Dr. John P. Stopher is the Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Space, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. In this role, he advises the SECAF, Under Secretary, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all space-related matters and serves as the Headquarters Air Force official for space matters, to include planning, policy, strategy, international relations, and space interagency relations. Dr. Stopher also serves as the primary HAF interface for space matters to entities and organizations outside the Air Force to include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress, and industry. He directs the Headquarters staff responsible for space policy, issue integration, and strategy, and oversees Air Force integration with the National Security Space Enterprise.
Dr. Stopher’s career began in 1988 with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, where he worked as a systems engineer on advanced imaging systems, including optics and image processing in the Hawkeye Works facility. Dr. Stopher worked in industry for several years as a senior engineer, then joined the U.S. House of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as a professional staff member in August 1998. He began his HPSCI work as a program monitor for the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency before becoming the Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence and focusing on the authorization and oversight of all technical programs in the intelligence community. He also served as the HPSCI Budget Director and was responsible for the preparation, presentation, and negotiation of the annual Intelligence Authorization Bill.
Most recently, Dr. Stopher was the founder and president of 377 Omega, Inc., a consulting services company focused on national security, space, and intelligence community technology and policy.