SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE WORKING GROUP 14 September 2017
Agenda • Welcome • HostWelcome and New Member Introductions • SMDWG Charter • Introduction of Special Guest • Kickstart Report • Announcements • News and Trumors • Next Meetings – Schedule • SMDWG Officers
Agenda • Welcome and Introductions • Host Welcome • Jeff Gronberg, President, Decibel Research President, NDIA Tennessee Valley Chapter Past Chairman, Space and Missile Defense Working Group • New Member Introductions • SMDWG Charter • Why the SMDWG exists
SMDWG Charter Space and Missile Defense Working Group (SMDWG) Charter Background The SMDWG is formed to respond to our civic responsibility to assist in the decision making process on issues pertaining to space and ballistic missile defense. Scope The Scope of the SMDWG is to Educate the general population and elected representation on space and ballistic missile defense. Membership Membership is open to all individuals in government, industry, and the community. SMDWG members must belong to the NDIA or an affiliate.
Dr. Raymond Watson Wayne Olson Consulting, LLC When asked to speak to the SMDWG, Dr. Watson responded with - “I'm honored to be asked, so I will do it – “The Start of Ballistic Missile Defense in Huntsville," and only tangentially related to the Von Braun program. In fact, I feel obliged to do it; as there is only a small number still around who were participants.” Ray Watson
Dr. Raymond Watson R.C. Watson & Associates Raymond C. Watson, Jr. was born in 1926 at Anniston, Alabama, and spent his early life during the Great Depression on a 13-acre farm just outside Fort McClellan. After raising his first – and only – bail of cotton at age 9, he decided that his life would not be as a farmer and took up building radios as a hobby. This was augmented by hanging out at the Army’s regional wireless station at Fort McClellan.
Dr. Raymond Watson R.C. Watson & Associates With the approaching war, Alabama Polytechnic Institute – today’s Auburn University – was one of the 120 engineering schools that contracted with the U.S. Senate to organize and offer a program called Engineering, Science, and Management Wartime Training, commonly called ESMWT, developing “instant engineers to replace engineers in industry who were going into the service. In 1942, he completed a diploma program in Radio Engineering from API and began his life-long career as a licensed engineer.
Dr. Raymond Watson Wayne Olson Consulting, LLC After two years working in industry, he was in the U.S, Navy between 1944 and 1946, first as a V6 college attendee and then teaching advanced electronics and radar theory. Following naval service, he returned to industry. Still without a degree, he also attended higher edcation part time and didn’t stop until he had earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, mathematics, and electrical engineering; master’s degrees in physics and in engineering mechanics; a Ph.D. in engineering science; and finally an M.B.A., all while working full-time.
Dr. Raymond Watson R.C. Watson & Associates His experience included developing advanced farm equipment for J. I. Case; developing the CBS Television network Atlanta facilities; founding Dixie Service Company, a consulting firm licensed by the Federal Communications Commission; a National Science Foundation research fellow founding the radio astronomy observatory at the University of Florida. Through the years, he also held positions as an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama and Jacksonville State College, and was the President and Professor at Southeastern Institute of Technology, including SIT’s Graduate Center in South Africa. Other overseas activities included founding and directing firms in Israel and Singapore.
Dr. Raymond Watson R.C. Watson & Associates Coming to Huntsville in 1960, he was hired by Milton Cummings to establish the Brown Engineering Research Laboratories, the first non-government, high-technology operation in this city. The resulting facilities were the foundation for the present-day Cummings Research Park. Activities centered on the lunar landing, missile intelligence, and ballistic missile defense. For the lunar program, both Cummings and Watson were among 98 industrial leaders nationwide receiving the NASA Outstanding Public Service Award for this accomplishment.
Dr. Raymond Watson R.C. Watson & Associates He presently operates as R.C. Watson & Associates, a defense and space consulting firm, with DESE Research as his primary customer. He also writes history books, and is currently working on The Race to Space that includes a novelette. In his talk today, Watson will describe the Huntsville origins of ballistic missile defense.
Trumors • Programs and Timelines • Organization Changes • Personnel/Leadership Changes • Industry and Industry Leadership Changes • Significant Events or Prognostications in Space and Missile Defense
SMDWG Schedule • Next Meeting – • 26 October – Location: TBD
SMDWG Leadership • Officers: • Treasurer: Bob Darnall • Secretary: Mike Roddy • Deputy Chair: Ray Baker • Chair: Joe Fitzgerald