About Us - Leadership
The AFNC is a small education staff supporting the Air University and the Air Force General Counsel. Mr. Hank Finn, an expert on business negotiations and Air Force education and training programs, is the acting AFNC Director. Dr. Stefan Eisen, Colonel, USAF (Ret) is an expert in cross-cultural negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution. Dr. Eisen is the AFNC Chief of Research. Mr. Paul Firman, an expert in Air Force enlisted education, cross-cultural communications and mediation, serves as the Director of Air Force Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) education and is an AFNC Staff Officer. Mr. Rich Barbour, an expert in Air Force adult education, is an AFNC Staff Officer. Mr. David O'Meara, Colonel, USAF (Ret), an expert on international negotiations, is a former Air War College instructor and Defense and Air Attache to Israel. He provides contract support to the AFNC.
Mr. Hank V. Finn - Acting Director of the AFNC
Mr. Finn has over 30 years experience with the Air Force. As a career Operations Intelligence Officer, he served at all levels from Wing "IN" to Air Chief of a North Atlantic Air Defense Intelligence Division. As a MAJCOM Chief of Intelligence Inspections Division he authored numerous joint, coalition, and special operations exercises throughout Europe and Southeast Asia for a few short years after retirement, Mr. Finn worked in the Automotive Industry first with General Motors and later with Ford Motor Company and Lincoln. He held positions as Dealership Operations Director, General Manager, and as a Corporate Trainer for one of the largest Automotive Groups in the Southeast U.S. He also has several years of experience as an educator/teacher and Senior Program Manager with Officer and Enlisted Professional Military Education. He served on the Air University HQ staff in the Plans and Programs Directorate, Junior Officer PME and as Chief of AU Protocol. Most recently Mr. Finn served as the Director, Expeditionary Skills Training Division, Air Force Culture and Language Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
Dr. Stefan Eisen Colonel (Ret) USAF - Professor of Research
Dr. Stefan Eisen Jr. was the founding Director of the Air Force Negotiation Center and currently serves as the Center's Professor of Research. He is the past Air War College Dean of Academics and retired from the Air Force in 2006 after 30 years of active duty service. A five-time commander, he led the 737th Training Group (Air Force Basic Military Training), Lackland AFB, TX., the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps HQ at Maxwell AFB, AL, the 37th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS., and the 3830th Student Squadron, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL. He also served as Commander, Air and Space Basic Course School, Maxwell, AFB, AL.
Dr. Eisen earned a BS from the US Air Force Academy, a MS in Systems Management from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX, a MA in Strategic Security Studies from the Naval War College, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Alabama. He graduated first from his Squadron Officer School class as well as first in his Naval War College class. He is also a distinguished graduate from the Air Command and Staff College.
Dr. Eisen serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama. Additionally, the Governor of Alabama appointed him to serve on the Alabama Developmental Disabilities Council. Dr. Eisen is also an active leader and pitcher in Montgomery's Miracle League, a baseball field designed to give everyone, regardless of ability or special needs, the chance to "play ball".
Colonel (Ret) David C. O'Meara, Education and Research Support
Colonel (ret) David C. O'Meara is assigned as a support contractor to the USAF Negotiation Center. Colonel O'Meara retired in 2010 as the Director, Regional and Cultural Studies, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama after over 28 years of active duty service. Colonel O'Meara joined the Air War College faculty in the summer of 2009 following an assignment as the Defense and Air Attache at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. While serving in Israel, Colonel O'Meara participated in and observed both state-to-state and military-to-military negotiations. A 1982 graduate of the Air Force Academy, career helicopter pilot and the first Air Force helicopter weapons officer, Col O'Meara has over 3,800 hours in the H-60/3 and commanded the 34th Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada. He served in the Air Combat Command Headquarters plans and programs directorate as the Chief of Air and Space Superiority Programming and as a test director for an OSD Joint Test and Evaluation. His overseas experience includes service in Japan, Kuwait, and Israel. Col O'Meara is a Distinguished Graduate from Squadron Officers School, attended Air Command and Staff College in Residence, and completed Air War College by seminar. He has a BS from the Air Force Academy and a MA in American History from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
Mr. Paul J. Firman, Alternative Dispute Resolution Education Lead
Mr. Paul J. Firman has more than 25 years experience with the US Air Force. Trained as a broadcaster at the Defense Information School, he was hand selected to teach at the United States Air Force Academy where he served two tours instructing cadets in broadcast operations. His stateside experience also includes the Air Force News Pentagon Bureau in Washington, DC where he directed senior level productions to include interview programs with the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force. As superintendent of the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office, Los Angeles, CA Mr. Firman negotiated/managed Air Force depiction in film and television. He also served at multiple overseas and joint assignments to include Korea, Germany, and Portugal with additional missions to Turkey and Italy. His last overseas assignment took him to Lajes Field, Azores as the onsite commander/broadcast detachment superintendent. Finally, he left broadcasting to become an instructor at the Air Force Senior NCO Academy, teaching leadership and conflict management to higher-ranking Air Force leaders. After serving three years at the Academy he retired, completing nearly 23 years of active duty service. Today, Paul has the privilege of not only developing relevant curriculum for the negotiation center, but teaches at multiple venues that include Department of Defense, State Department, and international students.
Mr. Richard P. Barbour, Professional Continuing Education Lead
Mr. Richard Barbour, an expert with over 26 years of Air Force service, in ISD and education and training programs, is the Professional Continuing Education Lead. As a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he served around the globe conducting complex felony level investigations and providing full-spectrum Counterintelligence support where necessary. Mr. Barbour also served at Air University as a Squadron Officer School Flight Commander, Aide-de-Camp to the Air University Commander, and Detachment Commander. Mr. Barbour holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership, and completed Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College. Mr. Barbour has also been an Adjunct Professor for the University of Phoenix teaching Criminal Justice courses online. Most recently Mr. Barbour was an Instructional Systems Designer for the eSchool of Graduate Professional Military Education creating, developing, and designing curriculum for over 24,000 students worldwide.