Bruce A. Carlson
Retired U.S. Air Force General

Director since July 2015

Retired U.S. Air Force General, Mr. Carlson has been chairman of the Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory Guidance Council since June 2013 and Chairman of its Board of Directors since 2018. Previously, Mr. Carlson served as the 17th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office from July 2009 until July 2012. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in January 2009 after more than 37 years of service. During his Air Force career, Mr. Carlson served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio from August 2005 to November 2008; Commander, Eighth Air Force at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana from May 2003 to August 2005; Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J-8) for the Joint Staff from January 2000 to May 2003; Director of Operational Requirements at U.S. Air Force Headquarters from August 1996 to January 2000; and Commander, 49th Fighter Wing (the Air Force’s first stealth fighter wing) at Holloman AFB, New Mexico from February 1995 to August 1996. Mr. Carlson previously served on the Board of Directors of Benchmark Electronics Inc. from July 2017 until October 2021.

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