Master of Business Administration, Florida Institute of Technology
B.S., Chemistry, University of Massachusetts
Acquisition Professional Development Program, Level III, Program Management
Professional Experience Summary
Rich has over seventeen years of experience and demonstrated expertise in DoD acquisition in the areas of program management, project management and systems engineering. During his 20 years with the Air Force, he developed strong program and project management skills while working in a variety of system program offices, acquisition command headquarters, and defense acquisition agencies over a period of fifteen years. In addition, Rich spent two years in a key personnel assignment advising the Commander of AF Systems and AF Materiel Commands on assigning colonels to program director positions. As a project manager in three system program offices, he successfully led all of the development programs assigned to him into production, while overcoming significant development and management issues on two of those programs. While assigned as the Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile (TSSAM) Scheduling IPT lead, Rich successfully developed the program's first integrated program master schedule and conducted numerous program schedule evaluations, using a Monte Carlo schedule simulation, for the program executive officer and the defense acquisition executive. While assigned to Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Rich served as the command's point of contact for Government-Furnished Property policy, configuration management policy, and acted as the preparing activity for MIL-STD-490A, Specification Practices. During this period, he led the Air Force's involvement in developing MIL-STD-973, which replaced MIL-STDs 480, 481, 482, 483, and the configuration audit portions of MIL-STD-1521. During his assignment to the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO), he served as the executive secretary for the organization's senior technical review board (similar to a configuration control board), chaired by the BMDO Chief Architect/Engineer. This board reviewed all Defense Acquisition Board (DAB)-required documents, plans and test results for BMD systems and made technical and programmatic recommendations to the BMDO Director (also the Service Acquisition Executive for BMD programs). During this assignment, he also led many systems engineering and systems architecture studies for BMDO, including several that produced Reports to Congress. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Rich became a principal systems analyst for a company that provided Scientific, Engineering and Technical Assistance services for BMDO, now the Missile Defense Agency. In that position, Rich led several key systems engineering studies and provided program management support.