L. Roger Mason, Jr. - (Co-Chair)
L. Roger Mason, Jr., is Senior Vice President, National Security and Intelligence and Chief Security Officer at Noblis. Dr. Mason serves as senior vice president and corporate officer responsible for the overall direction of Noblis’ national security missions including intelligence, defense, homeland security, and law enforcement. He returned to Noblis after 5 years of service in the Intelligence Community (IC) as the first Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Systems and Resource Analyses (ADNI/SRA). In this capacity, Dr. Mason served as the DNI’s principal intelligence officer and trusted advisor on all matters dealing with intelligence capabilities, resources, requirements, systems analysis, program evaluation and cost analysis. In recognition of his service, Dr. Mason was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal—the IC’s highest award. In addition, he led SRA to four National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Commendations and received numerous intelligence agency awards. Prior to federal service, Dr. Mason served in a number of senior executive positions in the national security sector including Vice President at Noblis, Director at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and General Manager of the Advanced Systems Group at General Dynamics (formerly Veridian). Earlier in his career, he led a number of advanced programs combining technology development, system integration, and field operations for military and intelligence missions. He is a nationally recognized expert in intelligence capabilities, operations research, overhead reconnaissance, systems integration, and change leadership. He has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and symposia and holds two U.S. patents dealing with advanced materials and collection devices. Dr. Mason earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in engineering physics (nuclear) from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in business administration from the Northwestern University (Kellogg School) and a bachelor’s degree in physics from The George Washington University. Additionally, he has been recognized with many professional awards including the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society for nuclear science, and the University of Virginia Distinguished Student Award. Dr. Mason currently serves on the boards of Directors for the following organization: U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and DigitalGlobe, Inc.
Robert E. Erlandson
Robert E. Erlandson is the branch supervisor, Space Sector Science and Space Instrumentation at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. Erlandson received a B.A. in physics from Augsburg College and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, he built and flew plasma jet generators and plasma wave receivers to study plasma waves generated by perpendicular and parallel ion beams in the auroral ionosphere. He joined The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) as a post-doctoral research scientist in 1986. He studied field-aligned currents and electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves using data from the Viking and Freja satellites. While at APL, Dr. Erlandson has published over 100 articles in scientific journals. He is responsible for scientific research in areas of heliophysics, planetary science, Earth science, national security applications, and the development of space instrumentation. Space sensors cover diverse applications from energetic particle detectors, magnetometers, neutron-gamma ray spectrometers, and optical sensors used to acquire images of Mercury, Mars, Pluto and her moons. Dr. Erlandson is actively involved in promoting research, space instrumentation, and mission proposals with both civil and national security applications. Dr. Erlandson was the project scientist on a U.S./Russian sounding rocket campaign called APEX North Star, launched from Poker Flats, Alaska in 1999. This experiment explored fundamental plasma physics questions associated with interaction of ion beams with ionospheric plasma. More recently, he conceived of and developed the Missile Defense Agency’s Spacebased Kill Assessment (SKA) program.
Lee Feinberg is the NASA Optical Telescope Element Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) for the last 16 years and holds the title of Chief Large Optics Systems engineer in Code 550 at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Mr. Feinberg was a member of the AURA “Future of UVOIR Astronomy” committee and is a member of LUVOIR and Habex Science and Technology Development Teams that are evaluating next generation large space telescope Decadal Missions for NASA. From 1998-2000, Lee served as the Assistant Chief for Technology in the Instrument Systems Technology Division at Goddard. Before that, Lee worked for 10 years on the Hubble Space Telescope including serving as the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph Instrument Manager, Wide-Field Camera-3 Concept Study Lead, and the Wide-Field Planetary Camera-2 and COSTAR GSFC integration and testing Lead. Lee is a fellow of SPIE and is an associate editor of the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS). Lee has a B.S. in optics from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University.
William A. Jeffrey
William Jeffrey is chief executive officer of SRI International, a leading research and development organization serving government and industry. Jeffrey joined SRI in 2014. From 2008 to 2014, Jeffrey was president and chief executive officer of HRL Laboratories, a corporate research and development organization owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors. Prior to joining HRL, Jeffrey served in the George W. Bush Administration as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Jeffrey also served in the executive office of the President as senior director for homeland and national security and as assistant director for space and aeronautics within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Earlier in his career, Jeffrey was deputy director for the Advanced Technology Office and chief scientist for the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and assistant deputy for technology at the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office. Jeffrey started his professional career at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). Jeffrey is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, an elected honorary member of the International Society of Automation, a recipient of the 2008 Navigator Award from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Jeffrey is a member of the Board of Directors of TE Connectivity Ltd. Jeffrey received his M.A. and Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University, and his B.Sc. in physics is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Letitia A. Long
Letitia A. Long is an independent consultant. She currently sits on the boards of Raytheon Company, UrtheCast Corporation, Noblis, Inc., and Sonatype, Inc. She is also on the Board of Visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is the Chairman of the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and is on the board of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Ms. Long sits on numerous advisory boards to include the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, HawkEye 360 and D-Wave Government Systems. She is also an Executive in Residence with Brookings Executive Education. Ms. Long served as the fifth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and was the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency. This culminated a career that spanned all aspects of organizational leadership, business functions, and global operations. Ms. Long started her career in Naval Intelligence and went on to serve as the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, the first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (Policy, Requirements and Resources), the first Chief Information Officer and later the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Ms. Long is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2017 Virginia Tech Distinguished Achievement Award, the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, two President Rank Awards of Meritorious Executive, two DoD Medals for Distinguished Service and three National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals. She has been decorated with the Medal of Merit by the King of Norway, appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France and awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Ms. Long earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the Catholic University of America and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Strategic Intelligence by the National Intelligence University.