Mrs. Barbara Golf is currently an ops trainer and crew evaluator for the National Space Defense Center for the US Air Force. In this role, Barbara provides training as well as support to prototype development and operational engineering teams tied to evolving space missions. She has also provided technical support for developmental operations to the Joint Functional Space Component Commander and the Joint Space Operations Center’s Combat Operations Division, supporting the modernization of concepts of operation and emergency procedures with the JSpOC Weapons & Tactics team and enabling response options to critical space events.
Barbara has served as a space acquisitions officer for radar and communications systems, establishing an excellent program management record in high-stakes, interagency developments. She went on to support streamlined acquisition efforts for multi-billion dollar Naval contract actions to provide secure handheld radios to combat units across the globe. Later joining the Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Barbara spearheaded multiple space kill chain analyses to assess end-to-end capabilities against multiple threat vignettes, leveraging over 30 studies spanning 5 years and supporting the creation of a prioritized investment strategy for a $3B space defense portfolio. Working as a Development Planner with the Space Superiority Systems Directorate, she helped create overarching strategic architectures with time-phased investments for three mission areas – Space Control; Space Situational Awareness; and Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications. She evaluated technical readiness levels for prototype capabilities, supported military utility and risk assessments, and coordinated technical maturation across multiple Directorates and labs.
Barbara has a B.S. in Physics from the US Air Force Academy and a M.S. in Physics from San Diego State University.