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     Date Submitted:14-08-2016
     Last Modified:15-08-2016 (08:04)
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     Current job:Program Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:immediately

    Executive Summary 

    Russell is a successful, experienced Program Manager with over 24 years of management experience supporting aviation and space programs with a consistent record of winning strategic contracts, operating within budget and on schedule, and high customer satisfaction ratings. He utilizes hands on expertise with Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) techniques, program planning, scheduling, risk management, and budget analysis. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Russell's expertise includes performing all phases of program capture, startup, execution, financial management planning and strategy planning. With experience as a Pilot, Test Pilot, Flight Commander, and avionics Program Manager, he is also a highly experienced aviation specialist, with the Test Pilot and Test Manager expertise leveraging his Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering backgrounds.  His Geo-Int and weapons expertise includes operational use as an Air Force pilot, and in industry developing space based defenses. 


    Program Manager, PMP -   Technology Project Managers         12/2015 - current

    Program Management, Program Integration, Systems Engineering and Risk Management – Supporting NASA Space Programs with Program Cost, Schedule and Risk Analysis

    Reporting Program Assessment for Milestone Reviews

    Assessing Agency Risk Posture for Major Programs, such as ISS

    Training Development for Schedule Risk Analysis


    Program Manager, PMP -      CGH Technologies              4/2015 – 10/2015 

    Systems Engineering and Program Management Support – Supporting Federal Aviation Administration Programs with Obstacles Database Requirements support and System architecture design work 

    Created an Earned Value Management System Process Guide for company use 

    PMP Certified through PMI Institute, July 2015. 


    Program Manager - Raytheon Solipsys               10/2009 – 4/2015                                     

    Program Manager for a portfolio of Command and Control Programs, including pursuit, capture and execution of the Combined Operational Picture for U.S. Marine Forces on the Common 

    Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) 

    Managed both subcontract personnel and their respective subcontract agreements 

    Brought in $40M in revenue to the company managing CAC2S Programs and BC3-T Programs. 

    Managed the $24M Phase 2 Development Contract - leveraged EVMS management and leading a team of up to 30 personnel on the Integrated Product Team (IPT)  

    Extensive Schedule Analysis, updates and Earned Value integration 


    Program Manager – AAI Corporation               3/2008 – 10/2009 

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Program Manager for U.S. Marine Corps Programs. 

    Transitioned a civilian platform for military use, solving issues operating in extreme climatic conditions to help the customer succeed 

    Utilized Earned Value Management and Risk Management 

    Proposal Capture, Subcontract Management and Program Startup/Execution 


    Program Manager – Northrop Grumman, Linthicum, MD 6/2001 – 3/2008 

    Advanced Space Programs - Led new initiatives developing defensive systems 

    Business development for F-35, F-22 and F-16 sensor programs 

    Test Pilot supporting Sensor Flight Testing 


    Program Manager, Test Pilot -U.S. Air Force            5/1983 – 10/2005 

    Experimental Test Pilot – Managed test programs, flew developmental test missions 

    Program Manager for F-16 Reconnaissance System – High Congressional Interest 

    Program Element Monitor – The Pentagon 

    Academic Instructor Pilot, Courseware Development, Operational F-16 Pilot 



    M.S. Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Fresno 

    M.S. Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 

    B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas 

    Professional Certifications 

    Project Management Professional (PMP) 

    Earned Value Management 

    Risk Management 

    6 Sigma 

    Commercial Airline Pilot, Multi-Engine Rating, Air Transport Pilot 



    President’s Leadership Award – Successful Capture of CAC2S Contract (Raytheon)(2012) 

    Member – Society of Experimental Test Pilots (1995)

    Published Paper – Safety Considerations Testing F-16C Aircraft (1995)

    Nominated for NASA Astronaut (1995)

    Security Clearance - Top Secret (DoD) (current as of 04/2015)

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