Dr. William M. Cornette is Senior Defense Intelligence Space Policy Adviser, Office of Policy, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va. He provides technical support and advice to the Director of Policy and other senior level management at the NRO and within the intelligence and defense communities. In addition, Dr. Cornette leads a team that directs all international research and development within the NRO. He also chairs and represents the NRO on several international working groups and steering committees, in addition to other international activities.
Dr. Cornette is a native of San Francisco, Calif., and served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1973, as a master technical instructor at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. While on active duty, he completed his doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics from the University of Denver. From 1973 to 1977, he worked as a mathematician at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif. In this position, he was responsible for the modeling and analyzing of atmospheric effects on passive and active sensor, and weapon systems at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif.
Dr. Cornette began work for the Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash., in 1977, as head of the Optical Signatures Group, where he was responsible for the analysis and design of low-observables aircraft. In 1980, he was named Technical Director for Photon Research Associates Inc. in La Jolla, Calif. At the small research and development company, he was responsible for numerous modeling and phenomenology studies. From 1995 to 1999, he served as Chief Scientist for the Office of Defense Modeling and Simulation of the Environment at the Defense Mapping Agency, later renamed the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Cornette was Chief of the Exploitation Division within the Joint Demonstration Program Office for Advanced Systems and Technology at the NRO.
Dr. Cornette is an internationally recognized authority in environmental modeling, passive signatures, background scene simulation and exploitation. He has written numerous journal articles and U.S. government reports, and he has conducted presentations for various technical symposia.
1967 Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics, high honors, University of Florida, Gainesville
1969 Master of Science degree in mathematical physics, University of Chicago, Ill.
1973 Doctor of Philosophy degree in mathematics, University of Denver, Colo.
1. 1970 - 1973, master technical instructor, Lowry AFB, Colo.
2. 1973 - 1977, mathematician, Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif.
3. 1977 - 1980, group lead, Optical Signatures Group, the Boeing Company, Seattle, Wash.
4. 1980 - 1995, Technical Director, Photon Research Associates Inc., La Jolla, Calif.
5. 1995 - 1999, Chief Scientist, Defense Modeling and Simulation of the Environment, Defense Mapping Agency, later, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Bethesda, Md.
6. 1999 - 2001, Chief, Exploitation Division, Joint Demonstration Program Office for Advanced Systems and Technology, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
7. 2001 - present, Senior Defense Intelligence Space Policy Adviser, Office of Policy, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
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