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Joint Reserve Directorate (JRD)

Since 2006, the Joint Reserve Directorate (JRD) has enhanced OSD operations and decision-making by providing Research and Engineering leaders with expertise not traditionally available to the DoD.

Our Mission is to provide timely, relevant, impactful information to USD(R&E) leaders to ensure awareness of emerging and innovative concepts, technologies, strategies, and practices important to USD(R&E) priorities.

With the vision to be an indispensable provider of insights critical to guaranteeing our nation’s technological edge.


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Areas of Expertise: Space & ground systems & acquisition; Mathematics & statistics; Economic Policy; Entrepreneurship
Military Experience: Varied positions including program manager, general’s staff, researcher, chief analyst, U.S. Air Force Academy instructor, and technical director
Civilian Background: Technical director in the Space Superiority Systems Directorate at Los Angeles AFB, responsible for technical and programmatic aspects of several counterspace programs. Real-estate/restaurant entrepreneur.
Education: BS, Mathematics, Wheaton College; MA, Mathematics/Statistics, Univ. of Montana, Missoula; MA & PhD, Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School, CA


Areas of Expertise: Cyber, communications, information technology & systems, business operations, space & missiles programs, computer science, systems engineering, software management & product development
Military Experience: Chief of maintenance & fielding, 66th Comms Squadron; PM for numerous C4 systems (Hanscom); SAF-CIO Network Ops (Pentagon); Chief of GPS Cyber Security (SMC); Dep Div Chief C4(INDOPACOM J6)
Civilian Background: Vice President of Space and Missile Systems (Celeris Systems); Previously – IT Director of Quality (Avery Denison); Director of IT at nationally known legal firm
Education: BS, Computer Engineering, Penn. State Univ., MS Business Administration, Univ. of MD, College Park


Areas of Expertise: Innovation Research, Intelligence Community – Collections, Analysis & Operations, GEOINT Automation, Spanish & Russian linguist, Counterintelligence & Interrogation
Military Experience: 75th Innovation Command liaison to DARPA, DIU, & JRD; Previous – Ops Officer at Nat’l Intel Support Group (DIA, NSA, NGIC, Dept. of State); Intel Analyst – NGIC & Kosovo Team Chief at Joint Analysis Center (UK); Watch/Targeting Officer for SOCOM; Linguist – 377th Intel Battalion & Operation Joint Safe Haven, Panama
Civilian Background: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) – R&D Manager and liaison to Agency’s Office of Special Programs. Lead for technology transition, placing research projects into operations
Education: BA, Russian Language, Florida State Univ. MS, Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence Univ.


Areas of Expertise: VC; Tech startups / entrepreneurship; Advanced manufacturing; Power & energy storage; Materials
Military Experience: Active duty armor/cavalry units platoon to brigade level; Reserve duty as strategic analyst (DIA), CJCS J2 staff, Division Deputy G3, Division G5, Battalion-level commander, Chief Innovation Officer, and Group Director supporting Army Futures Command
Civilian Background: Partner at a venture capital fund, tech and investment lead with In-Q-Tel, multi-time tech entrepreneur, SETA with DARPA I2O, 25 issued US patents primarily in chemical production and catalysis
Education: BA, Environmental Engineering, Dartmouth College; MS, Materials Science, Columbia Univ.; MA, International Finance and Energy Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)


Areas of Expertise: Underwater Acoustics; Oceanography; Maritime Surveillance; Non-traditional underwater sensor development; Bioacoustics; Sea-testing; Unmanned underwater vehicles
Military Experience: Antenna Engineer, AFRL Sensors (Wright-Patterson); Combat ID Program Manager (Hanscom); Research Liaison, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Arlington)
Civilian Background: Director of Science & Technology, Sensors & SONAR Systems Dept., Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI. Acoustic research and testing. Previously – Coast Guard R&D Center.
Education: BS, Electrical Eng., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MS & PhD, Ocean Eng., Univ. of Rhode Island


Areas of Expertise: Alt PNT; Image Analysis; Radar; Tech startups; Rapid Acquisitions; DevOps Testing
Military Experience: Several tours as Navigations Engineer and Program Manager at AFRL (WPAFB) in addition to working at the Research & Engineering Group (Ft Meade, MD) in similar technology areas.
Civilian Background: President of independent contracting firm. Test Lead supporting AF’s effort for precise navigation solutions in GPS denied environments. System Engineer Lead for Joint ACAT 1 Program Office
Education: BS, Electrical Engineering, Northeastern Univ.; MS Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, MS Strategic Intelligence, National Defense Intelligence College.


Areas of Expertise: Venture Capital; Tech startups; ISR; Special Operations Forces; Cyber; Image Analysis
Military Experience: Several tours as a Research Engineer and Program Manager at AFRL (Hanscom & Wright-Patterson) in areas of image processing, next-generation ISR, supporting direct & future operations. Supported USCYBERCOM’s reach into Silicon Valley and the standup of the Defense Innovation Unit
Civilian Background: Principal at a venture capital firm. Previously – PM in Technology Development & Planning, Rapid Prototyping and Innovation, Special Programs, and Counter-IED/Irregular Warfare
Education: BS & MS, Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Virginia; MBA, Boston College


Areas of Expertise: Space situational awareness; Small satellites; Optical systems; Orbital mechanics; Rendezvous and proximity operations; Data centers
Military Experience: Science and research positions R&D program management, and experimental small satellite operations within AFRL (RV & RD) and NRO/AS&T
Civilian Background: General Manager/SVP at a publicly-traded data center real estate company. Responsible for the initialization, strategy, and operations for a new business unit in a fast growing industry. Strategy/management consultant at a major firm focused on a variety of industries and functional areas
Education: BS Math and BS Physics, USAFA. SM Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT


Areas of Expertise: Plasma physics & modeling; radiation transport; particle beams; plasma and gas chemical kinetics; plasma material interactions; terahertz explosives detection; electronic warfare; HPM and laser devices; field emission emitters and electron guns
Military Experience: Electronic Warfare M&S Analyst (Offutt); Electronic Warfare M&S Physicist (Eglin); Deputy Chief, HPM Effects and Modeling, AFRL Directed Energy (Kirtland), Staff Scientist, USSTRATCOM/J92 (Offutt)
Civilian Background: Plasma Physicist in defense-related technologies. International Program Officer at Air Force Office of Scientific Research, European Office Aerospace Research & Development
Education: BS, Physics, US Air Force Academy; MS & PhD, General Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Tech.


Areas of Expertise: Tech startups; VC; Space & ground sys & acq; Immersive Tech leveraging AI/ML; Entrepreneurship
Military Experience: Platform Integration Manager for Wideband Global SATCOM; Acq Officer for C2 Systems, LA AFB; CAG Chief & Biz Ops Lead for MILSATCOM; Assistant Professor for Tech Innovation at USAF Academy.
Civilian Background: Chief Operations Officer (COO) for immersive technology and AI company in NYC (Moth+Flame). Previously CFO at venture back food tech startup (FoodMaven), co-founder of mobile x-ray company for preventative health (BodySpec), & co-founder of e-com retail business. Lead VC analyst for CO’s largest Angel invest group (RVC).
Education: BS, Management, U.S. Air Force Academy; MS, Information Technology, Florida Tech; MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship, UCLA Anderson School of Management


Areas of Expertise: Offensive/defensive Cyberspace Operations; Software security and assurance; Autonomy, Command and Control; Kinetic/non-kinetic integration; Information Warfare
Military Experience: Technology Integration lead at the AFRL Information Directorate. Chief Engineer for Defensive Cyber Operations. Instrumental in establishing Air Force’s Cyberspace Weapon Systems
Civilian Background: Liaison between the AFRL Information Directorate and Air Forces Cyber. Works collaboratively across research, acquisition, operations, and intelligence communities to accelerate technology transition. Previous – Refinery process engineer for petrochemical industry
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, Drexel Univ.; ME, Engineering Management, Univ. of Louisville.


Areas of Expertise: Autonomy; Cloud-based software acquisitions and operations; Economic policy; International security cooperation, especially U.S. relations with Latin America
Military Experience: Most recently with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU); previous experience as an acquisitions program manager, as well as a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) for Latin America with tours in Colombia & Honduras
Civilian Background: Diplomat with U.S. Department of State focused on economic matters such as investment, finance, and technology, currently serving in Mexico. Previously worked at HubSpot, an international B2B software firm based in Cambridge, MA, as Senior Manager for strategy and operations
Education: BS, Management, U.S. Air Force Academy; MSc, International Political Economy, The London School of Economics; MBA, Harvard Business School.


Areas of Expertise: Hypersonic & Ballistic Missiles; IC; Nuclear Weapons; Weapon Systems Survivability & Lethality; Space & Missile Propulsion; Program Protection
Military Experience: Missile System Analyst at DIA/Missile & Space IC (Ballistic, Hypersonic, & BMD); Rocket Propulsion Test Engineer at AFRL (Edwards); Flight Test Engineer at AF Flight Test Center (Edwards)
Civilian Background: Intelligence, Program Protection, and Security Deputy Branch Head at US Navy Strategic Systems requirements, analysis, advanced capabilities, and operations; R&D, and V&V
Education: BS, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, VMI; MBA, Webster Univ.; MSE Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins Univ.; Cert, Cryogenics Engineering, CO School of Mines; Cert, Hypersonics, Univ. of Queensland


Areas of Expertise: Unmanned aircraft systems; Systems engineering & product development; Entrepreneurship
Military Experience: Developmental engineer. Active duty positions include weapon design engineer at AFRL, AFIT student, and lead test engineer for the ICBM Fuze modernization program at AF Nuclear Weapons Center. Reserve duty to present has included assistant branch chief and UAS SME at AFRL Munitions Directorate.
Civilian Background: President/CEO of an unmanned aircraft startup engineering industrial aircraft platforms. Advisor to the California State University Aviation program for the establishment of new unmanned aircraft curricula.
Education: BS, Systems Engineering, US Air Force Academy; MS, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology.


Areas of Expertise: Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Signal Processing; Research and Acquisition; Electronic Hardware Design; Entrepreneurship
Military Experience: Technical manager at AFRL sensors directorate, executive officer AFRL headquarters, combat damage forensic engineer
Civilian Background: Machine learning advisor at Riverside Research responsible for advising and prototyping AI/ML insertion opportunities for DoD and IC customers. Owner of an electrical engineering design and consulting business.
Education: BS, Electrical Engineering, Northern Arizona University; MS, Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence, Air Force Institute of Technology.