Board of Regents

Christopher J. Bowie, Ph.D.
Northrop Grumman Analysis Center
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Christopher J. Bowie, Ph.D., Director, Northrop Grumman Analysis Center

Trained as a historian, Dr. Bowie holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from Oxford University. He joined the RAND Corporation in 1981 as a member of the technical staff, where he worked on nuclear bomber operations, aerial refueling concepts, fighter employment operations, and a variety of air power doctrine and strategy issues. Dr. Bowie left RAND to serve as a member of the Secretary of the Air Force’s personal staff from 1989-1991. Following this assignment, Dr. Bowie returned to RAND, where he served as Associate Director of the National Security Studies program.

In 1994, Dr. Bowie joined Northrop Grumman, where he held a variety of management positions at the B-2 Division, Air Combat Systems, Integrated Systems, and Corporate.

In 2002, the Air Force selected him for the Senior Executive Service to serve as the Deputy Director for Strategic Planning, Headquarters, United States Air Force. In that capacity, Dr. Bowie helped develop future USAF force structure plans, force structure planning tools, Air Force advocacy and outreach products, divestiture contingency planning, space policy, and a variety of other key long-range planning issues.

Dr. Bowie rejoined Northrop Grumman in February 2005, where he has worked cost-effectiveness and policy analyses of a wide array of issues, including aerial refueling, long-range strike, and unmanned systems.
Joseph L. Driskill
Military Advocate
State of Missouri
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Joseph. L. Driskill, Military Advocate, State of Missouri

Joe Driskill is the Military Advocate for the State of Missouri. On behalf of the Missouri Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (MMPEC), the position leads Missouri’s efforts to coordinate state and local actions to preserve and expand Missouri’s military installations, missions and agencies; improve the quality of life and opportunities for Service members and their families; and to support and enhance the state’s defense industries. The Military Advocate serves as the liaison between state and federal branches of government and provides enhanced communication to Missouri government leaders and installation communities. Governor Jay Nixon (D) nominated Joe as Missouri’s first Military Advocate. The Missouri Senate confirmed Joe to serve a six-year term of office ending in 2022.

As a part of his Military Advocate responsibilities, Driskill serves as President of the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), the preeminent national organization that unites the diverse interests of communities, state governments, the private sector and all services of the military on issues of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), community-military partnerships, mission growth and sustainment, and support for military families and veterans.

Driskill previously served as executive director of the Leonard Wood Institute at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, a community-installation support organization located on the installation; cabinet-level director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, serving in the administrations of three Governors; executive director of the Missouri Technology Corporation; and a Governor-appointed member of the State Board of Education. Joe served as a state representative from southern Missouri for 10 years. He obtained his master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri.
Robert J. Elder, Jr.
Lieutenant General
US Air Force (Retired)
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bert J. “Bob” Elder, Jr., Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Retired)

General Elder joined the George Mason University faculty as a research professor with the Volgenau School of Engineering following his retirement from military service as the Commander of 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Strike Component. He currently conducts research in the areas of command and control, assured communications, strategic stability and deterrence, competition-cooperation management, and international actor decision-making. General Elder served as the Central Command Air Forces Deputy Commander for Operation Enduring Freedom, Air Operations Center Commander and Deputy Air Component Commander for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Commandant of the Air War College. He was the first commander of Air Force Network Operations and led the development of the cyberspace mission for the Air Force. He received his Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Detroit.
Garrett Harencak
Major General, US Air Force (Retired)
Vice President and Deputy Program Manager, Jacobs
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Garrett “Sack” Harencak, Major General, US Air Force (Retired), Vice President and Deputy Program Manager, Jacobs

Garrett Harencak joined the Jacobs leadership team in 2018 upon retiring from the US Air Force and has been engaged in several strategic activities for our Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear (ATN) line of business. General Harencak enjoyed a distinguished career with the USAF prior to joining Jacobs. He has flown and commanded B-52, B-1 and B-2 units and the USAF Nuclear Weapons Center. His previous assignments include serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C., and at the time of his retirement, he was Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and holds Master of Science degrees from Abilene Christian University, Texas and Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. He is aslo a graduate of the Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C., and Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Mass.
Laura Bukkosy Hooks, Ph.D.
Vice President, Strategic Systems
General Dynamics Mission Systems
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Laura Bukkosy Hooks, Ph.D., Vice President, Strategic Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Dr. Laura Hooks is the vice president of the strategic systems business area within the Maritime & Strategic Systems business of General Dynamics Mission Systems. Strategic systems provides strategic warfare systems solutions to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Dr. Hooks oversees and manages the execution of multi-discipline design and production teams for the launch control system of submarine launched nuclear ballistic missiles. Dr. Hooks holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s of science and doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was recognized as the Large Business Innovation and Leadership Woman of Innovation in 2014 by the Connecticut Technology Council and holds two patents.
Brenda Brown Hunter
Program Manager
National Aeronautics and
Space Administration
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Brenda Brown Hunter, Program Manager, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Brenda Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Alabama State University in 1983, and a professional MBA at the University of Tennessee in 2006. Hunter has more than 30 years’ experience in program management, leadership, auditing, and strategic relations. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, Six Sigma Black Belt Champion, and a Behavior-Based Safety Observer. Hunter’s professional career began in 1983 as an auditor/investigator with the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). In 1986, Brenda accepted a position with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), working through the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as a fraud examiner/auditor. Hunter left the position with the OIG in 1994 to work with the State of Tennessee as an auditor and with the Bechtel Jacobs Company as assistant controller. In 2000, Hunter accepted an assignment through Bechtel/SAIC (Yucca Mountain Project). In 2001, Brenda accepted a position with B&W Y-12, as manager of the Administrative Services department. In 2003, Hunter was promoted as the B&W Y-12 Internal Audit division manager. In 2009, Hunter competed and was selected to serve in Washington as the National Nuclear Security Administration Headquarters liaison for Y-12, where she coordinated all flow of information regarding Y-12 nuclear security operations to NNSA and Department of Defense officials and the U.S. Congress. She then served as Science Advisor in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs, where she assisted in directing the Stockpile Stewardship Program. Hunter served as the U.S./U.K. Plants liaison at NNSA Headquarters.

Currently, Hunter is the Program Manager for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration security contract. She manages operations at both the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL and at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA.

Hunter also serves on the board of directors for the Knoxville Opera, Historical Tennessee Theatre, Men of Tomorrow, Club LeConte and a Paul Harris fellow of the Arlington County Rotary Club. She is a former board member of the Girl Scouts of America (Tanasi Council). In 2008, she received the YWCA Tribute to Women in Business and Government Award. In 2011, Hunter participated in a Women’s Leadership China Delegation. Hunter currently serves on the Board of Regents for the Strategic Deterrent Coalition and as the President Pro Tempro of the Alabama State University Board of Trustees.
Albert H. Konetzni, Jr.
Vice Admiral
US Navy (Retired)
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Albert H. Konetzni, Jr., Vice Admiral, US Navy (Retired)

A career Nuclear Submariner, Admiral Konetzni has successfully commanded at all levels and has extensive experience in strategic planning, financial and personnel management, engineering, innovation, foreign affairs, leadership, and lecturing. Admiral Konetzni holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Personnel Administration from George Washington University and has coauthored the book Command at Sea. Admiral Konetzni retired from active duty on September 1, 2004.

Admiral Konetzni was employed by the Washington Division of URS as President of West Valley Environmental Services LLC from May of 2006 to May of 2009. At West Valley, New York, he built an extremely strong and effective team of employees, contractors, Department of Energy, and New York State regulators. As a result, significant progress has been made toward the cleanup of nuclear waste at the West Valley site.

Admiral Konetzni was employed by Energy Solutions as Sr. Vice President of Federal Services Eastern Operations from June 2009 until May 2010. He served as Vice President, Strategic Business Programs and General Manager, Marine Services Division for Oceaneering International, Incorporated from September 2010 to May of 2016 when he retired.
John Michael Loh
US Air Force (Retired)
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John Michael Loh, General, US Air Force (Retired)

General John Michael Loh culminated his thirty five year Air Force career in July 1995. He served as the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff in 1990-91 during the first Gulf war. He then served as commander of Tactical Air Command in 1991-92, and the first commander of Air Combat Command from 1992-95. He also served as commander of Aeronautical Systems Center in 1988-90 responsible for directing the research, development and acquisition of all Air Force aircraft and aircraft systems. General Loh spent his active duty career in both the combat operations mission area flying primarily fighter aircraft, and in the operational requirements, development and acquisition mission areas of the Air Force. General Loh was an experienced fighter pilot with more than 4,300 flying hours and 200 combat missions in the F-4 Phantom in the Vietnam War.

General Loh has served on the National Security Advisory Panel of the Sandia National Laboratory dealing with nuclear weapons matters, strategic and extended deterrence, and nuclear non-proliferation. Currently, General Loh is the President of the consulting company he founded in 1995, JML & Associates Inc., serving as consultants to the senior management of leading aerospace and defense corporations, and the Air Force.

He is a Founding Director of the Air Force Academy Endowment, and serves as a trustee of the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Class of 1960, and earned a master’s degree in Aeronautics from MIT in 1973. He is also a graduate of the Air War College, Class of 1978.
Richard W. Mies
US Navy (Retired)
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Richard W. Mies, Admiral, US Navy (Retired)

Admiral Mies completed a distinguished 35-year career in the US Navy. He commanded US Strategic Command for four years prior to retirement. As Commander in Chief, he was directly responsible for the command and control of the Nation’s strategic nuclear forces supporting the national security objective of strategic deterrence. A distinguished scholar and athlete, he graduated first in his class with highest honors from the U. S. Naval Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in mechanical engineering and mathematics. An intercollegiate wrestling champion and an all-conference lightweight football player, he was awarded the Thompson Trophy for contributing the most to the promotion of athletics at the Naval Academy. He has completed post-graduate education at Oxford University, England, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Harvard University. He holds a Masters degree in government administration and international relations; he also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of Nebraska and was honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Academy. His professional education includes the Flag Officers’ Capstone course, the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University, and the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting course.

Following retirement from the Navy, Admiral Mies served as a Senior Vice President and Deputy Group President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hicks and Associates, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of SAIC. He presently serves as the CEO and President of The Mies Group, LTD. Admiral Mies served as the Chairman of the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2004-2010 and Chairman of the Boards of the Navy Mutual Aid Association from 2003-2011 and the Naval Submarine League from 2007-2016. He presently serves as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for US Strategic Command, Vice Chairman of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, and is a member of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences, the Board of Governors of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Board of Directors of Exelon Corporation, the US Naval Academy Foundation, and the US Naval Institute. He also serves on numerous other advisory boards.
Scott Pingsterhaus
Director, Business Development
Training & Mission Solutions and Systems
Collins Aerospace
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Scott Pingsterhaus, Director, Business Development, Training & Mission Solutions, Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace

Scott Pingsterhaus leads Business Development for the Training & Mission Solutions based in Richardson, Texas. In this role, Pingsterhaus is responsible for leading the portfolio’s marketing and sales organization. Training & Mission Solutions is a major segment of the company’s Mission Systems business, including Simulation and Training, Mission Solutions such as Strategic Command and Control, Unmanned Air Systems, Joint Fires/Electronic Warfare Solutions, Thermal and Electronics Systems, and Ejection Seats and associated Propulsion Solutions. Previously, Pingsterhaus served as Director of Strategic Command and Control (C2) programs. In this position, he was responsible for the company’s business delivering mission systems in the areas of Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3), VLF/LF based solutions and senior leader communications including the company’s role for the E-6B platform.

Since joining the company in 1992, he has served in a variety of positions in strategy, program management, business development, and engineering in the company’s Government Systems and Commercial Systems businesses.

Pingsterhaus earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Electronics from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.
John (JR) Robinson
Chief of Staff, Defense, Space and Security Govt. Operations
The Boeing Company
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John (JR) Robinson , Chief of Staff, Defense, Space and Security Government Operations, The Boeing Company

John Robinson is the Chief of Staff, Defense, Space and Security, Government Operations. In this role, he interfaces with the direct reports to the VP Defense, Space & Security and will coordinate all actions in support of the VP’s strategy regarding Boeing programs. He acts as the director for an organization of 28 employees that works collaboratively across Government Operations. This position requires knowledge, insight and thorough understanding of Boeing products, services and capabilities and how these may best be considered by the Department of the Defense. He also works hand in hand with Boeing legislative, third party, state and local, communications and international teammates. Prior to this role he was the Director of Air Force integration where he was responsible for aligning Boeing strategy with the customer’s needs and wants in the development of business campaigns and developing strategies and opportunities for new business with U.S. Government customers to include supporting international campaigns.

Prior to joining Boeing in August 2011, John served 26 years in the USAF. His last position was Division Chief for budget analysis and development at Headquarters Air Force, where he led multi-year budget planning for a $31.8 billion portfolio for thirty critical programs, which comprise the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise. He also served as the Vice Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. In that position, equivalent to a Chief Operating Officer, John led the training, maintenance and operations of the nation’s only Stealth Bomber wing. Earlier in his Air Force career, John served as Commander, 20th Bomb Squadron where he managed an Air Force B-52 squadron with an annual operating budget of $31 million and 370+ personnel.

John holds a BS in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a masters degree in national security strategy from the National War College.
Dr. Gregory F. Simonson
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Livermore, CA
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Dr. Gregory F. Simonson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA

Dr. Simonson is a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), supporting the Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate and LLNL’s new Office of Defense Coordination. He has recently returned to Livermore following special assignment to Air Force headquarters in the Office of Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration in the Pentagon, where he worked on several strategic topics, including nuclear certification, hardening and survivability of Air Force platforms, as well as a broad collaboration in national security with the United Kingdom.

Prior to this duty he served as Special Scientific Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters. In this role he provided technical advice on issues pertaining to the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. He was also responsible for developing a DoD science and technology plan for countering weapons of mass destruction worldwide. Dr. Simonson was also a liaison to the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and to partners in the United Kingdom. Prior to his service in the DoD, Dr. Simonson served as Chief Science Advisor in the Office of Defense Programs at the NNSA. He assisted the Deputy Administrator in directing the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which is responsible for maintaining the safety, security, and reliability of the Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile at NNSA’s eight sites. Dr. Simonson also served as Science Advisor to the Commander of the Air Force District of Washington, at Andrews AFB. Employed at LLNL since 1983, he has experience in first principles calculations of nuclear weapons effects and he has led large programs in nonproliferation, counterproliferation, sensor system development, systems analysis and battlefield simulations.

He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in astronomy and has various additional degrees in physics and music performance. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Medal and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the author of numerous publications in astronomy, nuclear weapons effects and high-power laser experiments.
Stanley Szemborski
Vice Admiral
US Navy (Retired)
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Stanley “Stan” Szemborski, Vice Admiral, US Navy (Retired)

Vice Admiral Szemborski has served in Senior Strategic Planning and Financial Management positions both in and out of government including Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Northrop Grumman Corporation and Principal Deputy Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation for the Secretary of Defense. As Principal Deputy Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Stan led the 150-person team known since the 1960s as “McNamara’s Whiz Kids.” In this role, he conducted critical analysis of alternative force structures, cost-effective weapons systems and operational readiness, and oversaw the entire $3 trillion Future Year Defense Plan. Known for integrity, evenhandedness and an ability to get things done, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld awarded Stan the Department of Defense Distinguished Service.

Stan served 36 years in the United States Navy, rising to the rank of Vice Admiral and received the Navy’s Distinguished Service Medal by the Chief of Naval Operations. He commanded the nuclear-powered submarines USS Chicago and USS Houston, and later as Commander of Submarine Squadron Four in Charleston, South Carolina, was responsible for 3,000 people and $15 billion in assets.

Stan remains engaged in the Navy and the affairs of his fellow seamen, serving on the board of the Navy Mutual Aid Association (NMAA), a nonprofit with more than $27 billion in insurance policies, and previously served on the board of the Naval Submarine League. He also previously served on the board of Austal, USA. Stan graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy and earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Everett H. Thomas
Major General, US Air Force (Retired)
Advanced Strategic Programs and ICBM & Strategic Systems
Lockheed Martin Corporation 
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Everett H. Thomas, Major General, US Air Force (Retired), Advanced Strategic Programs and ICBM & Strategic Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Thomas leads an organization of approximately 600 employees in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and Hill Air Force Base, Utah, who support the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) program (Minuteman III), Long Range Strike Option (next generation cruise missile), and Advanced Concept development (hypervelocity projectiles).

Ev previously served in the Air Force for more than 30 years and was responsible for overseeing ICBM development activities, operations and sustainment. His assignments included vice commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

He holds master’s degrees in national security strategy from the U.S. Naval War College and in industrial safety and business management from Central Missouri University, as well as a bachelor’s in environmental health from Mississippi Valley State University.
Pete Trainer
Vice President and General Manager
Air and Space Force Solutions
BAE Systems, Inc.

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Pete Trainer, Director, Vice President and General Manager, Air and Space Force Solutions, BAE Systems, Inc.

Pete Trainer currently serves as the Vice President and General Manager of the Air and Space Force Solutions business area within the Intelligence & Security (I&S) sector of BAE Systems, Inc. At BAE Systems, he leads a business unit that provides the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, and combatant commands with innovative solutions to help modernize, maintain, test, and cyber-harden aircraft, radars, missile, and space systems. His group also creates mission applications that detect and deter threats to national security.

Pete joined BAE Systems in May 2018, after overseeing business development, management, and strategy for SAIC’s $220 million Air Force Operations business. Prior to that role, he served as Vice President and Sector Director of the Defense Services Sector at Scitor Corporation.

Pete served 30 years in the Air Force on active duty and in the reserves. Career highlights include duty in Satellite C2, as USSPACECOM’s Space Control Lead, and an assignment to the Air Force’s Legislative Liaison staff, advocating for space, intelligence, and missile programs to Congress. Mr. Trainer served on the Space Exploitation team that stood up the nation’s Blue Force Tracking capabilities in response to the attack on 9/11. His military career culminated at the rank of Colonel, in the role of the Senior Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office.

He is honored to serve as Chair of the Board of Advisors for The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also the Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors (EXCOM) of The Space Foundation, the past President (current Director) of National Space Club Foundation, and the past First Vice President of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veteran Services Foundation.

Pete holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from The Citadel and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Air War College.
Dr. Christopher Yeaw
Research Director, Nuclear Programs
National Strategic Research Institute
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Dr. Christopher Yeaw, Research Director, Nuclear Programs, National Strategic Research Institute

Dr. Christopher Yeaw is the Research Director for Nuclear Programs at the National Strategic Research Institute, U.S. Strategic Command’s University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Led by the University of Nebraska, NSRI leads and leverages collaborative efforts with other academic institutions, National Laboratories, FFRDCs, other UARCs, and non-profit organizations. NSRI’s goal is to responsively and enduringly support the government in successfully executing the nuclear and counter-WMD missions with world class research & analysis. The Nuclear Programs Directorate collaborates across the entire range of nuclear issues: deterrence policies, threat analysis, weapons design, strategic materials, NC3, war gaming, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and education. Immediately prior to his appointment at NSRI, Dr. Yeaw was the National Nuclear Security Administration's Senior Policy Advisor for Defense Programs, having served as the Department of Energy's lead official in the development and rollout of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. Formerly, he was the founder and director of the Center for Assurance, Deterrence, Escalation, and Nonproliferation Science & Education (CADENSE), a nuclear weapon think tank at the Louisiana Tech Research Institute. From 2010-2015, Dr. Yeaw served as the first Chief Scientist of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).

Dr. Yeaw began his career in 1996 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a lead missile defense engineer following his graduation with a doctorate in nuclear engineering and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Next, he served as a lead nuclear weapons technical intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency. After his tenure at DIA, Dr. Yeaw served as the Principal Advisor for Nuclear Matters to the Assistant Secretary for Verification and Compliance, during which he was a member of the first special diplomatic mission to Libya and led the initiation of the dismantlement of the Libyan covert nuclear weapons program. He then served as the Chief Scientist of the Department of Energy's Office of Intelligence. Finally, prior to his AFGSC assignment, he was an Associate Professor and Director of the Mahan Scholars Research Program at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he also founded the STRATCOM-sponsored Deterrence & Escalation Game and Review (DEGRE) nuclear war game series.