Mr. Warren Ward
Director of Operations
Warren Ward joined LTRI in October 2020 as the Director of Operations. As a retired Air Force colonel, he has 25 years of active duty and 10 years USAF civil service experience.
Prior to joining LTRI, he served as the Chief, Architectures, Requirements and Futures Division in the Air Force Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center. As a B-52 pilot, his experience includes the first use of the Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile during a 35.4-hour sortie opening Operation Desert Storm 16-17 January 1991. On 1-3 August 1994, he commanded a B-52 which flew non-stop around the world in 47 hours.
He has served on the staff at United States Strategic Command, Headquarters Eighth Air Force, and Air Force Global Strike Command. Commanding a Basic Military Training squadron 2004-2006, his team trained more than 10,500 recruits to replenish USAF combat capability. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, an MS in Systems Science from Louisiana State University – Shreveport, an MS in Military Operational Arts and Science from Air Command and Staff College.
Additionally, he earned a graduate certificate in Information Assurance from Louisiana Tech University and a graduate certificate in Nuclear Weapons Effects, Policy, and Proliferation from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Mr. Shane Grosso
Director of NC3 Education, Teaching Fellow
Chief Master Sergeant Shane Grosso retired from the Air Force in May 2019 after 25-years of service culminating as the Senior Enlisted Leader, Air Force Global Strike Command Directorate of Operations and Communications.
Previously, he earned his teaching practicum and Master Instructor certifications and served the nation’s Nuclear Enterprise as superintendent of the 509 Bomb Wing and 39 Air Base Wing Command Posts, as well as Headquarters Global Strike Inspector General Superintendent of Command Post Inspections, United States Air Force’s Europe Command Post Functional Manager.
Mr. Jerome DuBose
Deputy Director of NC3 Education, Teaching Fellow
Jerome DuBose is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant with 30 years of operational leadership, strategic change management, and business process reengineering experience.
As Deputy Director of NC3 Education and a Teaching Fellow for Louisiana Tech Research Institute, he oversees the development/delivery of NC3 150, 200, & 300 level curriculum. He is responsible for helping students meet professional education requirements for the NC3 enterprise.
Jerome completed his teaching practicum and achieved Master Instructor certification status from the United States Air Force and Army. He holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Before his position at LTRI, Jerome worked at Headquarters Global Strike Command as the Emergency Management Regional Director. Later at the Air Force Nuclear Command, Control, and Communication Center, he created NC3 modernization options and was pivotal in developing technology roadmap strategies for the enterprise.
Mr. Alex Jordan
Teaching Fellow NC3 Education
John Alex Jordan is an NC3 Education Teaching Fellow at the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI), a non-profit division that connects Louisiana Tech University with the Department of Defense. He chaperons the evolution and instruction of the Nuclear Command & Control, and Communication 200 course and contributes to NC3 150/300/400 expounding on the fundamentals of Nuclear Command and Control operations.
John Alex retired from the Air Force after over 20 years engrossed in the operational world of Joint Nuclear Command and Control for US Strategic Command and United States Air Force, Europe. He was the procedural subject matter expert in Raytheon War studies covering both conventional and nuclear warfare. In charge of NC2 Training at the inception of Air Force Global Strike Command, he authored numerous policies and procedures at the Combatant Command and Major Command level merging Air Force Space and Air Combat Command operations.
He also co-wrote an entirely new Command and Control career field Specialty Knowledge Test for Professional Military Education as well as wrote the training chapters for the revival of their 7-level Career Development Course. As the Senior Force Status Manager aboard the Joint Nuclear Airborne Command Post, he facilitated the assimilation and re-certification of the Nuclear Planning and Execution System between upgraded mobile assets.
Mr. Jeffrey Clough
Information Systems Security Officer
Mr. Jeffrey J. Clough is the Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) in Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI) in the Division of Research at Louisiana Tech University (LA Tech) and Louisiana Tech Applied Research Corporation (LTARC) located in Bossier City, Louisiana. He is responsible for planning, designing, and implementing new and improved cyber security architectures to support Department of Defense (DOD), commercial, and research information systems to meet customer organization’s business requirements. His responsibilities also include the planning and coordination of testing, operations, systems solutions, and maintenance of security hardware and software systems to minimize interruptions and ensure network integrity in support of LTARC’s Information Assurance (IA) program.
Mr. Clough has over 12 years of IT/Cyber Security experience while (currently) serving in the Louisiana Army National Guard and working as a contractor. In the National Guard, 1LT Clough is now a 17A Cyber Operations Officer serving as a Mission Element Lead and has been apart of the 178th Cyber Protection Team (CPT) for 6 years. Before joining the CPT, he operated as an 25B Information Technology Specialist for 7 years. As a contractor, Mr. Clough spent 5 years as a Systems Administrator/IT Specialist supporting Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and a year and a half as an ISSO supporting Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Mr. Clough also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science received from Grambling State University, has a CompTIA Security Plus certification, and is a Cisco Certified Network Associate.
Ms. Tamira London
Ms. Tamira London is a native of Albany, GA. She honorably served in the United States Air Force for twenty-two years retiring as a Master Sergeant. She brings to the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI) a vast array of operational leadership, administrative support, and security experience gained in trusted positions as the Superintendent of Executive Support at Headquarters United States Air Force, the Pentagon and at Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command and Barksdale Air Force Base. Her diligent efforts in maintaining security for various Air Force command organizations over fourteen years resulted in consistent “excellent” ratings for security program management.
Ms. London currently serves as the Alternate Facility Security Officer for the Louisiana Tech Applied Research Corporation. In this crucial capacity, she manages and maintains the overall security posture and ensures compliance with United States Departments of Defense and State requirements as presented in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). She assists the Facility Security Officer in managing personnel, physical, and industrial security programs to ensure compliance with government and company security policies and procedure. All U.S. government security clearances associated with LA Tech faculty, staff and students are currently monitored by Ms. London and the security team.
Mr. John Robertson
NC3 Teaching Fellow
Mr. John Robertson is the Deputy Director of Nuclear Command, Control, and Communication (NC3) Education at the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI). He is responsible for NC3 course curriculum review, coordination, liaison, development, and delivery. His knowledge of the NC3 weapons system ensures that the U.S. Air Force remains a partner to LTRI in its efforts to support national security, provide next-door access to a dedicated applied research and development center, build focused competencies to attract talent and industry, and serve as the official home for cyber, defense, and intelligence-related education, training, and workforce development programs for North Louisiana and beyond.
Mr. Robertson has over 24 years of NC3 experience ranging from hands-on equipment repair to joint force battle staff management. His focused-on bomber operations, and he specialized in B-52 armament systems. He served as a test team coordinator with the 49 th Test and Evaluation Squadron, to carry out the Nuclear Weapons Sustainment and Evaluation Program. Furthermore, Mr. Robertson executed duties as a strategic weapons systems manager, bomber division, Joint Nuclear Operations Center. In this role, he was assigned to the Joint Global Strike Operations Center and advised the Joint Force Air Component Commander on bomber, ICBM, and NC3 status and capability. Additionally, Mr. Robertson spent over three years instructing for the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) where he taught various curriculum to include the Nuclear Enterprise. He earned his Level II CCAF Instructor Certificate with over 3,000 hours of classroom instruction and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Military Management and Program Acquisition with a concentration in Leadership.