Chief Scientist, National Air and Space Intelligence Center
U.S. Air Force
Curtis A. Rowland, a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader, is Chief Scientist, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. NASIC is the Air Force and Department of Defense Center of Excellence for creating integrated, predictive intelligence in the air, space and cyberspace domains. As Chief Scientist, Mr. Rowland guides the 3,000-person center’s analytic production mission, ensuring timely delivery of relevant intelligence data products and services to Air Force and joint operational warfighters, acquisition and force modernization communities, and senior defense and intelligence community policymaking customers.
Mr. Rowland began his government service upon graduation from Wright State University, Ohio. He has served in a variety of positions across NASIC and its predecessor organizations since entering federal service in July 1982. He initially served as a foreign air-to-surface missile analyst where he specialized in the analysis of guidance and control systems on Soviet long-range cruise missiles. He was appointed to his first management position in 1989, and held numerous analytical and leadership positions at both the Squadron and Group level. In 2004, he earned the rank of Defense Intelligence Senior Leader and assumed his current duties as NASIC’s Chief Scientist in April 2014.
Mr. Rowland is a member of national-level intelligence community and Air Force boards. During his career he has served as the Air Force representative to both the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee and the Scientific and Technical Intelligence Committee. In 2009, Mr. Rowland earned a Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Senior Professional.