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J. Scott Goldstein

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First Name: 
J. Scott
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Warren D. White Award Chair (2020-2021)

Dr. Goldstein has over 30 years of experience leading organizations, running profit-and-loss centers, serving as Chief Technology Officer and furthering the development of technology solutions in virtually all fields of C4ISR and cyber. He has a proven technical depth and remarkable breadth across every discipline that impacts DoD and the intelligence community. He is a technical leader with both superb understanding of where the US Government is going strategically and proficiency in identifying new markets and building teams to successfully capture them. He has conceived, designed and developed new programs within DARPA, the national intelligence community and the individual military services that apply advanced technology to solve our nation’s most difficult problems, often in unexpected ways.

Dr. Goldstein is also a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force reserve where he is an experienced acquisition, cyber and space operations professional.   In his current position, he is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He is responsible for assisting the Commander, who also serves as the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, in managing a $6 billion budget covering space systems research, development, acquisition, sustainment and the associated launch, command and control infrastructure. He is also responsible for a workforce of more than 5,000 military and civilian professionals nationwide with a portfolio that includes military satellite communication, missile warning, navigation and timing, space-based weather, space launch and test ranges, certification for launch, space superiority, responsive space and other emerging evolutionary space programs. He began his military career in the U.S. Army and transferred to the U.S. Air Force in 1990. As a developmental engineer, he made significant contributions to ISR and communications systems, earning 15 Air Force Scientific Achievement Awards.  He was mobilized seven times to lead Secretary of Defense authorized space and cyber special technical operations during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He helped craft the nation's future space architecture and contributed to the national cyber strategy at both the Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he had oversight of a $75B S&T budget with $12B in S&T funding. Prior to his current assignment, General Goldstein was the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, where he was responsible for assisting the Commander in managing a $4 billion science and technology program  and  a  global  workforce  of  approximately  6,000  people  in  the  laboratory's  nine component technology directorates and 711th Human Performance Wing.
Dr. Goldstein is a Fellow of the IEEE (for contributions to adaptive detection in radar and communications), a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences and a member of the IEEE Radar Systems Panel. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering  Program  as  one  of  the  Nation’s  100  outstanding  young  engineers  and  later developed and led a technical session for the NAE. He received the 1999/2000 Clarke Griffiths Memorial Premium for best paper in the IEE Proceedings - Radar, Sonar and Navigation as well as the 2002 IEEE Fred Nathanson Radar Engineer of the Year Award. He has authored or co- authored well over 100 refereed technical publications and holds four U.S. patents in spread spectrum communications, advanced sensor data compression, ISR and adaptive processing for signal detection. Dr. Goldstein is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu and has served on numerous panels for DARPA, the NSA, NRO, National Academy of Engineering and National Science Foundation. He is a member of the AFCEA Technology Committee and the INSA Council on Innovative Technology. He served on a 10 person NSA Panel appointed by the DIRNSA and the DARPA Director to examine where new technologies and capabilities in cyber, SIGINT and COMINT could impact special operations forces; and on a 5 person panel on Global ISR to identify gaps and make program / portfolio recommendations to DARPA STO. He also led the review of DARPA Cyber programs to drive the development of a focused portfolio. Dr. Goldstein is also a long-term member of the USSOCOM JSOC S&T Task Force and serving on the Defense Science Board's 2015 Air Dominance Task Force, the Army Science Board and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Intelligence Science and Technology Group (ISTEG) in support of the Director of National Intelligence.

Technical Areas of Interest: 
Radar Systems
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Award Citation:
For contributions to the design, development, and fielding of multi-domain radar, EW, and cyber systems.
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Award Citation:
For advancement of adaptive processing algorithms using multiple degrees of freedom to detect weak signals in complex environments.
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Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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