Randall G. Walden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Technical Director of the Rapid Capabilities Office, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. He advises and directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. His responsibilities include technical integration of Department of Defense classified activities, and representing these activities to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House.
Mr. Walden graduated from Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Va., in 1982. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force the same year and served as a flight test engineer with Air Force Material Command at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., and Nellis AFB, Nev. During his tours as a flight test engineer, Mr. Walden participated in the development, ground and flight-testing of numerous aerospace weapon systems. He holds a master non-rated aircrew badge. While assigned to the Air Staff, Mr. Walden served as the Division Chief, Air Force Red Team from 1999 to 2002, and Technical Director of the Directorate of Special Programs from 2002 to 2003. The Directorate develops and implements technical, programmatic and security policies affecting low observable, counter low observable, electronic and information warfare, and other sensitive weapons programs.
Mr. Walden retired from active duty as a lieutenant colonel in 2002 with more than 20 years of military experience as an acquisition and technical professional. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2002.
1982 Bachelor of science degree in mathematics, Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Va.
1984 Bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, Parks College of St. Louis University, Cahokia, Ill.
1987 Flight Test Engineer Course, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1991 Master of science degree in engineering management, Florida Institute of Technology, Patuxent River, Md.
1996 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1997 Advanced Program Manager Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2003 Senior Executive Service Seminar, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. 1982 - 1984, Air Force Institute of Technology student, Parks College of St. Louis University, Cahokia, Ill.
2. 1984 - 1989, flight test engineer, F-16 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
3. 1989 - 1992, lead avionics flight test engineer, V-22 Multi-Service Test Team, Patuxent River NAS, Md.
4. 1992 - 1997, operations officer and flight test program manager, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. 1997 - 1998, classified flight test squadron commander, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. 1998 - 1999, Deputy Chief, Advanced Technology Division, Directorate of Special Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
7. 1999 - 2002, Chief, Special Studies Division, Air Force Red Team, Directorate of Special Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
8. 2002 - 2003, Technical Director, Directorate of Special Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
9. 2003 - present, Technical Director of the Rapid Capabilities Office, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Society of Flight Test Engineers