Dr. Frank Turner

Technical Director
Space Development Agency

Speaker: Opening Keynote

Dr. Frank Turner is the Technical Director for the Space Development
Agency. He has extensive public and private sector experience in the
management and direction of advanced technology research,
development, test and evaluation of current and emerging military
systems. Dr. Turner began his career as an officer in the United States
Air Force, served as a Government Program Manager and certified
acquisition professional, a senior leader in industry for both large and
small companies, and as a senior analyst for both the Defense Threat
Reduction Agency and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
His expertise spans space systems, directed energy, nuclear weapons
effects, systems engineering, architectures, and operational evaluation and employment. He has successfully led some of the nation’s most difficult and challenging RDT&E programs, creating technical advantage for America's warfighters. Dr. Turner has academic degrees in physics, biology, business and engineering and has completed military education with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.