As Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communication-Tactical (PEO C3T), Major General David G. Bassett guides a workforce of more than 1,600 personnel who acquire, field and support the communications networks, radios, satellite systems and other hardware and software Soldiers require for information dominance on the battlefield.
MG Bassett took command of PEO C3T on January 30, 2018. MG Bassett comes to PEO C3T after serving as Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems since September 2013. He was responsible for the life-cycle management of a complex and diverse organization with six Acquisition Category I programs (Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program, M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer program, Abrams Tank upgrades, Bradley Fighting Vehicles upgrades, the Stryker Family of Vehicles and the M88 HERCULES). In addition to the combat vehicle modernization efforts for each of the ACAT I programs, to include active protection systems, he is also responsible for multiple Foreign Military Sales efforts and pending programs such as Mobile Protect Firepower. The ground combat systems portfolio has an annual budget of over $2.67 billion with a total program budget of over $14.8 billion (POM FY16-20).
MG Bassett was commissioned through ROTC in 1988 into the Signal Corps with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. As a junior officer, he served in Germany in tactical positions as Communications Platoon Leader, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and as Battalion S4 and Company Commander in 123rd Signal Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. Following the Signal Officer’s Advanced Course and Advanced Civil Schooling at the University of Virginia where he received a Master of Science in Computer Science, he was assigned to the US European Command Staff, where he served as the Requirements Analysis and Interoperability Action Officer, J6.
He transferred to the Army Acquisition Corps in 1999 and was assigned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as Operations Officer, Communications and Electronics Command Software Engineering Center. MG Bassett went on to serve at Fort Monmouth as the Chief Software Engineer for the Future Combat Systems Network and as Program Integrator and Product Manager, Future Combat Systems, Software Integration. He then served on the Joint Staff as the Ground Maneuver Analyst, Capabilities and Acquisition Division, J8.
From July 2009 to May 2012, MG Bassett served as the Army’s Project Manager for Tactical Vehicles within the Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS). In June 2012, Tactical Vehicles was restructured, and he was tapped to lead the Joint Program Office, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, PEO CS&CSS, through the Engineering and Manufacturing Development award, from June 2012 to August 2012.
In September 2012, MG Bassett assumed responsibilities as the Deputy Program Executive Officer for CS&CSS. As the DPEO he provided technical and managerial oversight for approximately 270 tactical wheeled vehicles, special purpose vehicles and equipment, physical security equipment, petroleum and water systems, and other support systems/equipment for the US Army and sister services.
MG Bassett is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.
Randall G. Walden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director and Program Executive Officer for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Assistant Secretary for the Air Force for Acquisition. The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office has been responsible for development and deployment of significant upgrades to the Integrated Air Defense System now operational around the National Capital Region and the launch and experimental operations of the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. Other responsibilities include technical integration of Department of Defense classified activities, and the representation of 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, Virginia, 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, California, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland., and Nellis AFB, Nevada. 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.
Mr. Walden retired from active duty 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, serving on the Air Staff as the Director for Information Dominance Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) and Director, Air Force Test and Evaluation, prior to his current position.
- 1982 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Va.
- 1984 Bachelor of Science, 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, 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.
- 1982 – 1984, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Parks College of St. Louis University, Cahokia, Ill.
- 1984 – 1989, flight test engineer, F-16 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
- 1989 – 1992, lead avionics flight test engineer, V-22 Multi-Service Test Team, Patuxent River NAS, Md.
- 1992 – 1997, operations officer and flight test program manager, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- 1997 – 1998, classified flight test squadron commander, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2002 – 2003, Technical Director, Directorate of Special Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
- 2003 – 2009, Technical Director, Special Programs, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
- 2009 – 2009, Deputy and Technical Director, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- 2009 – 2013, Director, Information Dominance Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
- 2013 – 2014, Director, Air Force Test and Evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- 2014 – present, Director and Program Executive Officer, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Aerial Achievement Medal
- Air Force Achievement Medal
- 2007 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Society of Flight Test Engineers
(Current as of December 2015)
Captain McDowell graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned via the NROTC program in April 1994. After completing flight training with Training Squadron (VT) 86 at NAS Pensacola, Fla., and Electronic Warfare training at Corry Station, Fla., he reported to the S-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (VS) 41, at NAS North Island, California. McDowell ultimately reported to the “Black Ravens” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 6 at NAS Cecil Field, Fla., in April 1997. Flying in the ES-3A “Shadow”, he deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), on the ship’s initial ‘around-the-world’ deployment.
With the pending decommissioning of the ES-3A and associated squadrons, McDowell reported to Special Projects Patrol Squadron (VPU) 2, at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, in April 1999. While with VPU-2, he completed multiple detachments to sites across the EUCOM, CENTCOM and PACOM theatres of operation. In March 2001, McDowell was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Md., and subsequently graduated with Class 121 in June 2002. Upon graduation he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, as a Test Naval Flight Officer and Project Officer where his acquisition and test projects included the Network Centric Warfare Demonstration P-3 aircraft, air-to-air control of the Aero-Scout and Fire-Scout UAVs, test and evaluation of newly modified EP-3and VPU aircraft, and BUPERS SDC endeavors. While at VX-20, he also completed a Masters in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
In May 2004, McDowell reported to USS Enterprise (CVN 65), as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, or “Shooter”, in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and Summer Pulse ’04 while deployed to the CENTCOM and EUCOM theatres of operation. McDowell left USS Enterprise in November 2005, completed refresher training at Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 and reported for his Department Head tour with the “Rangers” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. While at VQ2, he executed and coordinated worldwide nationally tasked reconnaissance missions on a continual basis in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.
Following VQ-2, McDowell reported to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla., in July 2008, where he worked on Security Force Assistance policy and doctrine development, various Special Forces acquisition projects and deployed as a Joint Task Force Liaison Officer to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. McDowell was subsequently designated as a Joint Qualified Officer and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
McDowell served as the Executive Officer of VPU-1 at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., from April 2011 to April 2012, and as the Commanding Officer of VPU-2 at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii from April 2012 to May 2013. Under his Command as CTGs 57.3, 67.6 and 72.3, the “Wizards” of VPU-2 flew over 4300 mishap-free flight hours, conducting numerous, dynamic national-level operations throughout the CENTCOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM and PACOM AORs, including 406 combat and direct support missions.
From June 2013 to May 2016, McDowell served on the MQ-4C Triton Team in the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-262) at NAS Patuxent River, Md. The Triton Team was collectively responsible for cost, schedule, technical performance and risk management on industry contracts exceeding $2 Billion in total value; the U.S. Navy’s largest investment in Unmanned Aviation Systems to date.
McDowell reported to the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209) in June 2016 as the Principal Deputy Program Manager, and assumed the role of Program Manager in May 2017. PMA-209 is a collaborative team of proactive acquisition professionals that enable foundational aviation requirements through the development, integration and cradle-to-grave support of common avionics solutions and capabilities.