LTC Jeff Kendellen is an Army officer with over 20 years of service. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy in 2000, during which time he was certified to operate the S5W, S6G, and S8G submarine nuclear power plants. He transferred to the U.S. Army in 2007 and is currently serving as a Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Planner at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He recently completed an assignment at the U.S. Army Nuclear and CWMD Agency, where he was a nuclear weapons effects analyst, lead modeler, and senior intelligence officer. LTC Kendellen has extensive experience in submarine tactics, operations, reactor operations, maintenance, and training. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and master’s degrees in both strategic intelligence and aeronautical science.
Podcasts / Webinars
This webinar discusses the risk of retinal burns or flash blindness to friendly troops following nuclear weapon use. In order to understand this threat, one must have a fundamental understanding of how the eye reacts to extremely luminous objects, considerations for the environment and time of day, and thermal effects of nuclear weapons. Historically, this has been a heavily studied topic, however previous studies have applied the question to pilots and aircrew operating at cruising altitude. Additionally, there are some counterintuitive aspects of the problem involving the inverse-square law applied to the weapon output and how yield influences the potential for eye injury. For planners, modelers, and subject matter experts, it is extremely important to understand the assumptions and technical aspects of the problem set in order to provide safe separation distances to servicemembers on the battlefield.