David Ebel receives a technical achievement award for his work in combat survivability

The National Defense Industrial Association honors Lincoln Laboratory staff member

By Elizabeth Sheeley | Communications and Community Outreach Office

2017 IEEE Fellows MIT Lincoln LaboratoryMr. Robert A. Gierard (left), NDIA Combat Survivability Division Awards Chairman presents Dr. David J. Ebel (second from left) with his 2016 Combat Survivability Award for Technical Achievement, Mr. Joseph C. 'Jay' Rodgers (second from right) with his 2016 RADM Robert H. Gormley Combat Survivability Award for Leadership, and Dr. Tilden N. 'Mike' Mikel (right) with his 2016 Combat Survivability Award for Lifetime Achievement at the ceremony in November.

Dr. David J. Ebel, the associate leader of the Systems and Analysis Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, received the Combat Survivability Award for Technical Achievement from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) on 10 November 2016 in recognition of his "sustained technical leadership of numerous advanced aircraft systems and survivability studies, 'must read' assessments of U.S. stealth aircraft employment, as well as many studies of U.S. and threat aircraft, weapons, and air defense technology trends." Ebel received his award at the NDIA annual award ceremony at the Aircraft Survivability Symposium at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

The NDIA's mission is to promote national security and technology as the leading defense industry association. Formed in 1997, the NDIA provides "a forum for information exchange between the government and the defense industry, providing members a voice in the shaping of national security issues."

"I am honored to be recognized by the NDIA for technical analyses and aircraft survivability assessments in support of U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense decision making," said Ebel. "Teaming with industry, warfighters, government, and technologists has always been an important element of the success of this work."

Ebel holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor's degree in physics from Iowa State University. Since joining Lincoln Laboratory in 1985, Ebel has been an active member of the U.S. Air Force Red Team, a collaboration of more than 50 years between the Air Force and Lincoln Laboratory. The Red Team provides independent analysis of air vehicle survivability and air defense technologies to the Air Force and Department of Defense (DoD) leaders.

Ebel has more than 30 years of experience conducting systems assessments covering a broad range of air defense issues. He led the Air Campaign Evaluation to analyze advanced aircraft employment in Operation Allied Force. This evaluation required the collection and sorting of large sets of operational data, the analysis of the data, and the communication of key messages from the evaluation to DoD leadership and the survivability community at large. He has also directed other after-action studies on advanced aircraft employment in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"It is extremely interesting and challenging to work with the wide range of advanced technologies being developed at Lincoln Laboratory," said Ebel. "It is rewarding to see those technologies mature and become part of operational systems that benefit the Air Force and nation."

In 2010, Ebel received the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Technical Excellence Award for his nationally recognized leadership in systems analysis to support the DoD and for his use of detailed modeling, test data analysis, and a broad system perspective to provide superb analysis for air vehicle survivability, electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. The Technical Excellence Awards recognize exceptional, sustained technical excellence resulting in significant impact on a Laboratory mission area.

Posted December 2016

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