James W. Cluck, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy for Acquisition, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He is responsible for all special operations forces research, development, acquisition, procurement and logistics.
After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1968, Mr. Cluck served as an aviation photographic-electronics technician with the 1st and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wings. In 1974 he entered The Citadel and was commissioned as an air defense officer in 1976. He subsequently held various Redeye, improved HAWK and Marine Air Control Group assignments. For four years Mr. Cluck served as the systems engineering officer and project manager for developing signals intelligence systems while assigned to Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., and the Marine Corps Research, Development and Acquisition Center, Quantico, Va. Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps, and from 1989 through 1991, Mr. Cluck was employed as a senior program manager for a telecommunications firm and was responsible for both business and technical management aspects for several U.S. Army and DOD contracts involving intelligence systems development, production and fielding support.
Since 1992, Mr. Cluck has held a variety of positions at USSOCOM, including program manager for both intelligence systems and C4I automation systems; Deputy Program Executive Officer for Intelligence and Information Systems; Director of Management for the Special Operations Acquisition and Logistics Center; and Chief Information Officer and Director, Center for Networks and Communications. Throughout these assignments, he consolidated diverse intelligence, command and control, and information programs through common migration and technical management techniques to minimize Major Force Program-11 resourcing and enhance interoperability.
1976 Bachelor of Arts degree in history, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
1984 Master of Science degree in telecommunications systems management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
1987 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1. 1968 - 1974, Marine Corps aviation photographic-electronics technician, various locations
2. 1974 - 1976, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
3. 1976 - 1982, various Redeye, improved HAWK and Marine Air Control Group assignments
4. 1982 - 1984, student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
5. 1984 - 1987, signals intelligence systems engineering officer, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
6. 1987 - 1989, Project Manager, Intelligence Systems, Marine Corps Research, Development and Acquisition Center, Quantico, Va.
7. 1989 - 1991, Senior Program Manager, Technology for Communications, private telecommunications firm
8. 1992 - 1997, Program Manager, Intelligence Systems, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
9. 1997 - 1999, Program Manager, C4I Automation Systems, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
10. 1999 - 2000, Deputy Program Executive Officer, Intelligence and Information Systems, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
11. 2000 - 2005, Director of Management, Acquisition and Logistics Center, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
12. 2005 - 2009, Chief Information Officer and Director, Center for Networks and Communications, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
13. 2009 - present, Deputy for Acquisition, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1996 David Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence
1997 Quality Award, Commander-in-Chief, USSOCOM
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Defense Acquisition Corps
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
(Current as of March 2009)