Mr. Douglas W. Bryce was designated the Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) on 22 October 2015. As the JPEO-CBD, he has materiel acquisition decision authority for the services on chemical and biological defense equipment. He provides acquisition management and professional leadership on complex issues related to joint service chemical and biological defense acquisition programs. He plans, directs, manages, and coordinates the JPEO-CBD’s mission and is responsible for the development, acquisition, distribution, and deployment of highly specialized and dynamic joint chemical and biological defense devices, as well as medical diagnostic systems, drugs, and vaccines.
COL Scott Estes was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. Following graduation from Longwood College, he was commissioned into the United States Army Chemical Corps. After completion of the Officer Basic Course at Ft McClellan, AL, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, HI. As a Lieutenant, he served as the Squadron Chemical Officer for the 5th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, as Platoon Leader in the 71st Chemical Company, and as the Assistant Division Chemical Officer. Following attendance at the Chemical Officer’s Advanced Course in 1993, he was assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia where he served as the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Division Artillery Chemical Officer, and Commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 3d Infantry (Mechanized) Division Support Command. In October 1997, he was assigned to duty as the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense Advisor for the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI. During his tour in Rhode Island, he earned a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the University of Rhode Island. His next assignment was as the Chemical Officer for the 19th Theater Support Command in the Republic of Korea. Upon his return from Korea, he attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Following graduation from CGSC, he was assigned to the 83rd Chemical Battalion at Fort Polk, LA, where he served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer. During this tour he deployed with the Battalion in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, COL Estes was assigned to the Pentagon, where he served on the Army Staff, G-8 as the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Branch Chief. He returned to Fort Polk and the 83rd Chemical Battalion in June, 2007 to assume command. After relinquishing command in June 2009, he was assigned to the Joint Staff, J- 3,Deputy Directorate for Anti-terrorism and Homeland Defense, as the CBRNE Division Chief until July 2011. COL Estes next assumed command of Dugway Proving Ground, UT. Following completion of that command tour, he attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA and upon completion was awarded the Master of Strategic Studies. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon as the Deputy Director of the Joint Requirements Office, Joint Staff, J-8. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC). COL Estes is married to the former Donna Tyrone of Boonton, NJ. They have two children, Tamara, a recent Virginia Tech graduate, and Curtis, a Cadet at the United States Military Academy.
Mr. David Strum is the President and co-founder of Velocity Systems located in Dulles, Virginia. Velocity Systems is a manufacturer and supplier of leading edge ballistic solutions for both personal armor systems as well as structural armor systems. The latest composite and ballistic textiles are used in all Velocity Systems ballistic solutions allowing for the highest degree of ballistic integrity as well as durability. Velocity Systems is uncommon in the armor industry in that it has several ballistic materials that are proprietary and which Velocity Systems maintains exclusivity. In the last twenty-five years Mr. Strum has gained more than a working knowledge in all facets of armor to include; ergonomic apparel design, pattern making, manufacturing, ballistic engineering design of soft armor solutions (Covert, concealable, low visibility, overt, tactical/assault, and vehicular), ballistic engineering of hard armor solutions (Ballistic rifle plates, helmets, shields, and structural armor), as well as blast and fragmentation mitigation solutions. Mr. Strum has an extensive background in the material science of armor as well as ballistics and has worked many sensitive personal body armor and hard armor programs with foreign countries, world leaders, and entertainers around the world, as well as at all levels of local, state, and federal government, to include; leading U.S. federal agencies, the Department of Defense, as well as other end-users around the world. His unique armor experience has allowed him to be at the forefront of armor special projects and where armor special applications are needed most within the Special Operations and Intelligence communities.
Mark is an accomplished textile engineer and strategist, entrepreneur and industry expert. He is presently Director-M.S. Global Fashion Enterprise, Director-B.S. Textile Materials Technology, Textile Engineer and Strategist, Robert J. Reichlin High Performance Apparel Term Chair for the Kanbar College of Design Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University. With over 30 years of experience in the field of engineered advance textile materials and apparel products including development of a Seamless Rowing Unisuit for the 2016 US Olympics Apparel Package and athleisure riding tights. Throughout his career has served as an innovative partner for brands such as Under Armour, Verizon Wearable Technologies and Connected Home, and Johnson & Johnson.
Dr. Matthew Trexler leads technical research for the innovation lab and is responsible for evaluating technologies for integration into UA products. Prior to joining Under Armour in February 2013, Trexler was a materials engineer at the US Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen MD as a member of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate researching novel material processing techniques for all services of the DoD. Trexler holds a PhD in the Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology stemming from his work regarding nickel based super alloys for energy applications.
Julianne is an industrial designer who has helped design performance apparel and wearables for New Balance, U.S. Special Operations Command, and even NASA. She earned a Master’s Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she has also taught the course “New Products for Performance Sports.” She has held multiple roles at the MIT Media Lab and serves the Creative Advisor for Descience, a global community of designers and scientists founded in Cambridge, Mass.