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AFSPC welcomes new Chief Scientist and Technology Advisor

Posted 2/22/2010   Updated 2/22/2010 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 090210

2/22/2010 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  -- As of February 2010, Headquarters Air Force Space Command has a new member on the team; Dr. J. Douglas "Doug" Beason is the new chief scientist and technology advisor to the commander.

In this position, Doctor Beason will provide assessments and advice on all scientific and technical matters concerning cyberspace, satellites, launch vehicles, and space research and development programs that affect the command mission.

"As a critical member of the AFSPC team, Doctor Beason will help us achieve our vision to be the leading source of emerging and integrated space and cyberspace capabilities," said Gen. C. Robert Kehler, AFSPC commander.

General Kehler has officially delegated Doctor Beason the authority to guide the scientific and technical program activities within the command, while also building relationships with military partners, government entities, industry, academia and the international community so that AFSPC can stay one step ahead in the national security environment and continue to provide advanced capabilities to the warfighter.

"I am incredibly excited to take on this position," Doctor Beason said. "It offers me the ability to advise the commander of how science and technology can mold the future of AFSPC, which has great potential for extensive advancement."

In his own words, Doctor Beason said he has two top tasks in his new role.

First, he will "cast a net widely" in the world of science and technology to equip AFSPC with world class capabilities. Doctor Beason plans to keep AFSPC science and technology growing in both an "evolutionary" and "revolutionary" way in order to maintain superiority in the already-existing programs, and also "make a right turn into new capabilities" when the opportunity presents itself.

Secondly, Doctor Beason is tasked by General Kehler to own the space and cyberspace research and development prioritization for AFSPC. In order to do so, he plans to work extensively with the AFSPC Director of Requirements so that they see eye-to-eye and can collaborate efforts on the path for the way ahead.

In order to be successful in his endeavors, Doctor Beason has laid out three short-term goals.

1) Over the next 90 days, develop an engagement strategy with the outside science and technology world. This plan will help ensure that he has the right advice and resources available, not just in the military world, but also from other government entities, industry, academia, and the international community when he needs them in the future.

2) Collaborate with the chief scientists from other major commands, specifically Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, the new Air Force Global Strike Command, and the Chief Scientist of the Air Force to promote cross-domain integration and maximize capabilities to the warfighter across all mission areas.

3) Establish a "visionary group" of space professionals and futurists who will meet periodically to identify any overlooked capabilities or scientific advancements. This, along with accomplishing his other two short-term goals, will help ensure he is equipped with the cutting edge science and technology information and resources for the long-term.

Thinking long-term, Doctor Beason is careful not to set any definitive end for his space and cyberspace research and development process, other than consistently providing the commander and his staff with the best advice possible.

"We must strive for a long-term continuum of advancement," he said. "Space forces must have an unassailable edge over the adversary and we can't be content with not continually bringing in the best science and technology to increase our ability to win war... after all, it's our job."

Doctor Beason knows the Air Force job well. He is a 24-year veteran, retiring from the Air Force as a colonel.

A Fellow of the American Physical Society, he comes to AFSPC with over 30 years of research and development experience, from basic research to cross-disciplinary, applied-science national security programs. He served as the key White House staffer for space at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, worked on a Vice Presidential Commission to promote travel to the moon and Mars, and served on numerous review boards, including the USAF Science Advisory Board and the United Kingdom's Atomic Weapons Establishment Threat Reduction Review Board.

Prior to accepting the position here, Doctor Beason was the associate laboratory director (threat reduction) and field intelligence element director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M., where he was responsible for all space, defense, intelligence, nonproliferation, and homeland security programs that reduced the global threat of weapons of mass destruction.

Despite his distinguished career, Doctor Beason has also found time to author more than 100 publications, including referred and technical reports, popular science articles, short fiction, and 13 books, one of which, "DoD Science and Technology: Strategy for the post-Cold War," was used at National War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Air War College.

He also raised two daughters with his wife, Cindy, of 31 years.

While at AFSPC, Doctor Beason not only plans to share his scientific and technical experience, but also his vast military and civilian life experience by teaming up with Ms. Chris Puckett, AFSPC director of installations and logistics, to mentor young professionals in their careers.

"We have a need for technical warriors," Doctor Beason said and wants to do his best to provide opportunities and advice to those who can shape the future of space and cyberspace.

Given Doctor Beason's great aspirations, General Kehler is excited for such a positive addition to the command.

"We welcome Doctor Beason to the AFSPC family," said General Kehler. "You can expect him to reach out to your organization to share information and ensure future mission success."

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