to represent the Patrol Aircraft Engineering Division at the Naval Air Systems Command. He returned to Burbank, Calif., in 1986 and was promoted to engineering program manager for P-3C Orion programs. In 1988, he was reassigned to lead the preliminary design and EMD team responsible for the development of aircraft subsystems for the P-7 maritime patrol aircraft. In 1990, he returned to the Washington, D.C., area for a second tour in the company’s Arlington, Va., office, again working with the Maritime Patrol Engineering office at the Naval Air Systems Command. In 1991, Mr. Blakely transferred to Lockheed Aeronautics in Marietta, Ga., assuming responsibility for all of the company’s International Maritime Patrol Aircraft Engineering programs. In 1996, he was selected to lead the C-130J systems verification and flight test team and played a significant technical leadership role in civil certification of the new 382J and development and testing of the C-130J military configuration. He was subsequently promoted to chief systems engineer and, ultimately, chief engineer for C-130 programs. In August 2000, Mr. Blakely was promoted to the position of vice president as the deputy for engineering for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. In this role, he was involved with the consolidation of engineering operations, personnel, processes, and tools at the new company’s three sites into a single organization. The next few years also included several special technical leadership assignments on both the C-130J Program and the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program. He was selected as Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company vice president for engineering in the spring of 2003. In January 2004, he joined the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) executive leadership team on special assignment as the technical director for the JSF Development Program. While he was on this assignment, the program plan and strategy were restructured, and the preliminary design configuration and arrangement of the aircraft went through a substantial design iteration to reduce weight and improve operational suitability. Mr. Blakely received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.
Natalie W. Crawford, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. Immediately prior to this position, from 1997 to 2006, she held the position of vice president of the RAND Corporation and director of Project AIR FORCE (PAF). It was her responsibility to ensure that the research agenda of PAF addressed problems of greatest enduring importance to the Air Force, and that the research was of the highest possible quality and responsiveness. She has worked at the RAND Corporation for more than 40 years and has deep, substantive technical and operational knowledge and experience in areas such as conventional weapons, attack and surveillance avionics, fighter and bomber aircraft performance, aircraft survivability, electronic combat, theater missile defense, force modernization, space systems and capabilities, and non-kinetic operations. She has been a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board since 1988, and served as its vice chair in 1990 and its co-chair from 1996