Spencer L. Launer
Senior Legislative Assistant
USAF (ret), Strategic Partner
Lt. General Carl E. Franklin
USAF (ret), Strategic Partner
Carl E. Franklin retired from the United States Air Force in 1998 after 33 1/2 years service to the Nation. In his final assignment, he was the commander of Ninth Air Force and US Central Command Air Forces, where he served as the Air Component Commander for CENTCOM with responsibility for joint and coalition air operations in Southwest Asia, including command and control of daily operations over Iraq. As Commander 9th Air Force, he was responsible for all Air Combat Command wings in the Southeastern US, including basing of some 350 aircraft and 36,000 military and civilian personnel.
General Franklin commanded a fighter test squadron, a tactical reconnaissance wing, and the US Air Warfare Center. As a general officer, he was Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy, Headquarters UKAIR, a major NATO Command, where he directed an international staff with officers from eight nations. Subsequently, he was Director of Plans and Programs, US Air Forces Europe with responsibility for downsizing the Command from eight wings to three and the closure of bases throughout the Europe. He served two tours at HQ USAF where he twice directed AF’s internal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission decision process on behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff, chairing the Base Closure Executive Group, a group of 12 general officer/senior executive service civilians charged with evaluating all AF installations and submitting recommendations for closure.
In August 1995 he was assigned as e the first permanent commander of the Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTFSWA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Working directly for the Commander in Chief US Central Command (CENTCOM), he was responsible for all US and coalition air force operations enforcing the United Nations sanctioned No Fly Zone over Iraq. In this command, he developed strong rapport with Gulf Cooperation Council political leaders, military commanders, and US Ambassadors throughout the Gulf Region.
General Franklin remains actively involved in US and international defense-related endeavors as a consultant and advisor to numerous defense corporations, communities, and State governments. He served as an ad hoc member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board’s Battlespace Infosphere Joint Aspects Panel, a senior advisor for DARPA’s Command Post of the Future program, and a member of the DoD/AF Science Board’s Committee on Aerospace Propulsion for hypersonic flight, space launch, and space travel.
As a strategic partner of Madison Government Affairs (MGA), he is actively involved in community support of military installations on behalf of state and local governments in their efforts to evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and to implement measures to maintain and enhance value to the Department of Defense as missions, requirements, and resources change. He was instrumental in MGA’s comprehensive work for the States of Florida and New Mexico, and the cities of Fairfield CA, Alamogordo NM, Montgomery AL, and the Economic Development Council of Florida’s Space Coast. He played a pivotal role in the development and execution of strategy to retain the Naval Ordnance Test Unit at Cape Canaveral during BRAC 2005. His support has been central in developing relationships with staffs and senior leaders at the local installation level, at Major Command Headquarters, and in the Pentagon.