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R. Terry Marlow is the Principal Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. Reporting directly to the Secretary, he performs tasks and monitors programs critical to the Air Force mission at the direction of the Secretary. He also supports the Secretary with data gathering, team organization, liaison, analysis, and advises the Secretary on options for action.

Mr. Marlow, a retired colonel, graduated from Ohio State University in 1968, and served in the Air Force until 1993. While on active duty, he primarily worked in the acquisition and comptroller community, including contracting, program management, and financial management. Early in his career, he served as a plant representative for National Space Programs supporting National Reconnaissance Office-specific programs. Mr. Marlow developed and implemented acquisition policy for both the Air Force and the Department of Defense. He was an adviser on defense acquisition matters to former Deputy Secretary of Defense David Packard, the Chairman of the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, and he participated in the 1986 Defense Science Board study on the use of commercial components in defense systems. As a senior program analyst in the office of the first Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, he helped conceive and advocate the development of a joint service program office for the management of all DOD unmanned aerial vehicles. Later, as a consultant to DOD, he helped guide the formation of the first joint office.

He worked in the private sector for many years after leaving the Air Force. He was a consultant for a major systems engineering and technical assistance contractor where he conducted ground breaking studies for the Department of Defense related to the cost of oversight in the military acquisition process. As the Director of Syracuse Research Corporation's Washington, D.C., operations, Mr. Marlow established a new information service capability in information operations and network security. Most recently, as Vice President for the Aerospace Industries Association of America, he directed the development of the industry position on all contracting and financial matters related to federal procurement. He also oversaw the association's council for supply chain improvement and the council for environment, safety, and health.

1968 Bachelor of Science degree, Ohio State University, Columbus
1969 Master of Business Administration degree, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
1974 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1976 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1984 National Security Management, by correspondence
1989 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.
1990 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. 

1. 1969 - 1972, contract specialist, Air Force Plant Representative Office, Thiokol Chemical Corporation, Brigham City, Utah
2. 1972 - 1975, deputy base procurement officer, Patrick AFB, Fla.
3. 1975 - 1978, plant representative and contracting officer, Air Force Special Projects, Los Angeles Air Force Station, Calif.
4. 1978 - 1982, contracting officer, Joint Cruise Missiles Project, Arlington, Va.
5. 1982 - 1984, contracting officer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Finance, Washington, D.C.
6. 1984 - 1985, Deputy Air Force Plant Representative, AVCO Systems Division, Wilmington, Mass.
7. 1985 - 1986, adviser to the Chairman, President's Blue Ribbon Commission, the White House, Washington, D.C.
8. 1986 -1988, senior program analyst, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, Washington, D.C.
9. 1988 - 1989, Chief, Acquisition Policy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
10. 1989 - 1990, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
11. 1990 - 1993, military assistant to the Comptroller, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C.
12. 1993 - 1995, senior consultant, TASC, Rosslyn, Va.
13. 1995 - 1998, Director, Operations (Washington, D.C.) , Syracuse Research Corporation, Washington, D.C.
14. 1998 - 2008, Vice President, Acquisition Policy Division, Aerospace Industries Association, Rosslyn, Va.
15. 2008 - present, Principal Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

National Contract Management Association, Board of Advisors
National Association of Manufacturers
Alumni Association of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
The Government Contractor Advisory Board

"Joint Service Program Agreements," TASC, Inc., June 1993
"Defense Contractor Overhead Assessment: A Conceptual Model," TASC, Inc., 1994
"The DOD Regulatory Cost Premium: A Quantitative Assessment," TASC, Inc., 1994

(Current as of July 2009)


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