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Network-Centric Naval Forces: A Transition Strategy for Enhancing Operational Capabilities
Mr. Gregory R. Blackburn is assistant vice president of the Technology Research Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mr. Blackburn’s background is in Department of Defense (DOD) information operations and space programs. Prior to joining SAIC, Mr. Blackburn served as the director of information operations for the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), where he directed efforts in policy for DOD information operations and space control programs. Mr. Blackburn’s experience includes over 29 years as a naval cryptologic officer doing threat analysis and assessing vulnerability of state-of-the-art C4ISR, intelligence, information operations, and information programs.
Dr. Norval L. Broome is a senior Navy C4ISR systems analyst for the Naval and Technology Division at MITRE Corporation. Dr. Broome’s expertise is in telecommunication systems engineering and naval C4I systems with emphasis in tactical and strategic submarine communications. He formerly held positions as director of MITRE’s San Diego operations and department head for Naval Communications Systems, where he managed MITRE’s work program with SPAWAR. Prior to joining MITRE, Dr. Broom was a senior engineer with Honeywell, Inc., Marine Systems Center where he provided detailed design and performance predictions for sonar subsystems used in Navy torpedoes. Dr. Broome’s professional career includes 20 years of Navy service as an engineering duty officer. Dr. Broome is a member of the Naval Studies Board.
Dr. John D. Christie is a senior fellow at the Logistics Management Institute. Dr. Christie has an extensive background in DOD acquisition policy and program analysis. From 1989 to 1993, he was director of Acquisition Policy and Program Integration for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition). In his role as director, Dr. Christie directed the preparation of a comprehensive revision to all defense acquisition policies and procedures resulting in the cancellation and consolidation of 500 prior separate issuances. He has been an active participant in NRC studies, and, most recently served as co-chair of the Committee on Shore Installation Readiness and Management.
General John A. Corder retired as a Major General from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 1992. General Corder has extensive experience in U.S. Air Force operational and joint issues. Since retiring, General Corder has been employed as an independent technical advisor. He has served as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board on the subjects of theater battle management, new world vistas, and tactical ballistic missile defense. General Corder’s military career also includes assignments as a fighter wing commander and commander of the USAF Warfare Center. He was also deputy commander for Air Combat Operations for the Central Command Air Forces in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. General Corder was responsible for the planning and execution of 3,000 combat