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Chris Coombs
Colonel, USAF (Ret)

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Chris Coombs

Summary Qualifications

Senior Executive with over 30 years of leadership and acquisition management experience in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Allied services in procurement, regulations, policies, procedures, logistics, supply chain management, vendor management, supplier relationship management, quality assurance, forecasting & analysis, strategic planning and team management. Adept strategic planner for the design and development of both hardware and software in the delivery of weapons, combat manned and unmanned aircraft, computer communications, and space systems. Keen ability as a transformational servant leader, grooming a workforce to execute with agility and quickly adapting to chaos from dynamic requirements while meeting multiple customer needs. Solid knowledge and mastery of defending budgets, within DoD and on Capitol Hill, while implementing cost effective procurement and source selections. Routinely collaborates with senior executives in tailoring acquisition processes to meet rapid acquisition requirements.

Key Specialties

  • Program Management

  • Acquisition Strategy Development

  • Computer/Cyber Security

  • Foreign Military Sales (FMS)

  • Proposal Management

Key Positions

  • System Program Manager, KC-46 Aerial Refueling Tanker, AFLCMC/WKC

  • System Program Manager, MQ-1 Predator/MQ-9 Reaper, AFLCMC/WII

  • Commander, Aeronautical Systems Group, AFLCMC

  • System Program Manager, Global Hawk, AFLCMC/WIG

  • Chief, Senior Leader Management, Directorate of Manpower and Personnel, AFMC

  • Director, Program Executive Officer (PEO), Acquisition, Air Armament Center


  • BS, Computer Science - Architecture, University of Central Florida

  • MS, Computer Systems Management, Creighton University

  • MS, Military Operational Art & Science, Air University

  • MS, Strategic Studies, Air University