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Our Experts

Our PhD and Master’s level experts are retired senior military, government civilian, or high-level industry executives who average 30 years of experience in all technical and management disciplines essential to weapon system acquisition and sustainment. Each has held important government positions such as center/laboratory commander, system program director, program executive officer (PEO), directorate chief, chief engineer, and director of various functional home offices, such as contracting and financial management.

Detailed experience and full resumes are available on each expert’s page. Filter the randomized gallery by business area or access the alphabetical, text-only listing of experts by name.

Kevin “Buck” Buckley, SES, DAF & Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Senior leader with 35+ years of USAF and USSOCOM acquisition experience. Former PEO for Mobility (AFLCMC/WL) and C-130 AMP, C-130J and C-27J program director. Specialized expertise in business strategy development and fleet sustainment.

Larry Trowel, Colonel, USAF & Industry Executive (Ret)

40+ years of government and industry contracting experience. FAR and DFAR contributor and recognized contracts and pricing expert with specialized expertise in building government compliant business systems. Former NCMA national president.

Greg Gutterman, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret)

30+ years experience in the defense and aerospace industry; former director, AFSAC and HQ AFMC/A8/9, and system program manager for the F-22. Led the HQ USAF office responsible for C4ISR/major IT systems.

Gary Connor, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret)

30+ years of of senior executive management experience leading multi-billion dollar enterprises to develop and field fighter, missile defense, command & control, and intelligence/surveillance/ reconnaissance systems for the US, NATO & Allies.

Dennis Baseley, GS-14, DAF (Ret)

40+ years USAF systems engineering and technical experience. Recognized SME for electromagnetic environmental effects and electrical power. Former chief engineer for reconnaissance FMS programs and special sensor development.

Brian Waechter, Colonel, USAF & Industry Executive (Ret)

35+ years of experience as a senior USAF acquisition, logistics, and maintenance officer; defense industry VP; ops research analyst; and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Expert in complex program portfolio management and product field support.

Travis Logsdon, USAF Cost Estimator

Senior financial consultant with extensive cost estimation and budget execution experience on multiple DOD ACAT 1D and other government agency programs. Highly skilled in multiple cost forecasting techniques; proven ability to project full program cost recovery.

Wayne Johnson, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Veteran program manager with 40+ years of experience in requirements analysis, concept design, and EMD. Extensive experience managing/fielding high technology developments. Specialized expertise in airworthiness certification and proposal management.

Dan Sny, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

30+ years of experience in DOD logistics, maintenance and acquisition. Former OSD F-35 JSF director of autonomic logistics (product support manager) with responsibility for the multi-billion-dollar sustainment program.

Pete Kimple, Colonel, USAF & Industry Executive (Ret)

40+ years of acquisition and project management experience supporting the USAF and industry. Successfully managed large and sensitive tasks from inception to close out. Recognized IMS, proposal management and manpower modeling expert.

Bill Kroncke, Captain, USN Reserves & Industry Executive (Ret)

40+ years of industry and government contracting and financial management experience at General Electric and as a supply officer for US Navy. Specialized expertise in Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and FAR compliance for US and international government contracts.

Randy Mahr, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)

30+ years of engineering and management experience; successfully led multiple, complex organizations of 10,000+ people, owning direct oversight of up to $10B annually; former JSF deputy program executive officer (PEO) and director.

Dawn McGarvey-Buchwalder, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

30+ years of engineering experience working with nearly every USAF-owned platform across all phases of the acquisition life cycle. Former branch chief of the USAF Airworthiness Office. Specialized expertise in human systems integration.

Paul Bielowicz, Major General, USAF (Ret)

40+ years of material management and maintenance experience in the USAF, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and commercial arenas supporting a range of requirements – weapon systems, critical infrastructure needs, and specialty operations.

Tom Wells, SES, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of USAF acquisition-related experience including executive leadership of major procurement operations supporting weapon systems life cycle management. First director of the 711th HPW and former AFMC director of contracting.

Bill Stockman, PhD, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret)

30+ years experience in multiple technical, academic and acquisition disciplines. Served as expert acquisition and analytical advisor to the USAF and DOD top leadership. Specialized expertise in finance and business case analysis.

Butch Ardis, Senior Leader, DAF (Ret)

40+ years systems acquisition engineering experience. Chief USAF avionics architect; established avionics systems architecture policy, processes, practices, and procedures for application in the acquisition of aeronautical weapon systems.

David Bailey, GS-14, DAF (Ret)

30+ years of experience working in air vehicle subsystems, flight systems, and integration engineering; Roles as the F-117 chief integration engineer, Global Hawk lead flight systems engineer, and Advanced Cruise Missile (ACM) lead subsystems engineer.

Marge Leclaire, SES, DAF (Ret)

Proven program management and logistics expert with 35+ years of hands-on experience in acquisition program management, contracting services and defense programs. USAF, USSTRATCOM and USSOCOM leadership experience. SSA for numerous procurements.

Jorge Gonzalez, SES, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of engineering experience and expert in all aspects of aircraft design, development and certification. Former AFLCMC/EN-EZ director of engineering and USAF Technical Airworthiness Authority (TAA) with specialized expertise in aircraft structures.

Bob Kayuha, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

40+ years of direct experience in program management, engineering, and T&E of complex aerospace systems at multiple corporate levels. Proven record successfully developing and evaluating industry capture strategies, proposals, EVM processes, and IMSs.

Gordy Fornell, Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret)

50+ years of acquisition experience including senior leadership positions in Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) and Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). Former Commander, Armament Division at Eglin AFB, and Electronic Systems Center (ESC).

Gary Poleskey, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

40+ years of experience in contracting and acquisition management. Recognized expert in major weapon system acquisition, source selection techniques, past performance strategy, research & development and multiyear contracting.

Gerry Freisthler, SES, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of experience in DOD program management, systems engineering, and fleet sustainment. Former AAC and ASC (now AFLCMC) director of engineering and senior civilian, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).

Chris Coombs, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Senior executive with 30+ years of leadership and acquisition management experience in the DOD and Allied services. Former director, KC-46, MQ-1 Predator/ MQ-9 Reaper, and Global Hawk programs and commander, Aeronautical Systems Group.

Lori Foringer, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Proven leader with 20+ years of active duty USAF experience directing teams as a program manager and flight test engineer. Extensive experience in research, development, test, and acquisition in fighters, weapons, and unmanned platforms.

Rob Strasser, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Seasoned program manager with 25+ years of experience successfully leading complex, multi-billion dollar defense programs and transitioning cutting-edge technologies to material solutions for the USAF and international forces. Former B-2 SPD.

Gregg Sparks, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

35+ year career as an innovative thinker on sustainment strategies for traditional weapon systems to commercial derivative applications. Former C-17 director of logistics and recognized PBL and public-private partnership expert.

Patrick Penland, Industry Executive (Ret)

40 years of experience as a military intelligence officer, system/project engineer, and program manager for C4ISR projects. Expertise spans hardware and software development and integration into airborne platforms and associated ground stations.

Rich Leclaire, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

35+ years of program and business management expertise with extensive hands-on experience in leading-edge technology programs. Specialized expertise in integrated master schedules (IMS) and earned value management (EVM).

Tony Perfilio, Esq, SES, DAF (Ret)

40+ years of experience as a US Department of the Air Force attorney and legal services manager. Proven acquisition professional with an engineering background and specialized expertise in acquisition and sustainment strategy. Dayton Aerospace general counsel.

Mike Nicol, Senior Leader, DAF (Ret)

40+ years of weapon systems and software engineering experience; established USAF software policy, guidance, and training. Former technical advisor for embedded computer systems software and USAF Airworthiness Certification Board member.

Ken Moran, PhD, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret)

Experienced program management executive with 30+ years of experience leading diverse teams to success for a variety of aircraft, information technology, and space systems. Former SMC director of program management and Integration and Enterprise Logistics IT Systems PEO.

Tom Steffen, Captain, SC, USN (Ret)

35+ years of supply chain and weapon systems management experience in government and industry. Former senior manager of US Navy global supply chain management (SCM) and logistics operations and director of ship support at the Navy Inventory Control Point (NAVICP).

Carl Smith, Industry Executive (Ret)

30+ years of experience leading complex, technology driven programs. Specialized expertise in product line strategy, investment planning, design, manufacture, program management and field sustainment of high performance IR/RF systems.

Gary Bailey, GM-15, DAF (Ret)

30+ years USAF systems engineering experience. Responsible for airworthiness of the F-35A LRIP and served as DOE delegated authority to release flight clearances for new aircraft and release of non-reportable modifications. Former ASC/EN systems engineering technical director.

Fran Duntz, SES, DAF (Ret)

35+ years experience in acquisition and sustainment of highly complex USAF aerospace systems. Experienced leader and program director. Strategist, product/process developer for aircraft, missile and electronics systems at center and major HQ levels.

Paul Sagasser, NH-04, DAF (Ret)

30+ years of USAF engineering experience, including Aircraft Survivability Division and C-5 chief engineer. Recognized expert in computer systems/software for avionics and vehicle management systems for flight systems.

Brian Rutledge, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

35+ years program management experience across weapon programs development, procurement, and sustainment. Former deputy PEO, Fighters & Bombers Directorate and deputy director, Big Safari program office, AFLCMC.

Darrell Holcomb, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

30+ years of program management, systems engineering, fleet sustainment, and consulting experience. Direct program leadership at USAF product centers, logistics complexes, and Headquarters; successfully led multiple programs in every life cycle phase.

Joann Berrett, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of DOD experience in life-cycle logistics, system sustainment, product support management and organizational leadership. Proven senior leader culminating as the former director of sustainment for the F-35 JSFPO.

Deborah Bailey, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

35+ years USAF engineering and technical management experience. Specialized expertise in flight systems (aero-mechanics, structures, and subsystems) and systems engineering. Experienced in proposal preparation, strategic planning, and tech transition.

Kathryn Hughes, MD, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Board-certified physician and pilot with 25+ years of experience in DOD aerospace medicine and aviation. Extensive experience in HSI, human factors, aerospace physiology, life support equipment integration, and accident investigation.

Mike Gregg, PhD, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

30+ years of experience across the acquisition and operations life cycle. Extensive experience directing large system programs for aircraft sustainment and logistics; aircraft modifications; and aircraft and space systems development and production.

C.D. Moore, Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret)

35+ years experience leading large, complex organizations as an acquisition, test, and operations expert. As AFLCMC commander, built a new organization responsible for “cradle to grave” management of nearly all USAF systems.

Steve Sowers, Major, USAF (Ret)

35+ years of weapon system acquisition and manpower standards estimating experience in DOD development programs. Nationally recognized financial manager; successfully managed cost and schedule activities for the F-22 Raptor.

David Irwin, NH-04, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of engineering experience. Led technology transition, design, development, acquisition, production, and sustainment on a broad range of USAF jet engine propulsion systems. Former director of propulsion, AFLCMC/LP.

Bob Hartnett, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

25+ years of defense acquisition experience developing and executing domestic and international aerospace programs. Former F-35 director of international programs and F-16 program director. Specialized expertise in FMS, international relations, and business strategy.

David Edmunds, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

40 years of experience planning and executing all aspects of major USAF propulsion systems engineering and acquisition programs. Successfully led the F-22/F119 Engine EMD program. Technical expertise in propulsion system analysis/integration and LO.

Gus Urzua, Industry Executive (Ret)

40+ year industry career developing innovative sustainment concepts. Former Boeing architect, vice president and program manager of the C-17 Globemaster Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP). Specialized expertise in PBL acquisition strategy development.

David Neel, Industry Chief Engineer (Ret)

35+ years of experience including roles as the UAI Industry Team chief engineer, participant; chairman on various NATO Industrial Advisory Group studies and SAE committees, and leadership of numerous national weapons integration programs.

Mike Cappelano, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

35+ years program management experience managing highly complex military system development and production efforts under time and budget. Former LAIRCM program director and proven proposal manager and business developer.

Mike Braman, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

25+ years of experience in program management, financial management, and workforce management across numerous multi-billion dollar programs to include conventional and nuclear weapons, B-52, C-17, tankers, and F-22 aircraft. Recognized FMS expert.

Patsy Reeves, SES, DAF (Ret)

40+ years of contracting-focused USAF acquisition experience; involved in all stages of federal acquisition including strategy formulation, requirements development, source selection, negotiation, program execution, policy formation, and workforce initiatives.

Bill Buzzell, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

45+ years of experience planning and executing all aspects of major weapon systems engineering and acquisition. Proven senior international program manager and negotiator with specialized expertise in IMP/IMS and risk management.

Marc Smith, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

30+ years of acquisition experience; former USAF delegated technical airworthiness authority (DTA), technical director for airworthiness, and engineering technical director. Recognized airworthiness certification and avionics expert.

Bill Borchardt, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

40+ years of USAF and major defense contractor contracting and acquisition experience encompassing major systems development/acquisition, upgrades, R&D, engineering, software, construction and operational & sustainment support,

Bob Billings, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

40+ years of engineering background in research, development, and acquisition of aeronautical systems. Held critical USAF engineering positions. Military airworthiness expert; developed the crew systems area of the original MIL-HDBK-516.

Don Osborne, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of financial management experience in all aspects of USAF and DOD weapons system acquisition management; includes senior-level management as the CFO for the USAF's largest, most expensive and highly classified weapon systems.

Clay Appleton, GM-15, DAF (Ret)

40+ years of USAF engineering experience, including leadership roles on the F-35 and F-16. Systems engineering, integrated avionics architecture, radar, military airworthiness certification, and weapons integration SME.

Garry Richey, SES, DAF (Ret)

30+ years of experience in weapon systems logistics support. Former AETC director of logistics, installations and mission support and OC-ALC executive director responsible for assisting the commander in providing worldwide logistics support for assigned weapon systems. Specializes in proposal development support.

Bob Raggio, Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret)

40+ years of direct experience in acquisition and program management of highly complex USAF aerospace systems. Former Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) (now AFLCMC) commander; PEO, fighters and bombers; and F-22 program director.