Gary Steven Connor
Mr. Connor brings over 31 years of experience in program management and senior executive leadership in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Connor's last executive assignment was the Deputy Program Manager for the $8 billion/year Ballistic Missile Defense System at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Since retiring from the Air Force in late 2009, Mr. Connor serves as an Aerospace Industry consultant, providing strategy and implementation advice to a diverse array of Federal, Defense and commercial technology endeavors. A recognized and well-respected “systems thinker”, Mr. Connor offers specific, in-depth expertise in Large-scale Program Management, Enterprise Management, Strategic Planning, Logistics Transformation and Complex Systems Integration. In addition to his consulting role, Mr. Connor serves on the Board of Advisors to nLogic and Cummings Aerospace, and he provides similar advisory support to several other small technology companies in the Huntsville area.
Mr. Connor's senior executive management experience focused on leading multi-billion dollar enterprises and thousands of people to develop and field fighter, missile defense, command & control, and intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance systems globally for the US, NATO and our Allies. His other notable senior leadership positions include: Program Director, Ground-based Midcourse Defense, MDA; Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Multi-National Force, Iraq; Commander, Command & Control (C2) Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and Battle Management Systems Wings, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, and; Director Reconnaissance Systems Program Office, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Mr. Connor has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Lowell. He also has a Masters in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft McNair. Mr. Connor is a Life Member of both the Air Force Association (AFA) and the National Defense Industrial Association, and he is active in AFA events at the local and national levels.