Dr. Christopher T. Yeaw, a Senior Leader executive, is the Chief Scientist, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The command is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining all U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear-capable bomber forces. The command's mission is to develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations -- safe, secure and effective -- to support the President of the United States and combatant commanders. The command's six wings control the nation's entire inventory of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft. As Chief Scientist, Dr. Yeaw is responsible for organizing, training, equipping, maintaining, and preparing Air Force Global Strike Command's activities in the area of the sciences and technology.
Dr. Yeaw began his career in 1996 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a lead missile defense engineer following his graduation with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He served as a lead nuclear weapons technical intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and held a variety of assignments with the State Department. This includes principal adviser for nuclear matters to the Assistant Secretary for Verification and Compliance, during which he was a member of the first special diplomatic mission to Libya and led the initiation of the dismantlement of the Libyan covert nuclear weapons program. He then served as an acting Director and then Chief Scientist of the Department of Energy's Office of Intelligence. Prior to his current assignment, he was an Associate Professor and Director of the Mahan Scholars Research Program at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
1990 Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics, cum laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
1992 Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering and engineering physics, cum laude, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1995 Doctor of Philosophy degree in nuclear engineering and engineering physics, cum laude, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2002 Naval Command and Staff College, with distinction, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1. February 1996 - May 1997, missile defense computational fluid dynamics engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va.
2. March 1997 - September 1999, group lead, Lethality Analysis and System Effectiveness, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Va.
3. September 1999 - February 2001, lead nuclear weapons technical intelligence officer, Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
4. February 2001 - July 2002, foreign affairs officer, Bureau of Verification and Compliance, State Department, Washington, D.C.
5. July 2002 - March 2004, principal adviser for nuclear matters, Bureau of Verification and Compliance, State Department, Washington, D.C.
6. March 2004 - March 2005, Deputy, later, acting Director, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Advanced Technologies Branch, Office of Intelligence, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
7. March 2005 - January 2006, Chief Scientist, Office of Intelligence, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
8. January 2006 - June 2010, Associate Professor and Director of Mahan Scholars Research Program, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
9. June 2010 - present, Chief Scientist, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1999 Department of the Navy Certificate of Commendation
2000 Defense Intelligence Agency Award for Special Service
2002 State Department Extraordinary Service Act Award for response to terrorist attacks
2003 State Department Special Act Award for U.S. policy on North Korea
2004 State Department Special Act Award for U.S. diplomatic initiative with Libya
2006 Department of Energy Distinguished Service Award
2007 - 2010 Naval War College Teaching Excellence Award (5)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
International Committee Officer, American Nuclear Society
(Current as of September 2010)