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14 August 2021


Army Science Board reinstated by Secretary of Defense Austin



18 February 2021



Please join us in paying tribute to Dr. Joseph V. Braddock (1929-2021) who passed away on 6 Feb 21. He was a national treasure and will be truly be missed by the ASB.

Army Science Board Member - Dr. Joseph V. Braddock

Born in 1929 to Ralph and Rose Braddock, he grew up during The Depression in a working class neighborhood in New Jersey and was motivated by a desire to understand how the world works and use that education to make a constructive difference in it. He received his BS in Physics from St. Peter’s College in New Jersey, and earned his MS and PhD in Physics at Fordham University in New York. He served as an instructor in Physics at Fordham University and as an Assistant Professor in Physics at Iona College, New York.

Wanting to apply his education to the real world, he partnered with two of his Fordham colleagues, Dr. Bernard J. Dunn and Dr. Daniel F. McDonald, to aid the US Army in early missile testing exercises at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. As that became a compelling and consuming mission, they moved to El Paso, Texas to have immediate access to the Army’s testing facilities and started Braddock, Dunn & McDonald, which would become one of the leaders in the defense oriented professional consulting services. There he met his life-long partner, Bertha, and they were married in 1965.

At the beginning of the 1970s, realizing that many of the military’s’ technology development challenges preceded and transcended the testing stage, Messrs. Braddock, Dunn and McDonald moved the headquarters to Northern Virginia at the beginning of the Tysons Corner boom. With a reputation for resolving significant technical challenges, BDM made its mark in an unusually broad range of military and commercial activities including nuclear weapons safety, armored warfare, threat identification and management, automotive passenger protection, and airspace management. In addition, BDM undertook special projects at the request of the US Department of Defense, the US Department of State and the President of the United States.

Dr. Braddock’s team oriented approach to tackling large and small projects was collaborative and inclusive, and his leadership style was instrumental in the remarkable success of BDM International. Over three decades, they grew exponentially from two hundred employees to over four thousand, from an annual research budget of $4 million in 1971 to $1.3 billion in the mid-1990s. As Joe was fond of saying, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.”

Upon retirement, Dr. Braddock continued donating his time and creative genius to special effect with the Defense Science Board; the National Security Agency Scientific Advisory Board; the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Advisory Committee; the Defense Nuclear Agency Scientific Advisory Group on Effects; and the Sandia National Laboratories National Security Advisory Panel. But it is on the Army Science Board where he leaves a lasting legacy of service and contribution. Although he did not serve in the military, he felt a deep commitment to our service men and women being sent into harm’s way, saying, “For what we ask of them, they deserve the best we can deliver.”

Joe Braddock also directed his energy and intellect towards the advancement of the Catholic Church. He served as Chairman of the Board of Catholic Distance University and oversaw its transformation into and accreditation in online education and its physical relocation to West Virginia. He also served on the Plants and Facilities Committee of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where he helped to oversee the installation of the interior dome mosaics, including the Trinity Dome, and the bas relief of The Universal Call to Holiness.

As a witness to the transformative power of a sound education and faithfully committed to the importance of the Catholic Church in America, Dr. Braddock supported numerous scholarships at The Catholic University of America, George Mason University, St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, Mt. Vernon High School and St. Peter’s Preparatory School. He also donated his service to the following governance Boards: The Alexandria Symphony, Catholic Distance University, INOVA Hospital Foundation, the Loch Harbour Group, National Security Industrial Association, The Potomac Foundation and St. Peter’s Preparatory School.

In recognition of his service, Dr. Braddock was awarded with the US Department of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award; the US Defense Nuclear Agency Exceptional Public Service Medal; the Eugene G. Fubini Award for Civilian Advisory Contributions to the US Secretary of Defense; and the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice and the Benemerenti Medals from the Holy See. His legacy continues as he was the inaugural recipient of the US Army’s Joseph V. Braddock award for members of and consultants to the Army Science Board.

In his free time, he was a devoted opera lover and supporter of the arts. He and Bertha would often be seen attending performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington Opera and the Alexandria Symphony.

He was preceded in passing by his sister Regina and is survived by his wife Bertha, their sons Tony and Robert (and his wife, Erika), grandchildren Lucia and Theodore, and his sister Mary.

A gentle man. A blessed soul. And a great patriot. We will all miss him.”


5 January 2021

Army Science Board Member - Dr. Gisele Bennett



The Optical Society Announces New Editor-in-Chief for Applied Optics


Bennett’s research interests are broad and include coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems, superresolution imaging systems, atmospheric turbulence, wave propagation, RFID, and related tagging technologies. She holds patents on RFID and Container Security devices and a copyright on a computer model for Wave Propagation through the atmosphere. Bennett is a Fellow with OSA and SPIE, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. She has served in many volunteer roles with OSA, including being a member of the OSA Board of Directors and OSA Strategic Planning Council; Division Chair for Information Acquisition, Processing and Display for OSA Board of Meetings; Topical Editor and Features Editor for Applied Optics; Chair, Strategic Committee for Imaging Congress; Chair and member of several OSA awards committees and program committees for topical meetings.

Remarking on the position, Bennett stated, “I look forward to working with the vibrant and innovative Applied Optics community of authors, reviewers, editors and readers to build upon the Journal’s strong foundation as an important resource for new developments”.

Commenting on the appointment, Elizabeth Nolan, deputy executive director and chief publishing officer, The Optical Society stated, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Bennett to her new role as the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics. Her background within industry, government and academia, along with her diverse research and professional experience bring a unique and beneficial perspective to Applied Optics and will enable the Journal to continue to evolve to best serve the needs of the community.” Bennett takes over the Editor-in-Chief position from Ronald Driggers, who led Applied Optics from 2015-2020.

About Applied Optics About The Optical Society

19 November 2020



Please join us in congratulating ASB Consultant, Ms. Pallabi Saboo, on her recent 2020 achievements!

Army Science Board Member - Pallabi Saboo


13 October 2020

Army Science Board Member - Evelyn Mullen

Evelyn Mullen named American Nuclear Society Fellow


Mullen was named a fellow for her leadership in nuclear national security and ensuring the nation’s experimental capability in nuclear criticality.


LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 13, 2020 — Evelyn Mullen, chief operating officer for Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society for her leadership in nuclear national security and ensuring the nation’s experimental capability in nuclear criticality.

“For more than 25 years, Evelyn Mullen has displayed outstanding leadership in nuclear and radiological threat response,” said Nancy Jo Nicholas, associate Laboratory director for Global Security at Los Alamos. “She has provided intellectual leadership for planning and executing science and technology for nuclear nonproliferation, detection, render safe, and attribution; foreign nuclear weapon analysis; and nuclear detonation response and recovery issues. Being named an ANS Fellow is a well-deserved honor for someone who has contributed so much to the field.”

Mullen was instrumental in developing plans for new diagnostic capabilities for subcritical plutonium-integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site that will become operational in 2025. Furthermore, she currently leads a major effort for recovery from a radiation source accident in Seattle, Wash.

Mullen joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1992. She holds bachelor and master of science degrees in nuclear engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the State of New Mexico. She currently serves on the Army Science Board. Mullen has volunteered with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation on the scholarship and grants committees for many years and is a founding member of the Legacy Society. Mullen is also a founding member of the Los Alamos Community Foundation and has been recognized by the Los Alamos Engineering Council with their community service award.

Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society is an international professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its more than 9,500 members represent government, academia, research laboratories, medical facilities, and private industry. ANS’s mission is to advance, foster, and spur the development and application of nuclear science, engineering, and technology to benefit society.

15 June 2020

It is with great sorrow, that the Army Science Board (ASB) announces the death of Major General David Fastabend, member of the ASB from 2016-2020.

MG Fastabend died from brain cancer on 20 March 2020. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends including the ASB.

MG David Fastabend

Major General (MG) David Fastabend, Army Science Board (ASB) Member (2016-2020), will be greatly missed after his battle with brain cancer ended on March 20, 2020. His expertise in combat engineering, strategy and planning, innovation, experimentation, wargaming, and strategic communications offered important insights to the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of Defense.

He volunteered his own time to the ASB and contributed to a number of ASB studies to include: “Army Efforts to Enhance Soldier and Team Performance,” “Future Character of Warfare,” “Manned, Unmanned Teaming” as the Deputy Chair, and many others. MG Fastabend was always fighting to make the Army even better. He had a passion for talent management and pushed for new reform in the Army under the ASB’s “Reforming Talent Management” study. He absolutely loved participating in the ASB; it brought him joy and an opportunity to continue contributing to our great Army, which was very important to him.

His 35-year Army career encompassed tactical military operations, civil works, strategic leadership in Army capability development, multi-national operations in Iraq, and strategic planning. He was a recognized thought leader on strategy, Army and Joint concept and capability development, and cyber operations.

As Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Information Solutions (AIS) in the Exelis (now Harris) Information Systems Division, Mr. Fastabend led a $400 million business encompassing 350 programs and 250 pursuits addressing DoD and DHS intelligence and cyber requirements, military service high-end professional engineering services, and DoD scientific and engineering technical services.

MG Fastabend was known to be a very genuine leader and family man. He was an incredible writer and story teller, but was also an outstanding Soldier and human being. He possessed a keen intellect, sharp wit, and a warm heart. There is no question that he always thought of the Soldiers first. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends including the ASB’s members and staff. We are forever grateful for his contributions to the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, and to society as a whole.

20 April 2020

Army Science Board Member - Dr. Marc Zissman


ASB Member Dr. Marc Zissman working on PACT
Bluetooth COVID-19, Private Automated Contact Tracing


27 January 2020


ASB Member
BG(P) Scott Goldstein promoted to Major General

MG Scott Goldstein

Everyone, Please join the ASB in congratulating ASB Member, Jay “Scott” Goldstein, Vice President for Engineering, Integration and Logistics, SAIC, and Reserve Brigadier General.

BG(P) Scott Goldstein was just promoted to Major General and serves as the U.S. Air Force’s Mobilization Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force!!!! Numerous members of the ASB were in attendance at his promotion ceremony at the Pentagon.

25 October 2019

Army Science Board Member - LTG Jack Woodmansee


Long time Army Science Board Member, LTG Jack Woodmansee, is awarded the ASB's 2019 Braddock Award

Retired general honored for decades of service in modernizing Army
-Sean Kimmons, Army News Service


FORT MEADE, MD -- Retired Lt. Gen. Jack Woodmansee has lived most of his life looking ahead into the future.

He served over 30 years in the Army, researching new concepts and equipment for Soldiers, and almost another 20 years as a civilian eyeing future capabilities on the Army Science Board.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy recently awarded him the Braddock Award, which honors members of the board that is overseen by the deputy undersecretary's office. He received the award Sept. 17 during the board's annual awards banquet in Arlington, Virginia.

Woodmansee is the fourth recipient of the award, named after Dr. Joseph Braddock who served three decades on the board.

Now 85, Woodmansee, a former armor officer and aviator, credits Braddock and other past awardees for showing him the ropes throughout his Army career.

"I had a lot of mentoring from these guys that won the Braddock award ahead of me," he said, laughing. "I give them a lot of credit … of grabbing me by the neck and then saying, 'You know, you're good at some things but let me help you with this future business.'"


After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, Woodmansee commissioned as an armor officer in 1956. He then qualified as an Army aviator and went on to climb the officer ranks before retiring as a three-star general in 1989.

During his career, he served two tours in the Vietnam War where he commanded helicopter gunships and air cavalry units. He flew over 1,500 combat hours, and earned a Silver Star while serving as a commander in the 1st Cavalry Division's 7th Cavalry Regiment.

His other military awards include two Army Distinguished Service medals, two Legion of Merit medals and five Distinguished Flying Cross medals, many of them from his time in Vietnam.

In the late 1970s, he oversaw efforts in combat developments at the Army Training and Doctrine Command. Under then-Gen. Donn Starry, the command carried out the "Division 86" study, which focused on heavy divisions as the critical fighting component, if needed, in central Europe.

"In the Army, we didn't have a plan of what the unit would look like," Woodmansee recalled during an interview Thursday.

The study researched how a division would incorporate new warfighting platforms, such as the M1 Abrams tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Multiple Launch Rocket System, and AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

At the time, many leaders believed those capabilities should be at the corps level, not the division level. But it became clear, he said, after a series of war games.

"It took some negotiating, planning and war gaming for everybody to agree. We would have, by [1986], all of those capabilities into our divisions," he said, adding the formations would later dominate during Desert Storm.

In the mid-1980s, he served as the deputy chief of staff of operations for force development, a position where he prioritized a $25 billion research, development and acquisition budget, according to his nomination letter.

His last assignment was the commander of V Corps in Germany, which had more than 62,000 Soldiers and an operational budget of over $1 billion.


After he put away his uniform, Woodmansee continued to assist the Army in getting future capabilities out to Soldiers.

He spent 19 years on the science board starting in the early 1990s. While in it, he participated in over 25 studies that directly influenced Army programs and strategy.

"When they invited me into the science board, I loved it," he said. "I had gotten comfortable of putting one leg in the present and one leg in the future, and trying to figure out how to get from the back leg to the front leg."

Perhaps the most important thing about the role, he said, was being able to persuade leadership that a new concept was the way forward.

"Because if you don't sell it, you never get it," he said.

While on the board, he helped research and get leadership support behind the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator, a flight demonstration program that aimed to advance blade concept and tiltrotor aircraft.

The Apache and Black Hawk helicopters, he explains, have the same rotor diameter and horsepower, a concept that could work with future helicopters.

The program later helped lay the foundation for the Army's Future Vertical Lift program, which is currently pursuing a Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft to replace Apaches and Black Hawks.

"What we suggested is that we have an aircraft at the agreed rotor diameter and horsepower and have those be the same for all the aircraft," he said. "But on one set of aircraft you make it an attack version and on the other you make it a cargo version."

In a congratulatory letter, the Army secretary thanked the retired general for his service to the science board that led to "meaningful recommendations" to address some of the most technologically complex problems for the Army and Defense Department.

"Your exceptional capacity to envision advanced warfighting concepts anchored by your distinguished combat and peace time military career make you an exceptional and deserving recipient of this award," McCarthy wrote.

While others his age are enjoying retirement, Woodmansee still works full-time on his two companies from Texas, along with his two sons who are also Army veterans.

One of which is a biotech company, he said, that produces powdered oxygen that can be given intravenously with a sterile fluid to serve as a blood substitute. He hopes it may one day extend the "golden hour" for Soldiers wounded in combat.

"Once a Solider, always a Soldier," he said of why he continues to develop ways to help future troops, but now with his sons. "You wonder what the next kids are going to have and how we are going to do that."