J. L. Fobes, Ph.D.
J. L. Fobes supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate Transportation Security Laboratory, and was detailed as the Transportation Security Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He additionally served as Program Manager for Aviation Security Human Factors at both the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. He was also the director of the U.S. Army Operational Test and Evaluation's Human Factors Division, and conducted human factors research for the U.S. Army Research Institute. He previously taught college and university psychology courses on complex cognitive behavior at California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of California at Riverside.
He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Arizona, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech). Dr. Fobes has conducted extensive research emphasizing the human factors/psychological aspects in relation to numerous homeland security and defense topics. His behavioral science work has been complimented by his identification of the technology base needed to counter threats from chemical/biological agents, nuclear/radiological weapons, explosive devices, and threats from personnel. He has over 200 publications, the most recent of which include "Security Screening" in S. Amass, A. Chaturveid, and S. Peeta (eds.), Advances in Homeland Security, Volume 2: Guiding Future Homeland Security Policy-Directions for Scientific Inquiry (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University, 2006); and "Transportation Security Administration Counter-Terrorism Technology Base: Mitigating Weapons of Mass Destruction with Research, Development, and Implementation" (February - March 2005), Transportation Security Administration Technical Report, DHS/TSA/TSL-05/60.
He recently obtained a patent on the most effective and efficient technique for monitoring security screener performance, the "Threat Image Projection System," patent U.S. 6,899,540 B1, 31 May 2005.