The William A. Anders Chair in Economics of the Defense Industrial Base
The Anders Chair, established by a gift to ARDI from General Dynamics Corporation, honors William A. Anders (Maj Gen, USAFR, Retired), command pilot and astronaut, head of the Atomic Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commissions, ambassador to Norway, winner of the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal for Exploration, and leader of industry. This chair provides a distinguished visiting professor to the Department of Economics and Geo Sciences.
Mr. Sidebottom was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 28 January, 1940. He attended the University of Louisville, graduating with a degree in chemistry and a commission in the U. S. Air Force through the AFROTC program in 1962. Mr. Sidebottom served in the Air Force for nearly twenty-four years in the field of communications and computer systems. He served in a variety of operational, staff and command positions in locations throughout the world to include two assignments in Europe and one assignment in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Sidebottom retired from the Air Force on 1 April 1986 in the grade of Colonel.
Following retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Sidebottom entered industry, joining Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation in Colorado Springs. He served in increasingly responsible positions in marketing, business development, program management, and senior executive management as the company transitioned from Ford Aerospace to Loral Corporation to Lockheed Martin Corporation. He was the Program Manager for several programs, the largest of which was the Space Defense Operations Center (SPADOC) development program and the Theater Battle Management Core System (TBMCS) Program. His final position prior to retirement from Lockheed Martin in May 1999 was as Vice President for Command & Control Programs in a $150+ M business unit.
After retirement from industry, Mr. Sidebottom performed limited consulting services in the area of defense contracting and pursued private interests before being selected for the Anders Chair at the USAFA in July 2002 where he has remained for the past 10 years.
Mr. Sidebottom teaches courses in core economics and the capstone economics course for senior level cadets entitled Defense Economics. In the fall semester, Mr. Sidebottom teaches the Economics 201, core economics course to 2 to 3 sections of 50-75 second and third year cadets. This course concentrates on micro and macro-economic principles and their application in our economy. For the spring semester, Mr. Sidebottom has developed the capstone Defense Economics course to provide graduating senior cadets a better appreciation of defense economics and defense acquisition from both the industry and government perspective. Two to four sections are taught each semester that involve 30-75 cadets, depending on the number of Economics majors. This course is more a seminar type course that also provides the cadets an opportunity to visit and interact with government agencies and defense companies involved in the acquisition process.
USAFA Department of Economics and Geo Sciences