Mr. Joseph D. Yount is the Director for Special Project Integration, Intelligence Support to Information Operations (IO) and Intelligence Operations (A2Z), Headquarters United States Air Force. He assumed this position in September 2006. His position and organization provides advice to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AF/A2) on formulating policy and intelligence support to Information Operations. He coordinates management of intelligence support to capabilities, resources and intelligence operations within the Department of Defense and with other governmental agencies. He is responsible for communication and creating Air Force’s strategic vision of intelligence operations to Combatant Commands and their components. His organization evaluates Air Force intelligence operations for responsiveness to Air Force, Joint and DoD requirements. His unit interfaces with Congressional, DoD, Joint and major command staffs to ensure warfighting requirements are met. Acting on A-2’s behalf, he resolves key issues with external and internal DoD agencies, the Air Staff; MAJCOMs and senior Air Force, DoD, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Intelligence Community representatives.
Mr. Yount was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1971 through the ROTC program at The Citadel and earned his wings at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Upon graduation, his first assignment was as a forward air controller in the Republic of Vietnam. Upon his return, he served as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner, and flew many models of the 135-series aircraft.
His staff assignments include duty as a wargamer at Headquarters, Strategic Air Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was an Air Force Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Institute of War and Peace Studies. He was assigned to Headquarters Air Force in three positions; an Arms Control expert, an Air Force Planner for Joint and National Security Matters, and a member of the Air Force Inspector General organization. In addition to these assignments, he has served as a squadron commander, an assistant director for operations and vice wing commander. His last military assignment prior to his retirement in 2001 was the Deputy Director for Electronic Warfare. His last civilian assignment prior to his current assignment was Director of Staff, AF/XOI.
1971 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
1976 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1978 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
1979 Master of Science, Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1982 Air Force Research Associate, Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, N.Y.
1984 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Leadership Development Program, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2007 Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
2008 Senior Information Warfare Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 Intelligence Community Executive Leader Program, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
2019 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
1. 1971 - 1972, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
2. 1972 - 1973, Forward Air Controller, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam
3. 1973 - 1976, KC-135 Aircraft Commander, 34th and 509th Air Refueling Squadrons, Pease AFB, N.H.
4. 1976 - 1977, EC-135 Aircraft Commander, 8th Tactical Deployment Control Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
5. 1977 - 1979, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. 1979 - 1981, Strategic Analytical Studies Officer, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
7. 1981 - 1983, Wargamer, Studies, Analysis and Gaming Agency, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Arlington, Va.
8. 1983 - 1984, Research Fellow, Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, Washington, D.C.
9. 1984 - 1987, RC-135 Flight Commander, 38th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
10. 1987 - 1990, Chief, Conventional Arms and Defense and Space Branch, Directorate of Operational Plans and Joint Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
11. 1990 - 1991, Assistant Deputy Director for Joint and National Security Council Matters, Directorate of Operational Plans and Joint Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
12. 1991 - 1992, Commander, 922nd Strategic Squadron, Hellenikon AB, Greece
13. 1992 - 1996, Air Force Planner for Joint and National Security Council Matters, Directorate of Operational Plans and Joint Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
14. 1996 - 1997, Chief of Current and Combat Operations, Headquarters 5th Air Force, Yokota AB, Japan
15. 1997 - 1999, Vice Commander, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
16. 1999 - 1999, Senior Official Investigator, Inspector General of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Arlington, Va.
17. 1999 - 2001, Deputy Director for Electronic Warfare, Directorate of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
18. 2001 - 2005, Director of Staff, Directorate of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
19. 2006 - 2009, Director, Intelligence Support to Information Operations and Intelligence Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
20. 2009 - present, Director, Special Programs, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: approximately 4,300
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C/KC-135A/E/Q/R, EC-135C, RC-135U/W/V, TC-135 and T-39 (aircraft flown for indoctrination: A-1, OV-10, E-3B, F-15 and HH-60)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
National Intelligence Community Meritorious Unit Citation
Director of Central Intelligence Agency Meritorious Unit Citation (three)
(Current as of July 2019)