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Brendan Mulvaney

Dr. 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.

Roderick Lee

Roderick Lee is the Director of Research at the Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI). Prior to joining CASI, he served as an analyst with the United States Navy covering Chinese naval forces. He earned his Master of Arts degree from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. 

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 Signals Development at Fort Meade, MD, before returning to DLI in 2010 to attend the Intermediate Chinese course, where she graduated with Honors. She 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. TSgt Thurman holds degrees in Microbiology, East Asian Studies, and Exercise Physiology, and is currently working on her second Master's in International Relations.


Lt Col Justin Settles

  Lt Col Justin Settles is the Deputy Director for CASI

The following positions are currently open: 
     CASI Director of Education (forthcoming) (GS-13) Maxwell AFB
     CASI Senior Researcher (GS-13) Maxwell, AFB  see:https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/598609900
     CASI Researcher (GS-12) Maxwell AFB (reviewing applicants).

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