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Gordon Fornell
Lt General, USAF (Ret)

Gordon Fornell

Summary Qualifications

Served in senior acquisition leadership positions in Air Force Systems Command and Air Force Materiel Command. Commanded both Armament Division at Eglin AFB, FL and Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, MA. Served as Senior Military Assistant to two Secretaries of Defense, Casper W. Weinberger and Frank C. Carlucci. Responsible for aircraft, engine, C3I, electronic combat, and ICBM programs at the Air Force headquarters level. Program director for the KC-10. Served as test pilot on various programs at Edwards AFB, CA and Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Key Specialties

  • Acquisition Management

  • Test Management

  • Proposal Review Teams

  • Independent Review Teams

Key Positions

  • Commander, Electronic Systems Center (ESC)

  • Commander, Armament Division, Eglin AFB

  • Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon

  • Special Assistant for ICBM Modernization, HQ USAF

  • Program Director, KC-10

  • Deputy Director of Development and Production, HQ USAF


  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

  • MBA, Transportation & Public Policy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

  • Air War College

  • USAF Test Pilot School

  • Squadron Officer's School

  • Harvard International Security Course

  • Theory of Constraints, Jonah Course