Summary

Demonstrated effectiveness in directing global capabilities in a large diverse enterprise with exceptional communication, organizational and transformational skills.  Strong background in general management, strategic business planning, program management, process improvement, distribution network management and customer relations.  White House/Office of Secretary of Defense appointee, and Major General in the United States Air Force.  Top Secret Clearance with SCI.

Specialties:  Senior Executive Leadership, Financial Management, Strategic Initiatives, Process Improvement, Program Implementation, Distribution Network Management, Team Building, Education, Simulation and Training, General Management, Strategic Business Planning, Process Improvement, Distribution Network Management, Research & Development,  Process Reengineering, Change Management.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2009 - Present

President

Bobby J. Wilkes, LLC
Provide clients with expertise and direction in defense, security, aerospace, and education with a range of services to include strategic planning, market analysis, risk management, program management, business development, and capture strategy/operations. • Assisted in the creation of business development and information collection leading to strategic planning for its vehicle production facilities. Designed a business plan for replacement of Security Forces vehicles. • Worked project in support of business development/information collection leading to strategic planning for a major corporation. Provided regional knowledge to company leadership on Central Asia to assist in business development proposals to United States Transportation Command. • Developed a business proposal to provide current business and intelligence analysis to United States Transportation Command for Defense Department supply routes that transit Europe and Central Asia. • Developed a business capture proposal to win a five-year contract for an executive business/leadership development program presented four times a year to Air Force General Officers . • Speak and mentor in many forums such as the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the Spaatz Association, and the National Defense Transportation Association.
Apr 2008 - Feb 2009

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Central Asia

Office of Secretary of Defense
Advised the Secretary of Defense on all policy aspects for Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia; was selected as a White House appointee as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Managed the top national security issue with $25 billion in operations and security assistance. Represented the Secretary with foreign governments, Congress, other U.S. agencies, and the private sector. Coordinated information requirements with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Geospatial Agency (NGA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the embassy for national decision makers. • Increased from one to four alternate routes of supply for Afghanistan, limiting vulnerabilities and accommodating a doubling of the 735,000 short tons of essential cargo while avoiding the destruction of $200 million in equipment per year. • Developed the Pakistan Capabilities Contingency Fund from scratch. Managed funding of $400 million for fiscal year 2009 and $574 million for fiscal year 2010—from zero to effective in two years. • Directed the $1 billion annual Pakistan Coalition Support Funds program. Rescued program viability and drove the historic 30 percent accountability to 75 percent within two years, satisfying Congressional inquiries. • Regularly briefed and traveled with Secretary of Defense keeping him aware of the critical efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Key participant in the ’08 policy review which led to the decisions taken by the current administration to expand forces in Afghanistan and increase funding to Pakistan.
Jun 2006 - Apr 2008

The Joint Staff, Asia Pacific Director, The Pentagon, Major General

United States Air Force
Led the Joint Staff policy effort for developing the Asia Pacific engagement strategy for 49 countries in the region. Represented the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs with foreign governments, other U.S. agencies and combatant commands. Kept the Chairman and Secretary of Defense abreast of the critical missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Chairman’s representative to the Six Party Talks, providing advice to the U.S. team for negotiations with China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea. General Officer responsible for facilitating Pacific Command and Central Command regional plans and policies with the Interagency in Washington DC. • Delivered a comprehensive program to train and equip Afghanistan security forces, securing $8.5 billion for the three-year program; contained costs despite numerous unforeseen changes. • Championed Philippine security engagement and defense reform, developed U.S. National response options after North Korea missile launches, and engaged Japan in bilateral Joint Staff talks. • Key participant in defense talks with South Korea focusing on the transfer of facilities from Seoul and the return of 20 facilities used by the U.S. since the Korean War. Details included the cleanup of facilities and the legal return of these facilities to the South Koreans.
May 2004 - Jun 2006

Commander, 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, Brigadier General

United States Air Force
Full day-to-day responsibility for operations, intelligence, logistics, support, medical, and financial functions of this $500 million organization with 20 geographically-separated units located in the U.S., Europe, and Southwest Asia. Organized, trained and equipped air mobility operations analysts responsible for theater-level air mobility operations. Hand picked to stand up this organization by USTRANSCOM Commander. • Integrated air mobility planners into the Combined Air Operations Center; produced the first-ever joint end-to-end air and surface distribution system, saving lives daily by reducing trucks on the road by half. • Implemented lean six sigma to increase efficiencies, moving operations to a more efficient location and decreasing theater operating costs by 30 percent while more than doubling supply deliveries per day. • Led the largest mobility operations consolidation in Europe—transferred Rhein Main operations to Spangdahlem Air Base, closing this $500 million project three months early. • Provided leadership for Contingency Response Groups for the Pakistan earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.
Jun 2001 - Jun 2004

Commander, College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education

United States Air Force
Directed a $10 million operating budget to educate 7,000 students annually in intelligence, wargaming, public affairs, information operations, logistics, research, publications and software engineering; hosted 22 wargames from all Services each year. Provided three premier General Officer level courses attended by the top shelf future leaders in all services. This program was praised by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force as the single greatest educational tool for preparing general officers. • Set the stage for the Air Force Doctrine Symposium prepping wargaming events for Homeland Defense and Countering Terrorism panels. Produced a ground-breaking Battlefield Air Operations concept. • Deployed to Southwest Asia during this time as the Air Component Coordination Director and as Director of the Combined Air Operations Center. Coordinated intelligence, operational planning and execution of theater operations, including the invasion of Iraq in ’03 along with the follow-on operations. • Participated in Title X Air Force wargames that supported the larger decisions made by the Air Force that were incorporated in the Quadrennial Defense Reviews and Future Year Development Plans.
May 1999 - Jun 2001

Commander, 355th Wing, Davis Monthan Air Force Base

United States Air Force
Directed operations, intelligence, logistics, support, medical, and financial functions of this $1.9 billion wing with 30 organizations and a geographically-separated unit. Organized a multi-disciplined team; created a new business model, identified technical experts, built and resourced a repair facility, identified work and designed processess to ensure continued input of equipment. Boosted income by $2 million per year, decreased aircraft out of commission rate for supply by 50 percent, and achieved 100 percent reliability of repaired equipment. Demanding Operational Readiness Inspection rated “top of the scale” by the Air Combat Command Inspector General. • Key leader in providing new/remodeled facilities: an $8.3 million ambulatory health care center, a $2.2 million car care center, a $19 million U.S. Border Patrol facility, a $12 million base exchange mall complex, a $7.5 million sports complex, and a $5.5 million temporary lodging facility. • Initiated a dorm management move to housing flight—cutting dorm oversight manpower by 40 percent. Led a team of Civil Engineers in $212,000 roofing projects at 40 percent below contract cost with unique overhire roofer team preventing untold millions in potential building damage from monsoon rains. • Won “Best in Air Force” awards in Security Forces, Force Protection, Housing, and Small Business. Achieved the ’99 Air Combat Command Installation Excellence Award.
Jun 1998 - May 1999

Director of Operations, Joint Task Force, Southwest Asia

United States Air Force
Provided leadership for Operation Southern Watch missions and contingency operations in Southwest Asia. Orchestrated Operation DESERT FOX and integrated forces from five countries to include the first B-1B combat sorties and largest cruise missile strikes in Air Force history. Coordinated all guidance for strike operations, unit deconfliction, command and control, counter-air operations, surveillance support and aerial refueling for efforts involving more than 18 operational units from all branches of the U.S. Armed Services, the Royal Air Force, and the Kuwaiti Air Force. • Built and maintained highly detailed Master Air Attack Plans and time-phased depictions that were briefed with unqualified success to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the National Command Authorities. • Artfully forged the Combined Air Operations Center team, successfully overcoming combat complications due to a changing threat environment, aborted missions, and weather. • Integrated a combination of early warning, signals intelligence, defensive counter air, defense suppression and air refueling assets supporting high-value intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. • Successfully integrated the first-ever use of the B-1B Lancer in combat operations and the largest-ever strike by Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles and Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles.

Education

Education

Education

1977 Bachelor of Science degree in History, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.1982 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence1984 Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University1989 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence 1990 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.1992 Air War College, by correspondence1993 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.1993 Master of Science degree in Public Administration, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.2002 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, N.Y.2004 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2004 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.2004 Director of Mobility Forces Course, Air Mobility Warfare Center, McGuire AFB, N.J. 2006 Executive Business Course, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill2007 Enterprise Business Course, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill