Eric Felt


Learn how the prestigious Air Force Research Lab is going above & beyond to improve resiliency, increase domain awareness, and develop next-generation technologies to maintain our nation’s space capabilities and deter conflict. We’re joined by Col. Eric J. Felt, Commander of the Phillips Research Site and Director of the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, who leads a team of over 1,000 personnel comprising the nation’s center of excellence for military space technology research, development, integration, and demonstration.

About Our Guest

Colonel Eric Felt is the Commander of the Phillips Research Site and Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He leads a team of 1,080 military, civilian and on-site contractors who comprise the nation’s center of excellence for military space science and technology, research and development, as well as advanced technologies integration and demonstration. His organization focuses on enduring Air Force space missions: communications; position navigation and timing, missile warning, space situational awareness, and defensive counter space.

Colonel Felt received his commission in 1991 from Duke University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He entered active duty in 1996 after completing a master’s in science and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and has served as a developmental engineer and program manager in lab, test, program office, and staff assignments. Prior to his current position, Colonel Felt served as the Senior Materiel Leader, Joint Mission Division, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Directorate, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.