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Col. Russell Teehan is the director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and the commander of Phillips Research Site at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. He leads a team of 809 military, civilian and on-site contractors who comprise the nation's center of excellence for military space science and technology, research and development, as well as advanced technologies integration and demonstration. His organization manages an annual budget of $307 million, focused on enduring Air Force space missions: communications; position navigation and timing, missile warning, space situational awareness, and defensive counter space.

Teehan was commissioned in 1993 by USAF Academy. His career has included a variety of assignments ranging from basic weapons research at the AF Research Laboratory, teaching physics at USAF Academy, special programs at the Space and Missiles Systems Center, and a multitude of Air Staff and OSD staff assignments. He recently served as the chief of the Space Control Branch of the Strategic, Space, and Intelligence Office within the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, serving as USD/AT&L’ s chief advisor on all matters of space control acquisition oversight and as the Executive Secretary of the Space Resilience Defense Science Board Task Force. 

1993 BS, Physics, USAF Academy, CO
1994 MS, Applied Physics (Lasers), Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
1999 PhD, Optical Sciences, University of New Mexico, NM
2007 MS, Military Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery AFB, AL
2014 MS, National Resource Strategy, The Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, DC

1. Jun 93 – Sep 94, Applied Physics Masters Program Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
2. Sep 94 – Aug 96, Laser Research Physicist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
3. Aug 96 – Dec 99, Optical Sciences PhD Candidate, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
4. Dec 99 – Jun 02, Assistant Professor of Physics, USAF Academy, CO
5. Jun 02 – Jul 03, Director, Laser & Optics Research Center & Assoc. Prof. of Physics, USAF Academy, CO
6. Jul 03 – Jul 06, Deputy Chief, Counterspace Technology Division (SMC/SYT), Los Angeles AFB, CA
7. Jul 06 – Jun 07, Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery AFB, AL
8. Jun 07 – Apr 09, Space Control Program Element Monitor, SAF/AQSC, Pentagon, Washington DC
9. Apr 09 – Jun 10, Deputy Chief, Space Control Division, SAF/AQSC, Pentagon, Washington DC
10. Jul10 – Jul 13, Chief of Rapid Reaction Branch, Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson AFB, CO
11. Jul 13 – Jun 14, Student, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington DC
12. Jun 14 – Jun 16, Chief, Space Control Branch, OUSD/AT&L(SSI), Pentagon, Washington DC
13. Jun 16 – Present, Commander, Phillips Research Site and Director, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air
Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM

(Current as of Jun 2016)