//Gary Poleskey, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Gary Poleskey, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

Project Description

Gary Poleskey

Key Specialties

  • Business Management

  • Contracting Strategy Development & Execution

  • Acquisition Policy & Process Development
  • Proposal Past Performance Strategy


Gary Poleskey

Colonel, US Air Force (Retired)

Colonel Gary Poleskey, USAF (Ret), has over 40 years of experience in contracting and acquisition management, as well as consulting with both government and Industry. His specialty expertise includes: acquiring major weapon systems; research and development and operational base-level contracting; source selections involving all dollar values and techniques; past performance assessment and its use in source selection; multiyear contracting; and formulating and writing acquisition policy.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Structured, advocated within the Pentagon and Capitol Hill, and signed the first major USAF multi-year contract for 480 F-16s valued at $2.9B.
  • Directed contracting operations of the training systems program office, executing annual contracting actions valued over $2.5B.
  • Worked with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Office (JSFPO) to develop a long-term, performance-based contracting strategy for the overall air system.
  • Worked closely with an industry team to create a first-of-its-kind launch vehicle development other transaction authority (OTA) and commercial launch services contract for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV).
  • Served as an expert witness on various cases involving major defense companies and complex contracting situations.

Key Positions

  • National President (2009-2010), National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
  • General Conference Chairperson, NCMA World Congress, 2008 & 2010
  • Member, National Board of Directors, NCMA (2005-2011)
  • Deputy Director of Contracting, Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) (now AFLCMC)
  • Director, Contracting Policy & Processes, HQ Air Force Materiel Command  (AFMC)
  • Director of Contracting, Training Systems Program Office, ASC
  • Special Assistant to the Air Force, Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting), SAF/ACQ, Pentagon


  • MBA, Management, Northwestern University
  • BS, Marketing, University of Illinois
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF)