Bio photo of Col WilliamsColonel Joshua P. Williams is the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) and Special Operations Forces (SOF), Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for more than 2,600 personnel nationwide and acquisition execution of a $22 billion portfolio developing, producing, testing, modifying, fielding, and supporting Air Force ISR and SOF platforms, and related sub-systems.

Prior to that, Colonel Joshua P. Williams was the Senior Materiel Leader, Strategic Warning & Surveillance Systems Directorate, Peterson SFB, Colorado. 



ISR-SOF plays a large role in ensuring combatant commanders have the information gathering and targeting capabilities to make informed decisions and eliminate threats. The directorate has nearly 1,800 employees in 20 locations and leads over 200 programs.

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The Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Division plans, develops, acquires, tests and sustains the fleet of medium altitude Remotely Piloted Aircraft for USAF, Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, United States Marine Corps, National Guard, and Foreign Military Sales partner nations. The MQ-9 Reaper remains one of the heaviest tasked combat aircraft in the USAF inventory – it provides a unique capability to perform strike, coordination, and reconnaissance against high-value, fleeting, and time-sensitive targets.  A rapid modification effort also enabled the MQ-9 to support the 2020 California wildfire relief effort, flying 70 missions for over 1,000 flight hours, providing fire-mapping surveillance to help emergency crews coordinate a response, while simultaneously flying over burned areas to provide damage assessments.


WIN is located at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio and falls under AFLCMC ISR & SOF Directorate. WIN’s mission is to develop, deliver and sustain ISR capabilities for the warfighter.  Its vision is the Center of Excellence for innovative, multi-platform ISR sensor capabilities.  WIN is comprised of six product branches, including three USAF branches and three FMS branches.  WIN is a very diverse division with multiple sensor programs and technology development efforts in each branch, focusing on GEOINT and SIGINT ISR capabilities leveraging open architectures, digital engineering, and agile acquisition for the USAF and over 20 foreign partners.


AFLCMC/WIA logoThe High Altitude ISR division includes the U-2 “Dragon Lady” System Program Office (SPO) and the RQ-4 Global Hawk team.  The U-2 SPO provides sustainment, support and modernization to the only manned Multi-Intelligence (Multi-INT) high altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection capability in the DoD.  

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides global all-weather intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability. Global Hawk's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of ISR collection capability to support joint combatant forces worldwide. 

Bottom line, our work comes down to six words: Find, Fix, Track, Target, Engage and Assess. 


Special Operations Forces/Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) and Rotary Division (AFLCMC/WIU) is comprised of approximately 480 personnel primarily located at Robins AFB with personnel operating at Hurlburt Field, FL; Redstone Arsenal, AL; Corpus Christi Army Depot, TX; Cannon AFB, NM; Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point, NC; and Kadena AB, Japan.  WIU is responsible for providing combat capabilities through acquisition, modification, and sustainment for the MC-130H Combat Talon II, AC-130W Stinger II, EC-130J Commando Solo, TH-1H Huey II, UH-1N Iroquois, and HH-60G PAVE HAWK aircraft fleets. Also, the Division provides modification and sustainment support for special mission C-130s including the   AC-130J, HC-130J, MC-130J and sustainment support for the HH-60W and MH-139A ACAT I aircraft programs.  The Division supports three Program Executive Officers (ISR/SOF, USSOCOM FW, and USSOCOM C4) in executing over 100 acquisition/sustainment programs/projects for these Low Density/High Demand aircraft.  Additionally, they work with four Lead Commands (Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Global Strike Command, and Air Education and Training Command), six using commands, and United States Special Operations Command for aircraft at over 25 locations worldwide providing ~2,000 technical assistance actions annually.


The Helicopter Program Office is developing and fielding two distinct vertical lift aircraft and support systems. The MH-139A will provide Air Force Global Strike Command with a state of the art commercial variant vertical airlift. The MH-139A program replaces the aging Air Force fleet of UH-1N aircraft.

The HH-60W system will provide robust Personnel Recovery forces with a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that is quickly deployable and capable of main base and austere location operations. The HH-60W replaces the aging HH-60G fleet.


Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)/WIV is the Air Force lead in the Naval Air Systems Command’s V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275). PMA-275 manages the cradle to grave procurement, development, support, fielding and disposal of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor program systems for the U.S. Marine Corps (MV-22), U.S. Air Force's Special Operations Forces (CV-22), U.S. Navy (CMV-22) and its international partner, the Japan Ground Self Defense Force.


The Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery Division’s stated mission is to “Deliver Dominance” to Air Force Special Warfare and Special Operations Command warfighters worldwide.  Organized into five Branches, the Division delivers new AC/HC/MC-130J aircraft to Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Combat Command, as well as a variety of equipment to support ground-based Special Warfare operators, across a portfolio valued at $24 billion.  Additionally, the Division’s Rapid Development Integration Facility supports multiple Program Executive Officers by performing modifications on a variety of platforms, including the B-2, F-22, HH-60, HC-130J, and F-15.


The RC-26 Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner series twin turboprop aircraft provides service for the United States military.  The AFLCMC Tinker program office provides full Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for the Air National Guard (ANG) RC-26B aircraft to include maintenance, supply, personnel, and world-wide deployments.  The mission includes eleven RC-26 aircraft providing aerial surveillance and reconnaissance for various agencies nationwide (Block 20) and USSOCOM (Block 25).


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