U.S. Air Force Space Command has named Douglas Beason as chief scientist and technology adviser, reporting assessments and advice to the commander, Gen. Robert Kehler, according to a Feb. 22 Air Force press release.

Beason’s responsibilities cut across Space Command’s entire portfolio, including operational satellites, launch vehicles, the cyberspace mission and research and development efforts. Beason is a retired Air Force colonel who spent 24 years in the service and has more than 30 years’ experience in the applied science and national security fields, the release said.