National Academies Press: OpenBook

Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version (2009)

Chapter: Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

« Previous: Appendixes
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12605.
Page 27
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12605.
Page 28
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12605.
Page 29
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12605.
Page 30
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12605.
Page 31
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2009. Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12605.
Page 32

Below is the uncorrected machine-read text of this chapter, intended to provide our own search engines and external engines with highly rich, chapter-representative searchable text of each book. Because it is UNCORRECTED material, please consider the following text as a useful but insufficient proxy for the authoritative book pages.

Appendix A Biographical Sketches of Committee Members Lawrence Delaney, Chair, is retired executive vice president of operations and president of the Advanced Systems Development Sector of Titan Corporation. Previously, he held positions with Areté Associates, Inc.; Delaney Group, Inc.; BDM Europe; and the Environmental and Management Systems Group at IABG. He was also the Acting Secretary of the Air Force and served as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, as well as the Air Force’s service acquisition executive, responsible for all Air Force research, development, and acquisition activities. He provided direction, guidance, and supervision of all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, approval, and execution of acquisition plans, policies, and programs. Dr. Delaney has more than 41 years of international experience in high technology program acquisition, management, and engineering, focusing on space and missile systems, information systems, propulsion systems, and environmental technology. He is vice chair of the Army Science Board and served as chair of the NRC Air Force Studies Board and as a member of the NRC Board on Army Science and Technology and the NRC Standing Committee on Research, Development, and Acquisition Options for Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Brian Agee is currently the president of B3 Advanced Communication Systems. His engineering activities include development of engineering tools for design, analysis, and visualization of collaborative communication and reconnaissance networks, including terrestrial, airborne, and satellite communication systems and networks; development of robust emitter detection and geolocation methods for collaborative reconnaissance networks; development of techniques and systems for detection, demodulation, and geolocation of WLAN devices; and development, analysis, and simulation of transceivers for secure, adaptive MIMO mesh networks. Dr. Agee also currently holds the position of adjunct research (full) professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he is performing research and has guided graduate students in development of collaborative communication and signal analysis networks and in development of algorithms and techniques for characterization (detection, identification, and geolocation) and management of structured and unstructured interference in conventional and cooperative 802.11 enterprise networks. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Agee was cofounder, president, and chief technical officer of Protean Radio Networks, a developer of spatially adaptive transceivers and mesh networking technology for wireless communication systems and networks. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Agee was self-employed as a consulting engineer and performed independent research and development of spatially adaptive transceivers and mesh networking technology for wireless communication systems and networks and for geolocation of cellular telecommunication signals in urban multipath environments. From 1990 to 1998, Dr. Agee was director of Engineering Studies (1990-1996) and director of Advanced Concept Development (1996-1998) at Radix Technologies, Inc. (now a division of Argon ST), which is a developer of systems, equipment, and technology for commercial and U.S. government-funded communication, collection, and analysis systems. As part of his responsibilities at Radix, he developed or led development of the 27

28 TOWARD A UNIVERSAL RADIO FREQUENCY SYSTEM FOR SOF core system concepts and algorithms for all of Radix’s major signal collection and analysis projects and developed or led development of the core system concepts and algorithms for all of Radix’s telecommunications projects, including the first point-to-multipoint cellular air interface employing TDD-OFDM modulation formats and fully adaptive/reciprocal antenna arrays as part of AT&T’s project Angel. He is a senior member of the IEEE. Dr. Agee holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Davis. Mark Buckner is director of the Cognitive Radio Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In this post he is leading a team of innovative scientists and engineers to integrate software radio, sensors, and computational intelligence capabilities to realize the art of the possible in cognitive computing and communications to address both government and commercial problems in a manner that enhances U.S. national security. He is currently developing a crosscutting initiative in bioinspired computing, communication, and signal processing, is principle investigator for a number of research initiatives for the intelligence community, and is working on the application of the global optimizer and other soft-computing techniques to problems in the software-defined and cognitive radio domains. Since joining the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1987, he has also championed innovations in the design and development of nuclear/radiation sensor systems and smart networkable transducers; system-level modeling, simulation, and rapid prototyping of hardware and software communications platforms; soft-computing techniques for nonlinear engineering problems; mobile ad hoc wireless sensor systems; and sensor- and GPS-enabled RFID tagging, tracking, and locating systems for national security needs. He is the author or coauthor of over 40 conference and refereed papers related to sensors, communications, and RFID and is frequently invited to speak in seminars and workshops. He has served on the DOD RFID Technical Advisory Working Group, AIM Global RFID Experts Group, and ANSI/INCITS T6 RFID Working Group and is a member of the Software Defined Radio Forum. Dr. Buckner holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee. R. Michael Buehrer joined Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from Bell Labs as an assistant professor with the Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering in 2001. He is currently an associate professor and is a member of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, a comprehensive research group focusing on wireless communications. His current research interests include dynamic spectrum sharing, cognitive radio, MIMO communications, intelligent antenna techniques, position location networks, ultrawideband, spread spectrum, interference avoidance, and propagation modeling. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, and several industrial sponsors. Dr. Buehrer has coauthored over 35 journal articles and 100 conference papers and holds 11 patents in the area of wireless communications. He is currently a senior member of the IEEE and an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technologies. Previously he served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and IEEE Transactions on Education. In 2003 he was named Outstanding New Assistant Professor by the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. John Cafarella is an independent consultant who has contributed to the development of the first single-chip SAASM GPS receiver, with responsibility for the overall system design, the digital signal processing, and ASIC architecture. Dr. Cafarella demonstrated the first engineered SAW acoustoelectric convolver in 1975 and subsequently pursued its application to spread-spectrum communications. Having extensive knowledge of devices, circuits, and signal processing, he established an activity to integrate emerging signal-processing components into system-level demonstrations. This included development of advanced spread-spectrum radios and processors for tactical radars. In 1984, Dr. Cafarella left Lincoln Laboratory to found MICRILOR, which specialized in applications of advanced signal-processing technologies. Dr. Cafarella’s work at

ABBREVIATED VERSION: APPENDIX A 29 MICRILOR included analysis and systems design for applications including spread-spectrum radio, underwater communications, tactical radars, and intelligence systems, as well as support of DARPA and other U.S. government agencies in development of advanced technologies. Dr. Cafarella directed the MICRILOR team in the development of the first 10-Mbps spread-spectrum wireless LAN technology and its application to commercial products for Clarion, Ltd., of Japan. He is coholder of the patent for the spread-spectrum signaling technique first used to achieve a 10-Mbps rate under FCC part 15.247. Dr. Cafarella is a fellow of IEEE and participated in IEEE deliberations from 1997 to 1998 in the adoption of new high-speed wireless LAN standards 802.11a and 802.11b. Dr. Cafarella serves on the Army Science Board and is a member of the study on Army LandWarNet communications. Dr. Cafarella holds an Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Phil Dickinson is an independent consultant with broad experience and expertise in command, control, communications, intelligence, field experimentation, and operational test and evaluation. During his career as an Army employee, he held positions of increasing authority, including deputy director for battlefield systems integration, a combined TRADOC, at the U.S. Army Materiel Command organization; director Battlefield Exploitation Targeting and Analysis (BETA), a DARPA-initiated Joint Intelligence for NATO; technical director of the U.S. Army Operational Test and Evaluation Agency; and acting deputy assistant secretary of the Army for programs and plans. He was the director of army studies and analysis at E-Systems Center for Plans and Analysis. He is an active member of the Army Science Board, where he chaired or co- chaired nearly 10 studies related to Army C4ISR. Dr. Dickinson holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Florida. James Freebersyser is the director for advanced systems at BBN Technologies, Inc., with expertise in communications systems including terrestrial and satellite communications, internetworking, and mobile, wireless (ad hoc) networks. He has held industry positions at Honeywell Aerospace Laboratories, GE AstroSpace, and GTE Government Systems and government positions in the Advanced Technology Office (ATO) of DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, and the Army Research Office. Dr. Freebersyser holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Rita Gonzales is the manager of the Mixed Signal ASIC/SoC Products Group at Sandia National Laboratories. Her department specializes in developing extremely high reliability digital and analog application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) products, including focal plane array pixel readout electronics, secure processors, high-performance digital radio transmitters/receivers, and trusted microelectronics for the DOE weapons community, the DOD armed forces, the intelligence community, and commercial industry. Before managing the group, Ms. Gonzales worked as a member of the technical staff designing and leading design teams in realizing ASICs for the aforementioned applications. She also worked in the Sandia satellite community supporting hardware design for nonproliferation programs. Ms. Gonzales holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Andy Ivers is president of L-3 Communications, Linkabit Division, which was acquired by L-3 in July 2005. Mr. Ivers joined Linkabit in 2001 as senior vice president of engineering and took over the leadership of the division in 2004 as president. Mr. Ivers has over 20 years of experience in design engineering for a variety of communications systems, including HF, VHF, UHF tactical and strategic radios, LPI communication, and SATCOM communication, including work on the MILSTAR ground terminals and numerous nonprotected links. In addition to working for L-3, Mr. Ivers worked for Harris RF Communications Division as the director of tactical radio engineering, Raytheon Equipment Division in the Communications Systems Laboratory, Hughes

30 TOWARD A UNIVERSAL RADIO FREQUENCY SYSTEM FOR SOF Aircraft, and Litton Systems. Mr. Ivers has an extensive systems engineering and software background. Earlier in his career, while employed at Raytheon, Mr. Ivers managed system engineering activities on numerous communications systems programs, including SHF SATCOM modem designs; L-band data link designs; LPI/LPD HF communications systems; and HF and W-band antifratricide system designs; he also participated in the initial SMART-T prototype design for the EHF SATCOM modem. Mr. Ivers graduated with an M.B.A. from the Simon School, University of Rochester, and has a B.S.E.E. and a B.S. in math from the University of California, Irvine, as well as numerous graduate-level courses in communications systems engineering from California State University Northridge. Peter Kind is a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, where he leads and supports research, analyses, assessments, and projects in information technology, homeland security, national intelligence, command and control, software-intensive systems, telecommunications, modeling and simulation, collaboration, and logistics. LTG Kind has extensive command center experience at all military levels, including interface with interagency and coalition forces. He created and directed the White House Information Coordination Center as the government focal point for status and events during the Y2K millennium rollover. He also advised and led program development and operations of the White House Office of Homeland Security Coordination Center. As director of information systems for C4 of the U.S. Army, he directed plans, policy, programming, budgeting, and execution of information technology and communications services and support for the U.S. Army, federal agencies, and supported activities. In addition, as commander of the U.S. Army Signal Center, he directed the development of new equipment and signal doctrine. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Gary Minden is professor of electrical and computer science at the University of Kansas. From 1971 to 1978, Dr. Minden was a research engineer at the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. During that period he worked on problems in the areas of image-processing systems, multiprocessor computer systems, and general systems theory. From 1978 to 1980 he was a vice president of CHILD, Inc., where he was a co-designer of the LIGHT-50 computer graphic terminal. In 1981, he joined the University of Kansas Department of Electrical Engineering as an assistant professor. From 1983 to 1989, he led the implementation of a new computer engineering degree program within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In 1991, Dr. Minden completed a sabbatical at Digital’s System Research Center, working on gigabit local area networks. He is a principal investigator on the MAGIC gigabit testbed and the Rapidly Deployable Radio Network (RDRN) at ITTC. From 1994 to 1996, he was on leave from DARPA’s Information Technology Office, where he served as a program manager in the area of high-performance networking systems. While at DARPA, he formulated and initiated a new research program in active networking. Joseph Mitola III is an internationally recognized expert on software-defined and cognitive radio systems and technologies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition to having published the first paper on software radio architecture in 1991, he has taught short courses on software radio in the United States, Asia, and Europe. He was founding chair of the SDR Forum in 1996 and was first to receive the Forum’s Achievement Award. In his 1999 Licentiate in Teleinformatics, he coined the term “cognitive radio” to refer to technologies integrating machine perception of vision and language with machine learning into software radio. Dr. Mitola published the first interdisciplinary graduate text on software radio, Software Radio Architecture, and the first graduate text on cognitive radios, Cognitive Radio Architecture. Prior to MITRE, Dr. Mitola was the chief scientist for electronic systems at E-Systems Melpar Division, culminating a career at E-Systems that had begun in 1976. He has also held positions of technical leadership

ABBREVIATED VERSION: APPENDIX A 31 with Harris Corporation, Advanced Decision Systems, and ITT Corporation. Dr. Mitola holds a doctorate in teleinformatics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Robert Nowak is a private consultant. He was a program manager at DARPA and the Office of Naval Research and has directed and supported research in fundamental electrochemistry, fuel cells, batteries, capacitors, energy harvesting, fuel processing, thermal energy conversion, microengines, hydrogen storage, biofuel cells, sonoluminescence, and biomolecular motors. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was selected as NRC postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he continued his research activities in polymer electrochemistry and chemically modified electrodes as a staff scientist and section head. Dr. Nowak received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2002 for his efforts in developing portable power sources for the military. He was a member of the NRC Committee on Soldier/Power Energy Systems, the NRC Panel on Benefits of Fuel Cell R&D, the NRC Committee Review of the Research Program of the Freedom Car and Fuel Partnership, and the NRC Standing Committee on Research, Development, and Acquisition Options for Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Glen Roussos is currently the vice president for Army ISR and SATCOM business in L-3 Communications, Communication Systems-West (CS-W). In this role he is responsible for Army and international programs. The programs in his area include the Phoenix (AN/TSC-156), communications for the Guardrail system and international SATCOM business. Prior to his current position, he was the director for SATCOM programs, where he oversaw Army and SOCOM SATCOM programs. He has also been a business development manager for Army programs, during which he worked on the Army’s Future Combat Systems. Mr. Roussos joined CS-W after 22 years of federal service both as an Army officer and a government service employee. He retired from the Army in 2004. During his Army career, he served in command and operations positions in the Special Forces. As a Special Forces commander, he led missions during Operations JUST CAUSE and JOINT GUARDIAN in Bosnia. He also led deployments to Colombia and Venezuela. His involvement spanned the spectrum of Special Forces missions, which included Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, and Foreign Internal Defense in Central and South America and Eastern Europe. Upon his retirement from the Army, he accepted a GS- 15 position as a division chief in NORTHCOM and led a division that conducted force structure analysis for homeland defense. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution, a master’s in applied mathematics, and a master’s of business administration. Robert Tingley is presently manager of the RF and communications group at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. He has 20 years’ experience in research, engineering, product development, and management of radio frequency, communication, and signal processing systems for a broad range of defense, intelligence, and commercial customers. As task leader for the ARINC network evaluation project, Dr. Tingley led a team that developed a detailed model and associated discrete event simulation of a commercial worldwide air-to-ground data communication network. Serving in the role of communications system task leader of the ONR program RSVP, he led the team that developed propagation models for RF propagation aboard naval destroyers, designed and manufactured ultra-low-power wireless sensor nodes, and invented and patented new techniques for first-responder tracking. As task leader for the DARPA tagging, tracking, and locating program he evaluated state-of-the-art technology and proposed and won funding for two follow- on development efforts: the radiant oscillator and GPS transponder tags. He was also task leader for the DARPA program multipath navigation, which sought to develop fundamental theory to improve RF tracking accuracy within highly reverberant urban environments. Dr. Tingley recently completed a study of sensing and tracking systems for the intelligence community in

32 TOWARD A UNIVERSAL RADIO FREQUENCY SYSTEM FOR SOF which he managed a team that developed a 5-year technology and product roadmap and is presently executing several development follow-on efforts. Prior to joining Draper Laboratory he was with Bose Corporation, where as lead research engineer he invented, implemented, and patented one of the first (in 1990) software-defined radios developed specifically for commercial application.

Next: Appendix B: Meetings and Participating Organizations »
Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version Get This Book
 Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version
Buy Paperback | $21.00 Buy Ebook | $16.99
MyNAP members save 10% online.
Login or Register to save!
Download Free PDF

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was formed in response to the failed rescue attempt in 1980 of American hostages held by Iran. Among its key responsibilities, SOCOM plans and synchronizes operations against terrorist networks. Special operations forces (SOF) often operate alone in austere environments with only the items they can carry, which makes equipment size, weight, and power needs especially important. Specialized radios and supporting equipment must be carried by the teams for their radio-frequency (RF) operations. As warfighting demands on SOCOM have intensified, SOCOM's needs for significantly improved radio-frequency (RF) systems have increased.

Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces examines the current state of the art for both handheld and manpackable platform-mounted RF systems, and determines which frequencies could be provided by handheld systems. The book also explores whether or not a system that fulfills SOF's unique requirements could be deployed in a reasonable time period. Several recommendations are included to address these and other issues.


  1. ×

    Welcome to OpenBook!

    You're looking at OpenBook,'s online reading room since 1999. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website.

    Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features?

    No Thanks Take a Tour »
  2. ×

    Show this book's table of contents, where you can jump to any chapter by name.

    « Back Next »
  3. ×

    ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one.

    « Back Next »
  4. ×

    Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.

    « Back Next »
  5. ×

    To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter.

    « Back Next »
  6. ×

    Share a link to this book page on your preferred social network or via email.

    « Back Next »
  7. ×

    View our suggested citation for this chapter.

    « Back Next »
  8. ×

    Ready to take your reading offline? Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available.

    « Back Next »
Stay Connected!