foreign relations, international development and homeland security. He also served as the executive director of the National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security. Dr Stewart is an adjunct assistant professor of national security affairs with The John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State. In September 2006, the United States Senate confirmed President George W. Bush’s nomination of Dr. Stewart to serve a four-year appointment as a member of the National Security Education Board. This group directs the National Security Education Program, establish in law in 1991 to promote national security through the study of international issues and languages. Before his appointment at Ohio State, he served for 34 years with the United States Air Force. His military career included numerous command and staff assignments in positions responsible for strategic planning, combat engineering and installation management, including infrastructure design and construction, installation operation and maintenance, and environmental protection at Air Force bases in the United States and around the world. While on active duty, he also served as an associate professor of management at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He retired from active service in April 2002 as a major general. General Stewart’s academic education includes a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University, a master of science degree in engineering administration from Southern Methodist University, and a doctor of philosophy degree in management from the University of Nebraska. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College. He is a member of the Academy of Management, Michigan Technological University’s Academy of Civil and Environmental Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers and the Air Force Association.
Ron Yates is an independent consultant to the aerospace industry. He spent 35 years in the US Air Force. He is a combat fighter pilot and test pilot and has 5,000 flying hours in over 50 different types of aircraft. He has extensive experience in the acquisition business having served as program director of both the F-15 and F-16 system program offices. He was also a Test Wing Commander. He served as Air Force director of tactical programs in the Pentagon, and as deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. He was the Commander of both the Air Force Systems Command and the Air Force Materiel Command, where he was responsible for all Air Force research, development, acquisition policy and logistics. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots; a commissioner for the National Research Council Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems; a member of the Ballistic Missile Defense Office Advisory Group; a member of the board of visitors of the National Defense University; and a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Association of Graduates. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a Masters Degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.