for a number of advanced development and exploratory projects in areas ranging from parachute aerodynamics to high-speed water, ice, and earth penetration to suborbital missile payloads.
Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., a retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, is president and CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, a company that manufactures and supports UAV systems. Admiral Cassidy has a strong background in UAVs, particularly in regard to their S&T demands and operational needs. Prior to joining General Atomics in 1987, Admiral Cassidy served as a naval aviator for 34 years; his command duties included the Naval Air Station at Miramar, California, and the Pacific Fleet Fighter and Airborne Early Warning Wing. Admiral Cassidy also served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as director of Tactical Readiness for the Chief of Naval Operations. He is an associate fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He also serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Aerospace Museum.
Robert W. Day is director of Programs and Analysis for the Raytheon Systems Company. His background is in combat C4I systems. Mr. Day joined the Raytheon Company when it merged with the Hughes Aircraft Company, where he was deputy manager of Defense Systems. (The principal product lines of Defense Systems were medium-range surface-to-air missile systems, theater missile defense systems, and battlefield systems.) Mr. Day served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, during which time he flew A-6 aircraft combat missions in both Vietnam and Libya. Ashore, Mr. Day served at the Space and Naval Warfare Command, where he coordinated multiple program efforts in C4I with the Office of Naval Research. His last Navy assignment was as director of Stealth and Counter-Stealth Technology, where he was responsible for all technology developments, testing, technology transfer, security, export policy, and inter-Service contacts in the area of stealth and counterstealth.
Alan H. Epstein is R.C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, head of the Division of Propulsion and Energy Conversion, and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gas Turbine Laboratory. He received his degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, finishing with a Ph.D. in 1975, and has been on the faculty there since 1980. His technical interests focus on energy conversion, propulsion, and turbomachinery, including micro heat engines, unsteady flow in turbomachinery, turbine heat transfer, advanced instrumentation, hydroacoustics, and the application of active control to aeropropulsion systems. He is an active consultant to the gas turbine and aerospace industries. His awards include four Best Paper awards from the International Gas Turbine Institute and the ADME Gas Turbine Award. He is a member of the NRC Air Force Science and Technology Board. Professor Epstein is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Roger E. Fisher is director for Department of Defense Programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In this capacity, he works with other laboratory directorates to support the Department of Defense and ensure that the laboratory is meeting national security needs, especially in the area of nonnuclear defense technologies. Dr. Fisher's research background is in advanced weapon and strike systems, with a focus on maneuverability and penetration issues. From 1994 to 1996, he served as deputy assistant secretary for research and development in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to joining DOE, he was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he managed the Department of Defense strategy for improving precision strike warfare. Dr. Fisher has held numerous senior government positions throughout his more than 30-year career, including science advisor for the U.S. Third Fleet and advanced technical advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations. Dr. Fisher's interests include aerodynamics. He is an FAA-certified commercial pilot.
Ray “M” Franklin is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General who once headed the Marine Corps R&D effort. Today, General Franklin serves as a defense consultant, primarily on issues of amphibious warfare and force projection. He is particularly knowledgeable about research and development (6.2 through 6.4), systems acquisition, and military operations such as amphibious warfare. A naval aviator, General Franklin has experience in both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. He has participated in studies for the Naval Research Advisory Committee (countermine capabilities and littoral warfare).