//Gary Connor, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret)
Gary Connor, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret)

Project Description

Gary Connor

Key Specialties

  • Executive Management

  • Financial Management

  • Systems Integration

  • Change Leadership

  • Logistics Transformation

USAF bio

Gary Connor

Brigadier General, US Air Force (Retired)

Brigadier General Gary Connor, USAF (Ret), has over 30 years of senior executive management experience leading multi-billion dollar enterprises and thousands of people to develop and field fighter, missile defense, command & control (C2), and intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance (ISR) systems for the US, NATO and Allies. General Connor is a seasoned leader and experienced manager with superior communication, organizational, execution, international relations and people skills.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • As Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) director, inherited a 40%-downsized workforce with 25% less budget and inspired fielding of 50% more interceptors and two successful $150M intercept tests, and drove operational system readiness rates above 95%.
  • Arrested $1.1B cost overrun for $18B+ GMD program by levying strict controls and performance incentives with industry.
  • Crafted and implemented unique strategy to field state-of-the-art airborne signals intelligence capabilities; forged four companies into a “virtual” prime contractor. This novel technical and business model delivered $500M of integrated air and ground systems in only four years.
  • Crafted innovative, long-term JSTARS fleet support contract—the DOD model for performance based logistics (PBL). In the first year, exceeded availability and performance metrics, fielding 33% more aircraft with 18% less budget and achieved a deployed 98% sortie generation rate.

Key Positions

  • Deputy Program Manager, Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS)
  • Program Director, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Program
  • Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications, Multi-National Forces, Iraq
  • Commander, Command & Control (C2) Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing
  • Commander, Battle Management Systems Wing
  • Director, Reconnaissance Systems Program Office (SPO)


  • MS, Computer Engineering, University of Lowell
  • MS, National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF)
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Lowell
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Program Manager’s Course, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC)
  • Squadron Officer School