the Air Force for Acquisition. Mr. Muellner is a highly decorated veteran who spent most of his career as a fighter pilot and fighter weapons instructor, test pilot and commander. He flew combat missions in Vietnam and commanded the Joint STARS deployment during Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Muellner holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in aeronautical systems management from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in engineering from California State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University. He also completed the Air War College and the Defense Systems Management College.
William P. Ard is senior vice president of the National Defense Division for Point One, Inc. He provides on-site senior level leadership and program support to the National Security Agency in the areas of corporate strategic planning, performance management, corporate governance processes, work role development, and alignment with intelligence community and Department of Defense processes and goals. Mr. Ard is currently involved in work supporting the national efforts to develop and employ cyber-related practices and resources. Before that, Mr. Ard served as the first director of workforce plans and resources for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, helping to develop the workforce structure and attributes needed to enable and support the 16 federal agencies that make up the intelligence community. Mr. Ard is a retired Brigadier General from the United States Air Force and last served as the director of manpower and organization at Air Force Headquarters where he oversaw the Air Force manpower, organization, and corporate performance management processes. He served in manpower and personnel positions at all levels of the Air Force throughout his career, as well as multiple command billets, culminating in wing command and Air Force Forces command in a Joint Task Force. Mr. Ard received a master of science degree in management from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama, as well as a bachelor of science degree in public administration from Virginia Tech. He is also a graduate of the national security management course at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and of the Industrial College of the armed forces.
James B. Armor, Jr. is currently owner and CEO of The Armor Group, LLC, VA, a consultant to industry and government for space systems development, operations, and strategic planning. Mr. Armor also serves on the Board of Integral Systems, Inc., and NAVSYS Corporation. He is an associate fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Major General Armor retired from the Air Force in 2008 as Director of the National Security Space Office (NSSO) of the Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for integrating and coordinating defense and intelligence space planning, acquisition, and operational activities. Before serving with NSSO, he was director of signals intelligence systems acquisition and operations at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), vice commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, and program director of the Global Positioning System (GPS) at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. General Armor was commissioned in 1973 through the ROTC program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He served as a combat crew missile launch officer, laser signal intelligence analyst, satellite launch system integrator, and space program manager. Mr. Armor trained as a space shuttle payload specialist, and studied information warfare while a research fellow at the National War College. He also served at the Air Force Headquarters in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations and in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.
Earl H. Dowell, NAE, is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is also an