Dr. David Ray Russell, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. AFTAC operates and maintains the U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System to monitor foreign compliance with various treaties limiting nuclear testing. The focus of AFTAC's 800 professionals is to detect special events in the atmosphere, underwater, underground and in space, to determine if they are nuclear and to report them to national command authorities.
Dr. Russell was born in Branson, Mo. His father was a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State and was required to work overseas. As a result, Dr. Russell grew up in Africa, living in Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana from 1951 to 1968. Between 1969 and 1972, he served on active duty with the U.S. Army, working as a fire control specialist for Nike Hercules air defense missiles. He spent two years as a computer programmer for the U.S. State Department before earning bachelor's and master's degrees in physics, and a doctorate in geophysics. From 1985 to 1988, he also worked as a consultant and staff scientist for a government contractor at AFTAC.
In 1988, Dr. Russell joined AFTAC as a geophysicist, becoming Chief of the Research Division in 1990, a position he held until September 1999. His primary accomplishments were in the areas of yield estimation of nuclear explosions, seismic signal processing, and research and development of the U.S. National Data Center for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. From 1995 through 2000, Russell provided technical expertise at both the national and international level on verifying the treaty in the areas of seismic, infrasonic and hydroacoustic monitoring.
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, University of Texas, El Paso
1980 Master of Science degree in physics, University of Texas, El Paso
1987 Doctor of Philosophy in geophysics, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
1995 Science, Technology and Public Policy Course, Western Management Development Center, Denver, Colo.
1997 Intelligence and Policy Seminar, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1999 Systems Acquisition Management General/Flag Officers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2003 Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Change Course, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2005 Program for Executives in Logistics and Technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2005 Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations Course, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Cambridge
1. 1980 - 1985, doctoral student and geophysics research fellow, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
2. 1985 - 1987, geophysics research assistant, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. (1985 -1987, consultant in geophysics, ENSCO Inc., Melbourne, Fla.)
3. 1987 - 1988, research associate, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. (1987 - 1988, consultant in geophysics, later staff scientist, ENSCO Inc., Melbourne, Fla.) 4. 1988 - 1990, geophysicist, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
5. 1990 - 1999, Supervisory Geophysicist and Chief, Research Division, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
6. 1999 - 2000, acting Director of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
7. 2000 - present, Director of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1987 Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society)
1991 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
1995 Exceptional Civilian Service Award
2000 Arms Control Service Certificate of Excellence
2004 Community Award for Countering Denial and Deception Certificate of Appreciation (Joint Seismic and Acoustic Exploration Team)
(Current as of January 2008)