//Bob Stanton, GS-15, DAF (Ret)
Bob Stanton, GS-15, DAF (Ret)

Project Description

Bob Stanton

Key Specialties

  • Military Airworthiness Certification
  • Technical Engineering Management
  • Systems Engineering

Bob Stanton

GS-15, Department of the Air Force (Retired)

Mr. Bob Stanton has 35+ years of unrivaled experience as a 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 (partner and customer) contexts. He possesses a demonstrated ability to develop, execute, and manage novel approaches to solve difficult problems, resulting in acquisition reform, organizational revitalization, strengthened systems engineering, risk mitigation, and integrated program performance improvements. GS-15, Department of the Air Force (DAF) (Retired).

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • During tenure with the $300B multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, held key engineering leadership positions, including F-35A Delegated Technical Authority (DTA) for airworthiness at both the director of engineering and chief engineer levels of delegated authority.
  • Led development for and secured USAF Technical Airworthiness Authority (TAA) approval of the F-35A certification basis and subsequent TAA issuance of Military Flight Releases (MFRs) against all major production lot design changes and software updates.
  • Managed and coordinated priorities for JSF independent product teams to execute all airworthiness activities from first contractor acceptance flights through initial operational capability (IOC); ten low rate initial production (LRIP) lots (greater than 250 aircraft); and three major software upgrades.
  • Implemented systems engineering practices for seven high-visibility enterprise initiatives; and developed, documented, and implemented a common risk management process across all programs, including the BLU-121 warhead, Insensitive Munitions, Network Enabled Weapons, Joint Surface Warfare Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD), Universal Armament Interface (UAI), Precision Guided Munitions Planning Software, and Medium Caliber Ammunition.

Key Positions

  • Chief Systems Integration Engineer, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Office (JSFPO)
  • Chief Engineer & Deputy Squadron Director, 685 Armament Systems Squadron
  • Chief, Engineering & Technical Management Division, Air Armament Center (AAC)
  • Senior Systems Engineer, Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command (HQ AFMC)
  • Deputy Program Manager & Deputy Division Chief, Projects Division, B-1 System Program Office


  • MS, Systems Engineering, Wright State University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Advanced Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC)