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Clay Appleton
GM-15, DAF (Ret)

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Clay Appleton

Summary Qualifications

Over 40 years of acquisition experience, including roles as the former Fighter Attack Systems Wing Director of Engineering; F-16 Technical Director; Systems Engineering Technical Director, ASC Engineering Directorate; and Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Site Director and Director of Engineering. Technical factor lead for JSF source selection and the avionics systems engineering advisor for F-22. Also chaired numerous executive independent review teams. Provide subject matter expertise in systems engineering, integrated avionics architecture, radar systems engineering, military airworthiness certification, and weapons integration to both government and industry customers.

Key Specialties

  • Systems Engineering Management

  • Military Airworthiness Certification

  • Integrated Avionics Sensors and Architecture

  • Radar Systems Engineering

  • Technical Proposal Subject Matter Expert

Key Positions

  • Director of Engineering, Fighter Attack Systems Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC)

  • Technical Director, F-16 System Program Office, ASC

  • Director, F-35 Support Office, ASC

  • Systems Engineering Technical Director, ASC/EN


  • BS, Systems Engineering, Wright State University

  • MS, Systems Engineering, Wright State University University

  • PME, CDLAMP, Ft. McNair