Dr. Barry E. Fridling, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is deputy and technical director of the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization, the Joint Staff, J-8, Washington, D.C. He serves as the director's scientific and technical adviser and directs the organization's analysis and demonstration efforts. In this position, he assists the director in maintaining cognizance of and monitoring the research, development, acquisition and demonstration activity associated with air and missile defense programs throughout the Defense Department. In collaboration with the military branches of service, combatant commands, defense agencies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and industry, he also plans and directs modeling, simulation, analysis and field demonstrations. Their goal is to develop, evaluate and validate air and missile defense requirements, employment concepts, weapons systems and architectures.
Fridling received his doctorate in physics from Brown University. He specialized in elementary particles, quantum field theory, general relativity and theories of unification of the fundamental forces. Upon graduation from Brown he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in International Security and served as a research fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and as an arms control intern at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. For the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he served as project staff for and contributing author to "Defending Deterrence: Managing the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty into the 21st Century."
As a member of the research staff in the Science and Technology Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses, he conducted wide-ranging studies for sponsors in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, defense agencies and the Joint Staff. During the Quadrennial Defense Review, Fridling served as principal analyst to the modernization panel's Theater Air and Missile Defense Task Force, where he conducted, coordinated and integrated analyses and decision briefings among the military branches of service, defense agencies, the Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which culminated in significant programming decisions. Fridling has written for scientific journals, scientific and engineering conference proceedings, policy journals and the Institute of Defense Analyses.
1981 Bachelor of science degree in physics, cum laude with high honors, University of Maryland
1982 Master of science degree in physics, Brown University
1986 Doctor of philosophy in physics, Brown University
1996 Seminar XXI Program Fellow, Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1. June 1986 - May 1988, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellow in international security, Social Science Research Council of New York; research fellow, Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and arms control intern, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.
2. June 1988 - December 1988, project staff and co-author, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Mass.
3. July 1988 - August 1998, research staff member, Science and Technology Division, Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Va. (June 1997 - August 1998, acting technical director, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization, the Joint Staff, J-8, Washington, D.C.)
4. August 1998 - November 1999, technical director, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization, the Joint Staff, J-8, Washington, D.C.
5. November 1999 - present, deputy and technical director, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization, the Joint Staff, J-8, Washington, D.C.