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MR. JASON COKER

Mr. Coker is the Vice-Director of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. The complex employs more than 3,000 people and comprises more than 68 aerospace test facilities spanning eight states.  AEDC’s capabilities are unmatched in span and scope supporting development of the Nation’s key strategic systems as defined in the National Defense Strategy. AEDC offers a suite of test capabilities to simulate speed, temperature, pressure and other parameters over a wide range to meet the needs of aerospace test and technology development of hypersonic systems, directed energy, space, propulsion and more. All NASA manned spacecraft and every high performance aircraft, missile, most space launch systems and many military satellites in use by the Department of Defense today have been developed and tested at the Complex.

Mr. Coker began his civil service career in 1999 after spending 13 years in DoD industry where he supported developmental test and evaluation for numerous weapons programs across the Air Force and Missile Defense Agency. Mr. Coker has over 20 year of ground test experience where he served in multiple leadership roles from flight chief to Squadron Director. He has served in the Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) and Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E) Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Director providing oversight for the U.S. Air Force Test Ranges and program oversight for multiple U.S. Air Force aeronautical programs.

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Joint Staff, J5, Deputy Division Director for Space and Missile Defense Policy where he was responsible for informing Chairman's Best Military Advice for U.S. and DoD policies and strategies involving space and missile defense.

EDUCATION:
1987 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of South Alabama
1995 Masters of Science in System and Control Engineering, University of West Florida
2003 Air Command and Staff College, by Seminar
2007 Air War College, by Seminar
2016 STRAT I, Civilian Leadership Course
2018 STRAT II, Enterprise Leadership Seminar

CAREER CHRONOLOGY:

  1. Aug 1986-Jun 1991, software engineer, Seeker Evaluation Test Simulator, 3246th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, FL (INDUSTRY)
  2. Jun 1991-Jul 1996, HITL engineer, Tracor/BAE Systems, GWEF, 3246th Test Wing Eglin AFB FL (INDUSTRY)
  3. Jul 1996-Aug 1999, lead software systems analyst, SAIC, Kinetic Kill Hardware in the Loop Facility, Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)/Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB FL (INDUSTRY)
  4. Aug 1999-Nov 2003, S&T Project Manager, AFRL Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB FL
  5. Nov 2003-Apr 2007, Software Simulation Flight Chief, GWEF, 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB FL
  6. Apr 2007- Jul 2011, Strategic Planner, Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, TRMC, Washington D.C.
  7. Jul 2011-Jun 2012, Action Officer, Air Warfare Programs, Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, DT&E, Washington D.C.
  8. Jun 2012-Oct 2013, Assistant Deputy Director, Air Force Ranges, Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, TRMC, Washington D.C.
  9. Oct 2013-Aug 2017, Director, 782d Test Squadron, 96th Test Wing, Eglin AFB FL
  10.  Aug 2017-Apr 2018 (CSLP), Deputy Division Director, Strategy, Plans and Policy Division, Transregional Threats Coordination Cell, Joint Staff, J5, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
  11.  Apr 2018-Dec 2019 (CSLP), Deputy Division Director, Space and Missile Defense Policy, Global Policy and Partnerships, Joint Staff, J5, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
  12.  Dec 2019-present, Vice-Director, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold AFB, Tullahoma TN.

AWARDS AND HONORS:
OSD Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service
Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award
Exemplary Civilian Award
Selected AF Civilian Senior Leadership Program
OSD Certificate of Appreciation

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:
Engineering Level III
T&E Level III
PM Level II