouleau is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for Academic Year 2020–2021.

Background: Bigfoot is a risk-taking leader and strategist with 26 years of combined experience in combat, strategy, disruptive innovation, design thinking, organizational development, consulting, and coaching.

Col Nelson “Bigfoot” Rouleau is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for Academic Year 2020–2021.

Background: Bigfoot is a risk-taking leader and strategist with 26 years of combined experience in combat, strategy, disruptive innovation, design thinking, organizational development, consulting, and coaching. He’s led and commanded military organizations at the senior manager and the vice president level. Bigfoot has earned a reputation for challenging the status quo and quickly transforming organizational culture. His organizations give strong voices to mavericks and have a reputation for leading ridiculously, thinking radically, and designing with perspicacity. In turn, his teams have a history of illuminating solutions to long-standing institutional problems with entrenched positions. Bigfoot has grown and matured a matrixed network of young leaders and disruptive thinkers capable of leading and ensuring competitive advantage long into the future. He is a founding member of Project Everest, a strategy design and facilitation team that specializes in infusing creativity into dull strategy development methods and using design-inspired facilitation to help teams unlock their creative potential. He has helped teams from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Space Command, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Mitchell Institute. Bigfoot is the founder of The Bigfoot Experience: Living and Leading, by Design. Inspired by human centered design and motivated through his experiences in leading in combat, authentic leadership development, disruptive innovation, and organization development, the Bigfoot Experience guides large organizations through periods of change and helps discover novel solutions to vexing problems. Through the experience, C-Suite leaders and young high potential leaders are coached to live and lead authentic lives and navigate life’s transitions.

Areas of Focus: Bigfoot’s mission is three-fold: first, to lead and think far ahead of a rapidly changing world. Second, to guide organizations and teams through periods of change, have tough conversations, and assist executive leaders to live and lead their most authentic lives. Lastly, to develop young curious minds capable of solving difficult national problems through a kaleidoscope of ideas and experiences. Bigfoot has helped author and communicate strategy at the highest levels of the U.S. government. He was a part of the team that authored the Pacific Air Force Strategy in 2014. In June of 2021, he will serve as the Senior Air Force Strategist in the Under Secretary of Defense’s Policy and Force Development Office where he will help draft the U.S. National Defense Strategy.

Academic and Professional titles: Bigfoot has a certificate in Management Excellence from Harvard Business School, certificate in Organizational Consulting & Change Leadership from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership (July 2021) as well as master’s degrees in counseling and military strategy. He also serves as an adjunct instructor teaching command leadership and airpower history for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.

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Lt Col Mark Kimball

Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow

Lt Col Mark Kimball is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for Academic Year 2020–2021.

Background: Lt Col Kimball earned his commission in 2002 from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Maryland.

Lt Col Mark Kimball is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for Academic Year 2020–2021.

Background: Lt Col Kimball earned his commission in 2002 from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Maryland. His U.S. Air Force career has included multiple assignments as a bomber pilot in the B-1B. He graduated from the USAF Weapons School in 2010, has flown more than 2,500 hours, including more than 1,200 in combat, and served as an instructor in each of the three active-duty B-1 combat squadrons as well as at the B-1 formal training unit. Prior to his fellowship, he completed a four-year assignment at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, where he deployed to the Andersen AFB supporting Pacific Air Forces’ continuous bomber presence in Indo-Pacific as the director of operations of the 37th Bomb Squadron. He took command of the squadron after returning from that deployment, and later served as a deputy commander of the 28th Operations Group. Lt Col Kimball attended the College of Naval Command and Staff at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI for his intermediate-level professional military education. While attending CNCS, he was selected for the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, a CNO-directed thirteen-month advanced studies group focusing on operational and theater-strategic planning, decision making, and leadership considerations for component and joint force commanders.

Academic and professional titles: Lt Col Kimball has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts from Air University in Military and Operational Science, and a Master of Arts from the Naval War College in Defense and Strategic Studies.

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Maj Alex M. Wallis

Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow

Maj Alex M. Wallis is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow with The Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies, Arlington Virginia.

Background: During his career he has held a variety of leadership positions including Chief of Air Battle Management Assignments, Chief of Multi-domain Operations Officer Assignments…

Maj Alex M. Wallis is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow with The Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies, Arlington Virginia.

Background: During his career he has held a variety of leadership positions including Chief of Air Battle Management Assignments, Chief of Multi-domain Operations Officer Assignments, Flight Command, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Mission Planning Cell Chief, Chief of Electronic Support Team, Deputy Chief of Tactics, Chief of Electronic Combat and Electronic Combat Evaluator and Instructor. Prior to his current assignment he was the Chief of Air Battle Manager and Multi-domain Officer Assignments. In this capacity, he managed a portfolio of 1270 Air Battle Managers across three C2 Weapon Systems and 75 13O officers in Air Operation Centers across the CAF. As a Senior Air Battle Manager, his operational flying experience includes missions supporting Operations Enduring Freedom, Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf and Operation Odyssey Resolve. His deployed efforts helped support the International Security Assistance Force, Gulf State Security Council and PACAF.

Academic and professional titles: Major Wallis received his commission through ROTC at the University of Tennessee. He has over 900 combat hours in the E-3B/C.

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Maj Christopher Olsen

Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow

Maj Christopher Olsen is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow assigned to the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Major Olsen commissioned through ROTC in 2008. His first assignment was to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he performed technical intelligence…

Maj Christopher Olsen is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow assigned to the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Major Olsen commissioned through ROTC in 2008. His first assignment was to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he performed technical intelligence analysis on space systems. In 2011 he began duty at the National Security Agency (NSA) while assigned to the 34thIntelligence Squadron, Ft Meade, Maryland. There, he was dual-hatted as both a flight commander and chief of the Nuclear Communications Solutions branch. His last year at Ft Meade was spent on staff at the 707th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group as chief of plans and programs. During his time at Ft Meade, he spent six months deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, serving as the detachment Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for the 777th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineering Expeditionary Force (Prime BEEF) squadron. He began studies for a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio in 2015 with a focus on optimization and optimal control theory. Upon graduation in 2018, he was assigned to the Aerospace Systems Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. While at AFRL, Maj Olsen split time between leadership positions and developing autonomy behaviors and system requirements for what would eventually become the Air Force’s Skyborg Vanguard program. In 2019 he was selected to serve as the executive officer to the AFRL commander, before starting his fellowship at the Mitchell Institute in 2020.

Areas of Focus: Autonomy, Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T), optimization/optimal control, science and technology program management, and technical intelligence analysis.

Academic and professional titles: Major Olsen has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University (2008), a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (2014), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (2018).

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The Mitchell Institute’s non-resident fellows provide subject matter expertise that spans the aerospace dialogue ranging from authoring our studies and contributing to publications, to providing their expertise and perspectives in interviews, op-eds, and at key events and forums.

Gen John P. Jumper, USAF (Ret.)

Former Chief of Staff, US Air Force

joined the private sector in November 2005 following a 39-year Air Force career, culminating in his selection to serve as the 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.

joined the private sector in November 2005 following a 39-year Air Force career, culminating in his selection to serve as the 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. As the Air Force’s senior military officer he was also a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, providing military advice directly to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. Prior to his position as Chief of Staff, General Jumper served as a wartime commander during conflicts in Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo, including command of Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Joint Task Force Southwest Asia. He also served as Senior Military Assistant to two U.S. Secretaries of Defense, Dick Cheney and Les Aspin.

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Tomás Esterrich, US Army (Ret.)

Lieutenant Colonel

has over 55 years leading and managing organizations, including 20 years in the U.S. Army as Armor Officer, Finance Officer, Comptroller and Foreign Area Officer (Latin America and Spain), and over 35 years as Entrepreneur, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer in private and not-for-profit organizations at national and international levels. He served our country with distinction, fulfilling a variety of prominent military roles all over the world.

has over 55 years leading and managing organizations, including 20 years in the U.S. Army as Armor Officer, Finance Officer, Comptroller and Foreign Area Officer (Latin America and Spain), and over 35 years as Entrepreneur, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer in private and not-for-profit organizations at national and international levels. He served our country with distinction, fulfilling a variety of prominent military roles all over the world.

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Gen Charles Wald, USAF (Ret.)

Former Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command

serves as Vice Chairman, Federal Practice Senior Advisor, Deloitte Services, LP. He is responsible for providing senior leadership in strategy and relationships with the U.S. Department of Defense. General Wald is a subject matter specialist in weapons procurement and deployment, counterterrorism, and international energy security policy.

serves as Vice Chairman, Federal Practice Senior Advisor, Deloitte Services, LP. He is responsible for providing senior leadership in strategy and relationships with the U.S. Department of Defense. General Wald is a subject matter specialist in weapons procurement and deployment, counterterrorism, and international energy security policy.

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Gen Ronald Keys, USAF (Ret.)

Former Commander, Air Combat Command

retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after completing a career of over forty years and command of eight different organizations including operational, staff, and international units. General Keys was an instructor and later Commandant of the USAF Weapons School. He also led the team that stood up the Air Force’s first Doctrine Center and was its first Commander.

retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after completing a career of over forty years and command of eight different organizations including operational, staff, and international units. General Keys was an instructor and later Commandant of the USAF Weapons School. He also led the team that stood up the Air Force’s first Doctrine Center and was its first Commander.

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Lt Gen Richard Newton, USAF (Ret.)

Former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Force

retired as the United States Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of staff. Previously serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel, responsible for the comprehensive plans and polices for nearly 670,000 military and civilian Air Force members.

retired as the United States Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of staff. Previously serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel, responsible for the comprehensive plans and polices for nearly 670,000 military and civilian Air Force members. A command pilot with nearly 3000 flying hours, Newton commanded Minot Air force base and the 5thBomb win in North Dakota and the nationals first B-2 Stealth bomber squadron at Whiteman Air force base. His aircraft experience includes the B-2, B-1B, B-52, and the T-38. 

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Lt Gen Robert Elder, USAF (Ret.)

Former Commander, 8th Air Force, U.S. Strategic Command

is currently a member of the George Mason University where he is a research professor with the VolgenauSchool of Engineering. Elder began his work at George Mason University following his retirement from military service as the Commander of 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Strike Component.

 is currently a member of the George Mason University where he is a research professor with the VolgenauSchool of Engineering. Elder began his work at George Mason University following his retirement from military service as the Commander of 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Strike Component.  He currently conducts research in the areas of command and control, deterrence, escalation control involving international competition short of armed conflict, crisis management, and international actor decision-making.  General Elder served as the 

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Col Herbert C. Kemp, USAF (Ret.)

Formed Deputy Director for Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters AF

served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1973-2001, retiring in the rank of colonel. In his last assignment, he served as the Deputy Director for Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters USAF, from 1997 to 2001. He led an Air Staff organization providing the functional and programmatic management…

served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1973-2001, retiring in the rank of colonel. In his last assignment, he served as the Deputy Director for Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters USAF, from 1997 to 2001. He led an Air Staff organization providing the functional and programmatic management of operational Air Force surveillance and reconnaissance programs worldwide. Key accomplishments during this period included major sensor upgrades to the U-2 fleet, new jet engines for the RC-135 Rivet Joint fleet, transitioning the Predator UAV to the operational force, instantiation of the Distributed Common Ground System as a worldwide network centric system, and the modernization and sustainment of an array of technical sensors such as Cobra Dane, Cobra Judy, Cobra Ball plus various space systems.

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Maj Gen Curtis Bedke, USAF (Ret.)

Author/Speaker, Former Director, AF Research Labs

provides insights as a defense aerospace and federal science and technology consultant for both government and commercial organizations. He retired from the Air Force in 2010 with 32 years of experience in defense weapon systems science and technology, program acquisition, experimental flight test…

provides insights as a defense aerospace and federal science and technology consultant for both government and commercial organizations. He retired from the Air Force in 2010 with 32 years of experience in defense weapon systems science and technology, program acquisition, experimental flight test, operations, and command and control. From 2007 until his retirement, Gen Bedke was the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, responsible for the Air Force’s $2.2 billion S&T program.

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Lt Col Michael A Buck, USAF (Ret.)

Boeing 777 Flight Instructor, Former F-15 and F-16 Squadron Commander

is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flight hours, retiring from the USAF as an F-15C squadron commander in April 2011.  He is also an experienced F-16 Flight Lead and Instructor Pilot with a total of 2,700 flight hours in that aircraft, including 250 combat flight hours over Iraq during Operations SOUTHERN WATCH…

 is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flight hours, retiring from the USAF as an F-15C squadron commander in April 2011.  He is also an experienced F-16 Flight Lead and Instructor Pilot with a total of 2,700 flight hours in that aircraft, including 250 combat flight hours over Iraq during Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM.  He performed the Air Sovereignty Alert mission in both the F-16 and F-15 in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE at various locations across the U.S., and he served as the Air Sovereignty Alert Officer (Current Operations Directorate) on the staff of the Air National Guard Bureau.  During his two assignments in Air Training Command Lt Col Buck flew 1,700 flight hours as a T-38 Instructor Pilot.  

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Col Gabriel Vann Green, USAF (Ret.)

Author, Former F-15E Pilot

is a Mitchell Institute senior fellow. He was both an F-15E evaluator and USAF Weapons School Instructor Pilot and has over 2500 hours of fighter experience. He has participated in Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE COMFORT, NORTHERN WATCH…

 is a Mitchell Institute senior fellow. He was both an F-15E evaluator and USAF Weapons School Instructor Pilot and has over 2500 hours of fighter experience. He has participated in Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE COMFORT, NORTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, and ENDURING FREEDOM. His education includes a National Defense Fellowship at The Atlantic Council of the United States; a Master of Aerospace Studies, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies; Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University; Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle; and Bachelor of Arts, Mississippi State. 

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Robert Haddick, USMC (Ret.)

Author/Speaker

is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Mitchell Institute. Haddick supports the Institute’s mission to develop the roles of air, space, and cyber capabilities and explore their contributions to national security strategies. Later in 2016, the Institute will publish The Long Range Standoff Weapon: Assuring the Bomber Nuclear Mission, a peer-reviewed monograph authored by Haddick.

 is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Mitchell Institute. Haddick supports the Institute’s mission to develop the roles of air, space, and cyber capabilities and explore their contributions to national security strategies. Later in 2016, the Institute will publish The Long Range Standoff Weapon: Assuring the Bomber Nuclear Mission, a peer-reviewed monograph authored by Haddick.

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Lt Col Michelle Ruehl

Professor, US Air Force Academy

is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. She flew over 800 combat hours in Operation Enduring Freedom, providing real-time airborne targeting data to air and ground forces during Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force missions. She also served as a NATO/ISAF ISR aviation liaison…

 is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. She flew over 800 combat hours in Operation Enduring Freedom, providing real-time airborne targeting data to air and ground forces during Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force missions. She also served as a NATO/ISAF ISR aviation liaison in Kabul and worked extensively with local Afghan citizens to prepare them for national voting procedures. Michelle travels the country, giving speeches on international relations and cultural intelligence. She flew the C-130E/H, MC-12W, and T-53. Now assigned to the US Air Force Academy, she serves as a professor and as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate. 

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Kevin Billings

Founder and CEO, Legation Strategies

is founder and CEO of Legation Strategies. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics where his responsibilities included the world-wide management and direction…

 is founder and CEO of Legation Strategies. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics where his responsibilities included the world-wide management and direction of the Air Force’s $38 billion installations, logistics, environment, and energy programs. His experience has been multi-dimensional in terms of strategic management, international and domestic business operations, transformation and change management. 

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Dr Matt Hurley, USAF (Ret.)

Author

is a Senior Fellow with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, which is based in Arlington, Virginia. In addition, he serves as a docent at the National Museum of the US Air Force. A retired US Air Force colonel and career intelligence officer, Dr. Hurley completed military assignments…

is a Senior Fellow with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, which is based in Arlington, Virginia. In addition, he serves as a docent at the National Museum of the US Air Force. A retired US Air Force colonel and career intelligence officer, Dr. Hurley completed military assignments with Air Mobility Command, Pacific Air Forces, US Air Forces Europe, NATO Allied Air Forces Northern Europe, the Air Force District of Washington, US Forces Korea, Air University, and the Air Staff.

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John Lehman

Former Professional Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

served as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Armed Services Committee from January 2015 to November 2018.  Mr. Lehman’s portfolio included Air Force and Naval Aviation programs and policies.  Prior to the SASC, Mr. Lehman worked as an investment banker in the Aerospace and Defense group at Evercore, where he advised clients on mergers, acquisitions and corporate strategy.

served as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Armed Services Committee from January 2015 to November 2018.  Mr. Lehman’s portfolio included Air Force and Naval Aviation programs and policies.  Prior to the SASC, Mr. Lehman worked as an investment banker in the Aerospace and Defense group at Evercore, where he advised clients on mergers, acquisitions and corporate strategy.

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Bruce Johnson

Former Professional Staff Member, House Armed Services Committee

is a member of the Professional Staff on the House Committee on Armed Services. During the 114th Congress, he assumed responsibility for oversight of the following program accounts:  Air Force airlift (C-5, C-17, C-130 series); air refueling (KC-10, KC-46A, and KC-135); bombers…

 is a member of the Professional Staff on the House Committee on Armed Services. During the 114th Congress, he assumed responsibility for oversight of the following program accounts:  Air Force airlift (C-5, C-17, C-130 series); air refueling (KC-10, KC-46A, and KC-135); bombers (B-1, B-2, and B-52); VC-25A and VC-25B Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR); Operational Support Airlift (OSA) and Executive Airlift (EA). Additionally, Bruce is responsible for Navy special mission aircraft to include (EP-3, P-3 series, E-2 series, P-8A, KC-130J, C-130 series, and C-2); and shipborne Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

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Michael C. Sirak

Author and Editor

is a Washington, DC-based writer. Before becoming a freelance author and editor in July 2015, he spent 17 years with leading defense publications including Air Force Magazine, the journal of the Air Force Association in Arlington, VA. In his seven years with Air Force Magazine…

 is a Washington, DC-based writer. Before becoming a freelance author and editor in July 2015, he spent 17 years with leading defense publications including Air Force Magazine, the journal of the Air Force Association in Arlington, VA. In his seven years with Air Force Magazine, he penned numerous articles on USAF operations, planning, policy, and technology. He also ran the publication’s website and online news column. Before that, he covered US defense aerospace, missile defense, and law-of-war topics for London-based Jane’s DefenceWeekly. 

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Bruce Lemkin

Former Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs

is an internationally respected expert and transformational leader in the fields of aerospace, defense, government relations, and energy. After serving seven years as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), he retired from government service in June 2010 to found the international consulting firm, LEMKIN International, LLC.

 is an internationally respected expert and transformational leader in the fields of aerospace, defense, government relations, and energy. After serving seven years as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), he retired from government service in June 2010 to found the international consulting firm, LEMKIN International, LLC.

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James Swartout

Executive, MITRE Corporation’s National Security Sector

is an executive at the MITRE Corporation’s National Security Sector where he serves as the Director of Integration and Plans. Before coming to MITRE, Swartout served as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Air Force and was a member of the Senior Executive Service.

 is an executive at the MITRE Corporation’s National Security Sector where he serves as the Director of Integration and Plans. Before coming to MITRE, Swartout served as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Air Force and was a member of the Senior Executive Service. In the Air Force he also served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Under Secretary of the Air Force. In 2015, Swartout was the Spokesperson and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense during Ash Carter’s Senate confirmation and transition back to the Pentagon. 

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Major Tyler Marcotte

Mobility Pilot 2018 – Fall

serves as Chief, Wing Executive Officer and C-40C Evaluator Pilot, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. As the executive advisor to the Wing Commander, Maj Marcotte disseminates policy decisions and taskings to four groups, twenty squadrons, and 2,900 personnel.

serves as Chief, Wing Executive Officer and C-40C Evaluator Pilot, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. As the executive advisor to the Wing Commander, Maj Marcotte disseminates policy decisions and taskings to four groups, twenty squadrons, and 2,900 personnel. Additionally, he coordinates and manages all wing and higher headquarters correspondence, taskers, awards and decorations, and management issues regarding all wing personnel. Finally, he operates and commands executive airlift missions for senior military leaders, executive branch personnel, and Congressional members.

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Lt Col Kevin Eley

Mobility Pilot 2018 – Spring

is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow within the National Capital Region serving in the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Prior to his selection as a Fellow, he was the Distribution Branch Chief for United States Transportation Command, Sustainment Division, where he developed, monitored, and adjusted the global logistics network to support distribution of sustainment, foreign military sales and humanitarian cargo within the defense transportation system.

is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow within the National Capital Region serving in the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Prior to his selection as a Fellow, he was the Distribution Branch Chief for United States Transportation Command, Sustainment Division, where he developed, monitored, and adjusted the global logistics network to support distribution of sustainment, foreign military sales and humanitarian cargo within the defense transportation system.

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Major John Duray

U-28/MQ-9 Pilot 2017 – Fall

is an MQ-9 Evaluator Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. He commands an MQ-9 Reaper crew in direct combat support of our nation’s elite Special Operations Forces.

is an MQ-9 Evaluator Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. He commands an MQ-9 Reaper crew in direct combat support of our nation’s elite Special Operations Forces. Additionally, he is entrusted to evaluate aircrew members’ ability to execute Joint Force Air Component Commander priority missions requiring persistent armed reconnaissance. As an Assistant Director of Operations, Major Duray is directly responsible for the successful execution of combat operations for AFSOC’s largest MQ-9 squadron, overseeing seven combat lines conducting 24/7/365 operations in four separate geographic regions.

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Major Andrew Stolee

F-22 Pilot 2017 – Spring

Major Andrew T. Stolee is the F-22A Chief Instructor Pilot, 433rd Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He is in charge of the design and execution of the F-22A Weapons Instructor Course syllabus, producing Tactical Experts to the Combat Air Forces.

Major Andrew T. Stolee is the F-22A Chief Instructor Pilot, 433rd Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He is in charge of the design and execution of the F-22A Weapons Instructor Course syllabus, producing Tactical Experts to the Combat Air Forces.

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Major Scott Korell

KC-135 Pilot 2016 – Fall

is the Chief of Command Post and KC-135R/T Instructor Pilot, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As Chief of Command Post, he leads more than 30 total force command post controllers and is responsible for the command and control of over 3,000 wing personnel, and base property…

is the Chief of Command Post and KC-135R/T Instructor Pilot, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As Chief of Command Post, he leads more than 30 total force command post controllers and is responsible for the command and control of over 3,000 wing personnel, and base property and capital assets totaling more than $2.8 billion. The wing’s mission is to conduct rapid global mobility by providing worldwide aerial refueling support to Combatant Commanders and to provide installation support to Headquarters U.S Central Command, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, and 36 other mission partners that call MacDill home. The MacDill Command Post executes more than 3,200 aircraft missions and 3,900 flight hours in support of 2,200 aerial refueling receivers each year.

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Major Derek Molloy

Airfield Operator 2016 – Spring

is the Airfield Operations Flight Commander at Tyndall Air Force Base Florida where he leads 117 air traffic controllers and airfield management operations personnel responsible for 45,000 square miles of airspace supporting 125,000 annual aircraft movements. Major Molloy graduated…

is the Airfield Operations Flight Commander at Tyndall Air Force Base Florida where he leads 117 air traffic controllers and airfield management operations personnel responsible for 45,000 square miles of airspace supporting 125,000 annual aircraft movements. Major Molloy graduated from the United States Air Force Officer Training School in December 2002. He was recognized as the 2006 USAF airfield operations officer of the year and was a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer’s School in 2008.

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Major David Cochran

F-15E Pilot 2015 – Fall

Major Stephen Bonin

Nuclear & Missile Ops 2015 – Spring

Major Scott Gunn

F-35 Pilot 2014 – Spring

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is an independent, nonpartisan research organization based in Arlington, VA that was established to provide fact-based policy options that better empower our nation’s leaders by educating on airpower and spacepower.

The Mitchell Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and honoring the contributions of our country’s veterans. We offer opportunities for people at all levels of their careers, from recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in national security to experienced professionals. If you do not currently see a position open, you may still send resumes to mitchell@afa.org

Positions include:

Operations Staffers
Operations positions see to the day-to-day running of programs and events, as well as managing outreach and education efforts. Key skills: administrative expertise, social media prowess, project management skills, event planning and coordination experience, customer service experience, adaptability, and a strong interest in national security.

Research Analysts
Research analysts are the backbone of Mitchell’s ability to back up its events series and reports with meaningful data and analysis, as well as put together content that informs stakeholders and policy makers. Key skills: strong written and oral communication, demonstrated ability for research and analysis, good working knowledge of software tools to put together written, graphic, or other audio/visual content, educational and professional experience consistent with Mitchell’s subject matter expertise.

Fellows
Established subject matter experts with relevant operational or other working experience in the national security sphere. These are project leads on papers, analysis, public outreach, and other efforts. Key skills: experience working in DOD, congress, industry, or other national security organizations; strong written and oral communication skills; an understanding of the national security environment; and experience collaborating with stakeholders and executing non-profit business development.

Directors
Well-established subject matter experts with significant operational or other experience working in the national security sphere. These are program and project leaders, as well the main spokespersons for the Mitchell Institute. Key skills are similar to fellows, but require senior levels of experience. Directors have often held key positions at high levels of the national security enterprise during their career.

Senior Fellow, Space Studies

Posted: February 25, 2021

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is seeking a Senior Fellow in Space Studies that will be responsible for leading research specific to national security space to include strategies and operational concepts, space industrial base, enabling technologies, as well as policy and budget issues. The Senior Fellow, Space Studies is a unique position that will provide insights, analysis, and perspectives for the national security community on all areas related to military space strategy, operational concepts, and technologies.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Research, Publish, Promote (approximately 65% of effort):

•Produce regular, timely reports and issue papers that will help provide informed additions to the space power debate and decision-making process

•Stimulate and inform forward-leaning topical coverage in the news media, including authoring regular opinion essays

•Responsible for hosting working groups to bring government officials, industry experts, and members of the science and technology community together to collaboratively consider key points of interest

•Host forums and symposiums to discuss key space topics, including Mitchell Institute’s “Space Power for the Warfighter” Capitol Hill breakfast series

•Serve as an informal advisor to leaders in the Department of Defense, on Capitol Hill, industry, and the broader policy and budget community

•Participate as a regular voice on the Mitchell Institute Aerospace Nation video and Aerospace Advantage podcast series

•Conduct self-guided activity aimed to be at the leading edge of current and emerging issues, decisions, trends, and challenges in military space, the industrial base that supports it, and associated technology and engineering

Business Development for Mitchell Institute programs (approximately 20% of effort):

•Develop and promote the profile and contacts of the Mitchell Institute to further revenue and growth

•Maintain necessary professional networks to facilitate issue expertise, subject matter currency, subject matter expert access, fundraising capability, and general mission execution

•Coordinate within Mitchell Institute and AFA to execute Space Center of Excellence objectives orderly and collaboratively

•Share network access with Mitchell Institute staff to facilitate broader enterprise goals

•Seek business opportunities for broader Mitchell Institute program portfolio

Support Mitchell Institute program events (approximately 10% of effort):

• Partner with the Mitchell Institute Operations Coordinator and the Meetings and Events team to facilitate event logistical arrangements (book event venue, catering arrangements, on-site coordination, media coordination, necessary speaker coordination, serve as official event host, etc.).

•Manage event strategy and ensure individual event goals and overall standards of quality are met

• Serve as a key point of contact during events to support speakers and attendees.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience Required:

Bachelor’s or Master’s in a National Security-related field

A minimum of 15+ years professional experience and a min of 5 years at a senior level in the Department of Defense, Congress, or defense industry focused on national security space issues

Certifications & Licenses Preferred:

Weapons School Graduate

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

•Strong policy research and analysis skills.

•Dynamic presentation skills, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills

•Solid judgment/decision-making skills and political/business acumen

•Strategic policy leader who can sponsor Aerospace policy, an arbitrator for Mitchel Institute and AFA

•Express confidence in effectively and comfortably engaging military and/political leaders at various levels

•Proven track record of consistently productive collaboration with diverse colleagues in a highly matrixed work environment

•Proactive and self-motivated, ability to exhibit initiative

•Project management and planning principles and practices

•Demonstrated ability to be honest and ethical

•Proficiency with Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

The Air Force Association is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and honoring the contributions of our country’s veterans.

Instructions for Applicants:

Please read the following carefully before beginning the application process.

To be considered for this position, you must submit an AFA employment application, including salary requirements, a cover letter, and a resume to the recruiter (at) afa.org. The AFA application is available at https://www.afa.org/content/dam/afa/why-join/AFA%20Employment%20Application.pdf  Incomplete and/or unofficial AFA applications will not be considered.

Type: Full-time