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China Aerospace Studies Institute Staff

The primary location for CASI is Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. with an operating location also at National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
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. 
Ken Allen
Ken Allen is the Research Director for CASI at NDU.  Over the past 25 years, his primary focus has been on China’s military organizational structure, personnel, education, training, and foreign relations with particular emphasis on the PLA Air Force. During 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, he served as an enlisted Chinese and Russian linguist and intelligence officer with tours in Taiwan, Berlin, Japan, Hawaii, China, and Washington DC. From 1987-1989, he served as the Assistant Air Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He was inducted into DIA’s Defense Attaché Hall of Fame in 1997. He has B.A. degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Maryland and an M.A. degree from Boston University. He has written multiple books, monographs, chapters, journal articles, and online articles on the PLA.  
Major Tobin
Major Catherine Tobin is the Deputy Director of CASI.  Maj Tobin was commissioned in 2004 from ROTC at the University of Michigan with dual B.A. degrees in International Politics and Asian Studies.  Maj Tobin has served 13 years in as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, including a command tour at Hanscom AFB, MA.  In 2010, Maj Tobin earned a Master’s degree in Security Studies: Far East Asia with Mandarin Chinese from the Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA.  She has served at the US Embassy-Beijing; US Consulate in Hong Kong; Kabul and Bagram, Afghanistan; and as the China Area Specialist at Joint Task Force Red Eye, among other assignments.  Most recently, Maj Tobin completed a second Master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College as a Distinguished Graduate.
   Air University enlisted researcher- TSgt Thurman (bio forthcoming)
   National Defense University enlisted researcher- MSgt Griffen (bio forthcoming)

The following positions are currently open.  Please contact us if you are interested in applying:

  • CASI Air University Research Director (GS-14) Maxwell AFB. Currently available
  • CASI Researcher (multiple GS positions) Maxwell and NDU. Currently available