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DAVID K. ROBERTSON

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Mr. David K. Robertson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Executive Director, Air Force Test Center (AFTC), Edwards Air Force Base, California. He serves as principal deputy to the AFTC Commander on all matters under the cognizance of the Commander. He has extensive authority for broad management, policy development, decision-making and effective program execution of the AFTC's developmental test and evaluation mission. His role as an Executive Director involves long and short-range planning, policy development, the determination of program and center goals, including those involving scientific and technical matters, and the overall management of the AFTC enterprise. 

Mr. Robertson began his civil service career in 1986 and has accumulated an extensive test and evaluation, and science and engineering experience base. He also completed a career broadening assignment in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition in Washington, D.C. Mr. Robertson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June 2010 and has executive management experience in both the operational and developmental test and evaluation mission areas. 

EDUCATION
1985 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Fresno 
1989 Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics, California State University, Fresno 
2002 Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2007 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2007 Senior Acquisition Course, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. January 1986 - August 1988, flight test engineer, 416th Combined Test Force, 412th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA
2. August 1988 - September 1990, aircraft performance and propulsion engineer, F-15 Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology, 412th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA
3. September 1990 - May 1993, test system safety engineer, Safety Directorate, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA
4. May 1993 - March 1994, Director of Engineering, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile, 412th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA
5. March 1994 - March 1995, Chief, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile Test Force, 545th Test Group, Air Force Flight Test Center, Hill AFB, UT
6. March 1995 - September 1997, Chief, Test Forces, Detachment 1, 412th Test Wing, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, UT
7. September 1997 - January 2000, Ogden ALC test representative and Chief, Engineering Flight, 514th Flight Test Squadron, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, UT
8. January 2000 - July 2000, Chief, Office of Research and Technology Applications, Technology and Industrial Support Directorate, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, UT
9. July 2000 - April 2003, Chief, Engineering Division, Mature and Proven Aircraft Directorate, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, UT
10. April 2003 - February 2004, Chief Engineer, A/OA-10 System Program Office, Mature and Proven Aircraft Directorate, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, UT
11. February 2004 - August 2006, Chief, Systems Engineering Division, Engineering Directorate, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, UT
12. August 2006 - June 2007, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. June 2007 - May 2009, Chief, Reviews and Reports Branch, Program Integration Division, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. May 2009 - June 2010, Technical Director, Engineering and Acquisition Excellence Directorate, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, FL
15. June 2010 – July 2012, Director, Engineering and Technical Management, Oklahoma City ALC, Tinker AFB, OK

16. July 2012 – June 2014, Executive Director, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, NM
17. June 2014 – Present, Executive Director, Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA

 

AWARDS AND HONORS
1993 Special Service Citation
1995 and 2003 Letter of Commendation
2003 Certificate of Achievement
2006, 2012 and 2014 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2014 AF Civilian Achievement Award

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
1992 Program Management, Level I
1994 Test and Evaluation, Level III
2004 Systems, Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (Systems Engineering), Level III
2009 Systems, Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (Program Systems Engineer), Level III

(Current as of Mar 2015)