Jaime J. Bestard is a Plans and Programs Engineer with the Strategic Planning and Transformation Division, Headquarters AFRL. As a Plans and Programs Engineer, Mr. Bestard supports the development of options for the AFRL analytical agenda. He directly supports the AFRL future warfare analysis activities spanning wargaming and M&S. Mr. Bestard participates in war-gaming efforts from initial planning and preparation through game execution and application of results to shape AFRL Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy.
Mr. Bestard graduated from the University of Florida in 2006 with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, beginning his civilian career with the Air Force as a survivability engineer and managing numerous research, development, test and evaluation projects to ensure aerospace systems can persevere in combat. To accomplish his mission he led initiatives with international partners to develop and standardize vulnerability analysis tools under the auspices of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP). Mr. Bestard was also a participant in the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) from 2013 to 2015 embedded in the Italian General Secretariat of Defence and National Armaments Directorate. In this role, Mr. Bestard participated in policy development, as exemplified by the preparation of a Strategic Research Agenda geared toward emerging technologies to address operational capability gaps and by the shaping of the Italian position on research and development to support the European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). He also conducted a study on robotics and nanotechnology for the Italian Military Centre for Strategic Studies (CeMiSS) commissioned by the Financial Planning Department of the Italian Army General Staff. Mr. Bestard has completed Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and is Level III Engineering certified in the Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP).
The Air Force Research Laboratory has taken steps to revitalize wargaming across its Enterprise to evaluate the military utility of innovative technology concepts in combat. The integration of M&S to improve the analytical rigor of wargames is a fundamental part of this effort. In a period of growing strategic challenges and increased fiscal pressure, analytical wargames offer a unique opportunity to evaluate the multi-dimensional capabilities of advanced technologies and overcome technology stovepipes. Concerns on how to operate freely in the primary Air Force domains (i.e., air, space and cyberspace), exploit big data, integrate autonomy, and provide Air Force and DoD leadership with seamless command and control solutions are some of the many issues that can be explored through analytical wargames. Moreover, participation in analytical wargames offers Defense professionals a unique and synergistic opportunity to explore the realm of the possible with advanced technologies while sharpening their operational and strategic thinking skills.