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Dennis J. Cassette:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Dennis J. Cassette, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of Engineering, Engineering and Technical Management Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He provides overall technical management for the development and support of major weapons systems across the aeronautical enterprise at ASC with annual expenditures of more than $10 billion. He is responsible for the proper allocation and expenditure of fiscal and personnel resources while providing engineering and technical management tools to the weapon system program offices charged with developing, fielding and supporting technologically advanced weapon systems.
Mr. Cassette has extensive experience in developing Air Force policy and in the technical management of Air Force systems managed by Air Force Materiel Command. His experience covers technical acquisition and development of aeronautical weapons systems on fighter, bomber and cargo aircraft.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Cassette was Director of Engineering, Propulsion Product Group for ASC, where he was responsible for the technical quality of Air Force programs for the research, development, sustainment and disposal of Air Force propulsion systems.
EDUCATION
1970 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Detroit
1975 Master of Arts degree in industrial management, Central Michigan University
1985 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, by correspondence
1986 Master of Science degree, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
1991 Advanced Systems Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2004 Senior Managers in Government Course, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. August 1967 - May 1970, trainee, Electro-Optical Section, Electrical Engineering Directorate, and Director of Flight Test, 4950th Test Wing, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. May 1970 - July 1976, electronic flight test engineer, Electro-Optical Section, 4950th Test Wing, ASD, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. July 1976 - January 1979, electronics flight test engineer and technical lead for radar and electro-optical equipment, 4950th Test Wing, ASD, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. June 1979 - December 1980, Chief, Electro-Optical Branch, 4950th Test Wing, ASD, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. December 1980 - November 1981, Chief, Navigation and Communication Branch, 4950th Test Wing, ASD, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. November 1981 - April 1984, Deputy Chief, Electronic Combat Division, 4950th Test Wing, ASD, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. April 1984 - June 1985, Chief, Electronic Combat Division, 4950th Test Wing, ASD, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. June 1985 - June 1986, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
9. June 1986 - March 1987, Chief Systems Engineer, Reconnaissance Systems Program Office - Special Programs, ASD, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. March 1987 - September 1992, Chief Avionics Engineer, B-2 SPO, ASC, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. September 1992 - April 1994, Chief, Engineering Division, Program Development SPO, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. April1994 - January 1995, Chief, Integration Engineer and Technical Management, Directorate Resources Management Branch, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. January 1995 - May 1996, Deputy Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer, F-16 SPO, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14. May 1996 - October 1998, Director of Engineering, F-16 SPO, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
15. October 1998 - June 1999, Technical Director, F-16 SPO, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
16. June 1999 - July 2001, Technical Director, Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
17. July 2001 - September 2002, Technical Director, C-17 SPO, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
18. September 2002 - August 2003, Director of Engineering, Propulsion Product Group, ASC, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
19. August 2003 - present, Director of Engineering, Engineering and Technical Management Directorate, ASC, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1992 Certificate of Merit, AFSC
1992 Engineering and Manufacturing Significant Achievement Award, ASC
1992 Chief Engineer of the Year, AFMC
1996 Chief Engineer of the Year, ASC
1996 Letter of Commendation from Lt. Gen. Eickmann for Outstanding Chief Engineer
1992 and 2001 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Achievment Award for Sustained Superior Performance (cash awards every year)
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1979 President of the Society of Flight Test Engineers
1990 - 1992 President of St. Christopher's Financial and Education Committee
1994 - 1995 Vice President, Vandalia-Butler School Board of Education
1996 President, Vandalia-Butler School Board of Education
Civilian Flying Status: Test flight missions in F-100, F-4, T-39, C-135, C-141, C-130, C-21 and C-131
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Systems Planning Research, Development and Engineering, Level III, Acquisition Professional Development Program
Program Management, Level III, APDP

 

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