Colonel Wesley Hallman, USAF (Ret) - Senior Vice President of Policy
Wes comes to NDIA after a 27-year career in the Air Force, last serving as the Chief Air Force Liaison to the House of Representatives advising the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on engagement with Congress and working directly with members of the House of Representatives and their offices on Air Force and national security matters.
Prior to his work with Congress, he was the senior executive assistant to the Joint Staff Director of Strategic Plans and Policy.
Wes served in several operational and staff positions including commanding a squadron and a fighter group. He also led a staff of over 2,000 as Chief of Staff for the Air Force’s forward headquarters in the Middle East, simultaneously managing and supporting Air Force units conducting air operations over Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2004, President Bush chose him as one of 12 Americans to be a White House Fellow, serving as the Secretary of Agriculture’s Special Assistant.
Wes is a Command Pilot with 1,985 hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15A/B/C/D, and F-22A, and has over 150 hours of combat time in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, PROVIDE COMFORT, and NORTHERN WATCH.
A fourth-generation Californian, Wes was raised in Glendora and is an Outstanding Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Ohio State University and is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Eisenhower School). Wes also completed the State Department’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar and the Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Corbin Evans - Director of Regulatory Policy
Corbin recently joined the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as the Director of Regulatory Policy. In this role, he is responsible for identifying key issues and leveraging the knowledge and experience of military, government, industry, and academic members to address them.
Prior to joining NDIA, Corbin served on a contract with the Department of Homeland Security and as the Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently completed a Juris Doctor at The George Washington University Law School and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Missouri. Corbin and his wife live in Washington, DC.
Kea Matory - Director of Legislative Policy
Kea Matory is Director of Legislative Policy for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). In her role, Matory works with congressional offices, the Department of Defense, and the defense industry to advocate and educate for the development and support of policies for the safety and security of our nation. Matory joined NDIA after serving as the Legislative Affairs Officer at Headquarters, Marine Corps’ Marine and Family Programs Division.
In the civilian sector, Matory served as the Director of a woman-owned small business government consulting firm; as an attorney providing legal advice to service members; and at a national VSO, securing Veterans’ Affairs and DoD benefits for injured veterans and service members.
Christopher Smith - Regulatory Policy Associate
Christopher Smith is a Regulatory Policy Associate for the National Defense Industrial Association, specializing in research and analysis of federal regulations that affect the defense industrial base. Key issues that he tracks include defense acquisition reform, contracting and procurement rules, small business programs, defense technology and innovation, and workforce development.
Prior to his arrival at NDIA, Smith held policy research roles with multiple organizations such as the American Association for Justice, the National Governors Association, and the Mississippi Energy Institute. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., S.B.) and Cornell University (M.R.P.). He is originally from Alexandria, VA.