John C. McKeown is Technical Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Arlington, Va. This joint program will develop and produce the next generation strike warfare weapon system for the Air Force, U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and other countries under partnership and foreign military sales plans. The focus of the program is on affordability - reducing development, production and ownership costs for the Joint Strike Fighter family of aircraft.
Mr. McKeown, a native of Pennsylvania, earned his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and has completed extensive graduate coursework in digital control systems.
Mr. McKeown served as an aerodynamicist with Sikorsky Aircraft prior to joining government service. His early assignments include supervisor of the Aircraft Systems Section for the Naval Weapons Laboratory, and professor of acquisition and program management for the Defense Systems Management College. He has served the majority of his career with the Naval Air System Command in positions of increasing responsibility. He headed numerous branches, was Technical Director of the Air Vehicle Department, and last served as Director of the Systems Engineering Department. Mr. McKeown holds two patents for flight control design and was a private pilot.
1965 Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University
1976 Master of Arts degree in social studies, University of Northern Colorado
1978 Master of Public Administration degree, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1980 Executive Refresher Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1993 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. June 1965 - September 1972, aerodynamicist, Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn.
2. September 1972 - March 1975, Head, Aircraft Systems, Naval Weapons Laboratory, Dahlgren, Va.
3. March 1975 - November 1976, Condor Missile reliability, test and evaluation engineer, Naval Air Systems Command, Arlington, Va.
4. November 1976 - October 1979, CH/MH-53E Deputy Program Manager, NAVAIR, Arlington, Va.
5. July 1977 - June 1978, student, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
6. October 1979 - April 1982, Professor of Acquisition and Program Management, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir Va.
7. April 1982 - December 1984, Head, Flight Controls Section, NAVAIR, Arlington, Va.
8. December 1984 - March 1986, Head, Acquisition, Plans and Policy Branch, NAVAIR, Arlington, Va.
9. March 1986 - May 1988, Head, Specifications, Standards and Data Branch, NAVAIR, Arlington, Va.
10. May 1988 - September 1988, Head, Land-Based Aircraft Branch, NAVAIR, Arlington, Va.
11. September 1988 - May 1996, Technical Director, Air Vehicle Department, NAVAIR, Arlington, Va.
12. May 1996 - July 2003, Director, Systems Engineering Department, NAVAIR, Patuxent River, Md.
13. July 2003 - present, Technical Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Arlington, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Commander's Award, Naval Air System Command
Acquisition Excellence Award, Defense Department
Superior Management Award, Secretary of Defense
Productivity Excellence Award, Secretary of Defense
National Partnership for Reinventing Government Hammer Award
Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award
Group Achievement Award - Space Shuttle, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Outstanding Engineering Alumnus, Pennsylvania State University
Aviation Week and Space Technology 'Laurel'
NAVAIR Research and Engineering Fellow
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Helicopter Society Handling Qualities Committee and Technical Council and Scholarship Committee
Congressional Aeronautics Advisory Committee
NASA Aerospace Technology Advisory Committee
Government Steering Group of NDIA's Systems Engineering Division
Corporate Advisory Board of the International Council on Systems Engineering
NASA's Shuttle Independent Assessment Team
Institute for Defense Analysis' Comanche Independent Review Team
U.S. Navy's Shipbuilding Computer-Aided Design Assessment Team
National Rotorcraft Technology Center, Board Member
Rotorcraft Industry Technology Association, Board Member
Pennsylvania State Engineering Society, Board Member
(Current as of February 2007)