Jack Blackhurst SESExecutive Director
Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory
Jack Blackhurst, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Executive Director of Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was formerly Director of the Plans and Programs Directorate and Director of the Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Directorate, responsible for developing and managing the processes that define Air Force Research Laboratory's $2 billion annual investment in technologies for future Air Force systems and enables the alignment of Science and Technology resources. Mr. Blackhurst was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his Air Force commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1974 and began his career as a Communications-Electronics Officer assigned to Strategic Air Command in the 509th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB, Hew Hampshire. After completing his master's degree through the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1979, he held numerous management positions within the Air Force personnel and human research communities, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Engineering. Mr. Blackhurst retired as a Colonel in 2004. On his last assignment, he served as the Chief of the Space and Missile Systems Sector, Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Director for the Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2010.
• What are the key ideas from science and technology that need to be applied to the future Command and Control challenge spaces?
• What are the most promising technologies and projects being looked at by Five Eyes S&T officials?
• Complexity theory and disaggregation/distribution of sensors, systems and platforms and C2
• Complexity management, secure and resilient coms, and system integration
• Protecting human capital in defense S&T and the role of industry