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Dr. Francis Duke Kane

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Employment History

  • President
    Schriever Institute
  • Director of Strategic Systems
    Rockwell International Corporation
  • Schriever's Director
  • Requirement Analysis Manager
    TRW Corporation
  • Space Systems Division Funded Colonel
    Air Force Cyber
  • Systems Command Chief for Space and Ballistic Missile Planning, Colonel
    Air Force Cyber

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Schriever Institute
  • Founder
    GPS International Association
  • Founder


  • South Hills High School
  • the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • bachelor's degree , engineering
  • doctorate
    Georgetown University
  • master's degree , political science
    Georgetown University
  • Ph.D.
27 Total References
Web References
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Francis X. Kane, Ph.D. (Col., USAF Ret.)
Col. (Dr.) Francis X. Kane, a ..., 5 Mar 2010 [cached]
Col. (Dr.) Francis X. Kane, a San Antonio resident since 1984, became the fiftieth inductee into the AFSMP Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the Air Force Space Program. Colonel Kane accompanied by his wife, Virginia, accepted the honor from Maj.
Richard Webber, 24th Air Force commander, pinned Air Force space operator wings onto the jacket of Col. (Dr.) Francis X. Kane, president of the Schriever Institute, Dec. 18, at the colonel's home in San Antonio.
The December visit with Colonel Kane initiated the process to get the colonel inducted in the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., which was culminated in a ceremony March 2 here. The ceremony was conducted by 24th Air Force on behalf of Air Force Space Command in Colonel Kane's hometown of San Antonio. The colonel is the fiftieth inductee to the Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the Air Force Space Program, including leadership of the program to develop a navigation satellite system that would eventually become GPS.
Jim Brazell Speaker Ventureramp, Inc. dba Radical Platypus - Inspiration - Col. (Dr.) Francis X. "Duke" Kane, 4 Sept 2010 [cached]
Inspiration - Col. (Dr.) Francis X. "Duke" Kane
Col. (Dr.) Francis X. "Duke" Kane
The Universe: Robot Poetry - A Socratic Dialog with Dr. Kane inspired by his work with the children of San Antonio to form spaceTEAMS and the Texas Institute of Educaional Robotics (TIER). Read more.
Col. (Dr.) Francis X. "Duke" Kane
"Duke" is the father of the global positioning system (GPS/NAVSAT). Colonel Kane was a pioneer in the development of a wide range of space programs and systems. As the Air Force Systems Command chief for space and ballistic missile planning under Gen. Bernard Schriever, Colonel Kane was a principal leader in Project Forecast, the highly classified study during 1963-64 that contemplated USAF air, missile and space requirements for the strategic environment of 1975.
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Colonel Francis X. Kane, USAF Ret. had been Schriever's Director of Plans, and was charged with preparing the papers.
Kane was a co-author of Strategy of Technology (formal authors Stefan T. Possony and Jerry Pournelle), and had been director of Project Forecast in 1964.
[Colonel Francis X. "Duke" ..., 7 Nov 2011 [cached]
[Colonel Francis X. "Duke" Kane, Ph.D., USAF, retired, (born December 12, 1918) is the space planner and engineer responsible for the design concept of the Global Positioning System (GPS).[1] Colonel Kane was General Bernard A. Schriever's Chief for Space and Ballistic Missile Planning at the U.S. Air Force Systems Command from 1961-1970. Colonel Kane was responsible for space systems planning in Project Forecast (1963-1964). Project Forecast was the longest range technology forecast undertaken by the U.S. military prior to 1963. Project forecast contemplated the strategic technological environment of 1975 and the requirements for U.S. advancements in air, space, missile and computer technology. In 1963, the Air Force Space Systems Division funded Colonel Kane to lead a classified project known as 621B.
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