Deborah Westphal - (Chair)
Ms. Deborah L. Westphal is Chairman of the Board of the strategy advisory firm, Toffler Associates. Recognized globally for her expertise in strategy, innovation and organizational transformation, Ms. Westphal helps organizations understand the forces that drive change in their industries and the world, and identifies the best courses of action to create enduring success. Ms. Westphal came to Toffler Associates in 1999 after 13 years as a senior government official in the U.S. Air Force. Her work in the area of technology and advanced concepts for air vehicles, missiles and space systems have been recognized with numerous awards from the California Air Force Association, a USAF Meritorious Civilian Award, an AFA Los Angeles Chapter Civilian of the Year award, and an Air Force Association Medal of Merit. Ms Westphal has also served on the US Army Science Board, the National Defense Industrial Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors, and the Air Force Association, Schriever Chapter 147 Board of Directors.
Ted F. Bowlds
Lieutenant General Ted F. Bowlds (USAF, retired) is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IAI North America. In this capacity, he is responsible for program management, engineering, and technology transfer. Prior to this job, Ted served as the chief information officer (CIO) for FlightSafety, International. As CIO, Ted was responsible for the planning and execution of a $30 million annual budget and maintained a steady 99.9% system reliability. He also served as the chief technology officer responsible for innovation and the introduction of market-leading capabilities. During his 36-year career in the United States Air Force and subsequent experience in industry, Ted led multiple large-scale, complex procurement activities, each dependent upon strong ethics and solid research foundation. The programs include the F-117 stealth fighter, B-2 bomber, and C-17 transport. As Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), he was responsible for the diverse research undertaken by AFRL ranging from microelectronics, human factors, medical, aeronautics, computers, satellites, and power generation. His last assignment on active duty was as the Commander of the Electronic Systems Center and Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Air Force information technology procurements, applications, and systems. The portfolio of programs being executed included command and control, surveillance, and information technology. General Bowlds is a board member of the Air Force Retired Officers Community (a continuing care retirement community) and holds the positions of vice chairman and chairman of the strategic planning committee. He is also a member of the Mississippi State Research Technology Advisory Group, the DoD Systems Engineering Research Council, and the Air Force Studies Board. Ted holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering, a Master of Science in engineering management and a Ph.D. in systems engineering, he is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School Flight Test Engineer course and has attended numerous leadership and management courses.
Joseph A. Engelbrecht, Jr
Dr. Joseph A. (Jae) Engelbrecht Jr. is President and CEO of Engelbrecht Associates LLC, and an Advisor and former Partner at Toffler Associates. He advises senior executives on practical strategies for business and government for mission success. Dr. Engelbrecht served in the U.S. Air Force through the rank of Colonel. As an intelligence officer and platoon leader in Vietnam, he led the “Bottleneck” interdiction campaign to slow and destroy traffic on the Ho Chi Min trail. Later he led a multi-staged effort to track tank convoys at night and feed data to recce and “Wolf FACs” to attack armor hidden under canopy by day. He aided Linebacker II targeting before redeploying to Thailand. He also served as an aide-de-camp in Taiwan, a missile and senior standardization-evaluation commander, an Air Force planner, an international political affairs officer, a Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) representative and negotiator, and a war college professor. He was a leader of the SPACECAST 2030 study. Dr. Engelbrecht was the research director of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s 2025 Study. His 2025 teams identified 43 new capabilities and the services eventually funded over 90%. Recognizing the increasing value of knowledge systems, study leaders recommended the USAF expand its vision of Global Reach and Power to include Global Vigilance. As a JCS representative, he advised the U.S. delegation and subsequently led teams negotiating the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), and START II, and then hopped between Geneva, Moscow, Minsk, Kiev, Tokyo, and Washington to devise ways for former Soviet Union states to dismantle their arsenals. He was the U.S. government and JCS policy lead on the first START inspection. President George H.W. Bush commended him, and he became one of the first non-diplomats decorated by the Secretary of State. Next, Jae joined Alvin and Heidi Toffler, to form Toffler Associates, a strategic advisory firm that helps CEOs, senior executives and general/flag officers lead their organizations to success in a rapidly changing market and environment. Jae Engelbrecht has over 40 years of experience being at the bifurcation point of change and advising executives on how to lead, grow and succeed in new, emerging conditions. He has advised senior executives in business and government in the United States and around the globe. In the early 1990’s, he advised Bell company (now Verizon) executives on the impact of the Internet when much of their business ran on mainframes. He created a future market assessment to quantify the value of modular repairable satellites, a decade before the technology was viable. He also convinced another aerospace giant to lean forward on their technical design for a new satellite constellation to meet emerging customer needs; the firm won the multi-billion-dollar competition. Before “cyber” entered our lexicon, he devised a process for mitigating e-risk or the loss of business caused by cyber-attack or disruption for DARPA. Anticipating a 911 type attack, he advised Intelligence Agencies on the changing security environment and served with a panel commissioned by the Secretary of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director to design a new remote sensing strategy for the United States. After 911, every U.S. intelligence agency sought Jae’s advice. He served as executive coach and leadership counsel for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He led the development of a global posture strategy for the National Security Agency that created the initiative to develop a U.S. Cyber Command. Trying to understand how he recognized emerging issues, the CIA asked his team to identify the top 20 issues not on their radar without acknowledging their current efforts; each of the issues Jae highlighted inaugurated new agency initiatives. Anticipating the challenges later posed by conflicts in the Middle East, he advised the Commandant of the Marine Corps on how to build “deep coalitions” between governments, global firms, nongovernmental organizations, military elements, and local organizations to rapidly adapt and shape approaches for emerging problems that span boundaries and traditional lanes in the road to the future. Dr. Engelbrecht earned a B.A. in east Asian history and Chinese from the University of Maryland, a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. in international relations and political science from Columbia University. He completed the leadership and executive development program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Dr. Engelbrecht is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the World Futures Society and life member of the Air Force Association and the National Eagle Scout Association. He is the author of Alternate Futures for 2025 and multiple articles including in Space Imaging, Earth Imaging Journal, Military Operations Research Society (MORS), Interfaces, Airpower Journal (Netherlands), Symposium on Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (Canada) and has been interviewed for such publications as Fortune, The Washington Post, and Generation (Turkey). Dr. Engelbrecht has assessed leadership, executive decision making, and strategy processes and advised executives at organizations including Verizon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, Harris, Levi, 3M, XEROX, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Motorola, HP, Microsoft, AT&T, USPS, the GAO, Army Corps of Engineers, each of the U.S. military services and the top seven U.S. intelligence agencies as well as dozens of non-profits and non-governmental organizations.
Brendan B. Godfrey
Dr. Brendan Godfrey is a visiting senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, where he conducts studies on numerical simulation of plasmas, participates in committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and served as advisor to the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research. Previously, he was director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, responsible for its nearly half billion dollar basic research program. He was an Air Force officer at Kirtland Air Force Base from 1970 to 1972, performing plasma research. He began his civilian career at Los Alamos National Laboratory, establishing its intense particle beam research program. He then managed and conducted intense microwave and particle beam research at Mission Research Corp., becoming vice president and regional manager. In 1989, he returned to the Air Force as civilian chief scientist of the Weapons Laboratory. Later responsibilities included director of Phillips Laboratory high power microwave research; director of the 1500-person Armstrong Laboratory; director of plans at the Air Force Research Laboratory, and deputy director of Brooks City-Base. Known for his contributions to computational plasma theory and applications, he is author of more than 200 publications and reports. He also has served on numerous professional and civic committees. Dr. Godfrey received his B.S. from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a fellow of the IEEE and of the APS.
Richard P. Hallion
Dr. Richard P. Hallion is Senior Advisor with Science and Technology Policy Institute. Dr. Hallion received his B.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland. He also graduated from executive training programs at the Federal Executive Institute, and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has been a Curator at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution; a Historian with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Air Force; a Policy Analyst for the Secretary of the Air Force; Senior Advisor for Air and Space Issues, for the Air Force’s Directorate for Security, Counterintelligence, and Special Programs; and Special Advisor for Aerospace Technology, for the Air Force Chief Scientist, and was a founding Trustee of Florida Polytechnic University. He also serves as a Research Associate in Aeronautics for the National Air and Space Museum, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum.. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.