As the Director of the Marine Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements Branch of the Aviation Department at Headquarters Marine Corps (USMC), Colonel Robert E. Claypool is responsible for a number of key operational aspects of the service branch. Col Claypool manages each type of aircraft used by the Marine Corps, as well as the aircrew systems and simulation, aviation ordinance, and common avionics. Among the major duties of Colonel Claypool’s position are handling $8 billion worth of weapons, weapons systems, and manned aircraft, and managing the development, acquisition, and sustenance of each. In order to effectively equip and support aviation programs, Robert Claypool participates in budget planning and deliberations at the senior executive level in the USMC as well as with the Department of the Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His efforts helped create budget submittals for fiscal years 2009 through 2011. Colonel Claypool also collaborated on the development of the USMC Future Years Defense Program, which covers the years up to 2016 and totals more than $90 billion.Colonel Claypool is a current member or leader of five cross-functional teams that represent logistics, manpower, requirements, and resources departments. While handling these responsibilities, he also holds the title of Joint Strike Fighter Cross Functional Cell Lead for Marine Headquarters and serves as a key advisor to USMC senior leadership on a number of aviation topics.