Chris Leak is the Director, Acquisition Excellence & Program Execution, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. In this role, he is responsible for Program Management and Test and Evaluation workforce managements, as well as ensuring the effective function of the Acquisition Centers of Excellence across all center locations. This follows his detail as Special Assistant for the Commander, AFLCMC, supporting the Air Force Air Superiority 2030 strategic planning effort. Previously, Mr. Leak was the F-16 Development System Manager responsible for development and production of advanced air combat capabilities on the F-16 aircraft for USAF and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, managing an organization of 178 people and responsible for ~$24B in development and production contracts.
Prior to the F-16, he led aeronautical development planning developing cross-enterprise and cross-service capability-based solutions to AF and Joint Service gaps and shortfalls. In 2004, Mr. Leak became the AFMC command lead for the Next Generation Long Range Strike effort, supporting screening of technologies, evaluation of concepts, and development of formal requirements. He came to ASC in 2000 to co-lead a command-wide team commissioned by AFMC/CC to evaluate and recommend strategies for reinvigorating development planning within the acquisition community. While assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and its predecessor organizations, Mr. Leak conducted basic research on advanced semi-conductor materials, evaluated the use of advanced failure prediction techniques to estimating avionics lifetimes, lead concept planning for aircraft thermal management leveraging advanced modeling and simulation (M&S), and managed the M&S Portfolio for headquarters AFRL.
Enhance AFLCMC’s Ability To Deliver & Support War Winning Capabilities By Providing Program and Test Management Professionals, Processes, and Expertise.
AFLCMC/AQ-AZ consists of a Program Management Directorate (AQ) as well as a Program Execution Directorate (AZ). Prior to the standup of AFLCMC, these Directorates were combined and known as ASC/AQ. In 2010 by direction of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Aeronautical Systems Center was reorganized into functional management and converted from wings to directorates. As part of this reorganization, ASC/AQ gained full responsibility as the functional staff office for program managers, life cycle logisticians, and test and evaluation managers. The Consolidated Acquisition of Professional Services Division was established in AQ in 2008 with a re-engineered approach to providing Advisory and Assistance (A&AS) across WPAFB. This is now known as the Acquisition of Consolidated Enterprise Support Services.
ASC/AQ had originally begun as two separate offices. ASC/SY was the functional staff office for program managers, life cycle logistics managers and test and evaluation managers. During the period that ASC was organized by wings, much of the responsibility of managing the workforce shifted to the numbered wings. The ASC Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) grew from previous functions and organizations, one being the Pre-Award Support Office. The ACE provided specific acquisition advice and assistance as trusted agents to the Milestone Decision Authority, Service Acquisition Executive, Program Executive Officer and System Program Manager. The ACE also drove innovation and streamlined acquisition process and worked as a force multiplier to teams to ensure quality and timeliness. In 2004, these two offices merged into the ASC/AQ Office.
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