Richard W. McKinney, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space and the Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff, Washington, D.C. He provides the principal support to the Under Secretary's role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the Air Force space enterprise. Additionally, he directs the headquarters staff responsible for space policy, issue integration and strategy. In coordination with the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, serves as the co-executive secretariat for the Defense Space Council providing oversight of the Space Virtual Major Force program and advocating Defense space acquisition programs to Congress.
Mr. McKinney is a 1973 distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He served 28 years on active duty, retiring as a colonel in May 2001. Mr. McKinney is level three certified in the acquisition areas of program management, acquisition logistics, and systems planning, research, development and engineering. He was the first Program Director of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program. Mr. McKinney was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2002.
Mr. McKinney previously served as the Director for Space Acquisition in the Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, and was the Air Force liaison to Europe to facilitate and expand Air Force international cooperation on space with Europe. Prior to his current assignment, he was Special Assistant to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force where he was responsible for the review of the headquarters management of space responsibilities.
1973 Bachelor's degree in business administration, Washington State University, Pullman
1976 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1980 Master's degree in business administration, University of Montana, Missoula
1982 Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1987 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1987 Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1992 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2002 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. September 1973 - November 1973, Student, Combat Crew Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2. November 1973 - August 1977, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander, later, Missile Combat Crew Commander, 341st Strategic Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
3. August 1977 - August 1980, Faculty Member, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
4. August 1980 - March 1982, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. March 1982 - June 1985, Project Manager, Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program, Air Force Systems Command, Norton AFB, Calif.
6. June 1985 - July 1986, Executive Officer to the Commander, Ballistic Missile Office, Norton AFB, Calif.
7. August 1986 - January 1987, Student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
8. January 1987 - June 1989, Program Element Monitor, Global Positioning System and Titan IV, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. June 1989 - July 1991, Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. July 1991 - June 1992, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. June 1992 - March 1993, Chief for Plans and Programs, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
12. March 1993 - July 1993, Director of Technology and Industrial Support, Oklahoma City ALC, Tinker AFB, Okla.
13. July 1993 - June 1995, Director of Propulsion, Oklahoma City ALC, Tinker AFB, Okla.
14. June 1995 - July 1999, System Program Director, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
15. July 1999 - May 2001, Deputy Director, Directorate of Space and Nuclear Deterrence, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
16. May 2001 - January 2002, Private Consultant, Washington, D.C.
17. January 2002 - April 2002, Deputy Director, Directorate of Space and Nuclear Deterrence, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
18. April 2002 - July 2005, Deputy Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
19. July 2005 - July 2007, Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
20. September 2007 - November 2009, Director, European Space Liaison, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Paris, France
21. November 2009 - July 2010, Special Assistant to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
22. August 2010 - present, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space and Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
Department of State Superior Honor Award
Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service
Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award
Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award
1977 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year, Air University
1998 David Packard Award for excellence in acquisition, Department of Defense
1998 John J. Welch Jr. Award for excellence in acquisition management, U.S. Air Force
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Life member, Air Force Association
Board of Advisers, College of Business and Economics, Washington State University
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Trustee, Washington State University Foundation
Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III
Program Management, Level III
Acquisition Logistics, Level III
(Current as of November 2013)