David Franklin

Former United States Air Force’s National Defense Fellow

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Colonel (s) Franklin currently serves as the United States Air Force’s National Defense Fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington DC.  Prior to this assignment, Colonel Franklin was the Senior Executive Officer for the Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command.  In this capacity he advised and assisted the commander on issues affecting 30,000 personnel in 6 wings responsible for $5.4B in AF funds.  Colonel Franklin is a career space and missile officer serving in multiple weapon systems including the UHF Follow-on satellite communication and the Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile systems.  He is a graduate of the TOP HAND Program and served as both USAF Launch Director and Test Manager for the $350M JCS directed ICBM Force Development Evaluation program.  In addition to his operational experience, Colonel Franklin served a staff tour at Headquarters, Air Force Personnel Center and in Operation Enduring Freedom as the senior United States space representative to Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul Afghanistan.  Colonel Franklin commanded both the 392d and 532d Training Squadrons, a School of Advanced Air and Space Graduate and holds three advanced academic degrees with distinguished graduate accolades from both Officer School and the Naval Command and Staff College.

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