Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard J. Joseph

Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Joseph serves as the chief scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, and provides assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. In this role, he identifies and analyzes technical issues and brings them to the attention of Air Force leaders, and interacts with other Air Staff principals, operational commanders, combatant commands, acquisition and science and technology communities to address cross-organizational technical issues and solutions. He also interacts with other services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on issues affecting the Air Force technical enterprise. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is the principal science and technology representative of the Air Force to the civilian scientific and engineering community and to the public at large.

Dr. Joseph has more than 40 years of experience as a physicist, directed energy researcher, senior program manager, national security advisor and executive. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Joseph was the Chief Executive Officer for Earthstar LLC, a small consulting firm he founded in 1998. In this position, he has served government agencies, national laboratories and public companies on the development and management of programs in a broad range of technical areas.