//Tom Wells, SES, DAF (Ret)
Tom Wells, SES, DAF (Ret)

Project Description

Tom Wells

Key Specialties

  • Acquisition Strategy Development & Contract Formation

  • Contract Cost & Pricing

  • Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain Management (SCM)

  • Process Improvement & Change Management


Tom Wells

Senior Executive Service, Department of the Air Force (Retired)

Mr. Tom Wells has over 35 years of US Air Force (USAF) acquisition-related experience, including executive leadership of major and complex organizations, as well as direction of procurement operations supporting weapon systems life cycle management from research and development to production, test, and sustainment. He has proven expertise in program management, acquisition planning, proposal development, cost/price analysis, contract negotiation, supply chain management (SCM), policy formulation, program development and evaluation, and workforce development. In addition, Mr. Wells is a skilled public speaker, trainer, resource manager, and organizational/business process transformation agent.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • First director of 2,000-person 711th Human Performance Wing (HPW) focused on human systems research, aerospace medicine education, and human systems integration (HSI). Led planning and execution of major realignment enabling closure of two installations and transfer of 900 positions from Texas and Arizona to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
  • Led cost analysis of $12B public-private competition for propulsion depot maintenance.
  • Co-led planning and implementation of sustainment commodity councils, transformation of supply chain operations, strategic supplier relationships, and creation of the Air Force Global Logistics Supply Center (AFGLSC).
  • Directed development and deployment of contract business intelligence systems to support strategic spend analysis. Implemented Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) processes to enable strategic sourcing, yielding over $200M in procurement cost reductions.

Key Positions

  • Director, 711th Human Performance Wing (HPW), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
  • Director of Contracting, HQ Air Force Materiel Command (HQ AFMC)
  • Director, Directorate of Contracting, Electronic Systems Center (ESC) (now part of AFLCMC)
  • Chief of Contract Pricing, Directorate of Contracting, ESC
  • Contracting Officer, Joint STARS Program, ESC


  • MS, Public Administration, Utah State University
  • BS, Park Administration, University of Massachusetts
  • Defense Leadership and Management Program
  • Federal Executive Institute
  • Air War College