Col Garry “Pink” Floyd
United States Air Force
Department of the Air Force Director for the DAF-MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator
Colonel Garry “Pink” Floyd is the Department of the Air Force Director for the DAF-MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, Cambridge, Massachusetts and is responsible for guiding dual-use research to help solve the DAF’s most challenging problems and support the National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, and the DAF’s operational imperatives. In this capacity, Colonel Floyd leads a team of Airmen and Guardians to partner with leading experts from MIT and accelerate the development and deployment of difference-making AI and Machine Learning capabilities.
Colonel Floyd is a career Air Force intelligence officer. He last served as the Commander, 694th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea where he led ISR operations for 650 Airmen charged with conducting ISR operations in order to provide critical indications and warning to 7AF and US Forces Korea.
Prior to that he served as the Military Deputy for the National Geospatial Agency’s (NGA) Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Augmentation (AAA) team at NGA’s Campus East facility, which was tasked with coordinating NGA’s whole-of-agency effort to modernize Geospatial Intelligence to assure decision advantage for U.S. and Allied partners.
Colonel Floyd has served in a variety of roles at the squadron, major command, joint, and national agency levels. Prior to his work at NGA, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross Functional Team (AWCFT), also known as Project MAVEN, within the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations Directorate of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The AWCFT was originally chartered by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work to accelerate the development and deployment of artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities across the Department of Defense.
Colonel Floyd is a former squadron commander of the 381st Intelligence Squadron at the National Security Agency’s Alaska Mission Operations Center, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where, as an integrated mission leader, he provided command direction, operational guidance, and strategic planning to a team of more than 195 Air Force, DoD military, and civilian personnel conducting intelligence activities in direct support of global operations and national decision makers.
Colonel Floyd is a Georgia native and a 1998 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He completed intermediate developmental education in-residence as a Legislative Fellow working in the office of a United States Senator and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). Colonel Floyd is also a graduate of the Air Force’s Blue Horizons Program, where he received a Master of Science degree from the Air University in Airpower Strategy and Technology Integration. He is a former F-16 and HH-60 squadron intelligence officer, is experienced in bilateral crisis action and deliberate planning, and has led congressional engagement activities at the Air Force major command level. Finally, Colonel Floyd has directed the execution of national and tactical intelligence integration operations in support of multiple geographic combatant commands.