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DR. DAVID A. HARDY

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Dr. David A. Hardy, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Associate Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space, and the Deputy Director, Principal Depart of Defense Space Advisor Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. In this role, he is responsible for integrating and overseeing all DoD space capabilities and activities, coordinating with the intelligence community, and providing support to the Secretary of Defense on space portfolio decisions.

Additionally, as Associate Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space, he provides the principal support to the Under Secretary’s role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the Air Force space enterprise.

Dr. Hardy entered the Air Force as a first lieutenant in 1976, receiving his commission through the ROTC program at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He began his civilian career at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Before joining the Directed Energy Directorate, Dr. Hardy served as the Associate Director for Space Technology at Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate also located at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. In this position, he had oversight of AFRL's space science and technology investments and managed the directorate's science and technology portfolio. Dr. Hardy also worked as the AFRL senior space experimentalist and Chief, Battlespace Environment Division, where he administered all research within the Air Force to specify and predict the nature of the space environment. He also served as an adviser on space science and technology to the Air Force Space Command, the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and other organizations. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2006.

Most recently, Dr. Hardy served as Director, Directed Energy Directorate, AFRL, Kirtland AFB, where he led the Air Force's center of expertise for directed energy technology, developing and transitioning research technologies into military systems and was responsible for more than 800 military and civilian scientists, engineers, contractors and support people and an annual budget exceeding $300 million.

Dr. Hardy has published more than 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 w/honors, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
1974 Master of Science degree in space physics and astronomy, Rice University, Houston
1976 Doctor of Philosophy in space physics and astronomy, Rice University, Houston
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
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 - September 2004, Senior Space Experimentalist, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
14. September 2004 - September 2006, Chief Scientist, Space Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
15. September 2006 - October 2010, Associate Director for Space Technology, Space Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
16. October 2010 – November 2015, Director, Directed Energy Directorate, AFRL, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
17. November 2015 – Present, Associate Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (Space) and Deputy Director, Principal DoD Space Advisor Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

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
2000 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Research, Air War College 2004 Fellow, AFRL
2005 Commander's Cup, AFRL
2006 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award 2011 Civilian Meritorious Service Medal

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Geophysical Union

(Current as of September 2017)

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