Selected for reassignment as Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Richard W. McKinney, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. In the absence of the principal, he directs development and purchasing on space and missile programs to Air Force major commands, product centers and laboratories dealing with acquisition programs. His responsibilities include crafting program strategies and options for representing Air Force positions to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House.
Mr. McKinney is a 1973 distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He is certified level three in the acquisition areas of program management, acquisition logistics, and systems planning, research, development and engineering. Prior to assuming his position as Deputy Director, Mr. McKinney was a private consultant. He retired from the Air Force in the rank of colonel in May 2001 after 28 years active duty. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2002.
1973 Bachelor's degree in business administration, Washington State University, Pullman
1976 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1980 Master's degree in business administration, University of Montana, Missoula
1982 Bachelors degree in electrical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1987 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1987 Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1992 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2002 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. September 1973 - November 1973, student, combat crew training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2. November 1973 - August 1977, deputy missile combat crew commander, later, combat crew commander, 341st Strategic Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
3. August 1977 - August 1980, faculty member, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
4. August 1980 - March 1982, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. March 1982 - June 1985, project manager, Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program, Air Force Systems Command, Norton AFB, Calif.
6. June 1985 - July 1986, executive officer to the Commander, Ballistic Missile Office, Norton AFB, Calif.
7. August 1986 - January 1987, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
8. January 1987 - June 1989, Program Element Monitor, Global Positioning System and Titan IV, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. June 1989 - July 1991, executive officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. July 1991 - June 1992, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. June 1992 - March 1993, Chief for Plans and Programs, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
12. March 1993 - July 1993, Director of Technology and Industrial Support, Oklahoma City ALC, Tinker AFB, Okla.
13. July 1993 - June 1995, Director of Propulsion, Oklahoma City ALC, Tinker AFB, Okla.
14. June 1995 - July 1999, System Program Director, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
15. July 1999 - May 2001, Deputy Director, Directorate of Space and Nuclear Deterrence, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
16. May 2001 - January 2002, private consultant, Washington, D.C.
17. January 2002 - April 2002, Deputy Director, Directorate of Space and Nuclear Deterrence, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
18. April 2002 - present, Deputy Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with six oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
1977 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year, Air University
1998 David Packard Award for excellence in acquisition, Department of Defense
1998 John J. Welch Jr. Award for excellence in acquisition management, U.S. Air Force
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Executive Resources Board Development Panel
Air Force Association