Speakers

   
 

Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle became president and chief executive officer of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) June 15, 2017.

Gen. Carlisle came to NDIA after a 39-year career in the Air Force, from which he retired as a four-star general in March 2017. His last assignment was as commander, Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Before that, Carlisle was the commander of Pacific Air Forces; the air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director of Pacific Air Combat Operations staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Carlisle has served in various operational and staff assignments throughout the Air Force and commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group, two wings and a numbered air force. He was a joint service officer and served as chief of air operations, U.S. Central Command Forward in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During that time, he participated in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. He also participated in Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey and Operation Noble Eagle, which continues.

   

Gen. Robin Rand is the Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and the service component
commander to U.S. Strategic Command for all bombers, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and Nuclear Command, Control and
Communications (NC3) systems. As the commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready
forces that provide strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support to USSTRATCOM and other geographic combatant commands. The command comprises more than 33,700 professionals operating at two numbered Air Forces and eleven active-duty, Air National Guard,
and Air Force Reserve wings. Weapons systems assigned to the command include Minuteman III ICBMs, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, UH-1N helicopters, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft (NAOC) and the NC3 system. 

General Rand was commissioned in 1979 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He's had multiple flying tours, served as an air liaison officer with the U.S. Army, and has had staff tours on the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Air Staff. General Rand's previous commands include the 36th Fighter Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 8th Fighter Wing, 56th Fighter Wing, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and prior to this assignment, Air Education and Training Command. 

General Rand is a command pilot with more than 5,080 flying hours, including more than 470 combat hours.

   

Brig. Gen. Kristin E. Goodwin is the Commandant of Cadets, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. She commands the 4,000-member Cadet Wing and more than 200 Air Force and civilian support personnel. Her responsibilities include character and leadership development, military training, supervising cadet life activities and providing support to facilities and logistics.

General Goodwin graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and earned her pilot wings in 1995 from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. She served in various assignments as a command pilot with more than 2,900 hours in multiple aircraft platforms to include the B-52, B-2, EC-130, C-130, T-38, T-1 and T-37. General Goodwin commanded the 509th Operations Support Squadron and the 2d Bomb Wing, leading the B-52 back into combat for the first time in a decade. Gen. Goodwin also oversaw the incorporation of the B-2 into theater operational plans while integrating policies, standards and procedures for B-2 training and combat employment. She was part of the planning team for night one of the “shock and awe” air strike campaign during Operation Iraqi Freedom and led the planning of air operations for night one of Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya.

Gen. Goodwin was a National Defense Fellow and served as a pacific region political adviser to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in the Bangkok Embassy, Thailand, addressing counter-insurgency, port security and refugee issues. Gen. Goodwin was hand-selected as the U.S. Pacific Command Commander’s Action Group Deputy Director, and was responsible to the USPACOM Commander for development of strategic concepts, theater engagement planning with regional leaders and annual congressional testimony. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. 

   

Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak is Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San Antonio- Randolph, Texas. The Air Force  Recruiting Service comprises more than 2,470 Airmen and civilians in more than 1,100 recruiting offices across the U.S. and abroad. He is responsible for all enlisted accessions and a variety of officer accession programs. AFRS also manages all strategic marketing for the U.S. Air Force. 

General Harencak entered the Air Force in 1983 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. His assignments include aircraft command of the B-52; instructor pilot and squadron command in the B-1B; and service as aide to the Commander of U.S. Central Command. He also directed the Headquarters U.S. Air Force Executive Secretariat, and served as Deputy Director of Requirements at Headquarters Air Combat Command. General Harencak commanded the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. 

Before his current assignment, he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.

   

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark is Commander, 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Third Air Force plans, deploys, sustains and  redeploys Air Force forces that directly support the combatant commanders during contingency and wartime operations. Gen. Clark oversees a headquarters staff and Airmen located at nine wings in Europe and one air expeditionary wing. 

General Clark graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1986. His commands include the 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, and 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas. He has also served as the Vice Commander, 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, and Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commander, Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. 

General Clark is a command pilot with 4,200 flight hours, primarily in the B-1 bomber.

   
  Peter Warren Singer is Strategist at New America and an editor at Popular Science magazine. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation's 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, as an official "Mad Scientist" for the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command, and by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the ten most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and 25th most influential in the field of robotics. Peter's award winning books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century; and Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. His latest is Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, a technothriller crossed with nonfiction research, which has been endorsed by people who range from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to the co-inventor of the Internet to the writer of HBO Game of Thrones. 

His past work include serving as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign's defense policy task force, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings, where he was the youngest person named senior fellow in its 100 year history. 
   

Command Sergeant Major Patrick Z. Alston was the Senior Enlisted Leader for the United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. 

In this capacity, he is the senior enlisted advisor to the Commander, USSTRATCOM, responsible for the global command and control of  U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives. 

USSTRATCOM provides a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense. Command mission areas include full spectrum global strike, space operations, computer network operations, Department of Defense information operations, strategic warning, integrated missile defense, and global C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), combating weapons of mass destruction, and specialized expertise to the joint warfighter.

His career began in the United States Army as a medical specialist, enlisting at Fort Dix, N.J. and completing Advanced Initial Training at  Fort Sam Houston, TX where he graduated with honors. In 1984, CSM Alston reclassified into the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and attended the NBC specialist/NCO Transition Course where he, again, graduated with honors. 

In 1993, he was assigned as a Senior Enlisted Advisor to the former President William Clinton and his administration on the survivability of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). He was then selected as the lead instructor for the U. S. Army Chemical School Contingency On-site Inspection training department. 

Upon being promoted to Sergeant Major he was assigned to the 23rd Chemical Battalion. He went on to serve as the Brigade Command Sergeant Major of the 23rd Support Command until he was selected to become the Chemical Corp’s 10th Regimental Command Sergeant Major, and then the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Defense Threat Reduction Agency/STRATCOM Center for Combating WMD.

   
  Chief Master Sergeant Gerardo Tapia is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The command includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University. AETC trains more than 293,000 students per year and consists of 12 bases, more than 62,400 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and 1,369 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft. Chief Tapia advises AETC commanders, directors, and staff on the current and future training and educational methods used by the more than 600,000 total force Airmen. The chief is a key advisor to the command's corporate structure for budgeting, transformation, and execution of the AETC mission.

Chief Tapia graduated Stephen F. Austin High School in El Paso, Texas. He entered the Air Force for basic training in April 1985, and then attended the Basic Personnel Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.  His background includes various duties in personnel management at base level, major command, the Air Force Personnel Center and a joint duty assignment with Headquarters Alaskan Command.  Before assuming his current position, Chief Tapia served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. 
   

Maj. Gen. Roger W. Burg is Commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, and Commander, Task Force 214, U.S. Strategic Command, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. He is responsible for the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile force, organized into three operational missile wings with more than 8,800 people.

General Burg came on active duty in 1978 from the U.S. Air Force Academy and entered the space and missile career field, serving as a missile crew commander, staff officer and strategic planner. He has commanded an ICBM squadron, an operations group and a space wing. He has held a variety of staff assignments at Strategic Air Command, U.S. Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, the Air Staff and the Joint Staff. He served as the Joint Staff Representative to the Standing Consultative Commission, a bilateral U.S.-Soviet body established to monitor compliance with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the National War College. General Burg was also assigned to the White House, where he served as the Director for Nuclear Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council. Prior to his current assignment, he was Director of Strategic Security, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, providing policy guidance, expertise and oversight to the Air Force nuclear, space, counterproliferation and homeland defense programs.

Retired September 01, 2010

   

Heather Wilson is the 24th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training and equipping and providing for the welfare of 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces as well as their families. She oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $132 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk
management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise.

Wilson has more than 35 years of professional experience in a range of leadership and management roles in the military, higher education,
government and private industry. Before assuming her current position, Wilson was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, an engineering and science research university. 

From 1998 to 2009, Wilson was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Before being elected to Congress, Wilson was a cabinet secretary in New Mexico’s state government responsible for foster care, adoption, juvenile delinquency, children’s mental health and early childhood education.

From 1989 to 1991, Wilson served on the National Security Council staff as director for defense policy and arms control for President George H.W. Bush during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact.

From 1991 to 1995, and again from 2009 to 2013, Wilson was in the private sector. In 1991 she founded Keystone International, Inc., a company that did business development and program planning work for defense and scientific industry. She served as a senior advisor to several national laboratories on matters related to nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, arms control verification, intelligence and the defense
industrial base. Wilson also served on the boards of two publicly traded corporations as well as numerous advisory and non-profit boards.

Wilson was an Air Force officer from 1982 to 1989. She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the third class to include women, and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England.

Wilson was a collegiate rower at Oxford and is an instrument-rated private pilot.