Karl C. Bird, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of Contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. He advises the command's Program Executive Officer for Space Programs on acquisition strategy, contracting processes, and acquisition reform and streamlining. Mr. Bird is responsible for more than 600 contracts valued at more than $58 billion. He is responsible for the career development and training of more than 215 military and civilian business and contracting professionals.
Mr. Bird entered federal service in 1968 at the Red River Army Depot as a logistics management intern. His contracting career began in 1974 with his assignment as a procurement agent to the depot's Purchasing and Contracting Division. He subsequently served as procuring contracting officer with the Naval Weapons Center, Marine Corps Logistics Base and Aeronautical Systems Center. In 1981, Mr. Bird was promoted to senior staff analyst in the Contract Maintenance Center, Air Force Logistics Command. He has also served as Headquarters AFLC's Chief of the Resources and Analysis and Contract Policy divisions.
In 1987, Mr. Bird was selected as Deputy Director of Contracting and Production at the Defense Electronics Supply Center with a buying staff of more than 550 contracting personnel. He returned to AFLC two years later as Director of Operational Contracting, Quality and Contract Management, and went on to become Chief of Contracting Information Technology, leading the development of command-wide contracting systems, electronic contracting and use of the World Wide Web. While attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, he was a member of the Space Industry Study and completed the Senior Acquisition Course. Prior to his current position, Mr. Bird served as Deputy Chief, Alternate Dispute Resolution Division, and senior trial attorney, Contract Dispute Resolution Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
1968 Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Central State University, Edmond, Okla.
1976 Master of Business Administration degree, East Texas State University, Texarkana
1988 Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, Capital University Law School,
1991 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1993 Program for Senior Officials in National Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2000 Defense Leadership and Management Program
2001 Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2003 Air Force Senior Leadership Course, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
1. August 1968 - September 1969, student, Army Logistics Intern Training Center, Army Materiel Command, Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas
2. September 1969 - June 1971, inventory management specialist, Depot Property Division, Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas
3. June 1971 - September 1974, supervisory general supply specialist, Depot Property Division, Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas
4. September 1974 - May 1976, procurement agent, Purchasing and Contracting Division, Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas
5. May 1976 - February 1978, branch chief and contracting officer, Contracting Division, Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif.
6. February 1978 - April 1979, Chief, Communications and Electronics Branch, Directorate of Contracting, Marine Corps Logistics Support Base, Albany, Ga.
7. April 1979 - December 1981, senior contract negotiator and contracting officer, Strategic Systems Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. December 1981 - September 1983, staff analyst, Air Force Contract Maintenance Center, Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. September 1983 - April 1986, Chief, Resources and Analysis Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Contracting and Manufacturing, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. May 1986 - May 1987, Chief, Logistics Contracting Policy Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Contracting and Manufacturing, Headquarters AFLC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. May 1987 - October 1989, Deputy Director of Contracting and Production, Defense Electronics Supply Center, Dayton, Ohio
12. October 1989 - April 1991, Director of Operational Contracting, Quality, and Contract Management, Deputy Chief of Staff for Contracting and Manufacturing, Headquarters AFLC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. April 1991 - August 2000, Chief, Contracting Information Technology Division, Directorate of Contracting, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14. August 2000 - June 2001, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
15. June 2001 - August 2006, senior trial attorney and Deputy Chief, Alternate Dispute Resolution Division, Directorate of Contract Dispute Resolution, AFMC Law Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
16. August 2006 - present, Director of Contracting, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1982 Certified Professional Contracts Manager, National Contract Management Association
1994 National Fellow, National Contract Management Association
2003 Air Force Civilian Achievement Award
2006 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
Contracting, Level III, Acquisition Professional Development Program
Contracting (Major Systems Acquisition), Level III, APDP
Admitted to the Ohio State Bar
(Current as of June 2007)