Colonel Angela Freeman is the Cyber Chair for Air University and an instructor at the Air Force Cyber College. She was commissioned into the Air Force as a distinguished graduate from the ROTC program at the University of South Florida in 1999, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from The University of Tampa. In addition, she has earned a Master of Science from the University of Maryland University College in Telecommunications Management and two Masters’ degrees from Air University in Strategic Studies and in Military Operational Art and Sciences. Col Freeman also holds an Associates of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. She is a Master Cyberspace Operator with over 25 years of experience. She has commanded two different squadrons, garrison and deployed, and served as an administrative commander at the Air Staff level. Col Freeman has served staff tours on the Joint Staff, Air Staff, and AMC.
Colonel Kevin L. Parker is the Associate Dean of the Air Force Cyber College. He commissioned into the Air Force in 1996 as a distinguished graduate from Texas A&M University’s ROTC program with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering. He is a distinguished graduate of the Civil Engineer Officer Basic Course, Squadron Officer School, and Air Command and Staff College and a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and US Army War College. He has earned Master’s Degrees in Human Resources Development, Military Operational Art and Science, Military Strategy, and Strategic Studies, as well as a PhD in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. He is a registered professional engineer and a Master Civil Engineer officer with experience including 5 years of command at the squadron and group level, four deployments, and staff assignments at Headquarters Air Force. His eleven publications include articles in various journals and a book chapter.
Col Anthony Franks, USAFR, is an instructor with the Air Force Cyber College. He is a command pilot with over 4,000 hours in the B-52H, C-130H2, and trainer aircraft serving as squadron commander, evaluator, instructor, and staff officer with over 19 years of flying experience and 6 years of Joint Special Operations experience. He has over 680 hours of combat time during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, and operations with Counter Terrorism JSOTFs. He serves as an Air University Cyber College instructor. He entered the Air Force with a commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999, graduating with a B.S. in Business Management. In addition, he earned a Master of Science from Southwestern Assemblies of God University as well as a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air War College.
Mrs. Cheryl King is the Executive Branch Chief for the AF Cyber College. She plans, organizes, manages and leads the day-to-day academic support operations and personnel function for the Air Force Cyber College that must meet Air War College, Air University, AETC, MAJCOMs, HQ AF and DoD requirements and standards. Mrs. King and her executive team oversees all seminars and conferences working directly with the Cyber College Dean. She oversees the college Government Purchase Card (GPC). Prior to working at the Cyber College, she was the Branch Chief for the Air University Press. Mrs. King holds a Master’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University, Carbondale, Michigan and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Southern Illinois University. Additionally, she holds a certificate in Security Leadership Essentials for Managers through SANS..
Dr. Chad L. Dacus is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. He also serves as the Director of the Air University Cyber Research Task Force. His research interests include defense acquisition, economics and its impact on national security strategy, and cyber risk modeling. He has particular interest in improving the metrics available to policymakers. His writing has been published in journals such as IEEE Security & Privacy, Defense Acquisition Research Journal, and Strategic Studies Quarterly. Before coming to Air University, Dr. Dacus served as a Research Analyst and Fleet Forces Command Field Representative for the Center for Naval Analyses. During his time at CNA, he authored numerous technical reports examining such topics as the aggregation of readiness metrics, projecting support costs for the Joint Strike Fighter, and resolving recurring issues in Navy expeditionary logistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University and an M.S. in Statistics from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Michael L. Thomas is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. Previously he was with Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Charleston as a C4ISR Systems Engineer in the Communications and Networks Division stationed in the Stuttgart Germany office. In this capacity he is responsible for the design, implementation and fielding of major Systems Engineering projects initiated by the Navy, sister services and other US government customers and in the Heidelberg Office supporting HQ USAREUR in Geospatial Engineering. He was on detached special duty after being activated in March 2007, and served a short tour at the Pentagon, as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) LNO to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and in numerous staff positions in the J2 and J3 staffs at USAFRICOM and USEUCOM. In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. Thomas holds multiple certifications in Software Quality Engineering (CSQE), Geospatial Systems Professional (GISP) and is also a DAU Certified Level II Systems Engineer.
Dr. Joshua Alton Sipper is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. He completed his Doctoral work at Trident University in September of 2012, earning a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (emphasis, E-Learning Leadership). Dr. Sipper’s previous degrees were obtained from Troy University (M.Ed. Education) and Faulkner University (B.S. English). Dr. Sipper is a veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Air Force in the intelligence career field, and worked for Lockheed Martin in a similar capacity on the U2 program. More recently, Dr. Sipper shifted his focus into the cyber realm as a Systems Engineer for General Dynamics at the Air Force’s 26th Network Operations Squadron, followed by an eight-year stint as a civil servant in the Air Force cyber career field at the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education. Dr. Sipper currently serves as a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies at the Air Force Cyber College, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB. Dr. Sipper’s research interests include cyber ISR, policy, strategy, and warfare.
Dr. Cj Horn is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. Previously, Cj served as the Director of the School of Joint Strategic Studies within the College of Information and Cyberspace at Fort McNair. In that position he lead the Nation’s only War College program centered on Information and Cyberspace Warfare. He served more than 24 years in the US Army as an Armor officer and Strategist. Highlights of his service included stints in Germany, Korea, the United States Military Academy, the Pentagon, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Cj earned a B.S. in History from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Joseph McGarvey is a Research Professor of Cyber Warfare and Strategy with the Air Force Cyber College. He has more than 20 years of Advanced Cyber Security experience as a manager in the Energy Sector. Dr. McGarvey is an Advanced Cyber Security Systems Practitioner and Critical Infrastructure Protection Specialist. In addition to being well published within the energy industry, Dr. McGarvey is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Advanced Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert consulting with government agencies across the country. He specializes in Industrial Control System (ICS) Cyber Security including developing and Managing Advanced Security Tactics and Techniques for Transmission Power Systems and Renewable Power Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems, Cyber Data-Analytics, Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analysis, Cyber Vulnerabilities Analysis, System Mission Cyber Impacts, and Mitigations Strategies for Cyber-Risk Assessment. Dr. McGarvey’s Research interests and current Cyber Security topics include Advanced Cyber Offensive Techniques, Red and Purple team Cyber Strategies, Threat Intelligence and Analysis, Advanced Cyber Digital Forensics, Operating Systems, Applied Cryptography and Encryption, Applied Ethical Hacking and Penetration Tools, Offensive Penetration and Hacking Tools, Advanced Security Techniques and Countermeasures, Network Administration, Web Application Security, Server Administration, Databases Security, Vulnerability and Risk Management Maturity Models, Cloud Security, Block Chaining Encryption Standard, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning within the Cyber Security Industry.
Dr. Melissa A. Thomas is a Research Professor of Cyber Warfare and Strategy with the Air Force Cyber College. She holds a BA in computer and information science from UC Santa Cruz, a JD from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in political economy and government from Harvard University. After working in international development, she turned to national security. She has worked with governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. She has led and worked in research teams CONUS and OCONUS. Her articles have appeared in policy and academic journals including Strategic Studies Quarterly, Defence Studies, International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The American Interest. She received teaching awards at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies. Her research interests include cyber, artificial intelligence, computational social science, and measurement. She teaches Cyber Strategies and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.
Jessica ‘Zhanna’ Malekos Smith, J.D., is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies with the Air Force Cyber College. A former captain in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, she has held fellowships with the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs, the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, Duke University Law School as the Reuben Everett Cyber Scholar, and Stanford University’s U.S.-Russia Forum. Malekos Smith has presented her research at DEF CON and ShmooCon, and has published op-eds in The Hill and Defense One, among others. She is a senior fellow non-resident with the Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College; an M.A. and A.K.C. from King’s College London, Department of War Studies; and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis, where she pursued a self-concentration in cyberlaw.
Lieutenant Colonel Jamey “Mooch” Haigh is an instructor with the Air Force Cyber College. He is an Air Education & Training Command master instructor with 19 years of teaching experience at Squadron Officer College, the Holm Center, and Civil Air Patrol. During Operation NEW DAWN, He taught English as a second language to aviation cadets and ground crew at the Iraqi Air Force Academy. Originally enlisting in 1993 as an inventory specialist, he earned a commission through Officer Training School in 1999 after obtaining a degree in business management from Saint Leo University. He later acquired postgraduate degrees in business administration and public administration from Auburn University – Montgomery as well as military operational art and science from the Air University. He also holds master ratings in the supply and logistics readiness officer career fields.
Mr. Anthony Kendrick is an Instructional System Specialist with the Air Force Cyber College. He advises the commandant and dean on Air Force Cyber College curricula. Mr. Kendrick oversees the curriculum development, learning methodology, and instructional design. He collaborates with external agencies to facilitate faculty publication opportunities. Mr. Kendrick executes special projects and performs additional duties.
Mrs. Holly Shoemaker is a Visual Information Specialist with the Air Force Cyber College. She is responsible for the original design, production and display of a wide variety of media products to improve and enhance the effectiveness of the research, outreach and engagement activities of the AF Cyber College. Prior to working at the Cyber College, Mrs. Shoemaker was the Communications Director of Alabama Pharmacy Association in Montgomery, AL. She also previously served as a Visual Information Specialist with the National Defense University in Washington, D.C for ten years. Mrs. Shoemaker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Communications from Franklin Pierce University, Ridge, NH and has worked in a professional capacity as a graphic designer for 18 years.