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DR. L. BRUCE SIMPSON

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Dr. L. Bruce Simpson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The center's air armament programs represent the leading edge of weapons technology, including developing the next generation of precision-guided munitions, air superiority missiles, and range and combat support systems. These programs include the Joint Direct Attack Munition, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, High-speed Antiradiation Missile Targeting System, Small Diameter Bomb, Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System, and other programs with total acquisition annual budgets of more than $6 billion. He leads technology transition, acquisition, workforce development and operations management.

Dr. Simpson has served most of his career at Eglin AFB, including Deputy Manager of the Armament Product Group, and Director of the Special Projects System Program Office at the Air Armament Center. He did serve for more than three years with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland AFB, N.M., as the Director, Directed Energy Directorate. He led 600 personnel and managed a $130 million annual budget providing pervasive, world-class directed energy and imaging research and technologies for users across the Air Force and the Department of Defense. He returned to Eglin AFB in 2006 as Director of the 308th Armament Systems Wing where he executed a portfolio of programs valued at more than $46 billion.  He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2003.

EDUCATION
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, Auburn University, Ala.
1984 Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville
1988 Doctor of Philosophy degree in engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. March 1981 - January 1985, aerospace engineer, Seek Eagle, Air Force Armament Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. January 1985 - January 1989, aerospace engineer, Computational Fluid Dynamics Section, AFAL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
3. January 1989 - May 1990, supervisory aerospace engineer and Chief, Computational Fluid Dynamics Section, AFAL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
4. May 1990 - April 1993, supervisory aerospace engineer and Chief, Aerodynamics Branch, AFAL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
5. April 1993 - May 1994, supervisory aerospace engineer and Chief, Aerodynamics Branch, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. May 1994 - August 1999, supervisory general engineer and Technical Director, Assessment and Demonstrations Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. August 1999 - November 2001, Deputy Manager, Armament Product Group, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. November 2001 - July 2003, Director, Special Projects System Program Office, Eglin AFB, Fla.
9. July 2003 - September 2006, Director, Directed Energy Directorate, AFRL, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
10. September 2006 - March 2009, Director, 308th Armament Systems Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
11. March 2009 - present, Executive Director, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.

AWARDS AND HONORS
2011 DOD Distinguished Civilian Service Award
Distinguished Fellow, Mississippi State University, Starkville
Most Valuable Person, AFRL Munitions Directorate
Annual Technical Achievement Award, Air Force Systems Command
Annual Technical Achievement Award, AFRL
Quarterly Technical Achievement Award, AFRL
2008 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
2009 President, Gulf Coast Chapter, National Defense Industrial Association

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
System Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III
Program Management, Level III
Test and Evaluation, Level I

(Current as of March 2012)

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