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.