An accomplished and conscientious aerospace executive. A strategic thinker consistently delivering results. Expertise in weapon systems acquisition, organizational leadership, operations, financial management, creating new ideas, and improving processes. Director-level experience leading high-performing organizations with >1,600 people and $400M/year operating budgets.
A rare combination of in-depth program management experience in rockets, satellites, and command/control networks: Program Director for 3 rocket launches; Program Director/Manager for 4 satellites and 65+ payloads; Program Director/Manager for 3 major command/control networks. Promoted 4 years ahead of peers. One of only 11 senior program directors in Air Force weapon systems acquisition.
ADVANCED SYSTEMS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE, Kirtland AFB NM 10/2014 - 03/2015
Director and Commander. Led organizational merger of two directorates. New organization doubled in employees and operating budget with >700 employees in California, New Mexico and Texas with $400M in annual budget. Led the Defense Department's first rocket launch with SpaceX.
SPACE DEVELOPMENT AND TEST DIRECTORATE & DEVELOPMENTAL PLANNING DIRECTORATE, Kirtland AFB NM and Los Angeles AFB CA 05/2013 - 10/2014
Director and Commander. Led 400+ employees with a $1.1B 5-year budget at three operating locations. Directed $280M lunar launch for NASA mission–most complex flight since the Apollo missions. Proved military utility of small rockets and saved $70M in budget. Delivered rocket for world-record breaking 29 satellites on one launch vehicle.
SPACE BASED INFRARED SYSTEMS GROUND GROUP AND ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, Los Angeles AFB CA 06/2010 - 04/2013
Commander and Division Chief. Led 1,000+ employees, $400M/year operating budget. Inherited troubled program, reinvigorated culture and processes–delivered complicated computer network 8 days early for program's first satellite launch. Developed $570M ground computer network technical upgrade; saved $167M in negotiations. Overhauled $8.5B contract–met $100M savings target. Led 100-member team on SBIRS GEO-2 satellite launch; flawless factory processing with perfect on-time launch. Devised activation plan 67% faster than predecessor satellite–operational 7 months faster.
Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington DC 08/2009 - 08/2010
Student. “Distinguished Graduate” of 321 US and international students.
SPACE AND MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER, Los Angeles AFB CA 06/2007 - 7/2009
Commander, Defense Meteorological Satellite Squadron. Led 200+ employees with $90M annual budget for $1.5B weather satellite. Led $101M engineering design program–largest technical program in 40+ years extending life of three $350M satellites by 25%. Devised plan to double production by dual-processing satellites on the factory floor–saved $7M and delivered one month early. Completely turned around organizational culture after predecessor was fired–morale and production skyrocketed. Ranked #1/26 squadron commanders.
JOINT STAFF, The Pentagon, Washington DC 07/2004 - 06/2007
Chief, Global Operations Acquisition. Developed & managed worldwide operations budget of $114M/year for the Joint Staff Operations Directorate. Secured $17M in revenue–first investment increase in 10 years. Program manager for $37M classified computer network. Developed plan to recoup unliquidated obligations; spent $9K and saved $500K. Ranked #1/16 program managers.
MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY, Washington DC 11/2002 - 07/2003
Executive Officer. Managed front office staff for Senior Vice President-level senior executive in the Missile Defense Agency. Responsible for managing communication between Missile Defense Agency and 10 subordinate program offices. Doubled organization's ability to track interagency communication.
12TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON, Thule Air Base, Greenland 10/2001 - 11/2002
Operations Flight Commander / Acting Operations Officer. Led team of instructors to train crew members for remote location’s 24/7 missile warning operations. Aggressively tackled slack in training pipeline. Personally developed training program that reduced initial training from 30 days to 15 days; that 50% reduction saved an entire man-year of operations each year; a year-on-year savings of over $100K. Ranked #1/9 officers.
Previous positions (additional information available upon request):
91ST SPACE WING, Minot AFB ND; Executive Officer,12/1999 - 06/2001
UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN ETHIOPIA & ERITREA; Operations Officer,01/2001 – 06/2001
THE PENTAGON, Washington DC; Air Force Intern,07/1997 - 06/1999
SPACE & MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER, Los Angeles AFB CA; Program Manager, 08/1992 - 07/1997
M.S., National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces
Certificate, Leadership & Management Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Certificate, Project Management Program, The University of Chicago
M.A., Military Art and Operational Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Air University
M.A., Organizational Management, The George Washington University
M.S., Systems Management, University of Southern California
B.S., Management, United States Air Force Academy
DoD ACQUISITION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Level 3 Program Management
Level 3 Systems Planning Research Development and Engineering
Level 3 Communications and Computers
Level 3 Test and Evaluation
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
German Marshall Fund, 2009: American Marshall Memorial Fellowship
Space & Missile Systems Center: Field Grade Officer of the Year (#1/201 officers), 2008
Air Force Association:
Program Manager of the Year (#1/127 officers), 2007
Senior Company Grade Officer of the Year (#1/500 officers), 1996
Office of the Secretary of Defense: David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, 2000
Air Force Space Command Undergraduate Space and Missile Training: Top Graduate, 1999
Squadron Officer School: Distinguished Graduate, 1996
United States Air Force Academy: Blue Chip Graduate (Top 15% of 1,076 graduates), 1992
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