Mr. Bob Tarleton, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He is responsible for acquiring, deploying, and sustaining the $40 billion MILSATCOM portfolio of programs, which consists of Acquisition Category I and II programs including the Defense Satellite Communications System, Milstar, Global Broadcast Service, Wideband Global SATCOM, the Advanced EHF program, Enhanced Polar System, Command and Control System-Consolidated, and associated Terminal programs.
Mr. Tarleton has held a variety of leadership positions in government and industry, primarily in the acquisition of DOD communications systems. He began his career serving in systems engineering, software, and production management roles before being selected as the Navy’s Deputy Program Manager and then Program Manager for Communications Satellite Programs responsible for the acquisition of the DOD’s narrowband communications satellites systems. During his tenure as Program Manager, he oversaw the successful on-orbit delivery of the final Ultra High Frequency Follow-On satellite as well as initiating the next generation Mobile User Objective System program. Mr. Tarleton was then selected as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service to lead the Transformational Communications Architecture at the National Security Space Office. Most recently, he served as a senior manager with Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the Navy Program Executive Office (PEO) for Space Systems, the Navy PEO for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence and the Joint PEO for Joint Tactical Radio Systems.
1980 Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
1987 Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
1994 Master of Public Administration, American University, Washington, D.C.
1995 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Alexandria, Va.
1998 Executive Program Managemen Course, Defense Systems Managemen College, Alexandria, Va.
2004 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. 1982 - 1989, Project Engineer on Marine Corps electronic warfare programs, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Washington, D.C.
2. 1989 - 1996, various engineering and acquisition management positions in the PEO for Space, Communications and Sensors, Washington, D.C.
3. 1996 - 2000, Deputy Program Manager, Communications Satellite Programs, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif.
4. 2000 - 2004, Program Manager, Communications Satellite Programs, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif.
5. 2004 - 2005, Director of Program Integration, PEO Space Systems, San Diego, Calif.
6. 2005 - 2007, Director of the Communications Functional Integration Office, National Security Space Office, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. 2007 - 2014, Senior Associate and Program Manager in support of the Navy PEO for Space Systems, the Navy PEO for C4I and the Joint PEO for Joint Tactical Radio Systems, San Diego, Calif.
8. 2014 - present, Director, MILSATCOM Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award
Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award
Team Awards: David Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence, the Vice-President’s Government Excellence (Hammer) Award, and Meritorious Unit Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy
(Current as of March 2014)