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Background & History

 

The Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) tasked AFNC to develop an educational approach to make basic negotiation skills an Air Force corporate capability.  On 28 September 2015, the Secretary signed the memorandum, Air Force Negotiation Initiative, directing Air University (AU) and AFNC to address three areas:

1.  Educate 36,000 Airmen leaders annually.

2.  Deliver appropriate cross-cultural negotiation training for deploying Airmen through Expeditionary Readiness Programs.

3.  Leverage transformation initiatives championed by AU, and collaborate with the Air Force Judge Advocate (AF/JA) and other agencies to develop the tools and training needed to make negotiations an enterprise capability.

 

The result of this memorandum expanded AFNC’s role in providing negotiation skills to the Total Force.  To support the establishment of negotiation skills as a corporate capability, the Air Force General Counsel (SAF/GC), which is responsible for implementing ADR in all Air Force workplaces, had previously established a 2013 Memorandum of Agreement with AFNC to incorporate Air Force-wide ADR education into its mission.

  • Dr. Thomas G. Matyók

    Dr. Thomas G. Matyók, Director

    Associate Professor, Conflict Analysis & Resolution

    Thomas Matyók is Director of the United States Air Force Negotiation Center and Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Air War College. His research interests include military education and training in conflict analysis and transformation, negotiating with religious actors in conflict prevention and post-conflict reconciliation, and Joint Civil-Military Interaction.  Full Biography
  • Dr. Thomas G. Matyók

    Dr. Stefan Eisen Jr., Colonel (ret) USAF

    Professor of Research

    Dr. Eisen is the founding Director of the Air Force Negotiation Center (AFNC), Maxwell AFB, AL and currently serves as the Professor of Research for the Center. He is the past Air War College Dean of Academics and retired from the USAF in 2006 after 30 years of active duty service.  Full Biography
  • Mr. Hank V. Finn

    Chief of Training

    Mr. Finn has over 30 years of experience with the Air Force. As a career Operations Intelligence Officer, he served at all levels from Wing Intel Chief 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.  Full Biography
  • Mr. Paul Firman

    Mr. Paul J. Firman

    Chief, Dispute Resolution Education and Training

    Mr. Paul J. Firman is the Chief, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Education &Training at the Air Force Negotiation Center, Maxwell AFB, AL. He directly supports Air Force Chief of Staff Guidance to improve conflict resolution skills by ensuring relevant education and training programs are designed, developed, and delivered to the Total Force.  Full Biography
  • Mr. Richard P. Barbour

    Chief, Professional Continuing Education

    Mr. Richard Barbour is the Chief, Professional Continuing Education (PCE) at the Air Force Negotiation Center (AFNC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Designs, develops, implements, and manages Education and Training Programs for negotiation and mediation related curricula for the AFNC. Manages and administers Instructional Systems Design (ISD) Programs and Quality Control Process for the Total Force development of a range of Alternative Dispute Resolution Tools.  Full Biography
  • Mr. David O’Meara

    Education Consultant

    Mr. David O'Meara is a Sole Proprietor and independent education and teaching consultant to the Air University’s Air Force Negotiation Center and the Air Force Culture and Language Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1982 and also graduated with honors from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas with a Master of Arts in American History.  Full Biography

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Assessments ................................................................................... 6675
Executive Support ........................................................................... 8791
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