Greetings & Welcome to the AFNC!

"We are proud of our center's history and we continuously strive to lead across the DoD in all we do here at The Air Force Negotiation Center (AFNC). AFNC is recognized as a leader in educating and training individuals and teams on conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and facilitation. Our instruction is presented across the Air Force and DoD, and delivered by our own world-class faculty.

In addition to training and education, the AFNC has a breadth of opportunities for academic scholars; we encourage individuals to engage in our publication programs through The Journal of Military Conflict Transformation (JMCT) and The Military Education and Training in Conflict Transformation (METCAT) Papers. 

Thank you for visiting our page, and we hope you take a moment to engage with us online or in person."

Lt Col Christopher M. Lacek

   Director, Air Force Negotiation Center

Lt Col Christopher M. Lacek leads an integrated team in delivering conflict transformation, negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution to more than 77,000 personnel across the joint service. Full Biography

Sandra L. Edwards, Ph.D.

   Program Manager, AFNC Curricula Advisor to AFNC Director

Full Biography Coming Soon!

Paul J. Firman

   Dispute Resolution

Mr. Firman is the Chief, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Education & Training at the Air Force Negotiation Center (AFNC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He directly supports the 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 

Bill F. McClurg


Mr. McClurg 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; these include adaptive conflict management, negotiation, and mediation skills as a core leadership competency for all Airmen (Officer, Enlisted, and Civilians) as well as the development of negotiations as a corporate capability for the Air Force. Full Biography

David C. O'Meara

   Education Consultant 

Mr. 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. Also, He graduated with honors from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with a Master of Arts in American History. Full Biography

Michelle A. Osborne, Ph.D.

   Institutional Effectiveness

As the Air Force Negotiation Center (AFNC) Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Osborne monitors the progress and measures the effectiveness of all education, training, and leadership initiatives. With a focus on the Negotiation Academic Division, she is responsible for the creation and promotion of avenues for research and outreach in the study of "Conflict Transformation." Michelle also serves as the Editor in Chief for AFNC's publications: The Journal of Military Conflict Transformation (JMCT) and The Military Education and Training in Conflict Analysis and Transformation (METCAT) Papers. Full Biography