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David Neel
Industry Chief Engineer

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David Neel

Summary Qualifications

Over 35 years of experience leading multi-disciplined, multi-national, and multi-corporation engineering teams, including roles as the chief engineer of the Universal Armament Interface (UAI) Industry Team, participant and chairman on various NATO Industrial Advisory Group studies and Chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) committees, and leadership of numerous national weapons integration programs. Former Lockheed Martin Weapons Integration Fellow and weapons integration course instructor. Extensive hands-on weapons integration and related study experience on various aircraft including F-111, F-16, A-12, F-35, C-130, F-117 and F-22. Proven program manager and project engineer for multiple successful weapon integrations on the F-16, including JASSM, MALD, SDB 1, BRU-61, Have Lite, HGK, JSM and AASM, and on the F-35, including B61-12, SDB 2, JMMBRU, JSM, SOM-J and JSOW. Certified Level 2 Program Manager. Supported development of the System 2 Interface and led the F-35 nuclear certification effort, which included writing the F-35 Nuclear Certification Plan and schedule, writing the F-35 Nuclear Safety Evaluation Plan and Nuclear Safety Analysis Report, participating in F-35 Nuclear Project Officer and Nuclear Certification planning meetings, and supporting the nuclear community during System 2 implementation.

Key Specialties

  • Weapons Integration

  • Nuclear Certification of Aircraft

  • Universal Armament Interface (UAI)

  • Program Management

Key Positions

  • F-35 Weapons and Nuclear Certification Project Manager, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

  • Chief Engineer, UAI Industry Team, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

  • Advanced Development Programs Program Manager and Project Engineer, F-35 B61-12 Integration and numerous F-16 integrations, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

  • Program Manager, UAI Industry Team, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

  • Fellow, Weapons Integration, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics


  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Bradley University

  • USAF Nuclear Certification Training

  • Program Management Curriculum, Lockheed Martin