Dr. Kyle Kolsti is the Associate Director of the Homeland Security Community of Best Practices (HS CoBP). As Associate Director, he is responsible for executing the CoBP’s mission to prepare Department of Homeland Security (DHS) test and evaluation (T&E) for future challenges. The CoBP accomplishes this mission by building communities of expertise across DHS, the Department of Defense (DOD), industry, and academia. The CoBP guides these communities through a focused discovery and research process to assess the state of the art of T&E and advance it where opportunities are identified. The CoBP also works directly with DHS programs to improve their T&E effectiveness and efficiency through the application of Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques (STAT).
Dr. Kolsti has over 25 years of experience in test and evaluation (T&E), research and development (R&D), engineering, and aviation. During his 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Kolsti was an operational F-16 pilot, a T-38 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, and a Developmental Test Pilot. He flew combat missions as part of Operation Northern Watch and deployed to a staff position in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Kolsti also led the Turbine Engine Division at the Air Force Research\ Laboratory (AFRL) and taught aeronautical engineering flight test while Deputy Department Head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy. After retiring from the Air Force, he was a Senior Analyst at the LinQuest Corporation serving as a STAT expert for the Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques Center of Excellence (STAT COE) and the newly formed HS CoBP. In this capacity Dr. Kolsti provided test design, statistics, and data analysis assistance to over 20 DHS programs.
Dr. Kolsti holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas. He is a graduate of Air Command & Staff College, Air War College, and the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, CA.