Robert M. "Mike" Maxwell, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Associate Director of Strategic Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. He assists the director in developing and evaluating future strategies, policies and objectives as required to improve the Air Force's contribution to national defense. He manages a strategic planning process that is used to focus and implement Air Force strategies, policies and objectives. He provides direction to Air Force programmers for implementation of the Air Force strategic vision through the annually updated Air Force Strategic Plan and Annual Planning and Programming Guidance. Mr. Maxwell also links strategy with analysis for on-going four-year defense reviews and annual defense planning guidance through the office of the Secretary of Defense. At the same time he coordinates and oversees a mission area planning process that aggressively evaluates and incorporates future warfighting concepts.
Mr. Maxwell served as an Air Force officer in a series of planning resource allocation assignments, including Chief of the Support Division of the Directorate of Programs where he was responsible for programming all Air Force agile combat support activities. He was special assistant for the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review, and Director of Programs and Resources for U.S. Southern Command. He also served operationally in mobile radar and command and control systems including operational squadron command.
For the 10 years prior to joining the Air Staff, Mr. Maxwell was employed by Science Applications International Corporation, a defense technology and consulting firm. As an SAIC Vice President and Division Manager, he had executive responsibility for all aspects of managing a $50 million consulting practice comprising approximately 300 consultants, analysts and technical staff. Additionally, he served as a member of senior review panel for defense planning and resource processes in the Beyond Goldwater-Nichols study to re-examine role of the joint community and combatant commands.
1970 Bachelor of Science degree in business, Mississippi State University
1971 Master of Business Administration degree (accounting), Mississippi State University
1985 Armed Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va.
1991 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. July 1971 - July 1982, various operational command and control and tactical air control assignments, Keesler AFB, Miss.; Kapaun Air Station, Germany; Wallace Air Station, Philippines; and Luke AFB, Ariz.
2. October 1982 - June 1984, executive officer, 601st Tactical Air Control Wing, Sembach AB, Germany
3. August 1984 - January 1985, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
4. January 1985 - October 1987, Deputy Division Chief and E3 AWACS Force Programmer, Space, C3 and Electronic Warfare Division, Directorate of Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
5. October 1987 - July 1990, Commander, 607th Tactical Control Training Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
6. August 1990 - June 1991, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 1991 - April 1993, special assistant to the Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Quarry Heights, Panama
8. April 1993 - July 1994, Director of Programs and Resources (J8), Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Quarry Heights, Panama
9. August 1994 - August 1997, Chief, Support Division, and special assistant for the Quadrennial Defense Review, Directorate of Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. September 1997 - February 2002, Assistant Vice President and Program Manager, Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Va.
11. March 2002 - December 2008, Vice President and Division Manager, Defense Business Solutions Division, SAIC, McLean, Va.
12. December 2008 - present, Associate Director, Strategic Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Superior Service Award
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Society of Military Comptrollers
(Current as of March 2009)