Michael W. Wynne is the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its nearly 370,000 men and women on active duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 160,000 civilians, and their families. With an annual budget of approximately $110 billion, he ensures the Air Force can meet its current and future operational requirements.
Mr. Wynne graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and served in the Air Force for seven years, ending his career as a captain and assistant professor of astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He spent three years with Lockheed Martin selling the Space Systems Division to then Martin Marietta. He successfully integrated the division into the Astronautics Company and became the General Manager of the Space Launch Systems segment, combining the Titan with the Atlas Launch vehicles. For the next 23 years, Mr. Wynne held a variety of senior positions at General Dynamics, retiring in 1999 as Senior Vice President where his role was in International Development and Strategy. Throughout his career at General Dynamics, he held positions with the Aircraft (F-16s), Main Battle Tanks (M1A2), and Space Launch Vehicles (Atlas and Centaur) Divisions.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Wynne was involved in venture capital. He nurtured small technology companies through their startup phase as a member of the NextGenFund Executive Committee, and served in executive positions of two of those companies. In July 2001, Mr. Wynne was confirmed as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and in May 2003 he was appointed as acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In this role, Mr. Wynne was the Principal Staff Assistant and adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for all matters relating to the Department of Defense Acquisition System, research and development, advanced technology, developmental test and evaluation, production, logistics, installation management, military construction, procurement, environmental security, and nuclear, chemical and biological matters. Mr. Wynne has published numerous professional journal articles relating to engineering, cost estimating and contracting.
1966 Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
1970 Master's degree in electrical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
1975 Master's degree in business, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
1. June 1966 - June 1973, Air Force officer
2. May 1994 - March 1997, General Manager, Space Launch Systems, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, Colo.
3. July 1997 - October 1999, Senior Vice President, General Dynamics, Falls Church, Va.
4. December 2000 - July 2001, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IXATA Group, McClean, Va.
5. July 2001 - October 2005, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, D.C. (May 2003 - April 2005, also served as acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics)
6. April 2005 - June 2005, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, D.C.
7. November 2005 - present, Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Fellow, National Contracts Management Association
Former President, Association of the U.S. Army, Detroit Chapter
Former President, American Defense Preparedness Association, Michigan Chapter