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David M. Maddox, (NAE), General, USA Retired, Chair, Independent Consultant
Jean D. Reed, Vice Chair, Independent Consultant
Duane Adams, Independent Consultant 
Ilesanmi Adesida (NAE), Dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Steven W. Boutelle Vice President, CISCO Consulting Services
Edward C. Brady, Managing Director, Strategic Perspectives, Inc.
W. Peter Cherry (NAE), Independent Consultant
Earl H. Dowell, (NAE), William Holland Hall Professor and Dean Emeritus, Duke University
Julia D. Erdley, Research Engineer, Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University
Lester A. Foster III, Chief Technology Officer, Electronic Warfare Associates
James A. Freebersyser, Director, Advanced Systems, BBN Technology
Peter N. Fuller , Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Cypress International
W. Harvey Gray, Interim Associate Laboratory Director for National Security, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Retired
 Bruce D. Jette, President and CEO, Synovision Solutions, LLC
John H. Hammond, Vice President, Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Retired
Randall W. Hill, Jr., Executive Director, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
John W. Hutchinson (NAS/NAE), The Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering, Harvard University
Robin L. Keesee, Independent Consultant 
William L. Melvin, Director, Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Walter F. Morrison, Independent Consultant, WFM Consulting
Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
Scott Parazynski, Chief Medical Officer, Health Center for Polar Medical Operations, University of Texas Medical Branch
Richard R. Paul, Maj. Gen., USAF, Retired; Independent Consultant 
Daniel Podolsky, President, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Leon E. Salomon, GEN, USA Retired, Independent Consultant 
Albert A. Sciarretta, President, CNS Technologies, Inc.
Jonathan M. Smith, Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
David A. Tirrell (NAE/NAS/IOM), Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor, California Institute of Technology Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Michael A. VaneIndependent Consultant
Joseph Yakovac, JVM LLC
Bruce A. Braun, Director (bio)
Nia D. Johnson, Senior Research Associate
Chris Jones, Financial Associate
James C. Myska, Senior Research Associate
Nancy T. Schulte, Senior Program Officer
Deanna P. Sparger, Program Administrative Coordinator
David M. Maddox is an independent consultant to civilian corporations, government agencies, and defense industries regarding concepts, systems requirements, program strategies, operations and systems effectiveness, and analytic techniques and analyses. He served on the Defense Science Board study of Tactics and Technology for 21st Century Military Superiority, the study Joint Operations Superiority in the 21st Century: Integrating Capabilities Underwriting Joint Vision 2010, and the study of Integrated Fire Support; was a member of the Army Science Board and co-chaired the study on Strategic Maneuver, assisted on the ASB Study on Technical and Tactical Opportunities for Revolutionary Advances in Rapidly Deployable Joint Ground Forces in the 2015-2025 Era and on Ensuring the Financial Viability of the Objective Force, and co-chaired the study on Intra-theater Logistic Distribution; and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences study of C4ISR and the study on Defense Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis. He was a member of the Commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management on Expeditionary Operations and the 2010 Army Acquisition Review. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Corporation of the Draper Laboratory, The Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and The George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering Dean’s Board of Advisors. He also serves as a member of corporate boards and is a Senior Fellow of the Army Science Board.

His consulting involves a myriad of issues ranging from corporate acquisition strategies, leadership requirements during acquisitions and mergers, future organizational strategies and objectives, application of new technologies, proposals for new major contracts, and assessment and justification of new concepts. His reputation is based upon his unique combination of practical experience and strong analytic expertise.

General Maddox retired from the U.S. Army after serving as Commander in Chief, U.S. Army in Europe. While on active duty, General Maddox served extensively overseas with four tours in Germany during which he commanded at every level from platoon through NATO's Central Army Group, 7th U.S. Army and theater. His last six years of active duty were in Europe transitioning from the Cold War, through Desert Storm, to the total reengineering of our presence and mission in Europe.

General Maddox received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the Virginia Military Institute, and a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research/Systems Analysis with an Engineering Specialty from Southern Illinois University. 

 Jean D. Reed is an independent consultant and Fellow at the National Defense University’s Center for Technology, and National Security Policy, where he currently focuses on chemical biological defense and the integration of research and development and national security policy. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

He received his B.S. in Physics (with Distinction), and M.S. in physics from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. He did post graduate studies in physics at Georgetown University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the National War College, and was a Chief of Staff Army Fellow at the Army’s Strategic Studies Institute.

Mr. Reed was previously the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Chemical Biological Defense/Chemical Demilitarization) (DATSD(CBD/CD)) in the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Matters from December 2005 to April 2010. He exercised overall oversight, coordination, and integration of all aspects of the Department of Defense chemical and biological medical and non-medical defense program and of the program for destruction of the United States stockpile of lethal chemical agents and munitions.

Prior to assuming his position as DATSD, Mr. Reed served for 15 years as a professional staff member of the Committee on the Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he had principal staff responsibility for oversight of the Department of the Navy research and development program, Defense-wide science and technology, and selected programs of other military services and defense agencies, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, joint experimentation, test and evaluation, and chemical demilitarization and chemical biological defense.

Mr. Reed’s 30-year military career encompassed a succession of line and staff assignments, including field artillery battery and battalion and major Army research and development laboratory command, two combat tours in Vietnam, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program manager, deputy commander of a nuclear-capable corps artillery in Germany, and two tours on the Army General Staff. He retired in 1990 as a Colonel.

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Duane Adams is currently an independent consultant.  In 2006, Dr. Adams retired from Carnegie Mellon University as the Vice Provost for Research.  Prior to that position, he was the Deputy Director, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) assigned to the Department of Defense as an IPA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Adams held other positions at Carnegie Mellon including Associate Dean for Research, School of Computer Science; Associate Department Head of Computer Science and Associate Director of Research, Robotics Institute; and Research Professor.  He received his B.A. in mathematics from the University of Montana; an M.A. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.  Dr. Adams was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory and the chairman of the Army Science Board.
Ilesanmi Adesida is the Dean and Willett Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. His research involves the nanoscale processing of materials and the fabrication of devices based on various semiconductors. He has conducted research on the science and technology of nanofabrication in order to obtain the relationships between pattern dimensions and molecular structures. This is important in delineating the smallest dimensions of structures that can be fabricated. The novel processes developed using advanced nanofabrication methods are in turn utilized to make high performance electrical and optical devices in conventional and novel semiconductors such as silicon, indium phosphide, and gallium nitride. His group has sought to understand in detail the impact of these processing performances of the fabricated devices. Many of these nanoscale devices are used in ultra-high speed and ultra-high power applications such as in space, wireless, and optical communications. His group has also extended many of the processing methods to the fabrication of structures that are applicable to nanoelectromechanical and nanobiological systems. 
Dr. Adesida is a Past President of the IEEE Electron Device Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Steven Boutelle is Vice President of the Cisco Consulting Services, where he leads a business development team that advises government customers on business practices and technology solutions. Boutelle’s team focuses on defense, and intelligence markets. He is Cisco’s Executive Sponsor to the Ministries of Defense of Japan, Israel and Norway, US Army’s Cyber Command and the Navy Federal Credit Union.

Before joining Cisco, General Boutelle served as the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Army, responsible for the Army’s worldwide use of information technology. He introduced converged voice, data, and video to the Army, building an enhanced network infrastructure to serve 1.9 million users. He established the Army Knowledge Online portal and the Defense Knowledge Online portal to provide streamlined access to content for 6 million defense users. Through an IT portfolio management program, he reduced the costs of IT systems and applications by half.

As a Program Executive Officer, General Boutelle was responsible for design, acquisition and fielding of the Army’s Tactical Command and Control Systems, including, Artillery, Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, Air Defense, Intelligence, Logistics, and Maneuver. Also acquiring Tactical Radios, Satellite Terminals, Blue Force Tracking and the Warfighter Information Network (WIN-T).

General Boutelle led the effort in design and fielding the Army’s first “Digitized Division” converting the Army from “analog to digital” and baselined the Army on the Internet Protocol, Web Services, Collaboration and Video. He was instrumental in technology solutions in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

General Boutelle is a recognized leader, technology evangelist, and mentor. A consistent record of adopting new technologies and streamlining processes to improve productivity and enhance collaboration marks his career in the U.S. Army. He led the U.S. Federal Government in implementing “Secure Network Logon,” with 98 percent of 1.2 million Army users adopting Common Access Cards. He also led compliance with U.S. Office of Management Budget criteria and President’s Management Agenda, with 100 percent compliance for two years.

As a teacher and mentor, General Boutelle expanded the Army’s education program to incorporate the latest Internet and convergence technologies. He has personally instructed and mentored more than 350 admirals, generals, and senior civilians in networks, communications, web technologies, and information assurance.

General Boutelle was named a “Top 100 CIO” by Federal Computer Week in 2006, received the “North American Leadership Award” by Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association — Rocky Mountains in 2006, and was named “US Department of Defense Executive of the Year” by Government Computer News in 2005.

General Boutelle has served in several leadership positions in the U.S. Army, including Director of Information, Operations, Networks and Space; Program Executive Officer of Command, Control and Communications Systems; and Joint Chiefs of Staff Project Manager — Communications Systems. He retired from the U.S. Army at lieutenant general rank. General Boutelle serves on several boards, including the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force for Interoperability, the National Science Center, PacStar, ThreatMetrix, Systematic, and he was an outside director of Finmeccanica DRS from 2009-2012. He is also a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS).

General Boutelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, and a Masters in Business Administration from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He received a Doctorate of Law (Honorarium) from the University of Puget Sound. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Senior Service College and the US Department of Defense System Management College.

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Edward C. Brady is Managing Director of Strategic Perspectives, Incorporated, a small business consulting firm focused on strategic approaches to achieving corporate growth and enhancing shareholder value. Clients are primarily Fortune 100 firms, and some smaller firms including start-ups, mainly in the information and telecommunications technology and services sector. He also consults directly for the Department of Defense. He serves on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, both Corporate and Defense Department.  Dr. Brady currently mainly consults with two leading defense/aerospace firms.
Previously, he was engaged primarily as the Chief Architect and the Chief Scientist of the Boeing/SAIC Lead Systems Integrator Team for the Army’s Future Combat System (a $22B development program.) Dr. Brady was Co-Chair of the Program Decision Board which had day to day program-wide management responsibility. He had direct oversight responsibility for the definition and evolution of the System of Systems Architecture and specifications; design analysis and performance analysis; definition and execution of an integrated approach to simulation-based design and testing; and technology maturation, assessment, and integration planning for the multiple Blocks of the Future Combat System.
Dr. Brady is a nationally recognized expert in information, telecommunications, simulation, artificial intelligence technologies and systems; as well as quantification and analysis of military systems; He is a recognized expert in systems architecture, engineering, and testing of combat systems. He is highly experienced in technology development, engineering management, and the design, development, and procurement of national, strategic, and tactical level command, control, communications, and intelligence systems, as well as advanced combat systems and simulation systems.
Mr. Brady received his B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; an M.S. in management from American University; and a Ph.D. (ABD) in athematical Economics from Georgetown University.
W. Peter Cherry is the Chief Analyst on the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems Program at Science Applications International Corporation. He oversees analytic support to requirements analysis, performance assessment and design trades.
Previously, Dr. Cherry was Leader of the Integrated Simulation and Test Integrated Process Team, focusing on test and evaluation planning, the development of associated models and simulations, and the development of the Future Combat System of Systems Integration Laboratory.  He has been a participant in the Future Combat Systems program since its inception, leading analysis and evaluation of concepts as a member of the Full Spectrum Team in the contract activities which preceded Concept and Technology Development.
Prior to joining Science Applications International, he spent over 30 years with Vector Research Incorporated and its successor, the Altarum Institute.  His professional career began in the field of maritime operations research in the Department of National Defence in Canada. He left that organization to obtain a Ph.D.  in Operations Research at the University of Michigan, where he specialized in Stochastic Processes. Since the completion of his studies at the University of Michigan, he has focused on the development and application of operations research in the national security domain, primarily in the field of land combat.  He contributed to the development and fielding of most of the major systems currently employed by the Army, ranging from the Patriot Missile System to the Apache helicopter, as well as the command control and intelligence systems currently in use such as ASAS and AFTAADS.  In addition, he contributed to the creation of the Army’s Manpower Personnel and Human Factors and Training Program (MANPRINT) and to the Army’s Embedded Training Initiative.  His recent research interests include Peacekeeping Operations and the development of transformational organizations and material.
Dr. Cherry received his B.A. in mathematics from the University of New Brunswick; an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Toronto; an M.S. and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan.
Earl H. Dowell is William Holland Hall Professor and Dean Emeritus in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering at Duke University. The fundamental areas of Professor Dowell's research interests are dynamics, fluid and solid mechanics and acoustics. A particular focus at present is on the dynamics of nonlinear fluid and structural systems and their associated limit cycle and chaotic motions. Examples include flexible plates and shells excited by dynamic fluid forces, oscillating airfoils and wings in a transonic flow, and aero-mechanical instability of rotorcraft systems. Also of interest are studies of systems with many degrees-of-freedom. Three aspects of such systems are being considered: eigenfunctions of nonconservative (fluid or fluid-structure) systems, turbulence as a multi-mode chaotic phenomena, and the asymptotic behavior of a dynamical system as the number of degrees-of-freedom becomes very large (asymptotic model analysis). The potential applications for the results of these research efforts are very broad, but a principal emphasis is on aerospace, automotive, naval and other transportation.

Dr. Dowell received his B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Julia D. Erdley is a Research Engineer in the Advanced Technology Office of the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University and has been for 22 years. She was a Principal Investigator for the Counter-IED Basic Research Program where she managed Penn State’s Counter-IED research program, a 6.1 Office of Naval Research funded portfolio of S&T projects to address the IED threat; participated in Counter-IED basic research in Anomalous Behavior Detection; and participated in Counter-IED basic research in Reconfigurable Antennas for explosive detection. She was also the Principal Investigator for the Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Guidance and Control System where she provided oversight for systems engineering, hardware and software design, and signal and tactical algorithm development for Canisterized, Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo Torpedo (CCAT) Guidance and Control System. This effort required an understanding of entire torpedo functionality with specific knowledge of acoustic array design, receiver and transmitter analog hardware design, digital processing hardware design, signal and tactical algorithm design, and interface specification. She led a team of 30 Scientists, Engineers, and Technicians in support of this effort. 

From September 2010 through September 2011, Ms. Erdley served as the Science Advisor of the Joint IED Defeat Organization, advising the Director, LTG Michael Barbero, on matters relating to Science and Technology. She also served from 2007 to 2010 as the Deputy to the Science Advisor. JIEDDO is a $2.8B per year organization within the Department of Defense with a focus on the rapid acquisition of Counter-IED capabilities in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was assigned to the organization from the Pennsylvania State University through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement (IPA) program. During her four years with JIEDDO, she supported S&T strategy development across a broad range of topics in the hard and soft sciences. She led three S&T programs examining sensor and information fusion for the counter-IED mission, served as a voice for JIEDDO to the external community, and led efforts to coordinate Science and Technology for counter-IED across the DoD and Inter-Agency.

Ms. Erdley received her B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

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Lester A. Foster, III, is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) Government Systems, Inc. and has 22 years of system engineering and management experience for the development of advanced technologies and systems. Responsibilities include the assessment of technology both inside and outside the EWA Inc. to expand the intellectual property of EWA and to identify technologies and partners that are in line with EWA's business objectives. He performs business development to expand or bolster the technological capabilities of EWA. He leads the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) business process for the company. Dr. Foster supports the proposal development processes including authoring, and red and gold team review. Dr. Foster provides consulting support to EWA customers and partner corporations. He also aids senior management with business decisions by providing input from a technical and engineering perspective. He manages EWA Internal Research and Development (IR&D) and performs initial technical analyses to provide guidance to new business initiatives. 

On the technical side, Dr. Foster’s expertise covers the range of EWA technology products and services including radio frequency, and optical communications, networking, tracking and sensing, unmanned platforms, navigation, modeling and simulation and test range instrumentation development. Some examples follow. He developed algorithms to geolocate radio emitters on the ground from aircraft mounted receivers. He designed a team wireless intercom system using solar blind UV pulses. He developed an approach to support reconnaissance and surveillance sensing by conceiving of a deployable sensor calibration panel to emit a pattern or array of calibrated spectral sources.

Previously, Dr. Foster was Vice President of Government Programs at Multispectral Solutions, Inc. where he managed all government business for research, development and engineering of Ultra Wideband (UWB) radio technology with the goal of transitioning research to products. He was Program Manager and principal investigator for applications of radar, wireless communications, tunable jamming systems, navigation, and, location and tracking applications using short pulse UWB radio technology. He performed all duties of technology R&D management, including, application concept development, patent application support, business development, strategic planning, proposal writing, development scheduling and costing, contract and subcontract negotiation, engineering staff management, risk assessment, material acquisition, reviewing, testing and development completion.

Dr. Foster received his B.S. in aerospace engineering, an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. 

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James A. Freebersyer is Director of Advanced Systems at BBN Technologies. In this position, he leads business development efforts for external funding of new technology development, primarily at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and transition of existing technology efforts, including technical concept development, market strategy, and business planning. 

Prior to joining BBN, Dr. Freebersyer was the Technology Portfolio Manager, Navigation, Communications, and Control (NCC) Directorate at Honeywell.

Dr. Freebersyer also worked as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Advanced Technology Office on detail from the Army Research Laboratory. He received his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia; and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Peter N. Fuller is the president and chief operating officer at Cypress International, a business development and acquisition management consulting firm operating for over 36 years. Previously, he was the deputy commander for programs, NATO Training Mission—Afghanistan, and was responsible for planning and executing resources in order to generate and sustain the Afghan security forces. He integrated and synchronized all processes to include requirements generation, acquisition, funding, construction, logistics, and contract management for a yearly program valued at over $10 billion dollars comprised of infrastructure, equipment, training, and sustainment efforts. He also coordinated with external organizations such as the Defense Contract Management Agency, Corps of Engineers, Joint Task Force-435, NATO International Security Assistance Force, ISAF Joint Command, Combined Air Power Transition Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Staff. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, he was Program Executive Officer—Soldier. In his capacity as PEO Soldier, General Fuller was responsible for ensuring all Soldiers were lethal, survivable and able to operate in any environment. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1980 after graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in history and political science. He also holds an M.S. in public administration from Shippensburg University, an M.S. in military arts and sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and an M.S. in resourcing of the national security strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. General Fuller’s assignments include assistant director for acquisition (PATRIOT), Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, Washington, D.C.; systems coordinator, U.S. Army Staff for Anti-Armor Missiles; project manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team; deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Program Executive Officer—Soldier, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

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W. Harvey Gray has served as ORNL Interim Associate Laboratory Director for National Security since October 1, 2008. In this position, he is responsible for leading a focused research, development, and deployment portfolio for sponsors that include the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and the private business sector with missions involving national security, homeland security, law enforcement, and public safety. This broad portfolio of basic and applied research and development projects focus on topics complementary to the national security mission of ORNL and address key areas in nonproliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and materials; counterterrorism; information operations; advanced computing; physical and cyber safeguards and security; advanced materials; law enforcement and public safety; international threat reduction; transportation, supply-chain, and logistics systems and technologies; and sustainability technologies and methodologies.
Dr. Gray is a mechanical engineer (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) who has held a variety of positions since joining the ORNL staff in 1974. For eight years prior to taking his current position, he was Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for National Security. Before joining the National Security Directorate, he served as Director of the Advanced Computing Technologies division at Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and he served as the Director of the Computational Center for Industrial Innovation at Lockheed Martin Energy Research. He led or managed projects in agile manufacturing, high-performance computing, advanced imaging and visualization, data storage, electronic medical records, telemammography, information assurance and security, and computer-aided engineering data exchange. Additionally, he represented ORNL on the Healthcare Information Technology Enabling Community Care project [funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program], on the Computer Aided Manufacturing-International’s Next Generation Manufacturing Systems project, and on several DOE weapons-complex-wide computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering committees, activities, and programs. Earlier, he was an ORNL research staff member using high-performance computing to design and develop advanced superconducting magnets for large-scale fusion energy experiments
John H. Hammond is retiring in 2009 after serving eight years as Vice President, Technology at Lockheed Martin (LM) headquarters in Bethesda, MD.  He chaired the corporation’s Research & Technology Board, and was a member of the Corporate Technical Council.   Dr. Hammond headed a group responsible for technology coordination across LM business areas and for internal R&D investment in a number of corporate-wide programs.  These include the LM Shared Vision Programs at the Sandia National Laboratories and at the General Electric Global Research Center, as well as the LM University Grants Program.  He was also responsible for the LM Technology Integration Initiatives to develop technologies enhancing system-of-systems architecture capabilities.  In a previous position with the LM Space & Strategic Missile business area, Dr. Hammond chaired and participated in several major satellite, launch vehicle and missile program reviews.  He has represented LM externally on numerous occasions with presentations to professional associations and Government organizations including panels of the Defense Science Board.
Prior to joining LM, defense industry positions held by Dr. Hammond include Board Member and Vice President/General Manager for Reconnaissance & Surveillance at Schafer Corp., a technical analysis firm, and Vice President for Satellite Products at Defense Systems, Inc., a hardware firm, both located in Virginia.  He has served as Program Manager and made technical contributions to high-energy laser, laser propagation, and satellite contracts.  Dr. Hammond led a multi-company team to analyze comparative performance of kinetic and directed energy options for boost-phase missile defense, including ground, satellite and unmanned air platform basing alternatives. His laser work has also addressed devices for inertial confinement fusion and simulation of nuclear device physics.
In Government service, Dr. Hammond headed the Directed Energy program element of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO), since renamed the Missile Defense Agency, with responsibility for development of laser and particle beam weapons and associated target acquisition, tracking and precision beam control; he also contributed to advanced kinetic kill weapons and decoy discrimination technology.  Dr. Hammond represented SDIO with Congressional testimony and at Defense and Space and ABM Consultative Committee meetings with the Soviets in Geneva.
Dr. Hammond received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Randall W. Hill Jr. is currently the Executive Director for the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). While at ICT, he has also held positions of Director of Applied Research and Transition, Deputy Director of Technology, and Senior Scientist. Previously, Dr. Hill was Project Leader and Research Scientist at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, and also held positions of Task Manager, Technical Group Leader and a Member of the Technical Staff at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a member of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Hill served in the U.S. Army as a Commissioned Field Artillery/Military Intelligence Officer and was honorably discharged as Captain in 1984. He received his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Southern California.
John Hutchinson is the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University where he has spent the past 4 decades in various positions. Dr. Hutchinson is a renowned scholar in the field of applied mechanics, and has made seminal contributions to the mechanics of structures and mechanics of materials. He is a recipient of the Timoshenko Medal.

Dr. Hutchinson, his students and collaborators work on problems in solid mechanics concerned with engineering materials and structures. Buckling and structural stability, elasticity, plasticity, fracture and micro-mechanics are all figure prominently in their research. Examples of ongoing research activities are (1) efforts to extend plasticity theory to small scales, (2) development of a mechanics framework for assessing the durability of thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine engines, (3) the mechanics of ductile fracture and its numerical simulation and (4) the mechanics of thin films, coatings and multilayers.

It has recently been announced that Dr. Hutchinson has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Ludwig-Prandtl-Ring, the highest honor awarded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft-und Raumfahrt.

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Bruce D. Jette is President and CEO, Synovision Solutions LLC: Dr. Jette founded Synovision Solutions LLC, an innovative company designed to work with clients to identify a vision that is achievable, determine the innovations necessary to achieve that vision, and the synergies between people and companies to make those innovations work in a timely and financially acceptable manner. Prior to Synovision Solutions, he retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. During his Army career, he was the Director of the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force where he founded the Army’s entrepreneurial business unit for rapid integrated product identification, development, and production; established the vision and implementation plan convincing senior defense department leadership to underwrite start-ups; and was the first person to employ robots in combat that led to broad and rapid integration of technologies into the current force.  

Dr. Jette served as the Deputy Director, US Army Objective Force Task Force where he was the Deputy for concepts and acquisition for the Army’s task force chartered to define a path to the strategically-oriented, high-technology future force structure. He developed and supported implementation plans and planning. He was selected by the Army Chief of Staff to specifically implement rapid and innovative acquisition concepts. Dr. Jette also served as Project Manager, Soldier Systems where he established the first systemic approach to technology development and integration at the individual soldier level. This approach integrated low technology soldier items such as boots and clothing with high technology computing and communication electronics laying the foundation for the Army’s future soldier concepts and programs, and saved soldiers’ lives through rapid and innovative implementation of advanced materials and technologies. Its success drove establishment of a major command for soldier system with annual business in excess of $3 billion.

As Product Manager for all the US Army airborne intelligence platforms: PM Aerial Common Sensor, Guardrail, and Airborne Reconnaissance Low – Mult-Function, Dr. Jette guided the development of some of the most technically challenging and complex systems in the military. In three years, he moved the Guardrail System II development program from foundering to a fully funded program which was able to integrate with many other national sensor systems to perform in more difficult environments and to new levels of precision. Following a Congressional demand for a rapid replacement of the Mowhawk surveillance aircraft, Dr. Jette developed and fielded to operational use ARL-M, an integrated moving target/imaging radar, electro-optical, and signals intelligence system in a single aircraft in only 8 months from concept to fly-away. Concurrently, he was laying the foundation for the Army’s furture airborne system, Aerail Common Sensor.

Dr. Jette earned his BS Nuclear Engineering & Chemistry, from the United States Military Academy, 1976; his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electronic Materials, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991 and 1993 .

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Robin L. Keesee a recently retired Federal civil servant, was Vice Director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization. As second-in-charge under senior general officers, he helped oversee the execution of the $3-to-4B per year mission. His emphasis was on the materiel initiatives, seeking technology and other counter-measures to IEDs drawing from across the Service and DOE labs, universities, defense contractors, and DARPA.

Earlier, Dr. Keesee had been the first Deputy to the Commanding General, US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; Director of Human Research and Engineering in the Army Research Laboratory, also at APG; and Director of the Systems Research Laboratory of the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Keesee earned a B.S. in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in human factors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

William L. Melvin is Director of the Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor in Georgia Tech’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He has successfully developed and fostered major research thrusts within Georgia Tech centered on systems engineering, advanced signal processing, and high-fidelity modeling and simulation. His specific expertise includes digital signal processing with application to RF sensors, including adaptive signal processing for aerospace radar detection of airborne and ground moving targets, radar applications of detection and estimation theory, electronic protection, SIGINT, and synthetic aperture radar. He has authored over 150 publications in his areas of expertise and holds three patents on adaptive radar technology. 
As Director of SEAL, Dr. Melvin focuses a technology portfolio in excess of $36M/year involving all aspects of sensor systems engineering, including: environmental characterization; antenna development; hardware and software design, implementation, test, and evaluation; advanced system concepts; signal processing; physics-based modeling and simulation; and field testing. Areas of recent special interest include deploying SAR-GMTI sensors on small UAVs; space-radar algorithm development and processing techniques; dismount detection and urban radar; multistatics; electronic protection; integrated air and missile defense; and, expeditionary force intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Dr. Melvin is a Fellow of the IEEE, with the follow citation: “For contributions to adaptive signal processing methods in radar systems.” He has served as a guest editor for several recent special sections appearing in the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and acted as the Technical Co-Chair of the 2001 IEEE Radar Conference and 2004 IEEE Southeastern Symposium on System Theory. Dr. Melvin received a “Best Paper” award at the 1997 IEEE Radar Conference. He has provided tutorials and invited talks at a number of IEEE conferences and local IEEE section meetings on Ground Moving Target Indication, STAP fundamentals, and space-based radar. He is a regular reviewer for several IEEE and IET journal publications. Among his distinctions, Dr. Melvin is the recent recipient of the 2006 IEEE AESS Young Engineer of the Year Award, the 2003 US Air Force Research Laboratory Reservist of the Year Award, and the 2002 US Air Force Materiel Command Engineering and Technical Management Reservist of the Year Award.
Dr. Melvin received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1994, as well as the MSEE and BSEE degrees (with high honors) from this same institution in 1992 and 1989, respectively.
Morrison is currently working as an independent consultant, providing R&D management consulting and support for technology business development, capture and proposal development. Previously, he was a Principal at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, a position where his primary focus was leading a multi-disciplinary science and engineering team of approximately 100 staff supporting client advanced science and technology (SETA) needs in DARPA, i.e. the Defense Sciences Office (DSO), the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and the Information Innovation Office (I2O), as well as, the Energy ARPA (ARPA-E), and the Intelligence ARPA.

Dr. Morrison’s 30+ years of government service included positions as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Army ERDC, and the Director of Research and Laboratory Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. He also served as the Chief of the Terminal Effects Division at ARL.

Dr. Morrison earned his B.S. (1971), M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1978) in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Robin R. Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station.  Previously, she was a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, joint appointment in Cognitive and Neural Science, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida.  Dr. Murphy was also the Founding Director, NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Safety Security Rescue. She is an expert in artificial intelligence for robotics and the use of robot technology for emergency response.  She has participated in several disasters starting with the 9-11 World Trade Center collapse.
Dr. Murphy received her B.M.E., M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Scott E. Parazynski currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Health Center for Polar Medical Operations in Galveston. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Medical Officer at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Texas, where he is helping a world class team of scientists and clinicians develop technologies that will one day reshape medical care around the world. He serves on the Boards of Directors of several organizations and companies, as well as on the visiting or adjunct faculty at several universities around the world. Dr. Parazynski has numerous publications in the field of space physiology, and has a particular expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments.
He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including: five NASA Spaceflight Medals, two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, two Vladimir Komarov Diplomas from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, two Flight Achievement Awards from the American Astronomical Association, the Aviation Week Laureate Award, the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award, Gold Medal from the American Institute of Polish Culture, and the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club. Additionally, he a member of the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dr. Scott Parazynski has lived and traveled all over the world, spending many of his grade school and high school years in places such as Dakar, Senegal; Beirut, Lebanon; Tehran, Iran; and Athens, Greece. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver in preparation for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. Dr. Parazynski is also physiologist with expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments.

In 1992 he was selected to join NASA's Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 Space Shuttle Missions and conducted 7 spacewalks (EVAs). In his 17 years as an Astronaut, he served in numerous senior leadership roles, including EVA Branch Chief and the Lead Astronaut for Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Inspection & Repair (in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy). Mission highlights include a global ozone mapping mission on STS-66; leading the first joint US-Russian spacewalk during STS-86 while docked to the Russian space station Mir; serving as Senator John Glenn's crewmate and "personal physician" during STS-95; and conducting EVA assembly of the Canadian-built space station arm during STS-100.

In October 2007, Dr. Parazynski led the EVA team on STS-120, a highly complex space station assembly flight, during which he performed 4 EVAs. The fourth and final EVA is regarded by many as one of the most challenging and dangerous ever performed. During the EVA he was positioned by a 90-foot robotic boom farther than any orbiting astronaut had ever ventured from the safety of their airlock. During this EVA he had to repair a fully energized solar array wing. The tremendous coordinated effort in orbit and on the ground by Mission Control and other engineering experts has been likened to the Space Shuttle and Space Station era's "Apollo 13 moment."

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Richard R. Paul (USAF, Retired) is an independent consultant.  He recently retired from the Boeing Company after seven years in 2007.  Prior to Boeing, General Paul served 33 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2000.
During his seven-year Boeing career, General Paul served as a Vice President in Phantom Works, Boeing’s centralized research and development organization that develops advanced technologies for Boeing’s family of commercial aircraft and defense-related  aerospace products and services. During 2006 and 2007, he concurrently served in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) where his duties included executive management of Boeing’s 2000-person Technical Fellowship program and its External Technical Affiliations program that served as the Boeing interface to dozens of professional societies.
During his 33-year Air Force career, General Paul served in three Air Force laboratories in New Mexico and Ohio, a product center in Massachusetts, two major command headquarters in Nebraska and Ohio, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon, and a joint staff assignment in Nebraska. His assignments during the latter one-third of his career were aligned with the Air Force science & technology enterprise, where he served in his final assignment as the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory headquartered in Dayton, OH. He retired in the rank of Major General.
General Paul received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla (UMR); and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and has been awarded a professional degree in Electrical Engineering by UMR. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base AL and the Naval War College at Newport RI, and is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College’s Program Management Course at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Daniel Podolsky received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College summa cum laude and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital in 1981; he was appointed Chief of Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1989; and was named the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1998. Under his leadership, the GI Unit became one of the leading programs in the country, highly regarded for its dynamic research and training activities, in addition to its comprehensive program of clinical care in gastroenterology. Podolsky established an innovative Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in 1991, funded through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Digestive Disease Center program, and the Center has been a highly productive multidisciplinary research program, yielding many significant advances.

Podolsky’s own research interests have focused on the delineation of epithelial cell function. His laboratory has made significant contributions to understanding the mechanisms through which growth factors and cytokines regulate epithelial function and has provided important insights into the mechanisms of epithelial injury and repair. His laboratory has also identified and characterized the functional actions and molecular mechanisms of trefoil peptides, which are central to sustaining mucosal integrity and facilitating repair after injury has occurred. In recent years his laboratory has helped clarify the role of the intestinal epithelium as a component of the innate immune system, through the characterization of innate immune receptors and their functional role in this cell compartment. In conjunction with studies defining basic mechanisms regulating epithelial function, Podolsky’s laboratory has provided important insights into the role of these processes in intestinal inflammatory diseases, most especially the inflammatory bowel diseases.

Podolsky is the author of more than 300 original research and review articles. He is the past editor-in-chief of the journal Gastroenterology. He served as President of the American Gastroenterological Association and was the recipient of its Julius Freidenwald Award in 2009. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Leon E. Salomon (USA, Retired) is currently working as an independent consultant. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Procurement and General Manager, Rubbermaid Procurement Services, Rubbermaid Incorporated where he oversaw the establishment and operation of the Rubbermaid Procurement Services division – a shared services activity that centrally sources, negotiates and procures over $1.4 million in material and services for the Rubbermaid Corporation. General Salomon also worked as Vice President, Procurement and Logistics at Rubbermaid where he oversaw the Corporate-wide procurement and logistics policies and programs for a $2.5 billion consumer products company. He chaired several corporation-wide councils for purchasing key commodities, freight and facility management and operating policies, and identified inherent inefficiencies and suboptimization of organizational structure that shattered underperforming purchasing paradigm and led to the phased creation of the Rubbermaid Procurement Services organization.

Prior to civilian life, General Salomon was the Commanding General of the United States Army Materiel Command and was the senior logistician in the Army. He oversaw daily operations for an organization of more than 70,000 people at 255 world-wide facilities, reengineered and streamlined the Army’s acquisitions programs through process improvement and process change, reduced acquisition lead-times 41% and inventories by more than $4 billion, oversaw the operational supply, maintenance and distribution programs for the Army, and developed and implemented plans to reduce more than 20,000 spaces in response to changing missions and financial realities.

General Salomon received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Florida, and an M.S. in logistics management from the School of Systems and Logistics at the U.S. Air Force Institute. He has served on the Army Science Board and was a member of the BAST Committee on Army After Next Logistics.

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Sciarretta is President of CNS Technologies, Inc., a company that consults on research and development, experimentation, modeling and simulation, management, and assessment of advanced information, sensor, and test technologies. He is also a consultant and the primary support to the Program Manager (PM), Test and Evaluation/Science and Technology (T&E/S&T) in the office of the Secretary of Defense; and an on-call subject matter expert (SME) for serving on an Independent Review Team (IRT) for assessing Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology technology programs.
He has served as experiment director of the Department of Defense’s Smart Sensor Web effort and as director of a demonstration of an integrated live-virtual-constructive simulation-based joint urban operations training environment. His current primary efforts included demonstrating networked sensor-information systems, assisting in the development of command and control (C2) systems for urban operations, assessing advanced information and test technologies, and identifying performance metrics for the Army’s Future Force Warrior and associated small-unit C2 systems. Mr. Sciarretta is also a retired Army officer.
Mr. Sciarretta has a B.S. degree in general engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, and dual M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and operations research from Stanford University. He previously served as a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Committees on Army Science and Technology for Homeland Defense: C4ISR; Review of the Department of Defense Air and Space Systems Science and Technology Program; Army Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technologies, and Making the Soldier Decisive on the Future Battlefields.

Jonathan M. Smith is the Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  Previously, he served as an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of CIS where he developed new protocol design paradigms in the “Protocol Boosters” project, and led the SwitchWare active networking effort, centered on the design of secure, high-performance programmable network infrastructures, based on a “Store-Translate-and-Forward” packet-switching model. Dr. Smith also developed new hardware and operating systems support for gigabit networking as part of the AURORA gigabit testbed project at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Smith also worked as a Program Manager, Information Processing Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and held positions as a Member of the Technical Staff at both Bell Communications Research and Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Dr. Smith received an A.B. in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Boston College; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University.
David A. Tirrell is the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. After earning a B.S. in Chemistry at MIT in 1974, Tirrell enrolled in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, where he was awarded the Ph.D. in 1978 for work done under the supervision of Otto Vogl. After a brief stay with Takeo Saegusa at Kyoto University, Tirrell accepted an assistant professorship in the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie-Mellon University in the fall of 1978. Tirrell returned to Amherst in 1984 and served as Director of the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts before moving to Caltech in 1998. He served as chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech from 1999 until 2009.

Dr. Tirrell’s contributions to macromolecular chemistry have been recognized by his election to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the Arthur C. Cope Scholar, Carl Marvel, Harrison Howe, S. C. Lind and Madison Marshall Awards of the American Chemical Society, as well as the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry. He holds the Chancellor’s Medal of the University of Massachusetts, the G. N. Lewis Medal of the University of California Berkeley, and the degree of Doctor honoris causa from the Technical University of Eindhoven.

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Michael A. Vane is currently an independent consultant. Previously, he was Group Vice President, Training and Intelligence Solutions, DynCorp International, a leader of approximately 5,000 employees globally serving areas of training, intelligence and special operations forces roles to DoD and DoS customers. General Vane has expertise in training and intelligence solutions with standards, certifications and delivery methods to meet customer needs. He managed multiple programs worth over $500 million annually for a diverse customer set. Prior to DynCorp, General Vane was an Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton where his responsibility was to advise in the capability area of Analytics in DoD markets – specifically working on requirements development, Live-Virtual-Training analysis to improve home station training, improved costing and readiness models, and institutional transformation.

Before retiring to civilian life, General Vane served as the Deputy Commanding General, Futures/Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) at the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). In his 36-year Army career, he has served as the Vice Director, J8, Force Structure, Resources and Assessments; Commanding General, U.S. Army Air Defense Center at Fort Bliss, TX; Deputy Chief of Staff for Doctrine, Concepts and Strategy at TRADOC; Commanding General 32nd Army Air and Missle Defense Command; and Director of Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Force Development.

General Vane received a B.S. in general engineering from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and an M.S. in systems technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

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Joseph Yakovac (USA, Retired) is President of JVM LLC, and joined The Cohen Group as a Senior Counselor in July 2008. General Yakovac retired from the United States Army in 2007, concluding 30 years of military service. His last assignment was Director of the Army Acquisition Corps and Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. In those roles, General Yakovac managed a dedicated team of military and civilian acquisition experts to make sure America’s soldiers received state-of-the-art critical systems and support across a full spectrum of Army operations. He also provided critical military insight to the Department of Defense senior civilian leadership on acquisition management, technological infrastructure development, and systems management. 

Yakovac also served as the Program Executive Officer, Ground Combat Systems; and Deputy for Systems Management and Horizontal Technology Integration.
After graduation from the U.S. Military Academy as West Point, he was commissioned in the infantry. He served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company and Battalion Commander in mechanized infantry units. General Yakovac earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder before returning to West Point as an Assistant Professor.  He is also a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He now teaches classes at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Defense Management College, and the Naval Post Graduate School.