Maj Gen (Ret) Robert H. Latiff, Ph.D.


Dr. Robert H. Latiff retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006. He is a private consultant, providing advice on advanced technology matters to corporate and government clients and to universities.  Dr. Latiff is an Adjunct Faculty Member with the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame.  He is also a Research Professor at George Mason University.

Immediately after his retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Latiff was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Science Applications International Corporation’s space and geospatial intelligence business.  He is the Chairman of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board and a member of the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies. He has led and participated in numerous studies on such topics as critical minerals, intelligence and surveillance systems, and the ethics of emerging technologies. Dr. Latiff is also an active member of the Intelligence Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Major General Latiff’s last active duty assignment was at the National Reconnaissance Office where he served as Director, Advanced Systems and Technology and Deputy Director for Systems Engineering. He was also Vice Commander, USAF Electronic Systems Center; Commander of the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center; and Program Director for the Air Force E-8 JSTARS surveillance aircraft.  General Latiff received his commission from the Army ROTC program at the University of Notre Dame. He entered active service in the U.S. Army and later transferred to the U.S. Air Force. General Latiff has served on the staffs of Headquarters U.S. Air Force and the Secretary of the Air Force.

Major General Latiff received his Ph.D. and his M.S. in materials science and his B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of the National Security Fellows Program at Harvard’s JFK School of Government.  He is currently enrolled at Georgetown University where he is pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts in the Humanities.  General Latiff is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.