David R. Williamson

UNIT: Product Manager Waveforms, Project Manager Joint Tactical Networks (PM JTN), Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications – Tactical
TITLE: Product Manager, Waveforms, PM JTN
AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2003
TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 46
AWARDS: Superior Civilian Service Medal; Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Medal; Special Act Service Award (2); Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Medal (3); Meritorious Service Medal (5); Overseas Service Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Cold War Service Certificate.
EDUCATION: M.S., national resource strategy, Industrial College of Armed Forces, National Defense University; M.A. in business and M.A. in human resources development, Webster University; M.A. in education, State University of New York; B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; Senior Acquisition Course from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; Program Manager’s Course and the Executive Program Manager’s Course from the Defense Acquisition University; Senior Executive Fellow with Harvard University’s JFK School of Government; Level III certified in program management, test and evaluation, and system planning, research, development, and engineering.


 

What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter?
I was in the Acquisition Corps before there was an Acquisition Corps. In 1984 I was in materiel acquisition management, known as MAM, which was the precursor to the Acquisition Corps. At the time, the Army was recruiting officers into acquisition, and came up with the slogan: “Just say, ‘Yes MAM,’.” I was an assistant program manager, readiness officer, and materiel fielding team chief five years before the Acquisition Corps was created. I have served in a wide variety of positions and have been providing warfighters with highly important weapons systems for 30 years. I assist in the development, building, testing, delivery, training and sustainment of weapons systems that help the U.S. military fight and win wars, and keep our military safe.

What are some of the milestones you’ve achieved?
As the assistant program manager/readiness officer/material fielding team chief of Program Manager Firefinder, I provided 130 AN/TPQ-36 and 52 AN/TPQ-37 radars to Soldiers and Marines for the detection, location and counter-fire of enemy rockets, missiles, artillery and mortars.

As the Army interim product manager and deputy product manager of Product Manager GPS, the Air Force program manager for current GPS user equipment at the Air Force GPS Wing, and the Army deputy project manager for navigation systems, I fielded approximately 250,000 DAGRs, GB-GRAMs, MAGR-2000s, antennas, and other GPS equipment to warfighters actively engaged on the battlefield in featureless terrain—badly in need of GPS.

What is your greatest satisfaction in being part of the Army Acquisition Corps?
The Acquisition Corps makes a tremendous difference for warfighters! We provide the best and most sophisticated weapons systems in the world, and we give our troops the tactical edge. We help them survive, fight, and win battles and wars. We help them maintain their equipment, and with their input, we improve and upgrade their equipment and weapons systems.

In celebration of the silver anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), Access is publishing “25 for 25” — twenty-five profiles of members of the AAC across the Army Acquisition Workforce. These profiles provide unique insight into the variety and importance of the work done by the AAC every day.