Dr. Kamal T. Jabbour, a member of the scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, is Senior Scientist for Information Assurance, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York. He serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of information assurance, including defensive information warfare and offensive information warfare technology. He conceives, plans, and advocates major research and development activities, monitors and guides the quality of scientific and technical resources, and provides expert technical consultation to other Air Force organizations, Department of Defense and government agencies, universities and industry.
Dr. Jabbour began his professional career on the computer engineering faculty at Syracuse University, where he taught and conducted research for two decades, including a three-year term as department chairman. In 1999, he joined the Cyber Operations Branch at AFRL through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, and transitioned gradually from academia to government. He contributed to building the Offensive Cyber Operations Program at AFRL before assuming his current position. His research focuses on building cybercraft that shapes cyberspace as the domain for the new revolution in military affairs.
In response to President Bush's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, Dr. Jabbour created the Advanced Course in Engineering in 2003 to develop the best ROTC cadets into future cyber security leaders. The ACE combines advanced academic training, hands-on internships, officer development and weekly eight-mile runs into a challenging cyber security boot camp. The ACE received designation of a Special Interest Item for its role in developing officers for the new Air Force Cyberspace Command. Dr. Jabbour has received one U.S. patent, published more than 60 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and penned 317 articles on running. He also supervised 21 theses and dissertations. An avid distance runner who has run marathons in all 50 states, Dr. Jabbour wrote a weekly column on running in the Syracuse Post-Standard from 1997 to 2003.
1979 Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree, with distinction, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
1982 Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering, University of Salford, England
2006 Executive Leadership Seminar, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2006 Executive Development Seminar - Leading Change, Office of Personnel Management, Denver, Colo.
2006 Safety Investigation Board President Course, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2007 Senior Executive Seminar, Air Force Doctrine Development and Education Center, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Space Operations Course - Executive Level, Advanced Space Operations School, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2011 Senior Executive Short Course, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
2011 National Reconnaissance Operations Center Systems Knowledge Course, Rome, N.Y.
1. 1982 - 2004, assistant/associate professor of computer engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y. (1990 - 1993, Chairman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y.)
2. 2004 - 2006, Senior Computer Engineer, Cyber Operations Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
3. 2006 - 2007, Principal Computer Engineer, Cyber Operations Branch, AFRL, Rome, N.Y.
4. 2007 - present, Senior Scientist for Information Assurance, Information Directorate, AFRL, Rome, N.Y.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1987 Teaching Excellence Award, General Electric
1991 Volunteer Service Award, Syracuse Chargers Track Club
1997 Track and Field Service Award, Syracuse University
1997 Outstanding Service Award, Syracuse Chargers Track Club
1997 Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award, Syracuse Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu
1998 Bob Rodale Golden Shoe Award for contributions to the running community, Runner's World
2006 Outstanding Professional Development Award, Mohawk Valley Engineers Executive Council
2006 Research and Technology Team Award - Cyber Operations Team, AFRL Information Directorate
2007 Harry S. Davis Memorial Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, AFRL Information Directorate
2010 Air Force Outstanding Information Operations Team of the Year Award
2014 Member, 50 States Marathon Club for running a marathon in all 50 states
2015 Commencement Speaker, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
2015 Air Force Reserve Command Information Dominance General Edwin W. Rawlings Team Award
(Current as of May 2016)