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Colonel Daniel Finkelstein

Director of Operations & Data


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Contact Information

(719) 333-4470



Ph.D. Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia 2007-2010

  1. Honors
    1. Operations Research Honors Society (Omega Rho)

M.S. Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Air Force Institute of Technology 2002-2004

  1. Honors
    1. Distinguished Graduate
    2. Dean’s Award for most exceptional Master’s thesis

B.S. Mathematics, University of Kentucky 1994-1998

Professional Experience

Air Force Technical Fellow, Argonne National Lab 2019-2020

Deputy Mission Support Group Commander, 10 Air Base Wing, USAFA 2018-2019

USAFA Superintendent’s Commander’s Action Group, USAFA 2017-2018

Statistics Division Chief & Director of Operations, Department of Mathematical Sciences, USAFA 2015-2017

Commander, AFROTC Detachment 630 & Professor/Head, Aerospace Studies 2013-2015

Department, Kent State University Technical Director, Analyses Assessments & Lessons Learned Directorate 2012-2013

Chief, Analyses and Assessments Division, HQ Air Force Global Strike Command

Deputy, Operational Assessment Team, Combined Air Operations Center 2011

Chief, Long Range Strike Analysis, HQ Air Force Global Strike Command 2010-2011

Doctoral Student, University of Virginia 2007-2010

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USAFA 2004-2007

Graduate Student, Air Force Institute of Technology 2002-2004

Lead Flight Test Analyst, 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron 2000-2002

Undergraduate Navigator Training and Operational Assignment 1998-2000

Honors & Awards

Air Force Analyst of the Year 2012
Harshbarger Award recipient for research excellence in the field of Statistics 2009
Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Institute of Technology 2004
AFIT Dean’s Award for most exceptional Master’s thesis 2004
Honorable mention, AFIT Commandant’s award for academic excellence 2004

Research and Scholarly Interests

Stochastic Models
Reliability Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Probability Models


Long Range Strike Option Analysis of Alternatives” Presented to CSAF, SAF/AQ, AF/A9, 2013 (CLASSIFIED)

Reliability Analysis of Markovian Degradation” PhD dissertations, 2010

Time Series Analysis of State Dependent Degradation Models” Southern Regional Council On Statistics Conference, 2010

Availability of Periodically Inspected Systems With Markovian Wear and Shocks” Journal of Applied Probability, Vol 43, 2006 pg 303-317.

Analytical Results for a Single-Unit System Subject to Markovian Wear and Shocks” M.S. Thesis, 2004

Linear Regression Models for Cruise Missile Accuracy” Air Force Operations Research Symposium, 2002 (CLASSIFIED)