2023 Invited Speakers will be announced in August.
Fireside Chat with USAF and USSF Senior Leaders
GENERAL DAVID W. ALLVIN, USAF
Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
GENERAL DAVID W. ALLVIN is the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. As Vice Chief, he presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and the Deputy’s Management Action Group. He assists the Chief of Staff with organizing, training and equipping of 689,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas.
Gen. Allvin graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1986. He has commanded at the squadron and wing levels, including the 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He has held major command staff assignments and served on the Joint Staff.
Gen. Allvin served as Commanding General, NATO Air Training Command - Afghanistan; Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan; Commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center; Director, Strategy, Concepts and Assessments; Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force and Director, Strategy, Plans and Policy, Headquarters U.S. European Command; and as Vice Director,
Strategy, Plans and Policy, the Joint Staff. Prior to his current assignment, he was Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff.
Gen. Allvin is a command pilot with more than 4,600 hours in more than 30 aircraft models, including 800 flight test hours.
MAJOR GENERAL SHAWN N. BRATTON, USSF
Commander, Space Training and Readiness Command
MAJOR GENERAL SHAWN N. BRATTON is Commander, Space Training and Readiness Command, temporarily located at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. Space Training and Readiness Command was established as a Field Command 23 August 2021, and is responsible for preparing the USSF and more than 6,000 Guardians to prevail in competition and conflict through innovative education, training, doctrine, and test activities. Maj Gen Bratton received his commission from the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tenn. Prior to his commissioning Maj Gen Bratton served as an enlisted member of the 107th Air Control Squadron, Arizona Air National Guard. He has served in numerous operational and staff positions. Maj Gen Bratton was the first Air National Guardsman to attend Space Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base. He deployed to the Air Component Coordination Element, Camp Victory Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he served as the USNORTHCOM Director of Space Forces, and commanded the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group, Maryland Air National Guard. He also served as the Deputy Director of Operations, USSPACECOM. Prior to his current assignment, Maj Gen Bratton served as the Space Training and Readiness Task Force Lead.
Chief Executive Officer, Trideum Corporation
VAN SULLIVAN is one of the founders and has served as the CEO of Trideum Corporation since 2005. As CEO, his primary focus is on establishing an evergreen company through the implementation of an employee stock ownership plan and development of an ownership culture in all levels of the employee family. Mr. Sullivan leverages his early life on the farm to integrate existing resources to create novel solutions to complex problems that add value to Trideum’s
customers. Van is a classically trained engineer with certifications in government contract management, project management, and entrepreneurship. He has 40 years of experience in applied research, engineering development, and test and evaluation. Specific areas of expertise include sensor analysis and test, emulative-level simulation (continuous and discrete, component to system level), and integration of simulation technology to test and evaluation.
Van holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Tennessee. His graduate work focused on implementation of a Kalman-filter compensated simulation for real-time human performance assessment. He has additionally completed several professional development programs from Duke University, MIT, and Oxford University.
Van is well known at the national, state, and local level from both his role at Trideum and in the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as from his current and past participation in community activities including: president of the Westminster Christian Academy School Board, chairman of the Hope Evangelical Free Church Elder Board, member of the Huntsville Committee of 100 and several of its task forces, member of the BizPac Board of Directors, currently serving as the Vice President of the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering Foundation Board of Directors, and from coaching soccer at the recreational, club, and varsity school levels. He enjoys spending time with his wife of 36 years, his three kids and two “kid-in-laws”, and restoring his three classic mustangs.