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Brendan B. Godfrey (B.S., Physics, 1967)


I am a member of the Senior Executive Service, and Director,
Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, VA.

I guide the management of the entire basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. I lead a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators, and foreign technology offices in London and Tokyo. I was an Air Force lieutenant at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., from
1970 to 1972, performing research in computational plasma physics. I
began my civilian career in 1972 at the Los Alamos National laboratory, N.M., where I was responsible for establishing the intense particle beam research program. I left Los Alamos in 1979 to manage and conduct intense microwave and particle beam research at Mission Research Corp., becoming their Vice President and Regional Manager in 1987. In 1989, I returned as an Air Force civilian as Chief Scientist of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB. My later assignments included Director of Advanced Weapons and Survivability at Kirtland’s Phillips Laboratory; Director of the Armstrong Laboratory at Brooks AFB, Texas; and Director of Plans and Program at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Prior to my current assignment, I was Deputy Director of the 311th Human Systems Wing, Brooks City-Base, Texas.