AFLCMC/CC

Lt Gen Shaun Morris
AFLCMC/CC, (Moderator), Commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Lt. Gen. Shaun Q. Morris, is the Commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The center is responsible for total life cycle management for aircraft, engines, munitions, electronic, computer, network, cyber and agile combat support systems. The center employs more than 28,000 people and has a budget of approximately $304 billion.

The general also serves as the Program Executive Officer for the Rapid Sustainment Office, organized under AFLCMC and is responsible for finding ways to save money and improve efficiencies in the sustainment of aircraft and other weapon systems throughout the Air Force fleet. RSO focus areas include robotics and automation, advanced manufacturing and condition-based maintenance plus.

Lt. Gen. Morris was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. He has held a number of key acquisition and sustainment positions on Air Force space and weapons systems, staff positions on the Air and Joint Staffs and commander positions at the squadron, group, wing, and center levels. He commanded the Defense Contract Management Agency in Kuwait City and has served as the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Director of the Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin AFB, Florida.

Prior to assuming his current position, Lt. Gen. Morris was Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

EVENT HOSTS:

Mr. Daniel Annett
Chief, Strategic Planning and Transformation Division, AFLCMC

Mr. Daniel Annett has 33 years of government service as an engineer and program manager.  He currently is leading the Strategic Planning and Transformation Division within the Plans and Programs Directorate (AFLCMC/XP).  Previously, Mr. Annett has been assigned to Simulators and the Fighters and Bombers Directorates and the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization Program.
Ms. Whitney Speed
LCID Lead PM, Strategic Planning and Transformation Division, AFLCMC, Emcee

Ms. Whitney Speed has over 6 years of government service as both a Logistician and Program Manager. She is currently the Lead Program Manager for LCID, an AFLCMC initiative managed through the Strategic Planning and Transformation Division within the Plans and Programs Directorate  (AFLCMC/XP). Previously, Ms. Speed served as a Lead Logistician in the Simulators Division of the Agile Combat Support Directorate.
Ms. Kathyrn (Katie) Hovis
Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID) Deputy Acquisition Program Manager, Strategic Planning and Transformation Division, Plans and Programs Directorate (AFLCMC/XP), Emcee

Katie Hovis has been in government service for a year as a Program Manager. She is currently the LCID Deputy Program Manager, an AFLCMC initiative managed to inform Industry of current and future Air Force requirements and initiate collaboration between the Air Force and Industry.  Katie also has developed an AFLCMC Internal Process Guide and metric addressing the New Civilian Employee Onboarding effort. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Gen Mark Kelly
Commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia

Gen. Mark D. Kelly is the Commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. As the commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready air, space, cyber and intelligence forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. The command operates more than 1,000 aircraft, 35 wings, 12 bases, and 1,336 units at more than 242 operating locations worldwide with 156,739 total force military and civilian personnel. As the lead major command for Combat Air Forces, ACC develops strategy, doctrine, concepts, tactics, and procedures for air, space, and cyber-power employment. The command provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space, cyber, and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. The command also stands ready to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance and crisis response capabilities.
Lt Gen Carl Schaefer
Deputy Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Lt. Gen. Carl E. Schaefer is Deputy Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 89,000 people and manages $60 billion of budget authority annually. He oversees activities in six different centers, responsible for installation and mission support, discovery and development, test and evaluation, life cycle management services and sustainment of virtually every major Air Force weapon system, to include the entire scope of nuclear weapons sustainment.

As Deputy Commander, Lt. Gen. Schaefer is responsible for the evolution of aerospace systems from conceptual phase through production and introduction into the operating inventory. His duties include directing policy and procedures affecting AFMC aircraft logistics, product acquisition and sustainment, technology research and development, as well as system test and evaluation to meet known and anticipated operational requirements. He also manages worldwide logistics support to U.S. Air Force operating commands, as well as foreign, Security Assistance Program air forces. Finally, he supports the commander by ensuring Air Force guidance for installation and mission support functions for 10 major commands, two direct reporting units and 77 installations around the world.
Lt Gen Anthony Cotton
Deputy Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command and Deputy Commander, Air Forces Strategic-Air, U.S. Strategic Command, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana

Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton is the Deputy Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command and Deputy Commander, Air Forces Strategic-Air, U.S. Strategic Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. AFGSC provides strategic deterrence, global strike capability, and combat support to STRATCOM and other geographic combatant commands. The command is comprised of more than 33,700 professionals operating at two numbered air forces; 11 active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve wings; and the Joint Global Strike Operations Center and the Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center. Weapons systems assigned to AFGSC include all Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and bomber aircraft, UH-1N helicopters, E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft, and the Air Force NC3 weapons system.
Lauren Knausenberger
SES, SAF/CN, Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Air Force

Lauren Barrett Knausenberger is the Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Ms. Knausenberger leads two directorates and supports 20,000 cyber operations and support personnel around the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. She provides oversight of the Air Force’s Information Technology portfolio including the Information Technology investment strategy from networks to cloud computing, Enterprise policies, information resources management, IT innovation initiatives, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Chief Information Officer (CIO), Ms. Knausenberger delivers cyber security, and enforces Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act laws. She integrates Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking and securing air, space, and terrestrial assets. Ms. Knausenberger also leads career management initiatives for 10,000 IT/Cyber civilian personnel across all human resources facets from recruiting to professional development.

CYBER SECURITY PANEL:

Danny Holtzman
SES, AFLCMC/EN (Moderator), Director, Cyberspace Innovation at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

Daniel C. Holtzman has been appointed as the Air Force Highly Qualified Expert, Cyber Technical Director, assigned to the Air Force Materiel Command Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, where he serves as an internationally recognized authority in the areas of cyber security, program protection planning, security engineering, supply chain risk management, mission and system assurance and resiliency. As the Cyber Security Engineering and Resilience Senior Leader, Mr. Holtzman’s responsibilities include being the technical authority for security engineering, cyber resiliency and systems and mission assurance; engineering resilient systems; and defensive security engineering. Mr. Holtzman has also been appointed as the Authorizing Official for U.S. Air Force Command and Control Information Technology and Rapid Cyber Acquisition IT. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Holtzman had served as the Air Force Chief Engineer for a joint U.S. and NATO aircraft modernization program and a U.S. Air Force aircraft modernization program, successfully navigating two production decision milestone, and also served as an appointed Program Executive Officer Anti-Tamper Lead.
Maj Gen Michael Schmidt
AFLCMC/HN, Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, and Networks at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Schmidt is Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, and Networks, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. In this position, he is responsible for more than 2,600 personnel and acquisition execution of a $15.1 billion portfolio developing, producing, deploying and sustaining Department of the Air Force joint and coalition cyberspace capabilities, aerial and terrestrial networks, cryptologic systems, electronic warfare, data weaponization, kill chain technologies and integration, information technology infrastructure, software platforms and factories, cloud services, combat communications, force protection systems, data link systems, and special projects to enable decisive combat operations.

Maj. Gen. Schmidt entered the Air Force in 1991 after graduating from Iowa State University as an industrial engineer and ROTC distinguished graduate. He served in numerous engineering, program management, and leadership positions. He worked as a Lockheed Martin program manager via the Education with Industry program. He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of Air Force Materiel Command; both an Air Force Legislative and Appropriations Liaison; the F-35 Program Element Monitor; an advisor to the Afghan National Army and commanded the 696th Armament Systems Squadron. Maj. Gen. Schmidt then served as the Deputy for Tactical Aircraft Systems in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the Senior Materiel Leader for the Contractor Logistics Support Division at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. He also served as Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing Programs at U.S. Special Operations Command, Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces at Air Force Materiel Command, and Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers. He is a graduate of the Air Force Legislative Fellows Program and the National War College.

Joseph F. Bradley
SES, CROWS, Director of the Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapon Systems and the Director of Engineering and Technical Management for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom AFB

Joseph F. Bradley, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of the Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapon Systems and the Director of Engineering and Technical Management for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

Mr. Bradley entered federal service in 1983 as an Electrical Engineer at the Naval Underwater Systems Center (now the Naval Undersea Warfare Center), Newport, Rhode Island, performing systems engineering on the Ohio Class intercontinental ballistic missile submarines. Since then, he has served in a broad range of senior engineering and program management positions in acquisition, sustainment, cyber security and science and technology organizations supporting Air Force warfighters.
Kristen Baldwin
SES, SAF/AQR, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Kristen J. Baldwin, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Ms. Baldwin provides guidance, advocacy, and policy for the Air Force's annual $2.6 billion science and technology program and $1 billion developmental prototyping and experimentation program, conducted at 40 research sites worldwide. She provides engineering and technical management direction on digital engineering, cyber resilient weapons, corrosion control, capability development planning, and the functional management of more than 14,000 military and civilian scientists and engineers. In addition, she is responsible for providing technical advice and counsel to the Air Force Acquisition Executive on a broad range of engineering and technical management areas. As part of this role, she oversees the Air Force’s international science and technology outreach via various bi-lateral and multi-lateral engagement fora, including the NATO Science and Technology Organization and the NATO Air Force Armaments Group.

Lauren Knausenberger
SES, SAF/CN, Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Air Force

Lauren Barrett Knausenberger is the Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Ms. Knausenberger leads two directorates and supports 20,000 cyber operations and support personnel around the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. She provides oversight of the Air Force’s Information Technology portfolio including the Information Technology investment strategy from networks to cloud computing, Enterprise policies, information resources management, IT innovation initiatives, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Chief Information Officer (CIO), Ms. Knausenberger delivers cyber security, and enforces Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act laws. She integrates Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking and securing air, space, and terrestrial assets. Ms. Knausenberger also leads career management initiatives for 10,000 IT/Cyber civilian personnel across all human resources facets from recruiting to professional development.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION PANEL:

Tom Fischer
SES, AFMC/EN (Moderator), Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Thomas M. Fischer, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He provides wide-ranging leadership for ensuring technical superiority and integrity of Air Force systems. He leads the Command transformation to digital engineering to unleash the value of technology disruption and provide rapid capability maturation, delivery, and readiness. He leads a 14,000-person national engineering organization and is responsible for talent acquisition, development, and management of more than 80% of the Air Force’s engineering and technical workforce.

Dr. Eileen Bjorkman
SES, AFTC/CA, Executive Director, Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA

Dr. Eileen A. Bjorkman, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California. She serves as principal deputy to the AFTC Commander on all matters under the cognizance of the Commander. She has extensive authority for broad management, policy development, decision-making and effective program execution of the AFTC’s developmental test and evaluation mission. Her role as an Executive Director involves long and short-range planning, policy development, the determination of program and center goals, including those involving scientific and technical matters, and the overall management of the AFTC enterprise.

Dr. Bjorkman was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1980 and served nearly 30 years in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel. During her military career, she served as a Flight Test Engineer, Instructor and Test Squadron Commander. She was a Senior Non-rated Aircrew Member and flew more than 700 hours as a Flight Test Engineer in more than 25 different aircraft, primarily the F-4 Phantom II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, C-130 Hercules and C-141 Starlifter. She also held multiple staff and director positions involving modeling, simulation, analysis and joint testing, retiring from active duty as the Chief of the Modeling and Simulation Policy Division, Warfighter Systems Integration and Deployment. Dr. Bjorkman was appointed as a Senior Leader Executive in January 2010, and entered the Senior Executive Service in 2015.

Thomas Lockhart Jr.
SES, AFNWC/EN, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Thomas A. Lockhart a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill AFB, Utah. He enhances warfighter support as the center’s lead for nuclear systems & digital engineering, weapon system integrity, cyber security, test and evaluation, workforce development, technology insertion, and multi-domain system support for Minuteman III, Air Launched Cruise Missile, and Command and Control (C2).

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Lockhart was the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Director for both its Plans and Programs Directorate and its Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Directorate managing the processes that define Air Force Research Laboratory's $2 billion annual investment in technologies for future Air Force systems and enables the alignment of Science and Technology resources.

Edward Ayer
SES, AFSC/EN, Air Force Sustainment Center Associate Director of Engineering and Technical Management at Tinker Air Force Base, OK

Edward W. Ayer, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Air Force Sustainment Center Associate Director of Engineering and Technical Management located at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He is responsible for delivering cost effective readiness through development and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies, processes and tools while providing executive leadership and technical direction to a workforce of more than 2,000 Scientists, Engineers and Engineering Technicians, executing a $2 billion annual workload. He oversees $27 million in technology insertion programs across two centers and four program offices. He also leads Subject Matter Experts in nondestructive inspection technologies and techniques enabling engineering activities across four weapon systems to maintain their platforms in an airworthy condition. Mr. Ayer is also the approving official for the Air Force Sustainment Center Software Enterprise software information systems, platform information technology, IT services and IT products.

Michael Hanke
DR-05, AFRL/EN, Director, Research Collaboration & Computing Directorate (RC), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Mr. Michael P. Hanke is the Director, Research Collaboration & Computing Directorate (RC), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  He leads four divisions with over 250 government and on-site contractor personnel that execute a combined annual budget of approximately $60M. The mission of the directorate is to deliver secure, relevant high-performance computing, collaboration, and information technology (IT) capabilities to all AFRL organizations.  He also serves as the AFRL Chief Information Officer, the Air Force (AF) Authorizing Official for Science and Technology (S&T) systems, the AF S&T Principal to the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program, and the AFRL Digital Transformation Lead.

Mr. Hanke was commissioned from Officer Training School, entering the Air Force in 1984 following graduation from the University of Michigan under the Air Force College Senior Engineering Program.  When he separated from active duty he simultaneously joined the Air National Guard and entered USAF civil service.  Mr. Hanke’s military and civilian career led him through a variety of challenging operational, acquisition, S&T, and MAJCOM headquarters assignments.  His broad experience includes technical leadership roles in IT, telecommunications, embedded control systems, landing gear/mechanical systems, propulsion systems, airworthiness assessment, systems security engineering, and lifecycle systems engineering.

Richard Tempalski
SES, SAF/AQ, Chief Modeling & Simulation Officer, Chief of Digital Engineering

Mr. Richard Tempalski, a Highly Qualified Expert, serves as the Chief Modeling & Simulation Officer (CMSO) for the Department of Air Force.  As the CMSO, he leads this newly-established mission in overseeing modeling and simulation opportunities and investments to optimize them across the DAF Enterprise, both Air and Space Forces. He engages with stakeholders in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), academia, industry, federal agencies, and coalition partners, and will identify and initiate the revision of official policy. The office works to design a knowledge management system that enables re-use of modeling and simulation resources, as well as advocate for modeling and simulation and digital engineering standards for the Air and Space Forces as well as joint warfighters.

Mr. Tempalski has over 20 years’ experience in the U.S Department of Defense performing roles in the research and development (R&D) community to develop modeling and simulation capabilities and to create systems and processes for advanced analytics. In addition to his experience in R&D, Mr. Tempalski served as an active duty officer in the Air Force and as an enlisted member in the U.S. Army Reserve. Prior to assuming his current position as CMSO for the Department of Air Force, Mr. Tempalski worked in the Adaptive Capabilities Office (ACO) within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Program Manager, where he was responsible for development of M&S architectures enabling the vetting of novel, joint warfighting constructs. He also served in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) as head of the Modeling & Simulation Division TAC-14, where he executed and oversaw all aspects of the production and experimentation of verified and validated models. In addition to this role at ONI, Mr. Tempalski was principal for the Maritime GEOINT Intelligence Cell (MaGIC) and was instrumental in designing and building ONI’s Advanced Visualization Environment Laboratory. He also served as the Naval Intelligence liaison to Fleet Cyber Command, and as a senior engineer, enhancing modeling and simulation capability for threat-based systems.  Mr. Tempalski holds a Master of Science in engineering management and technology management and a Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering

Jackie Janning-Lask
SES, AFLCMC/EN-EZ, Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Ms. Jacqueline S. Janning-Lask, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She provides wide ranging leadership for ensuring technical supremacy and integrity of all Air Force aircraft, engines, munitions, electronic, and business systems. She leads the transformation to digital engineering to unleash the value of technology disruption and provide rapid capability maturation, delivery, and readiness. She leads a 6,000 person national engineering organization and is responsible for talent acquisition, development, and management of the center’s engineering and technical workforce. She is the executive responsible for installation management of the Air Force-owned industrial plants throughout the nation. She also provides direct warfighter support through combat effectiveness, vulnerability, and operational weaponeering analyses; product support engineering; and sustainment technology innovation.

SOFTWARE FACTORIES PANEL:

Steven Wert
SES, AFLCMC/HB, (Moderator), Program Executive Officer Digital, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

Steven D. Wert, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Program Executive Officer, Digital, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. He leads more than 3,900 Airmen, government civilians and support contractors in the acquisition of software and weapons systems and to standardize and spread agile software development processes throughout the Air Force. PEO Digital also executes a $11.7 billion FYDP portfolio of ACAT, non-ACAT, technology transition, and Foreign Military Sales programs. He reports directly to the Service Acquisition Executive and is responsible for the more than 300 programs and projects in the PEO Digital portfolio.

Mr. Wert served as an Air Force officer for nearly 25 years. He led performance engineering on the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile, and served as program manager for missile integration efforts with the NATO Eurofighter, JAS-39 Gripen and Peace Onyx F-16 programs. He later directed the Airborne Warning and Control System Radar Development Team and led the ACAT-I U.S./NATO Radar System Improvement Program. 

Maj Gen Michael Schmidt
AFLCMC/HN, Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, and Networks at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Schmidt is Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, and Networks, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. In this position, he is responsible for more than 2,600 personnel and acquisition execution of a $15.1 billion portfolio developing, producing, deploying and sustaining Department of the Air Force joint and coalition cyberspace capabilities, aerial and terrestrial networks, cryptologic systems, electronic warfare, data weaponization, kill chain technologies and integration, information technology infrastructure, software platforms and factories, cloud services, combat communications, force protection systems, data link systems, and special projects to enable decisive combat operations.

Maj. Gen. Schmidt entered the Air Force in 1991 after graduating from Iowa State University as an industrial engineer and ROTC distinguished graduate. He served in numerous engineering, program management, and leadership positions. He worked as a Lockheed Martin program manager via the Education with Industry program. He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of Air Force Materiel Command; both an Air Force Legislative and Appropriations Liaison; the F-35 Program Element Monitor; an advisor to the Afghan National Army and commanded the 696th Armament Systems Squadron. 

Richard Aldridge
SES, AFLCMC/HI, Program Executive Officer for Business and Enterprise Systems and Director of the Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, AL

Richard T. Aldridge, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Program Executive Officer for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) and Director of the Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, AL. The BES portfolio is comprised of more than 135 programs, 2,100 military, civil service and contractor support personnel located at four bases throughout the United States with a total annual budget of $1.03 billion and provides enterprise contract vehicles valued at $32B. The organization acquires, operates and sustains operational business information technology systems for the Air Force and the Department of Defense. Mr. Aldridge was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program in 1988. He served as a satellite engineer, systems engineer, program manager, and professional military educator in the Active and Reserve components of the Air Force before entering civil service in 2006. He retired as an Air Force Reserve Colonel in October 2016. Prior to arriving as the PEO, Mr. Aldridge was the Executive Director of the Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC), Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The center, as a direct reporting unit to Air Force Space Command, provided program offices with network design, software evaluation, performance analysis, and architecture development services.

Col Brian Beachkofski
Commander, AFLCMC, Detachment 12 (Kessel Run), Boston, MA

Colonel Brian Beachkofski, Commander, AFLCMC, Detachment 12 (Kessel Run), Boston, MA. Kessel Run is the Air Force’s premier agile software development organization responsible for introducing commercial software development tools, methodologies, and culture into the Air Force. His team is modernizing the worldwide Air Operations Center enterprise, Targeting and GEOINT systems, and a range of unit-level systems for maintenance, command and control, and intelligence. His team maintains an All Domain Common Platform that these applications and services reside on, as well as manages the data produced and consumed by these applications.

After his commission from the US Air Force Academy, Brian’s first assignment was as a student at Georgia Tech where he studied advance structural modeling and analysis. He was then assigned to the Air Force Research Lab’s Propulsion Directorate to lead a structural analysis research team. After leaving active duty in 2003, he became a reservist for the Joint Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle program. His focus then moved to cyber systems during his time with the Global Cyberspace Integration Center where he supported satellite and IP-based radio system integration. He was a Division Chief for a Joint Reserve Intelligence Support Element for USSTRATCOM prior to his assignment in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering. 

Lt Col Brian Viola
Platform One, Materiel Leader of Platform One, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Cryptologic & Cyber Systems Division, Cyber Systems Group

Lt Col Brian Viola is currently the Materiel Leader of Platform One, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Cryptologic & Cyber Systems Division, Cyber Systems Group. He leads the Air Force's $150M flagship software-factory support branch, delivering top-tier technology & developer services supporting 45 Air Force & Joint programs valued in excess of $11B.

Lt Col Viola attended Louisiana State University and commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. His first assignment was to the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate where he led various Airborne Information Networks, C2 Systems, & Cyberwarfare programs. Next, Lt Col Viola was competitively selected for the DoD's top cyberwarfare training program. Upon completion of NSA's CNO Development Program, Lt Col Viola served as the Cybersecurity Branch Chief at the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center, Detachment 4 before attending Air Command & Staff College. Upon graduation, Lt Col Viola transitioned to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Information Dominance Directorate, where he served as the Chief, Cyberwarfare Branch. Next Lt Col Viola served as the deputy for Enterprise Cyber Services for the Space and Missile System Center. Most recently, Lt Col Viola served as the Commander for the 346th Test Squadron.

Lt Col Brian Mahar
BESPIN, Chief, Strategy and Business Operations, Business and Enterprise Product Innovation (BESPIN) Software Factory, Maxwell Gunter Annex, Alabama

Lieutenant Colonel Brian J. Mahar is the Chief, Strategy and Business Operations, Business and Enterprise Product INnovation (BESPIN) Software Factory, Maxwell Gunter Annex, Alabama. In this position, he is responsible for acquisition planning, execution, and customer relations for a 288-member Agile software DevSecOps ecosystem comprising military, civilian, and contractors, delivering modern software solutions to the warfighter and their families. Additionally, he manages Digital University, an Airman-built, revolutionary training platform for the development of world-class cyber and information technology skills.

Lieutenant Colonel Mahar entered the Air Force in 2006 through the ROTC program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineer.  He has served in numerous engineering and program management positions supporting the development and fielding of electronic warfare test capabilities, munitions, aircraft, and modern software solutions.

RAPID CHANGE PANEL:

Chris Leak
AFLCMC/AQ-AZ (Moderator), Director, Acquisition Excellence & Program Execution, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Chris E. Leak is the Director, Acquisition Excellence & Program Execution, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  In this role, he is responsible for Program Management and Test and Evaluation workforce managements, as well as ensuring the effective function of the Acquisition Centers of Excellence across all center locations.  This follows his detail as Special Assistant for the Commander, AFLCMC, supporting the Air Force Air Superiority 2030 strategic planning effort.  Previously, Mr. Leak was the F-16 Development System Manager responsible for development and production of advanced air combat capabilities on the F-16 aircraft for USAF and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, managing an organization of 178 people and responsible for ~$24B in development and production contracts. 

Prior to the F-16, he led aeronautical development planning developing cross-enterprise and cross-service capability-based solutions to AF and Joint Service gaps and shortfalls.  In 2004, Mr. Leak became the AFMC command lead for the Next Generation Long Range Strike effort, supporting screening of technologies, evaluation of concepts, and development of formal requirements. He came to ASC in 2000 to co-lead a command-wide team commissioned by AFMC/CC to evaluate and recommend strategies for reinvigorating development planning within the acquisition community.  While assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and its predecessor organizations, Mr. Leak conducted basic research on advanced semi-conductor materials, evaluated the use of advanced failure prediction techniques to estimating avionics lifetimes, lead concept planning for aircraft thermal management leveraging advanced modeling and simulation (M&S), and managed the M&S Portfolio for headquarters AFRL.

Brig Gen Heath Collins
AFLCMC/EB, Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Director of the Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command at Eglin Air Force Base, FL

Brig. Gen. Heath A. Collins entered the Air Force in 1993, receiving his commission through the ROTC program at Clarkson University. His acquisition, space, test, operations and staff assignments have encompassed air-to-air missiles, electronic countermeasures, space, radar, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, nuclear, fighter and bomber systems. He has served in numerous program management and senior-leader positions including Program Manager, Wideband Global Satellite Communications, Block 1 Program, Deputy Commander of the Wideband SATCOM Group, Commander, Space Based Infrared System Space Squadron, Senior Materiel Leader and Deputy Director for the Infrared Space Systems Directorate, and the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate. Brig. Gen. Collins has also served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, overseeing the department's Airborne ISR, Space and Special Programs. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also holds master’s degrees from Florida State University, Air University and National Defense University.

Brig Gen Dale White
AFLCMC/WA, Program Executive Officer for fighters and advanced aircraft, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Brig. Gen. Dale R. White is the Program Executive Officer for fighters and advanced aircraft, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for the development, production, fielding, sustainment, and modernization of the Air Force fighter portfolio, which includes the A-10, A-29, F-15, F-16, F-22, and special programs; as well as the development of the Next Generation Air Dominance program and other advanced aircraft capability development activities, to include the Skyborg Vanguard program. Brig. Gen. White is also responsible for organizing, training, and equipping the F-35 Joint Program Office.

Brig. Gen. White is a 1997 distinguished graduate of ROTC Detachment 845 at Texas Christian University. His career has included a wide variety of scientific, acquisition, and operational planning assignments involving space, cyber, and aircraft systems; including assignments at the Space and Missile Systems Center; Air Force Research Laboratory; Headquarters Air Intelligence Agency, AFLCMC, Big Safari Systems Group, and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. He has also served in staff assignments at AFMC and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, where he served as the Executive Officer to the Commander, AFMC and as the Executive Officer to the Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.

Col Jason Bartolomei
AFNWC/NX, Director, Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Systems Directorate, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Col. Jason E. Bartolomei serves as the Director, Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Systems Directorate, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He is responsible for the development, deployment, and sustainment of the next-generation Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system. The combined $83-billion portfolio will replace the Minuteman III weapon system and provide the nation’s most responsive global strategic deterrent and global strike capabilities. Colonel Bartolomei was commissioned in 1997 from the University of Marquette Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. During his career, he has held a variety of senior acquisition positions. He served as the Deputy of the Program, Budget, and Congressional Division, Global Reach Programs Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), where he supported the Air Force's tankers, airlift, special operations, and trainer fleets. He also served as a Program Element Monitor for the KC-46A tanker aircraft, a systems engineer in the F-22 System Program Office, and an assistant professor of engineering mechanics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Colonel Bartolomei served at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center where he led the Counter Terrorism Support Team in support of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations. He was a Service Chiefs Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Military Legislative Fellow for Senator Orrin G. Hatch, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also served as a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow, working interagency issues in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C., while assigned to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Randall Walden
SES, HAF AF/RCO, Director and Program Executive Officer for the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, D.C.

Randall G. Walden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director and Program Executive Officer for the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, D.C. He directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Chief of Space Operations and the Assistant Secretary for the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office has been responsible for development and deployment of significant upgrades to the Integrated Air Defense System now operational around the National Capital Region and the launch and experimental operations of the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. Other responsibilities include technical integration of Department of Defense classified activities, and the representation of these activities to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House.

John Sneden
SES, AFLCMC/LP, Director, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command at Tinker Air Force Base, OK

John R. Sneden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He is responsible for leading propulsion system life cycle requirements to include system development, acquisition, fielding, sustainment, and modernization to ensure warfighter readiness, affordability, safety, and effectiveness needs are met. The Propulsion Directorate consists of over 600 employees managing more than 22,000 engines installed on over 30 different weapon systems in support of the U.S. Air Force and 50 international partners.

Mr. Sneden, an Oklahoma native, entered government service with the Air Force in 2000 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He served in a wide range of positions across the department, leading acquisition and sustainment efforts for eight weapon systems and more than 30 propulsion system variants. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Chief of the Enterprise Execution Division, where he led oversight activities for the U.S. Air Force's $222 billion acquisition portfolio. Mr. Sneden was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in July 2020.

PEO/CEO PANEL:

Lt Gen Shaun Morris
AFLCMC/CC, (Moderator), Commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Lt. Gen. Shaun Q. Morris, is the Commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The center is responsible for total life cycle management for aircraft, engines, munitions, electronic, computer, network, cyber and agile combat support systems. The center employs more than 28,000 people and has a budget of approximately $304 billion.

The general also serves as the Program Executive Officer for the Rapid Sustainment Office, organized under AFLCMC and is responsible for finding ways to save money and improve efficiencies in the sustainment of aircraft and other weapon systems throughout the Air Force fleet. RSO focus areas include robotics and automation, advanced manufacturing and condition-based maintenance plus.

Lt. Gen. Morris was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. He has held a number of key acquisition and sustainment positions on Air Force space and weapons systems, staff positions on the Air and Joint Staffs and commander positions at the squadron, group, wing, and center levels. He commanded the Defense Contract Management Agency in Kuwait City and has served as the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Director of the Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin AFB, Florida.

Prior to assuming his current position, Lt. Gen. Morris was Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

Brig Gen John Newberry
AFLCMC/WB, Program Executive Officer for Bombers, Bombers Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Brig. Gen. John P. Newberry is the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Bombers, Bombers Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for the sustainment and modernization of the bombers portfolio, which includes the B-1, B-2, and B-52. He is also responsible for organizing, training, and equipping the Center’s B-21 System Program Office.

Brig. Gen. Newberry entered active duty in 1994 after graduating from United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. During his career he served in a variety of acquisition fields including space test, flight test, systems engineering, program manager of several aircraft acquisition programs, to include foreign military sales programs, Deputy Program Executive Office (DPEO) for Air Force Mobility, and KC-46 System Program Manager. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Air Force PEO for Tankers, responsible for the planning and execution of all life cycle activities for the Air Force’s tanker fleet. His previous staff assignments included Program Element Monitor for air refueling tankers, and Joint Staff J8, where he oversaw strategic and tactical major defense acquisition programs for the Department of Defense. Brig. Gen. Newberry commanded the 546th Aircraft Sustainment Squadron, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Oklahoma where he provided contractor logistics support to a total of 69 aircraft across eight different fleets, comprised mainly of the E-4B, RC-26, C-12, and Iraq foreign military sales. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 as a procurement officer, equipping the Afghan National Army.

Paul Waugh
SES, AFLCMC/WL, Program Executive Officer and Director for the Mobility and Training Aircraft Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Mr. Paul Waugh is the Program Executive Officer and Director for the Mobility and Training Aircraft Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. He leads more than 1,900 military, civilian and contractor personnel and is responsible for program execution and executive management for all ACAT I, II, III, and sustainment programs in the Air Force’s ~$36 billion airlift, tanker, and training aircraft portfolio to include C-5, C-17, C-130, C-208, E-9, KC-46, KC-10, KC-135, T-1, T-6, T-38, and T-7 aircraft.

In his previous assignment he was the Program Executive Officer and Director of the Agile Combat Support Directorate, where he led more than 1,600 personnel and was responsible for executing $5.1 billion in Air Force funds annually to provide materiel solutions and acquisition and sustainment life cycle management for simulators, support equipment and vehicles, electronic warfare and avionics, human systems, automatic test systems, and metrology and calibration to meet Air Force operational needs.

Col William Rogers
AFLCMC/WI, Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Director of ISR and SOF Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Colonel William S. Rogers is the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Director of ISR and SOF Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.. He is responsible for more than 2,600 personnel nationwide and acquisition execution of a $22 billion portfolio developing, producing, testing, modifying, fielding, and supporting Air Force ISR and SOF platforms and related sub-systems.

Colonel Rogers graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Management) degree and received his commission in 1997 from the United States Air Force Academy. He is an acquisition program manager who has served in the Global  Positioning  System,  Upgraded  Early Warning Radar, Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System, F-35 Lightning II, and JSTARS Recapitalization Program Offices. In addition, he was stationed at the Pentagon where he served as the KC-X/KC-46 Program Element Monitor and as Chief, Acquisition Policy in the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group. He has served in a variety of line and staff positions in operational test, planning, and program management, across a spectrum of weapon systems in aircraft, command and control, and space at the Directorate, Detachment, Center, Intelligence Community, and Air Staff levels.
 

Mr. Tom Jones
Corporate Vice President and President of Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics Systems Sector

 Thomas (Tom) H. Jones is corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems sector, a premier provider of military aircraft, autonomous systems, aerospace structures and next-generation solutions with major operations throughout the United States, including California, Florida, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah.

Previously, Jones was sector vice president and general manager of Airborne Sensors & Networks division for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector. In this role, Jones had leadership responsibility for division operations, including a wide range of C4ISR capabilities with a focus on evolving to multi-function sensor capabilities for U.S. and global customers.

Prior to that, Jones was sector vice president and general manager for Advanced Concepts and Technologies, also at Mission Systems. He led the development of advanced systems solutions and for providing technical discriminators to support future business captures. Additionally, he was responsible for strategic planning, activities and operations, including shaping customer research and development, advanced architectures and technologies, advanced research relationships with independent laboratories and universities; managing intellectual property and technology partnerships, foundry development, enterprise collaboration for continuous innovation; and ensuring the incubation of advanced concepts.

Mr. Steve Parker
Vice President and General Manager, Bombers & Fighters, St. Louis Sen

Steve Parker is vice president and general manager of the Bombers & Fighters division within Boeing Defense, Space & Security and senior executive for the St. Louis site.

Parker manages a broad portfolio that includes the F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and F-15 fighter families, the T-7A training system, and the B-1 and B-52 bombers. He also oversees composite wing component work done in St. Louis for Boeing’s new 777X passenger airplane.

Prior to his current role, Parker led the Vertical Lift division, responsible for cargo, tiltrotor and attack rotorcraft, including the AH-6 Little Bird, AH-64 Apache, H-47 Chinook, MH-139 Grey Wolf and V-22 Osprey. Before that he was vice president and program manager of the T-7A Advanced Pilot Training program, as well as vice president and program manager of the F-15.

Parker’s three decades with Boeing have also included managing daily activities for the company’s largest subsidiary outside the United States, as chief operating officer of Boeing Defence Australia; serving as vice president and general manager of the former Network and Space Systems division, and serving as vice president and program manager of Cargo Helicopters. He also spent time managing Chinook modernization efforts for the U.S. Army and Special Operations Command, as well as all F/A-18 activities in Australia.

Mr. Greg Ulmer
Executive Vice President of the Aeronautics Business Area for Lockheed Martin Corp

Gregory (Greg) M. Ulmer is the executive vice president (EVP) of the Aeronautics business area for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Aeronautics is a more than $20 billion enterprise employing approximately 30,000 people. The Aeronautics portfolio features fifth-generation tactical aircraft, air mobility, unmanned and intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance platforms, including the F- 35, F-22, F-16, C-130; as well as Advanced Development Programs at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works®.

 With more than 30 years of experience in the defense and aerospace industry, Mr. Ulmer has led a significant number of programs at Lockheed Martin and built an impressive record of leadership and strong customer relationships.

 Prior to his selection as the EVP, Mr. Ulmer was Vice President and General Manager for the F- 35 Lightning II Program. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading all areas of the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft program, to include development, production, sustainment and modernization.

 Previously, Mr. Ulmer was Vice President, F-35 Aircraft Production Business Unit. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of global F-35 production and delivery to include program management, production operations, supply chain management, quality, affordability, tooling and manufacturing rate readiness, and customer engagement.

 He also previously served as Vice President of Operations for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs (ADP), also known as the Skunk Works®. In this role, he was responsible for the ADP operations comprised of more than 3,000 employees across multiple Aeronautics sites overseeing the F-22 Raptor Modification Line, U-2 Dragon Lady Periodic Depot Maintenance, F-35 Lightning II sub-assembly work and ADP Special Programs.

Trixie R. Brewer
Product Support Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Ms. Trixie R. Brewer Product Support Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  She is responsible for developing/deploying standard processes, policy/guidance/direction, tools and training for the Command across the full spectrum of Product Support Elements (PSEs) to ensure mission readiness.  Also responsible for developing and defending through the corporate structure the AF Weapon System Sustainment (WSS) Consolidated Activity Management (CAM) Requirements and POM (15B annually).  Also develops 100% of the depot level requirements within the AF and other Services, and tracks/reports metrics on production through the R2/D2 process (8B annually).  Serve as the executive agent for the AF on all Depot Source of Repair (DSOR) decisions as well as manage, track and report CORE capabilities and 50/50 contract/organic workload split annually to AF/DoD and Congress. Transformed the Aircraft Availability Improvement Program (AAIP) to focus more on mission readiness by establishing the Readiness of Combat Capability Review (RoCCR), which highlights mission capability concerns across the MAJCOMs leading to targeted integrated solutions and funding. Responsible for the Technology, Acquisition and Sustainment Reviews (TASRs), which are 4 Star level meetings with each MAJCOM and SAF/AQ to address major acquisition capabilities, new technologies and sustainment issues and drive active results.  She continues to be the AFMC lead to develop/execute an AF/AFMC SCRM capability, providing safe, secure, relevant capability (hardware, software, technology and services) to the warfighter. The DoD and DOC have both identified SCRM as one of the biggest issues facing our National Security and we in AFMC are leading the way in this effort.