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About CSAT

About the Center

    CSAT was established at the Air War College in 1997. Its purpose is to engage in long-term strategic thinking about technology and its implications for U.S. national security.

    The Center focuses on education, research, and publications that support the integration of technology into national strategy and policy. Its charter is to support faculty and student research, publish research through books, articles, and occasional papers, fund a regular program of guest speakers, host conferences and symposia on these issues, and engage in collaborative research with U.S. and international academic institutions. As an outside-funded activity, the Center enjoys the support of institutions in the strategic, scientific, and technological worlds.

    Under the supervision of the CSAT staff and academic instructors, a select group of Air War College and Air Command and Staff College students research future concepts and technologies by working closely with subject matter experts from the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Defense Research Projects Agency, major universities and businesses, and other government laboratories and agencies. In addition to producing reports, the result is a cadre of officers conversant in critical areas of emerging technologies who ask critical questions and assess systems in directed energy, biotechnology, nanotechnology and cyber technologies and what they mean for the future of the U.S. Air Force.

    Research conducted under the auspices of the Center is published as Occasional Papers and disseminated to senior military and political officials, think tanks, educational institutions, and other interested parties. Through these publications, the Center promotes the integration of technology and strategy in support of U.S. national security objectives.

    For further information on the Center on Strategy and Technology, please contact:

    Lt Col Tony Meeks - Director
    USAF Center for Strategy and Technology
    Air War College
    325 Chennault Circle
    Maxwell AFB
    Montgomery, AL 36112

Special Projects


CSAT Faculty and Staff
  • Lt Col Tony Meeks, Director

    Lieutenant Colonel Meeks began his Air Force career as a graduate of Air Force ROTC while at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. His first assignment was Los Angeles AFB where his job was integrating space capabilities into operational combat plans and exercises. His second assignment was in Air Force Special Operations Command, continuing space integration, battle management, and command and control. After a stint teaching at Squadron Officer School, Lt Col Meeks transferred to the National Reconnaissance Office, working Special Programs and Legislative Affairs. Following a return to Maxwell AFB for Air Command and Staff College with a Political Affairs concentration, he went to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency working counter-proliferation issues. Lt Col Meeks worked a special program for the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence before being selected as a Material Leader. His command assignment was at Los Angeles, running the Wideband Global SATCOM program. Lt Col Meeks' bachelor is in Engineering Physics and he has three masters (Aerospace Technology also from Embry Riddle, Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College, and Master of Strategic Studies from Air War College).

  • Harry A. Foster — Deputy Director

    Mr Foster is Deputy Director of the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology at Air University where he leads research into future technologies and their implications for OSD and Air Force strategy. A member of the Grand Strategy Program faculty, he is responsible for developing and leading the Warfighting Practicum syllabus designed to expose students to emergent strategic issues and resulting defense challenges. A former Air Force Colonel, Mr Foster flew F-16s, B-2s and B-1s in combat, served on the Air Staff as a CHECKMATE branch chief, and led USCENTCOM’s Combined Air Operations Center Strategy Division. He holds masters degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School, Marine Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and Air War College.

  • Dr Grant T. Hammond, PhD — Deputy Director for Global Strike

    Dr Hammond is Deputy Director of the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT) and Professor of International Security at the Air War College (AWC). The Center does alternative futures studies looking at emerging strategic landscapes and developing technologies15-25 years in the future. Dr. Hammond received his BA from Harvard, and an MA and Ph. D. from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to the Air War College, Dr. Hammond was Chairman of the International Studies Department at Rhodes College and Executive Officer at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He left CSAT and the AWC in 2007 to be Dean and Deputy Commandant of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy until returning in late 2010. Dr. Hammond has written three books—Countertrade Offsets and Barter in International Political Economy (1990, PB 1993); Plowshares into Swords: Arms Races in International Politics, 1840-1991 (1993); and The Mind of War: John Boyd and American Security (2001, reprinted in PB 2004 and 2007)—and authored numerous book chapters, articles and briefings. He has addressed all the US armed services Command and Staff Colleges and War Colleges as well as military and civilian audiences in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK. Dr. Hammond is currently working on a book on crisis decision making in multiple crises and another on the revolution in security in the 21st century.

  • Col Barbara Y. Lee -- Adjunct Faculty for US Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology

    Col Lee is Director of Reserve Forces to the Commander and President, Air University and serves as adjunct faculty for the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology and Air War College Total Force Course. She is a Logistics Readiness Officer with experience in development of wartime and contingency planning policy and guidance, systems support for war planning, force generation, mobilization, wargaming, and concept development. Col Lee’s operational and staff experience include multiple short-term tours supporting both combat operations and exercises; the AF Strategic Force Generation Policy Planning & Systems Division (War Dawgs),the AF Concepts and Strategy Division (Skunk Works), the AF Wargaming Division, and the AF Modeling and Simulation Division. Her experience spans Unit, Numbered Air Force, Major Command, and Headquarters Air Force levels. Col Lee holds a Masters in Business Administration from Keller University, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

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