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
Col Tony Meeks - Director
USAF Center for Strategy and Technology
Air War College
325 Chennault Circle
Montgomery, AL 36112
CSAT Faculty and Staff
- Col Tony Meeks, Director
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, 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. 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. 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.
- John W. Pearse — Deputy Director
Mr. Pearse is Deputy Director for Asian-Pacific Affairs at the Center for Strategy and Technology at Air University. He retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel in 2015. His operational assignments included 7 tours flying the F-16. His staff experience included tours in NATO, Inspector General Team Chief at Air Combat Command and Director of Staff at Air Combat Command. In addition to his squadron and operations group commands, Mr. Pearse commanded the 8th Fighter Wing “Wolf Pack” as Wolf 52. His bachelor degree in Military History is from the US Air Force Academy. Mr. Pearse graduated from the US Fighter Weapons Instructor Course in 1996. He holds master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and Air War College.
- Lt Col Jeffrey W. Donnithorne — Deputy Director
Lt Col Jeff Donnithorne is Deputy Director for Academics and European Affairs at the Center for Strategy and Technology at Air University. He is a 1997 graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Duke University. His Air Force career includes two operational assignments as an instructor weapon systems officer in the F-15E Strike Eagle, with over 300 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served as an Air Force intern, with experience on the Joint Staff, the Checkmate division of the Air Staff, and in the Air Force Legislative Liaison office. Following an instructor tour at undergraduate navigator training in Pensacola, FL, Lt Col Donnithorne attended the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) at Maxwell AFB, AL. He then attended Georgetown University, where he earned a PhD in International Relations with a focus on American civil-military relations. Before joining the faculty at CSAT, Lt Col Donnithorne commanded the 31st Student Squadron at Squadron Officer School (SOS), Maxwell AFB, AL.
- Col Bill Woolf — Adjunct Faculty
Col William Woolf is the Director of Advanced Programs and Reserve Forces for AU University and was commissioned from Northern Arizona University ROTC in 1994 with a BS degree in Mathematics Education. He is a cross-domain integration expert with an extensive background in space operations. He has experience in space control systems and operational space planning. He designed the Advanced Integration War-fighting (AIW) Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) at the USAF Weapons School and was the Reserve Advisor to the Commander of the USAF Warfare Center. Other assignments include the AOC and Space Functional Area Manager at HQ AFRC and he was the Space planner at 13 AF. He’s deployed in support of OEF and OIF. Col Woolf has a master's degree in Learning Development from Montana State University – Northern and a master's degree of Strategic Studies from Air War College.
- Dr Grant Hammond — Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Hammond (BA Harvard, MA & PhD SAIS, Johns Hopkins) is currently the Air University Provost, overseeing the transformation of AU into the premiere military educational institution for the 21st century. Dr. Hammond, a long-time member of the Air War College faculty, served in a variety of roles including Chairman of the Department of National Security Studies; Chair, National Security Strategy; and Director of the Center for Strategy and Technology. The former Dean of the NATO Defense College, he has worked with the Command and Staff Colleges and War Colleges of all US military services and those of more than a dozen other countries. Dr. Hammond is the author of three books, numerous book chapters and articles and a variety of studies for the USAF and other government agencies. He specializes in the analysis of alternative futures.
- Dr. Dave Luginbuhl — Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Luginbuhl is the Air Force Research Lab Chair to Air University and was previously the Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As such, Dr. Luginbuhl was responsible for the technical direction of a broad, multi-disciplinary research and development portfolio encompassing human-centric aspects of decision-making, forecasting, human performance and training. As AFRL Chair, he facilitates collaboration opportunities between AU and the Air Force Research Lab, and provide assistance to shape the AU curriculum to develop greater awareness of the application of science and technology (S&T) as a critical resource for Air Force leaders. Dr. Luginbuhl earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.