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AFSB Board

Douglas M. Fraser, Chair, U.S. Air Force, Ret., Doug Fraser, LLC

Allison Astorino-Courtois, Executive Vice President, National Security Innovations, Inc.
Ted F. Bowlds, U.S. Air Force, Ret., FlightSafety, International

Blaise J. Durante, SES, Ret., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration
Brendan B. Godfrey, Visiting Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland, College Park
Michael A. Hamel, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Raymond E. Johns, Jr., U.S. Air Force, Ret., FlightSafety International
Alex Miller, The William B. Stokely Chair of Management, University of Tennessee

Ozden O. Ochoa, Texas A&M University

Starnes E. Walker, University of Delaware
Deborah Westphal, Toffler Associates
David A. Whelan, The Boeing Company (Retired)

Michael Yarymovych, Sarasota Space Associates

AFSB Staff

Joan Fuller, Director

George Coyle, Senior Program Officer
Chris Jones, Financial Manager

Marguerite Schneider, Administrative Coordinator
Steven Darbes, Research Associate

Norm Haller, Board Consultant


General Douglas M. Fraser (U.S. Air Force, Retired) is principal of Doug Fraser LLC. Gen Fraser retired from the U.S. Air Force in January 2013, after a 37 year career. Since retiring, General Fraser works as a global security consultant with several U.S. defense companies. In addition, he participates in security policy discussions with retired Chinese defense officials through a Yale University sponsored U.S-China Track II Dialogue forum. His last assignment in the U.S. armed forces was as the Commander, U.S. Southern Command, responsible for U.S. military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In this capacity, General Fraser was responsible for leading Department of Defense relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Prior to commanding U.S Southern Command, he served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from 2008-2009. General Fraser commanded operational flying units across the U.S. Air Force at the squadron, group, and wing levels. As a general officer, in addition to U.S. Southern Command, he commanded the U.S. Air Force Space Warefare Center and four different organizations in Alaska – Alaskan Command, the Alaskan North American Defense Region, Joint Task Force Alaska, and Eleventh Air Force. General Fraser’s staff assignments include two tours in the Pentagon, first in the Headquarters U.S. Air Force and then for the Office of the Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii. He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a masters degree in Political Science from Auburn University. Prior to joining the Air Force, he lived in Bogota, Colombia, graduating from high school at Colegio Nueva Granada in 1971. He is also a graduate of the USAF Weapons School, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College. He is a command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours, primarily in all variants of the F-15 and the F-16.


Dr. Allison Astorino-Courtois is executive vice president at National Security Innovations (NSI), Inc. She has served as technical lead on a number of Office of the Secretary of Defense Multi-layer Analysis (SMA) projects in support of U.S. forces and combatant commands. Prior to joining NSI, Dr. Astorino-Courtois worked for Science Applications International Corporation (2004-2007) where she served as a U.S. Strategic Command liaison to U.S. and international communities, and was a tenured associate professor of international relations at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX (1994-2003) where her research focused on the cognitive aspects of foreign policy decision making. She has received a number of academic grants and awards and has published articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals including International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Psychology, Journal of Politics and Conflict Management and Peace Science. She has also taught at Creighton University and as a visiting instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Astorino-Courtois earned her PhD in international relations from New York University.


Lieutenant General Ted F. Bowlds (USAF retired) is Chief Information Officer at FlightSafety, International. Lieutenant General Ted F. Bowlds, last assignment in the Air Force was Commander of the Electronic System Center and Program Executive Officer for Command and Control at Hanscom AFB, MA. Throughout his military career, General Bowlds has served in a variety of weapons system acquisition leadership positions to include flight test engineer on the F-117, director of avionics development for the B-2, program director of the C-17, and commander of the AF Research Laboratory. He is currently a member of the Mississippi State University Research and Technology Advisory Council and a member of the Stevens Institute of Technology Systems Engineering Research Center Board. Since joining Spectrum, Gen Bowlds has been involved in strategy development leading to increased market penetration within DoD for various companies, from small to mid-size. He has also been assisted in multiple due diligence efforts and has also participated in various proposal evaluation teams.


Mr. Blaise J. Durante currently retired as a member of the Senior Executive Service, was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. Mr. Durante managed the acquisition staff organization charged with planning, managing and analyzing the Air Force's research and development, and acquisition investment budget. Mr. Durante oversaw the integration of research, development and acquisition budget formulation and execution, and directed streamlined management team activities, including Air Force acquisition reform and reduction in total ownership cost efforts. He directed the development of weapon system acquisition policy including program direction. Mr. Durante served as the Chief Financial Officer for the modernization accounts. As Director for Air Force Contracted Advisory and Assistance Services, Mr. Durante directed and was accountable for the Air Force's CAAS programs. He was responsible for acquisition professional development, including directing, coordinating and reviewing actions mandated by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act and Department of Defense directives. Mr. Durante also managed acquisition reporting systems and the Air Force's international RD&A programs. He was a member of the Air Force Board, Air Force Budget Review Group, Defense Acquisition History Team and Headquarters Resource Allocation Process Integrated Process Team. He served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and the Program Executive Officer Organization, and was responsible for operations support for the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. Mr. Durante retired from the Air Force as a colonel in May 1992 and entered the Senior Executive Service. He retired from the Senior Executive Service in October 2012.


Dr. Brendan Godfrey is a visiting senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, where he conducts studies on numerical simulation of plasmas, participates in committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and served as advisor to the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research. Previously, he was director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, responsible for its nearly half billion dollar basic research program. He was an Air Force officer at Kirtland Air Force Base from 1970 to 1972, performing plasma research. He began his civilian career at Los Alamos National Laboratory, establishing its intense particle beam research program. He then managed and conducted intense microwave and particle beam research at Mission Research Corp., becoming vice president and regional manager. In 1989, he returned to the Air Force as civilian chief scientist of the Weapons Laboratory. Later responsibilities included director of Phillips Laboratory high power microwave research; director of the 1500-person Armstrong Laboratory; director of plans at the Air Force Research Laboratory, and deputy director of Brooks City-Base. Known for his contributions to computational plasma theory and applications, he is author of more than 200 publications and reports. He also has served on numerous professional and civic committees. Dr. Godfrey received his BS from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a fellow of the IEEE and of the APS.


 Lt Gen (Ret) Michael A. Hamel is Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Space, a major line of business within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC).  Hamel is responsible for leading and growing commercial satellite communications, remote sensing and wind energy programs, driving program execution across existing commercial programs, and managing related launch campaigns.  A major focus of this role is to provide design-to-cost and design-to-schedule solutions that address customers’ requirements for agility and affordability. Before joining Lockheed Martin, Hamel was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Relations for Orbital Sciences Corp., where he was responsible for leading Orbital Science’s strategic planning, product and business development, government relations and corporate communications.  He served in the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years in a broad range of space operations as well as development, acquisition, policy and command positions.  Hamel concluded his military career in 2008 as a Lt General.  In his later years in the Air Force, Hamel was Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, Commander of the 14th Air Force, served in senior command and staff positions at HQ USAF and AF Space Command and was Military Advisor to the Vice President on defense, arms control, non-proliferation and space policy.   Hamel holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a M.A. in Business Administration from California State University.  He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Program in National and International Security at Harvard University.  He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also serves on the Board of Directors of several corporations and advisory groups. 


General Raymond E. Johns Jr. (USAF, retired) was Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces. The command also plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian support at home and around the world. The men and women of AMC - active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians - provide airlift, aerial refueling, special air mission and aeromedical evacuation. General Johns graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1977. His aviation career includes C-141, KC-10, N/K/C-135, T-38 instructor pilot, as well as the chief test pilot and test program manager for the VC-25 Air Force One Replacement Program. He was chosen as a White House Fellow in 1991 where he was a senior staff member in the Office of National Service. The general has served at Headquarters U.S. European Command in security assistance and congressional affairs, and at Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command as Deputy Director of Strategic Plans and Policy. Within Headquarters U.S. Air Force, he served as Deputy Director and, later, Director of Air Force Programs. The general commanded a test squadron, operations group and airlift wing, and he was the Director of Mobility Forces for operations in Bosnia. Prior to assuming his position as Commander, Air Mobility Command, General Johns served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he developed, integrated, evaluated and analyzed the U.S. Air Force Future Years Defense Program that exceeded $822 billion, and the Air Force Long-Range Plan to support national security objectives and military strategy. The general was responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff. General Johns is a command pilot and experimental test pilot with over 5,000 flying hours in over 80 different aircraft.


Dr. Alex Miller is The William B. Stokely Chair of Business in the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, and the Pro2Serve Director of the Consortium for Social Enterprise. Previously, he served the school for a decade in a variety of associate dean roles.
Alex holds a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, an MBA from Dartmouth College, and a BS from Tennessee Technological University. He has also taken additional course work at Cal Tech, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Indiana, and Northwestern. Alex has consulted widely in industry and government, he is a widely published researcher/author, and he is an award-winning professor. He serves on numerous boards, ranging from start-up businesses to government boards. He currently serves as the founding Chairman of the Board for the Alliance for Better Nonprofits. Alex is a seventh generation East Tennessee farmer. For his leadership in agriculture, he has been recognized as Tennessee Cattleman of the Year, and won awards for environmental conservation. He is an IFR-rated pilot and formerly a nationally competitive ultra-endurance cyclist. Presently, he trains border collies as cattle dogs, and enjoys sailing, adventure travel by motorcycle, and time spent with his grandchildren on the farm.


Dr. Ozden Ochoa is Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Composites. Dr. Ochoa most recently served as the Associate Director for Science & Technology at the Army Research Laboratory in 2011-2014. She holds the distinction of professor emerita after thirty-one years of service at Texas A&M University and continues her research programs as TEES Research Professor in the Department of Mechancial Engineering. Dr. Ochoa was the interim Director of Aerospace Sciences and Materials Directorate at U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, Virginia from 2005-2006. She actively conducted research and established focus areas in composites as the senior technologist (Composites-ST) at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 2003 to 2005. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Ochoa was an advisor to the NATO Science for Peace Project working with a team of Canadian, Russina, Belarusian, and Ukrainian scientists and engineers. As a program manager at AFOSR in 1997-1999, she developed the portfolio for Mechanics of Coposites as a fundamental research area. Dr. Ochoa spent a year in 1986 at Bell Helicopter Textron to implement fracture mechanics of composites into design and development of helicopter blades. Her on-campus leadership at Texas A&M University includes service as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Thrust Area Lead for Composite Structure and Materials at the NSF TAMU-UT Offshore Technology Research Center. Dr. Ochoa’s research in computational and experimental mechanics of composites in aerospace, offshore, automotive, and medical applications has taken her around the world delivering invited lectures including Europe, Australia, Asia-Pacifics, Africa, Middle East, and the Americas. Her research contributions in mechanics of composite materials and structures with applicatoins in the aerospace, offshore, automotive and industries have culminated in over 200 journal and proceeding publications, technical reports, and one book. As service to the scientific community, Dr. Ochoa consisently takes on leadership roles to enhance educational and professional growth of scientists and engineers. She recently completed her two-year term (2011-2013) as the President of the Executive Council of the International Committee for Composite Materials. Earlier, she served as the President of the American Society for Composites from 2006 to 2007 and on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 2004 to 2007. Among her many honors are 2012 ASTM D30 Wayne Stinchcomb Memorial Award, 2005 American Society for Composites-Destech Award in Composites; American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dedicated Service Award; Texas A&M University International Excellence Award; and the Texas A&M University Honors Program Teacher/Scholar Award and International Excellance Award. In 1997, she was named to the Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. She was recognized in 2003 as a Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering Fellow. Dr. Ochoa also devotes time to advance the appreciation of arts as a board memmember on Embassy Series-Washington, DC; a member of National Museum of Women in the Arts -Texas State Committee; a member of Founders’ Circle of Festival Hill; TAMU Opera and Performing Arts Society, Brazos Valley Arts Council; and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and many other performing art groups and museums in Texas and DC. Dr. Ochoa recharges her body and soul by hiking, running, traveling, reading and spending evenings at the theater and concerts as often as she can. Dr. Ochoa holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University (Robert College) in Turkey, and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering and a doctorate in mechanical engineering, both from Texas A&M University.


Dr. Starnes E. Walker is the Founding Director of the University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative (UDCSI) at the University of Delaware, with a key focus on corporate cybersecurity addressing present and emerging cyber threats and a special emphasis on the banking/financial, energy, chemical, and electrical grid industrial sectors. The UDCSI incorporates advances in education and research, as well as training and certification programs for the corporate workforce and Government and military personnel. Previously Dr. Walker was an executive member of The University of Hawaii System and served via an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) as the Chief Technology Officer & Technical Director for Cyber to the U.S. Navy in the SES billet to stand-up the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and the U.S. 10th Fleet. In this role, Dr. Walker had responsibility for all technical activities that spanned inter-governmental and international outreach of the Command with a combined military and civilian workforce of 18,000 personnel. Previously to this assignment the Under Secretary of Science and Technology recruited Dr. Walker to serve as the Department of Homeland Security’s Director of Research. As Director of Research, Dr. Walker had responsibility for the Office of National Laboratories, the Office of University Programs that included the DHS Centers of Excellence, the 4 DHS in-house laboratories and T&E Centers, and the Academic Fellowship and Scholarship Program Office. Additionally Walker served as the Department’s senior S&T leadership executive to OSTP, the Congress, the IC, and OGOs internationally. He joined the S&T Directorate in January, 2007. Prior to this, Dr. Walker joined the Office of Naval Research in September 2004 and served as the Technical/Executive Director and Chief Scientist reporting directly to the Chief of Naval Research (CNR). Working with the CNR, Dr. Walker was responsible for structuring and leading an S&T organization that ensures technological superiority for the Navy and Marine Corps. Dr. Walker’s budget authority was annually $2,200M, plus an additional average Congressional plus-up of $700M, and he served in a supervisory role for a workforce of 5494 civilian and military for ONR and ONR’s Corporate Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Walker’s leadership spanned the university community, the government laboratory structure, industry, and international government defense organizations to bring their resources and technical capabilities into the Naval S&T program, thereby ensuring strategic Naval capabilities to the future and avoiding technological surprise for the nation. His previous position was as the Associate Laboratory Director for National Security, serving as the National Security Coordinator at Argonne National Laboratory. Earlier activities included serving on the DoD’s Defense Science Board’s Summer Study to define Future Strategic Strike Systems with STRATCOM as the COCOM sponsor. Dr. Walker is a former member of the Senior Executive Service and served as the Senior Advisor for Science & Technology to stand up the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) from 1999-2003. In this role he served as a standing member of the Defense Science & Technology Advisory Group (DSTAG) for the Director of Research & Engineering (DR&E) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and served as the senior S&T executive at OSD along with S&T Executives of the Services, DIA, DARPA, MDA, and the Deputy Under Secretary for S&T. In each of these positions he developed critical programs and aligned strategic defense, homeland security, and intelligence organizations across the U.S. and around the globe while forging key partnerships with the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Sweden, the European Union and NATO. Earlier industry posts included Morrison Knudsen’s Vice President of Technology and Phillips Petroleum’s senior technical fellow (Senior Research Associate). During his long career at Phillips Dr. Walker completed his tenure as the Corporate Environmental Director that followed his earlier career successes focusing on starting and leading the magnetic confinement fusion program at General Atomics for energy and defense/nuclear weapons applications, developing alternate energy processes (solar), and launching a strategic biotechnology initiative with The Salk Institute. His Phillips career began in refining/petrochemical plant operations and development of enhanced process control systems. Dr. Walker started his career as a physicist at the Naval Weapons Center-China Lake. During his tenure with Government, Dr. Walker was appointed to lead a number of strategic initiatives. These posts include an appointment by the Deputy Secretary of Defense to serve as Chairman-Joint Laboratory Board of the Joint Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). He served as a Member of the Executive Steering Group to establish the Joint Technology Office-High Energy Laser (JTO-HEL) Program under the auspices of DoD’s Under Secretary-AT&L. Dr. Walker now serves as a standing Member of The National Academies Intelligence Board and Air Force Studies Board, Purdue University’s Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council, and Chairman of the Engineering Development Board of the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), as well as a Member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) Board. Additionally he served as a Member-US Air Force Cyber Vision 2025 Senior Expert Review. Earlier, Dr. Walker served as Science Advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as led the tritium production program at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. As a Senior Executive Service member in helping to stand-up DTRA, Dr. Walker was the recipient of the distinguished DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. He is a recipient of the R&D 100 Award and in leading his team at Morrison Knudsen, for their achievement in Project Sapphire to acquire FSU U-235, they received a Presidential Citation from the White House. Dr. Walker has widely published in the fields of physics, chemistry, optics, and signal processing with numerous patents issued. He was a Navy Fellow and recipient of three consecutive Naval Weapons Fellowship awards and he is a standing member of the American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society, and The Cosmos Club. Dr. Walker holds a B.S., M.S., & Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of California and an Honorary Degree in Nuclear Engineering-University of Missouri-Rolla.

Ms. Deborah L. Westphal is Managing Director of the strategy advisory firm, Toffler Associates. Recognized globally for her expertise in strategy, innovation and organizational transformation, Ms. Westphal helps organizations understand the forces that drive change in their industries and the world, and identifies the best courses of action to create enduring success. Ms. Westphal came to Toffler Associates in 1999 after 13 years as a senior government official in the U.S. Air Force. Her work in the area of technology and advanced concepts for air vehicles, missiles and space systems have been recognized with numerous awards from the California Air Force Association, a USAF Meritorious Civilian Award, an AFA Los Angeles Chapter Civilian of the Year award, and an Air Force Association Medal of Merit. Ms Westphal has also served on the US Army Science Board, the National Defense Industrial Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors, and the Air Force Association, Schriever Chapter 147 Board of Directors.


Dr. David Whelan (NAE) is retired from the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Chief Scientist and Vice President, Engineering. David has responsibility to create, seek out and explore new technology and business growth vectors for the Boeing Company. Boeing's technology and systems span a wide range of government missions ranging from space systems to airborne systems to ground systems to undersea system. Both manned and unmanned systems have been developed to solve Boeing's customer challenges. Leveraging his in-depth knowledge of science, technology, systems and future customer requirements David enables Boeing to find new solutions to world's most challenging problems. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Boeing's Madrid Research and Technology Center and HRL Laboratories, the legacy R&D laboratory of the former Hughes Aircraft Company, a LLC jointly owned by Boeing and GM. Prior assignments include the Vice President-General Manager and Deputy to the President of Boeing Phantom Works, the advanced research and development organization of The Boeing Company and started his career with Boeing as the Chief Technology Officer for the Space & Communications Group (S&C) of Boeing. Before joining Boeing, Dr Whelan served as Director of the Tactical Technology Office (SES-5) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Defense's venture capital like organization dedicated to creating new systems and technologies to support our nation's air, land, and naval forces. While at DARPA David created many legacy joint programs with the Air Force, Navy and the Army, most notably, the Discoverer II Space Radar Program, the Army's Future Combat System and the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle. Previously he worked at the Hughes Aircraft Company as Program Manager and Chief Scientist for the B-2 Bomber Air-to-Air Radar Imaging Program. He also worked as a Physicist for the DOE"s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on X-ray lasers and the Advanced Nuclear Weapons program, and he started his career at Northrop where he was one of the key designers of the B-2 Stealth Bomber and contributed to the YF-23Advanced Tactical Fighter. David earned his Ph.D. ('83) and MS ('78) in physics from UCLA; He received his B.A. ('77) from UCSD. He has numerous publications on electromagnetic radiation, laser plasma phenomena and Defense systems. He holds 14 patents on navigation systems, radar systems, antenna, and low-observable technology. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council. He is standing member of the American Physical Society, the IEEE, and the AIAA. Dr. Whelan was honored for his government service and received Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civil Service in 2001 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1998.


Dr. Michael I. Yarymovych (NAE) is President of Sarasota Space Associates. Until the end of 2013 he was Senior Fellow of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and has served on numerous SAB and Defense Science Board studies. He retired from the Boeing Company in 1998 as Vice President of International Technology in the Information, Space and Defense Systems organization. Prior to the merger of Rockwell International with Boeing he was Vice President and Associate Center Director of the Systems Development Center, which focused the Corporation’s resources on new high technology advanced concepts requiring the skills of many divisions. He had joined Rockwell in 1977 as Vice President, Engineering of the Aerospace Operations in leadership positions of programs such as the Space Shuttle, Global Positioning System, Ballistic Missile Defence, and the B1B strategic aircraft. He started his engineering career in 1959 at AVCO R&D Division leading projects in electric propelled space systems. In 1962 he joined NASA Headquarters as Assistant Director of Systems Engineering in the Apollo project and later moved to the Air Force as Technical Director of the Air Force Manned Orbital Laboratory, and Deputy for Requirements to the Assistant Secretary for Research and Development. In 1970 he was posted in Paris as Director of the NATO Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD), which was later changed to be the NATO Research and Technology Organization (RTO). In the 1990s he was elected Chairman of AGARD and later of RTO. From 1975 to 1977 he served as the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force which was followed by a Presidential appointment to be the Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration responsible for field operations of the national and government owned energy (former AEC) laboratories. From 1991 to 1997 Dr. Yarymovych was President of the International Academy of Astronautics, of which he was also vice president for Scientific Programs since 1985. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. He served as president of the AIAA from 1982 to 1983. He is Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, Honorary Member of the French Air and Space Academy. He is four-time recipient of the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the service’s highest decoration; he also received the ERDA Distinguished Service Award, the Von Karman Medal from the NATO Research and Technology Organization, and the Theodor Von Karman Award from the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Yarymovych holds a B. Eng Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering magna cum laude, New York University; M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University; D. Eng. Sc. in Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University. Dr. Yarymovych is the author of many publications on topics ranging from lunar mapping to strategic defense policy. He was the Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Space Science and Technology published by Wiley and Sons in 2003. For several years, he translated the Russian journal Applied Mathematics and Mechanics.