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.
Christian Larsen - Legislative Policy Associate
Christian Larsen is a Legislative Policy Associate in the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Policy Division, with a legislative portfolio that includes small business defense contracting, foreign military sales (FMS), export control reform, and the international political and business landscapes surrounding those issues.
Before joining NDIA, Christian served as an intern in the U.S. Senate, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and most recently with Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) where he assisted with AIA’s presence at the Farnborough International Air Show in London while also focusing on issues relating to the aerospace industry’s competitive presence overseas.
Christian is a graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, receiving both a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science and a M.P.A in Public Policy Analysis and International Development. Christian has traveled to North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Western Europe.
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.