David E. Hamilton Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Secretary of the Air Force, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office has been responsible for development and deployment of significant upgrades to the Integrated Air Defense System now operational around the National Capital Region and the launch and experimental operations of the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. Other responsibilities include technical integration of Department of Defense classified activities, and the representation of these activities to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House.
Mr. Hamilton is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program and was commissioned in 1974. In the area of space transportation, he participated in the development and testing of rocket propulsion systems at the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, and as a test engineer for the Air Force Flight Test Center, developing simulations used to determine the reaction control and auxiliary power unit consumables for re-entry flight test maneuvers used during the Space Shuttle Orbital Flight Test Program. Upon graduation from Test Pilot School in 1982, Mr. Hamilton participated in the developmental and operational ground and flight-testing of the numerous aerospace systems. Assigned to the B-1B Combined Test Force, he flew on the B-1A and was the flight test engineer and defensive systems operator on the first three B-1B performance and flying qualities flight tests. Later, he participated in the Tacit Blue, F-117, Advanced Cruise Missile, B-2, X-37 and numerous other classified programs, and he held an Air Force Master Non-Rated Officer Aircrew Badge. He served as a member of the Executive Independent Review Team for the Boeing "Bird of Prey."
Mr. Hamilton has directed the Air Force Red Team, which provides independent assessments of U.S. military capabilities and their vulnerabilities to senior Air Force and DOD leaders. In his final military assignment, he was responsible for the programming and execution of Air Force special access program budget. He retired from the Air Force in the rank of colonel in August 2003 after 29 years active duty. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Hamilton worked for a Washington, D.C. consulting and engineering firm. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2003 and was designated as a Program Executive Officer in 2007 by the Defense Acquisition Executive.
1974 Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics, Saint Louis University
1977 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1982 Graduate Flight Test Engineer, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
1983 Distinguished graduate, U.S. Air Force Electronic Warfare Officer Training, Mather AFB, Calif.
1988 Master's degree in business administration, with distinction, National University, San Diego, Calif.
1990 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2006 Seminar XXI; International Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
2007 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security; John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 Brookings Certificate in Public Leadership; Brookings Institute, Washington, DC.
1. October 1974 - June 1977, test engineer, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards AFB, Calif.
2. July 1977 - June 1980, Space Shuttle Program engineer, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
3. July 1980 - June 1981, assistant Space Shuttle Program Element monitor, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
4. July 1981 - June 1982, student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
5. July 1982 - November 1982, operations engineer, B-1B Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
6. November 1981 - March 1982, student, Electronic Warfare Officer Training, Mather AFB, Calif.
7. April 1982 - November 1984, Lead Defensive Systems engineer and operations engineer, B-1B Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
8. December 1984 - December 1990, Director of Special Test Programs, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
9. January 1991 - November 1995, Chief, Air Force Red Team, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. December 1995 - June 1998, Chief, Special Program Division, Directorate of Requirements, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
11. July 1998 - March 2003, Director, Special Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
12. April 2003 - August 2003, Senior Engineer, Modern Technologies Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Va.
13. August 2003 - June 2007, Director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2007 - present, Program Executive Officer, the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award
Exemplary Civil Service Award
Meritorious Presidential Rank Award
RADM Robert Gormley Combat Survivability Award for Leadership (National Defense Industrial Association)
Nelson P Jackson Aerospace Award (National Space Club)
Distinguished Civil Service Award
1977 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory
Test and Evaluation, Level III, Acquisition Professional Development Program
Program Management, Level III, APDP
(Current as of September 2014)