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Officers in Focus - the Tip of the Spear for the Chief Modeling & Simulation Office
MR. RICHARD TEMPALSKI
Chief Modeling and Simulation Officer
Mr. Richard Tempalski, a Department of the Air Force (DAF) designated Highly Qualified Expert (HQE), serves as the Chief Modeling & Simulation Officer (CMSO). As the CMSO, he leads this newly established mission in overseeing DAF modeling and simulation investments, circa 3 Billion dollars, and opportunities while looking for optimization across the Enterprise. Tempalski engages with stakeholders in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), academia, industry, federal agencies, and coalition partners, to identify, initiate, and revise policy, develop the workforce, and establish modeling and simulation (M&S) architecture standards. Mr. Tempalski is also leading the work to design a knowledge management system enabling re-use of resources, as well as developing an M&S certification mechanism for Major Defense Acquisition Programs in support of Milestone A reviews.
Mr. Tempalski has over 32 years’ experience in the U.S Department of Defense, with the majority being in the research and development (R&D) community, developing modeling and simulation capabilities, and creating systems and processes for advanced analytics. In addition to his experience in R&D, Tempalski served as an active duty officer in the Air Force and as an enlisted member in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Prior to assuming his current position as CMSO for the Department of the Air Force, Mr. Tempalski worked in the Adaptive Capabilities Office (ACO) within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as the Modeling and Simulation Program Manager, where he was responsible for development of M&S architectures enabling the vetting of novel, joint warfighting constructs. He also served in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) as head of the Modeling & Simulation Division, where he executed and oversaw all aspects of the production and experimentation of verified and validated models. In addition to this role at ONI, Tempalski was principal for the Maritime GEOINT Intelligence Cell (MaGIC) and was instrumental in designing and building ONI’s Advanced Visualization Environment Laboratory. He also served as the Naval Intelligence liaison to Fleet Cyber Command, and as a senior engineer, enhancing modeling and simulation capability for threat-based systems. Mr. Tempalski holds a Master of Science in engineering management and technology management and a Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering.
Current as of July 2021
MS. ARLISS ALEMAN
Deputy Chief Modeling and Simulation Officer
Ms. Arliss Aleman is the Deputy Chief Modeling and Simulation Officer. In this role, she acts on behalf of the Officer when not available. She enables activities to promote the CMSO mission of overseeing Modeling and Simulation for the entire Department of the Air Force, including oversight and update of M&S regulations throughout the Air Force and Space Force and synchronizing disparate M&S investments in order to maximize M&S capabilities. Ms. Aleman is responsible for building, managing, and leading the Office team through all necessary steps to establish the 1
Chief Modeling and Simulation Office as an enduring mission to support the DAF evolution towards a fully digital ecosystem. She directs outreach and engagements with stakeholders, building processes, and working with DAF, OSD/Multi-Service, and international partners to implement solutions that remove roadblocks and enable M&S as an engine for advancing and modernizing the Department’s capabilities.
Before this assignment, Ms. Aleman was the Deputy Program Manager for the Joint Simulation Environment (JSE), located at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, MD, a state-of-the-art facility being built to provide high fidelity simulation of Air Force and Naval aircraft operating in a theater-wide environment. She was responsible for representing the Air Force interest and ensuring the Service’s requirements were met as well as contributing with best subject matter expertize and modeling and simulation practices. With her deep knowledge of the Intel Community, she furthered representation of real world threat scenarios and promoted reuse of models and tools across communities. Ms. Aleman has served the Department of the Air Force for over 20 years in multi roles, allowing her understand the M&S needs of the user and developer communities.
Mr. Janon D. Ellis
Policy and M&S Workforce Development
Mr. Janon D. Ellis is the principal policy adviser and workforce lead for the Department of the Air Force (DAF) Chief Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Officer, Headquarters United States Air Force, Arlington, VA. In this position Mr. Ellis initiates and develops formal DAF M&S policy and guidance for implementation. He identifies deficiencies in current policies and procedures and initiates action to correct these deficiencies. He serves as a recognized authority in M&S policy and renders expert advice and assistance to headquarters DAF organizations, MAJCOMs, Field Commands, FOAs, and subordinate offices. Mr. Ellis serves as the DAF M&S representative to the OSD Modeling and Simulation Enterprise Community of Practice and other DoD, Joint Staff, and inter-service forums. Mr. Ellis coordinates with M&S stakeholders across DoD to develop plans to enhance the DAF M&S workforce.
Mr. Ellis has over 10 years of experience as a DAF civilian focused primarily on M&S policy and programs. Prior to his M&S policy position Mr. Ellis served as an active duty Air Force officer for 23 years. He has held a wide variety of positions in C-130 units and headquarters air mobility command staff and squadron leadership assignments. He commanded the 728th Air Mobility Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey and held the role as Chief, Requirements Policy Division, headquarters USAF, until his retirement from active duty. After retirement he became a defense contractor for the Data Research and Analysis Corporation for just over one year followed by his current assignment as a Department of the Air Force civilian employee.
Maj Jason Sutherlin
Standards and Architecture
Maj Jason Sutherlin is the Lead for Standards and Architectures in support of the Chief Modeling and Simulation Officer. In this position, he is responsible for leading establishment of M&S standards and architectures that maximize commonality, interoperability, and reusability to enable the DAF’s M&S ecosystem vision. With an enterprise vision, Maj Sutherlin synchronizes activities and fosters collaboration between DAF, OSD, other military services, industry, and international partners to advance M&S as a catalyst for rapidly delivering warfighter capability. In addition to supporting the CMSO, Maj Sutherlin is dual-hatted as the Program Director for Air Combat Command’s services portfolio overseeing the acquisition and execution of 48 contracts delivering $23 Billion in capabilities across 4 MAJCOMs in support of the Program Executive Officer for Combat and Mission Support. With 13 years of military service, Maj Sutherlin has held a variety of acquisitions positions. Prior to his current roles, he was the program manager for the ALQ-131A ACAT III and Angry Kitten Middle-Tier electronic attack pods programs while also leading a branch as the Chief of the Electronic Attack Programs at Robins Air Force base. While at Wright Patterson, Maj Sutherlin supported AFLCMC as a sensors engineer on the Air Superiority 2030 Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team’s experimentation activities and an Analysis of Alternatives for Air Combat Command. While at the Air Force Research Laboratory, he was the Chief Engineer for the XQ-58 Joint Capability Technology Demonstrator. Maj Sutherlin also spent time at Eglin Air Force Base as a flight test engineer on the F-15, F-16, C-130, and CV-22. Maj Sutherlin has a MS in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BS in Aeronautics Engineering from Embry-Riddle.
Mr. Clayton Percle
Synthetic Environments Lead
CMSO Liaison Office @ Wright-Patt Air Force Base
Mr. David Panson
Director & CMSO Advisor
Mr. Panson is the Enterprise MS&A lead for the Air Force Office of Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (SDPE) since its inception in 2016. He is charged with implementing an Air Force Enterprise modeling, simulation and analysis/experimentation infrastructure. He is also a senior advisor and Director of the Liaison Office to the Chief Modeling & Simulation Officer working DAF M&S infrastructure development and leading the DAF M&S Council. Prior to the creation of SDPE Mr. Panson worked in the Aerospace Vehicles Technology Assessment & Simulation Laboratory under the Aerospace Systems Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory. It was there where he executed an M&S framework evaluation study which led to the acquisition of the AFSIM framework for the USAF. While in AFRL Mr. Panson also played an instrumental role in instantiating several AFRL enterprise wide activities such as a virtual lab of labs, linking all AFRL directorates together to instantiate a corporate analytic perspective, largely based on the use of AFSIM and a dedicated M&S network. Prior to his tenure at AFRL Mr. Panson was chief of the Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) Modeling & Simulation Performance Analysis Flight at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. He spent the first 21 years of his career in the intelligence community using all source data, exploiting foreign systems, and utilizing M&S.
Mr. Sean Litton
Mr. Sean Litton serves as the deputy for Air Force Enterprise Modeling and Simulation under the Strategic Planning, Development and Experimentation (SDPE) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He also supports the Chief Modeling and Simulation Officer (CMSO) through the WPAFB liaison office.
Mr. Litton has worked in the DoD for over 20 years in the areas of test and evaluation, research and engineering, and modeling and simulation. Mr. Litton has served in the capacity of system engineer, test engineer, program manager, and senior engineer. Mr. Litton holds a MS in mechanical engineering and a BS in applied physics.
Dr. Jamieson Gump
Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr Jim Gump, is the Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Enterprise Modeling, Simulation and Analysis (MS&A) at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He is charged with advancing the initial capabilities of the AFRL’s MS&A capabilities to drive multi-domain analysis in support of the development of transformational warfighting capabilities. The STA also serves as a senior advisor to Air and Space Force-wide, multi-disciplinary teams to develop and deliver enterprise-wide solutions for complex MS&A challenges via his support to the CMSO.
Prior to his current assignment he supported both JHU APL and the MITRE Corporation where he worked in the National Leadership Command Capability (NLCC) area. The NLCC includes senior leader and Nuclear C3 capabilities fully integrated to support our national leaders. In addition, extensive development work on the nation’s premier NC3 simulation environment.
Prior to these assignments he cofounded Paradigm Technologies Inc, a successful engineering firm, considered an industry leader in modeling and simulation and C4ISR systems. While managing PTI for 20 years supported the full range of Air Force and Joint M&S programs. He gained extensive DOD acquisition expertise while supporting a wide range of Air Force systems from ACAT I to III programs. He is also an experienced military intelligence officer having served nearly 20 years in the army reserves.
Dr Gump has a recent (2017) PhD in Systems Engineering from GWU, MS in Engineering Mgmt and a BS in Electrical engineering.
Dr. Gerald Diaz
Space Force - Chief Technology Innovation Office
Dr Jerry Diaz is the Director for Analysis, Chief of Technology and Innovation Office (CTIO/S9), Office of the Chief of Space Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
As the Director for Analyses, he serves as key technical advisor to the SECAF, Chief of Space Operations (CSO), CSO Deputies, CSAF and HAF Deputy Chiefs of Staff and DAF space representative to the OSD, JCS and Congressional staffs regarding Space Force analytic and assessment efforts. Dr Diaz assists the highest-levels of Space Force in datadriven decisions by provide analytically driven insights that are meaningful, repeatable, and defensible. He supports the USSF Staff’s analytic needs by providing independent, objective, and relevant analytic-based insights in four primary areas: Human Capital Analytics, Operations, Strategy and Resources, and Technology & Innovation. Further, he leads the S9 to build coalitions to create common situational awareness to align, integrate, and synchronize the space analytic enterprise’s efforts to better address the CSO’s issues, close data gaps, and reduce redundancies to provide insightful Senior Leader products that are data driven, analytically sound, and based in strategy and lessons learned.
Dr Diaz has had a diverse career as an Operations Research Analyst and Mathematician. Before retiring as an AF Colonel, he served as Department Head Mathematical Sciences, US Air Force Academy; Chief Analyst and then the Director, Resource Analyses for HQ AF/A9 Air Forces Studies and Analyses Agency; and as the Director, Office of Strategic Analyses, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq. After retiring he joined the Homeland Security Institute (HSI) – the Federally Funded Research & Development Center for the Department of Homeland Security. As an HSI Fellow and Manager, he led HSI’s largest division directing operational analyses for DHS Hqs, the Transportation Safety Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and U.S. Secret Service. He returned to the AF in 2011 as the AF Office of Aerospace Studies Tech Advisor for Analysis of Alternatives (AoAs) HQ AF/A5R, and then Chief, HR Data, Analytics, & Decision Support Division, HQ AF/A1X. Dr Diaz joined the US Space Force in February of 2020