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Donald G. Van Oss, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Technical Adviser, Systems Engineering, Engineering Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He provides leadership and support at senior government and industry levels for applied systems engineering to ensure successful acquisition and life cycle management of complex aeronautical weapon systems.

Mr. Van Oss joined the Senior Executive Service as Avionics Systems Technical Adviser at the ASC, developing strategies for affordable avionics and architecture based acquisition. He has been chair person for the Aviation Engineering Board and Joint Aeronautical Commanders Group, and he led efforts to complete and implement a Department of Defense agreement securing Federal Aviation Administration support for continued airworthiness of military managed commercial derivative aircraft. He established a joint services team to develop airworthiness requirements for unmanned air vehicles and develop a new military standard for airworthiness, all classes of aircraft. In earlier assignments, Mr Van Oss served as Director of Engineering at the Reconnaissance Systems Program Office where he was instrumental in launching the Air Force into a new era of unmanned air vehicles, playing a direct role in arming the Predator UAV with the Hellfire missile and transitioning Global Hawk into an Air Force managed system, including wartime deployment. Mr. Van Oss also served as Technical Director of the Avionics Engineering Division, and earlier as Technical Adviser for Architecture and Fire Control.

Mr. Van Oss was one of the first four Air Force engineers, starting in 1977, selected to develop stealth technology and over his career has contributed significantly to development of many of today's weapon systems. He provides active support and membership with National Defense Industrial Association and Aviation Industries Association, and works closely with the Air Force Center for Systems Engineering to develop systems engineering tools, policy and training.

1971 Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
1976 Master of Science degree in systems engineering, Wright State University
1997 Executive Excellence Course, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
1998 Executive Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.

1. 1971 - 1984, B-52, F-117, F-15E/F-16E lead avionics engineer, Engineering Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. 1984 - 1988, technical specialist, Avionics Systems, Engineering Directorate, ASD, AFSC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. 1988 - 1991, Director of Engineering, Deputy for Avionics Control, Joint Aeronautical Systems Division - Acquisition Logistics Division, Joint Air Force Systems Command Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. 1991 - 1997, Technical Adviser, Avionics Architecture and Fire Control, Avionics Systems Branch, Engineering Directorate, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 1997 - 1998, Technical Director, Avionics Engineering Division, Engineering Directorate, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. 1998 - 2002, Director of Engineering, Reconnaissance Systems Program Office, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. 2002 - 2004, Technical Adviser, Avionics Systems, Engineering Directorate, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. 2004 - present, Technical Adviser, Systems Engineering, Engineering Directorate, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

2001 Outstanding Chief Engineer, ASC/Engineering Directorate

Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III

(Current as of January 2005)


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