JOHN MAYNARD is currently president of MAYNfocus, LLC. His career in laser communications began in 1975 as the principal system engineer for the McDonnell-Douglas Airborne Lasercom Flight Test System, for which he was responsible for the flight system design and development as well as system test operations. He held a number of positions on the DSP Laser Cross-Link System RDT&E and Production programs, including Chief Scientist. At BAE Systems, Mr. Maynard held the position of Chief En- gineer for Laser Communications and was responsible for the design and development of the ALT prototype. He has also served as Chief Engineer for Advanced Electro-Optic systems development for Soldier and Ground Systems at both Northrop-Grumman and Elbit Systems of America. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology with areas of specializa- tion in electro-optical systems design and communications engineering.