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

Project Description

Brian Waechter

Key Specialties

  • Program & Logistics Management

  • Strategic Planning & Implementation

  • Operations Analysis

  • Business Process Improvement

  • Product Support Business Case Analysis (PS BCA)



Brian Waechter

Colonel, US Air Force & Industry Executive (Retired)

Colonel Brian Waechter, USAF (Ret), has over 35 years of experience as a senior USAF acquisition, logistics, and maintenance officer; defense industry vice president and business unit leader; operations research analyst; and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. His expertise includes complex program portfolio management; product field support; strategic planning; data analysis; Lean Six Sigma performance improvement; and defense contracting proposal writing, review, and management. In addition, he has extensive US, Joint, and foreign military sales (FMS) program and logistics management expertise in electronic warfare, C2ISR, and aeronautical systems, successfully leading multiple programs in every life cycle phase. Colonel Waechter’s multi-faceted government and industry system sustainment expertise encompasses Test Center aircraft maintenance, Air Logistics Center (ALC) system sustainment management, and industry contractor logistics support (CLS) management as profit and loss (P&L) leader. He has managed and executed numerous analyses to include product support business case analyses (PS BCA) and personnel resource modeling and optimization. Recognized as an adept strategic planner, he possesses specialized skills in integrated program road mapping, acquisition/sustainment planning, proposal development, earned value, risk management, and organizational assessment across the USAF, Joint Staff, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), SAF/AQ, and Defense Security Service (DSS).

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Championed data-driven sustainment operations to turn 10-year, 20% decline in AWACS mission capable rate to 10% increase in only three years.
  • Forged capability-based methodology to compare US and international AWACS customers’ requirements, producing three cooperative development programs; structured analysis to prioritize fleet reliability, maintainability, availability, and cost drivers; won $178M in new investment.
  • Directed supply chain management (SCM), maintenance/repair/overhaul (MRO) planning, engineering, and technical manual management activities on $9.6B in assets across seven supply, maintenance, repair, and overhaul locations supporting the US and four international fleets.
  • Negotiated pioneering acquisition strategy merging satellite communication and air traffic management programs, accelerating delivery two years and saving $6M.

Key Positions

  • VP and General Manager, Government Integrated Services, M7 Aerospace
  • Executive VP, Operations, Interactive Process Technology Associates
  • System Program Director, Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS)
  • System Sustainment Manager, AWACS
  • Deputy Chief, Agile Combat Support Systems Branch, SAF/AQ
  • Chief, Collaborative Analysis Branch, J-8 Joint Staff, Pentagon
  • Commander, Aircraft Component Repair Squadron, AFDTC


  • MS, Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • MS, National Resource Strategy, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy
  • BS, Biology, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)
  • Program Manager’s Course, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC)
  • Executive Program Manager’s Course, Defense Acquisition University (DAU)
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Air War College
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, University of Texas
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP), Project Management Institute