Dr. Brendan B. Godfrey, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va. He guides the management of the entire basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Godfrey leads a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington, Va., and foreign technology offices in London and Tokyo. Each year, AFOSR selects, sponsors and manages revolutionary basic research relevant to Air Force needs. The office's $450 million annual investment in basic research is distributed among over 200 academic institutions, 150 businesses and 200 research efforts within the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Dr. Godfrey was an Air Force lieutenant at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., from 1970 to 1972, performing research in computational plasma physics. He began his civilian career in 1972 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., where he was responsible for establishing the intense particle beam research program. He left Los Alamos in 1979 to manage and conduct intense microwave and particle beam research at Mission Research Corp., becoming their Vice President and Regional Manager in 1987. In 1989, Dr. Godfrey returned as an Air Force civilian as Chief Scientist of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB. His later assignments include Director of Advanced Weapons and Survivability at Kirtland's Phillips Laboratory; Director of the Armstrong Laboratory at Brooks AFB, Texas; and Director of Plans and Program at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Prior to his current assignment, he was Deputy Director of the 311th Human Systems Wing, Brooks City-Base, Texas.
Dr. Godfrey is known for his contributions to computational plasma physics theory and applications. The Minneapolis native is the author of more than 200 publications and reports. During his more than 20 years in the Air Force Reserve, he served primarily as scientific manager for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Washington, D.C., retiring in 1996 as a colonel. Dr. Godfrey was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1994.
1967 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1969 Master of Science degree in physics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
1970 Doctor of Philosophy in physics, Princeton University
1978 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1981 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1985 National Security Management Course, National Defense University, by correspondence
1991 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1992 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1994 Issues in Science and Technology Policy, Brookings Institution, Williamsburg, Va.
1995 Senior Leader Orientation Course, Air Force Senior Executive Management Office, Washington, D.C.
1996 Executive Leadership in a Changing Policy Environment, Brookings Institution, Charlottesville, Va.
1997 Systems Acquisition Management for General and Flag Officers, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2000 Information Technology for Senior Executives, Carnegie-Mellon University, Washington, D.C.
2002 Medical Capstone, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Washington, D.C.
2002 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2003 National Security Leadership Course, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2005 Senior Information Warfare Applications Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 SES Seminar, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. 1970 - 1972, project officer (lieutenant, U.S. Air Force), Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2. 1972 - 1977, staff member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.
3. 1977 - 1979, group leader, intense particle beam theory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.
4. 1979 - 1983, group leader, plasma theory, Mission Research Corp., Albuquerque, N.M.
5. 1983 - 1987, division leader, plasma sciences, Mission Research Corp., Albuquerque, N.M.
6. 1987 - 1989, Vice President and Regional Manager, Mission Research Corp., Albuquerque, N.M.
7. 1989 - 1990, Chief Scientist, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
8. 1990 - 1994, Director of Advanced Weapons and Survivability, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
9. 1994 - 1997, Director, Armstrong Laboratory, Brooks AFB, Texas
10. 1997 - 1998, Director of Plans and Programs, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. 1998 - 2004, Deputy Director, 311th Human Systems Wing, Brooks City-Base, Texas
12. 2004 - present, Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award (2)
Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (2)
Meritorious Civilian Service Award (3)
Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award
1984 - 1994, adjunct professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
1994 - 1999, Los Alamos National Laboratory X-Div External Review Committee
1994 - 2004, Alamo Federal Executive Board
1995 - 2001, Delegate and 2000 Chair, Southwest Research Consortium
1995 - 2006, Air Force Association
1996 - 1997, College of Sciences and Engineering Advisory Council, University of Texas at San Antonio
1996 - 1997, Texas Science and Technology Council
1999 - 2004, Board of Trustees, Texas Research Park Foundation
2000 - 2001, Board of Directors, Technology Advocates of San Antonio
2000 - 2001, College of Engineering Advisory Council, University of Texas at San Antonio
2000 - 2004, various committees, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
2001 - 2004, Executive Committee, San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative Network and Co-chair of Research Alliance
2001 - 2004, College of Sciences Advisory Council, University of Texas at San Antonio
1968 - present, American Physical Society
1976 - present, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
1991 - present, Senior Executive Association
1991 - present, Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association
1994 - present, Executive Committee and 2001 Vice Chair, IEEE-NPSS PSAC
2007 - present, American Association for the Advancement of Science
(Current as of January 2010)