Senior Principal Engineer
2022 Space Warfighting Integration Forum (SWIF)
Dr. Stuart Stanton is a recent retiree from the U.S. Air Force, having served in a variety of acquisition and staff assignments at the Space and Missile Systems Center, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Principal Department of Defense Space Advisor Staff, and the Headquarters Air Force Staff. As a credentialed space professional, he planned and executed multiple successful space control and space protection demonstration programs, delivering first-ever technologies for operational transition. At the Pentagon, he innovated a suite of analytical tools designed to support senior leaders in strategic and investment decision-making for Strategic Portfolio Reviews and President’s Budget Reviews. He completed his career as the Chief for Multi-Domain Analysis in the Space Security and Defense Program, assessing the resiliency and effectiveness of space defensive and offensive concepts and strategies with respect to warfighter impacts.
After retiring from the Air Force, Dr. Stanton became the Director for Modeling & Simulation at L3Harris Technologies, where he was responsible for the strategic development of a mission-level modeling/simulation capability supporting Space and Airborne Systems. In this role, he established a collaborative computing environment and a team of digital engineers and operational analysts investigating system performance across Space, Electronic Warfare, and Avionics programs.
Recently, Dr. Stanton transitioned to HII Mission Technologies as a Senior Principal Engineer, where he continues the pursuit of capabilities for analyzing the interdependencies between space services and the terrestrial missions they support.
Dr. Stanton earned his commission as a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned a Masters Degree from MIT and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in optimization of aerospace systems. He has served on graduate committees for masters and doctoral students at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.