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Dr. David A. Hardy:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Dr. David A. Hardy, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Senior Space Experimentalist, Space Vehicles Directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Dr. Hardy is the senior technical adviser for the development and execution of all space experiments within the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He is responsible for the development and flight of space experiments and space demonstrations across the full range of existing and emerging space technologies needed to support present and future Air Force and Department of Defense systems. This includes experiments and demonstrations of science and technology related to sensors, materials, information technology, space vehicles, directed energy, propulsion and human effectiveness. Dr. Hardy also acts as an adviser on space science and technology to the Air Force Space Command, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and other agencies. Dr. Hardy is responsible for developing and maintaining coordination in the development and execution of space science and technology by national and international governmental agencies and academia.
In other assignments, Dr. Hardy served as Chief, Battlespace Environment Division within the Space Vehicles Directorate. In this position, he was responsible for the management of all research within the Air Force to specify and predict the nature of the space environment and the impact of that environment on the performance and lifetime of Air Force and DoD space systems. He was also responsible for the management of research on the naturally occurring background and clutter and atmospheric transmission phenomena that affect the performance of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and missile warning systems. Dr. Hardy has also acted as the directorate's Chief Technical Adviser. He was responsible for reorganizing the command?s technical approach for determining the military utility and cost of alternatives developed to meet Air Force and DoD requirements. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Hardy was the Technical Director for the Directorate of Requirements, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
Dr. Hardy has published 125 papers in national and international journals and has been directly responsible for the development and flight of more than 35 scientific and operational space flight systems.
EDUCATION
1972 Bachelor of science degree in physics, magna cum laude with honors, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
1974 Master of science degree in space physics and astronomy, Rice University, Houston, Texas
1976 Doctor of philosophy in space physics and astronomy, Rice University, Houston, Texas
2000 Master of science degree in strategic studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. May 1976 - August 1976, research associate, Department of Space Physics and Astronomy, Rice University, Houston, Texas
2. August 1976 - June 1989, Planetary Space Scientist, Space Particles Environment Branch, Space Physics Division, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
3. June 1989 - April 1992, Chief, Space Systems Technology Branch, Space Physics Division, Geophysics Directorate, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
4. April 1992 - July 1993, Program Element Manager for Space Systems Interaction Technology, Geophysics Directorate, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
5. July 1993 - June 1996, Chief, Space Plasmas and Fields Branch, Space Physics Division, Geophysics Directorate, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
6. June 1996 - October 1997, Chief, Space Effects Division, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
7. October 1997 - August 1999, Chief, Battlespace Environment Division, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
8. August 1999 - June 2000, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. June 2000 - January 2001, Chief, Battlespace Environment Division, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
10. January 2001 - July 2001, Acting Deputy Director, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
11. July 2001 - September 2001, Chief Technical Adviser, Space Technologies Division, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
12. September 2001 - September 2002, Technical Director, Directorate for Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
13. September 2002 - present, Senior Space Experimentalist, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Meritorious Service Medal
1980 U. S. Air Force Research and Development Award
1994 Star Team Leader, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
1996 U.S. Air Force Research and Development Award
1997 Star Team Leader, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
2000 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Research, Air War College
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Geophysical Union

 

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