Martin E.B. France
Martin France is Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Astronautics, United States Air Force Academy. He also manages a dynamic $6.0M+ research program funded by Air Force Space Command, AFRL, and other DoD organizations.
Colonel France earned his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981, graduating with majors in Engineering Mechanics and Engineering Sciences. Dr. France’s professional experience includes research and development assignments with the Air Force Research Lab working on high-energy laser systems, as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and as the Chief Scientist of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) during a recent sabbatical assignment. Dr. France also served as a staff officer at Air Force Space Command, the Air Staff, and on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, writing long-range mission area plans for space forces, in a variety of requirements positions for space support, force enhancement, space superiority, intelligence, and special access programs, and in key support roles within the Pentagon during Operations NOBLE EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM. He has published technical, policy, and strategy papers in several journals, is a fully qualified USAF Foreign Area Officer (fluent in French), a Joint Specialty Officer, and is a Level III Certified Acquisition Professional.
Dr. France also earned his Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.