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Faculty

Air Force Cyber College Faculty

Leadership

Colonel Mixon is the Commandant at the Air Force Cyber College. He was commissioned into the Air Force from the United States Air Force Academy in 1993 graduating with a B.S. in Political Science. In addition, he has earned a Master of Arts from the Naval Post Graduate School in Security Studies and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. 32THe is a Master navigator with over 2,700 hours in the F-15E. He has also served on both the USAFE and US Cyber-Com staffs. He currently teaches Leadership, National Security Decision Making, Warfighting and the Joint Land, Air and Sea Strategic Exercise Course at the Air War College


Dr. Pano Yannakogeorgos is the founding Dean of the Air Force Cyber College at Air University. His expertise includes the intersection of cyber power, national security, and military operations; international cyber policy; and Eastern Mediterranean security. He was lead researcher on a Chief of Staff of the Air Force directed study published as “The Human Side of Cyber Conflict.; and is co-author of the upcoming book "The Cyber Threat and Globalization." In addition, he has edited several book and authored monographs, articles or chapters including: “Keep Cyber War Narrow” (National Interest); “Chinese Hacking Only Part of the Story” (CNN Online); “Internet Governance and National Security” (Strategic Studies Quarterly); “Challenges in Monitoring Cyber Arms Control” (Journal of Information Warfare and Terrorism),; “Pitfalls of the Private-Public Partnership Model,” in Crime and Terrorism Risk: Studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Routledge); and “Cyberspace: The New Frontier and the Same Old Multilateralism,” in Global Norms: American Sponsorship and the Emerging Pattern of World Politics (Palgrave).
Colonel David E. Stone is a member of the Air Force Cyber College’s faculty at Air University.  He develops and instructs classes, performs outreach, and conducts research to satisfy Air Force demands for advanced cyber thinking and strategy in current and future operations.
 
Colonel Stone received his commission in the Air Force in 1993 through ROTC at Texas A&M University, where he graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in political science and economics. He earned Master of Science degrees from Naval Postgraduate School in 2005 in computer science and information systems and operations. Colonel Stone also served as an Air Force Fellow at the Idaho National Laboratory. He is a two-time squadron commander, and he was a duty officer in the President’s Emergency Operations Center and one of the emergency response officers for the President throughout 9-11. Colonel Stone is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served as a mentor to the Afghanistan National Army conducting counter-insurgency and counter-narcotic operations. He served as driver, vehicle commander, and convoy commander during re-supply and personnel recovery missions spanning 5,000 kilometers of Afghanistan’s contested areas of operation. Colonel Stone led a cyber defense team supporting the F-22 in its first AEF rotation. He also served as a subject matter expert to advise the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on cyberspace operations, capabilities, and policies, and his team was recognized with the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence for their work in Cyber C2, standing rules of engagement, joint doctrine, emergency action procedures, and operational orders. While commanding the 90th Information Operations Squadron, he was instrumental in advancing air-enabled cyberspace operations.

Faculty

  Dr. Chad L. Dacus is the Associate Dean for Research at the Air Force Cyber College, and an adjunct professor at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College. 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 published works in defense acquisition include “Improving Acquisition Outcomes through Simple System Technology Readiness Metrics” and “Giving the Schedule Its Due: A Conceptual Framework for Defense Acquisition” (both appeared in the Defense Acquisition Research Journal). He has added a cyber focus to his defense acquisition research and authored “Designing Cybersecurity into Defense Systems: An Information Economics Approach” which will appear in IEEE’s Security & Privacy. He wrote “Chinese Soft Economic Warfare” in The Asia-Pacific Century: Challenges and Opportunities and co-authored “China-US Relations: Moving Toward Greater Cooperation or Conflict” (Strategic Studies Quarterly). Before joining AFRI, 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.

Staff

  Mrs. Cheryl King is a Supervisory Research Writing Specialist working the logistics for Cyber College.  Prior to moving over to the Cyber College she was the Branch Chief for the Air University Press. Mrs. King holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University, Carbondale Michigan.  She also has taken several training for Cyber education.   
  Mr. Billy Barth is a Program Evaluation Specialist at the Air Force Cyber College. He brings over 8 years experience in both nonprofit and government marketing to oversee outreach work done at the college. Mr. Barth's mixed background of technical skills as a visual information specialist, computer technician and marketing specialist brings a perfect blend to communicate to communities about the lessons the cyber college has to offer.