Over 30 years of history...and counting! MEET OUR HAND-PICKED EXPERTS IN ALL FUNCTIONAL AREAS
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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.

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.

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.

Susan Thornton, SES, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of acquisition, engineering, and program management experience focused on innovation, creating lean teams, managing risk and leading change. Former Director, Information Dominance Programs (SAF/AQ) and Director of Engineering & Technical Management, ESC and AFMC.

Bob Stanton, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of experience; recognized leader in airworthiness, systems engineering, and program management throughout the life cycle for the nation’s most complex and critical aviation platforms (F-35, B-1, C-17, and F-15) and weapons systems, including joint service and multinational contexts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dwyer Dennis, Major General, USAF (Ret)

Senior executive with 35+ years of experience leading large, complex organizations and managing major weapon systems. Former PEO, C3I & Networks (AFLCMC/HN) and Fighter Bomber (AFLCMC/WW) Directorates.

Mike Kingsley, Major General, USAF & Industry Executive (Ret)

30+ years of experience including 20+ years as a senior manager of aerospace and defense organizations ranging in size from 30 to 3,000 professionals. Former Chief of Staff for US Africa Command (US AFRICOM) and vice president for a major defense company.

Mark Sutherland, Industry Executive (Ret)

30+ years of systems engineering and program management experience, supporting military aircraft, weapon systems and automated testers. Mechanical engineering and structures subject matter expert; specialized expertise in F-16 airframe design, manufacturing and tooling.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Gill, SES, DAF (Ret)

35+ years of USAF and DOD acquisition experience with an emphasis in contracting, program management and sustainment. Served as senior leader at multiple Centers, Major Headquarters (HQ) and at the DoD level.

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.

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.

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.

Jeff Fath, NH-04 (GS-15), DAF (Ret)

Nationally recognized authority on advanced aircraft survivability technologies with 30+ years of experience. Specialized expertise in low observables (LO), special access program management and strategic planning.

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,

Jim Ratti, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Dayton Aerospace President Emeritus. 35+ years of experience successfully managing and guiding development, production, modernization and support programs across DOD. Former USAF A-10 SPD and Director, Training Systems Management Directorate.

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.

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.

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.

Lynda Rutledge, SES, DAF (Ret)

Executive leader with 30+ years of experience; two-time PEO, deputy PEO and program manager responsible for airlift, tankers, trainers, fighter and bomber aircraft, aircraft simulators, agile combat support (ACS) systems and armament weapon systems.

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.

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.

Brian Killough, Major General, USAF (Ret)

30+ years of executive-level leadership and management experience in multiple facets of strategy, organizational planning, IT and government services. Former Deputy Commander, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) with responsibility for 51 percent of the globe.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

Doug Black, NH-04 (GS-15), DAF (Ret)

Nationally recognized propulsion systems and airworthiness expert and former USAF propulsion systems technical advisor with 30+ years of experience serving in various capacities in the propulsion engineering career field across the DOD acquisition life cycle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Peeler, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

25+ years of experience covering all aspects of USAF financial management—finance, accounting, budget, and cost estimating—in the operations and maintenance; test; and acquisitions and procurement arenas.

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.

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.