Colonel Ron R. Radford, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Professor of Air Force Business Development,
National Aerospace Organization
Colonel Ron Radford,
United States Air Force (Retired)
Professor of Air Force Business Development, National Aerospace Organization
Colonel Radford's extensive
experience with Air Force Business Development spans four
decades of service and achievement. His
experience includes service as a small business operations
Vice President and General Manager responsible for profit
and loss for ten years. He led operations from start
up to six fold increase in sales; continually generated
double digit profit. Colonel Radford developed
financial objectives, directed marketing and led the
proposal efforts to win five major contracts valued over
$800 Million. He has managed over 60 task orders in
support of Special Operations, C-130 aircraft and
electronics. These task orders included studies,
design, manufacturing and testing.
Colonel Radford served two years as
the Westinghouse marketing manager. He led efforts to
win over $50 Million in contracts. He also served
three years as the deputy general manager for Westinghouse
plant ($20 Million per year in sales) that developed,
manufactured, and performed depot maintenance of night
vision systems for the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard
fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He led technology
commercialization efforts and testified to Congressional
committees on defense industry commercialization policy.
Colonel Radford served two years in
U. S. Air Force General Officer positions. He was the
commander of a 2000 person engineering organization
responsible for all aeronautical systems. He also
served as the commander of a 900 person organization
responsible for acquisition of strategic systems. He
developed and presented quality improvement process
nationwide. As the commander of these organizations,
he developed Total Quality programs for both organizations.
Colonel Radford orchestrated a senior officer study team to
improve Air Force engineering including education and
training, organization and processes. He also served three
years as the Air Force's System Program Director for the
multibillion dollar Advanced Cruise Missile (ACM) program.
He managed development through initial production; ensured
performance, cost, and schedule requirements were met. In
this capacity, he gave periodic status presentations to
Secretary of Defense and START team as part of President
Reagan's strategic modernization program.
spent two years as command headquarters director responsible
for Air Force acquisition of new strategic weapon systems
and modifications to existing systems including B-1, B-52
and ACM. Colonel Radford was assigned to the Pentagon as the
officer responsible for all Air Force avionics including
requirements, funding, and Congressional liaison duties.
While at the Pentagon, Colonel Radford was a staff officer
responsible for planning acquisition of tactical aircraft.
In addition, he has over ten years experience in various
program manager positions including F-16 avionics, space
systems and test ranges.
Bachelor of Science, U.S. Naval Academy,
Master of Science, Stanford University, CA
Air War College, Air University,
Maxwell AFB, AL
Defense Management College, Wash D.C.
Industrial College of Armed Forces, Wash D.C.
HONORS and AWARDS
Legion of Merit (2 awards)
Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
Air Force Commendation Medal (2 awards)
Appointed by Florida Governor to Commission on Defense
President, Ancient City Chapter of the Military Officers
Chairman SAHS Aerospace Academy Advisory Board
Vice President, Northeast Florida Air Force Association
Associate Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and
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