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  • The primary location for CASI is Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. with an operating location at National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington D.C..

  • Brendan Mulvaney

    Brendan Mulvaney

    Brendan Mulvaney is the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute.  Dr. Mulvaney served as a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as a AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China.  He served at Camp Pendleton, CA; in China as an Olmsted Scholar at Fudan University, where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations; in Iraq; in Washington D.C. as the inaugural Director of the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Red Team, and most recently at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis where he was the Associate Chair for Languages and Cultures and taught Chinese language and culture.
  • Ken Allen

    Ken Allen

    Ken Allen is the Research Director for CASI at NDU.  Over the past 25 years, his primary focus has been on China’s military organizational structure, personnel, education, training, and foreign relations with particular emphasis on the PLA Air Force. During 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, he served as an enlisted Chinese and Russian linguist and intelligence officer with tours in Taiwan, Berlin, Japan, Hawaii, China, and Washington DC. From 1987-1989, he served as the Assistant Air Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He was inducted into DIA’s Defense Attaché Hall of Fame in 1997. He has B.A. degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Maryland and an M.A. degree from Boston University. He has written multiple books, monographs, chapters, journal articles, and online articles on the PLA.
  • Major Catherine Tobin

    Lieutenant Colonel Catherine Tobin

    Lt Col Catherine Tobin is the Deputy Director of CASI.  Lt Col Tobin was commissioned in 2004 from ROTC at the University of Michigan with dual B.A. degrees in International Politics and Asian Studies.  Lt Col Tobin has served 13 years in as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, including a command tour at Hanscom AFB, MA.  In 2010, Lt Col Tobin earned a Master’s degree in Security Studies: Far East Asia with Mandarin Chinese from the Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA.  She has served at the US Embassy-Beijing; US Consulate in Hong Kong; Kabul and Bagram, Afghanistan; and as the China Area Specialist at Joint Task Force Red Eye, among other assignments.  Most recently, Lt Col Tobin completed a second Master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College as a Distinguished Graduate.
  • MSgt Eric M. Griffin

    MSgt Eric M. Griffin

    Master Sergeant Eric M. Griffin is the Research Superintendent of CASI.  MSgt Griffin enlisted in the USAF in 2001 as a Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician.  In 2006 he attended the Basic Chinese Mandarin course at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey CA, where he graduated with honors.  MSgt Griffin then spent five years at Hickam AFB eventually becoming the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Initial Training.  In 2012 he returned to DLI to attend the Advanced Chinese Mandarin Course.  After graduation, MSgt Griffin went on to Fort George G. Meade where he worked as the Senior Enlisted Representative for Signals Development, and eventually the Senior Enlisted Leader for a Cyber National Mission Team.  In 2016  MSgt Griffin received a B.S. Degree in International Studies from Excelsior College before being assigned to the Special U.S. Liaison Advisor Korea as the Senior Enlisted Leader/Operations Flight Chief.
  • TSgt Jennifer Thurman

    TSgt Jennifer Thurman

    Technical Sergeant Jennifer Thurman is the Section Chief of CASI. TSgt Thurman enlisted in the USAF in 2004 as a Chinese Language Analyst, and attended the Basic Chinese Mandarin course at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA. She then worked in Signal Development at Fort Meade, MD, before returning to DLI in 2010 to attend the Intermediate Chinese course, where she graduated with Honors. She then filled the role of First Sergeant at Lackland AFB, TX before her selection for an internship in the Military Language Analyst Program at Fort Meade. In 2016, TSgt Thurman graduated her internship, and began teaching Chinese. Prior to joining CASI, she was selected for the role of Chinese Curriculum Manager, overseeing the language training of over 3000 linguists worldwide. In 2012, TSgt Thurman earned a Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Maryland University College, and most recently, TSgt Thurman completed her Master's in Exercise Physiology. 
  • Rob Miltersen

    Rob Miltersen

    Rob Miltersen is a language specialist and research analyst at CASI, Air University.  He retired from the Air Force in 2009 after serving 20 years as a Russian, then Chinese airborne linguist.  During active duty he served two US Embassy assignments, 1998-2001 in Beijing, China; and 2001-2004 in Canberra, Australia.  While serving in Beijing Rob had the opportunity to assist as the DAO OPSCO forward to Hainan Island where the crew of the US Navy EP-3E was detained in April of 2001 following the collision with a Chinese Shenyang J-8II interceptor fighter.  Following his assignment in Australia, Rob was a Chinese Military Language Instructor, then Chief Military Language Instructor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, California.  Once retired, Rob secured a position as a Regional Director for DLI.  Assigned to Maxwell AFB, AL, he was responsible for all DLI foreign language training at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL; Ft. Leavenworth, KS; Ft. Benning, GA; Hurlburt Field, FL; Tampa, FL and Miami SOUTHCOM. He has a Master’s degree in Instructional Science & Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay.



The following positions are currently open: 
     CASI Air University Research Director (GS-14) Maxwell AFB.
     CASI Researcher (multiple GS positions) Maxwell and NDU.

Please contact us if you are interested in applying.