Colonel Wesley Hallman, USAF (Ret)

Senior Vice President, Policy
National Defense Industrial Association
Bio
Wes comes to NDIA after a 27-year career in the Air Force, serving last as the Chief Air Force Liaison to the House of Representatives advising the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on engagement with Congress and working directly with members of the House of Representatives and their offices on Air Force and national security matters.

Prior to his work with Congress, he was the senior executive assistant to the Joint Staff Director of Strategic Plans and Policy.  

Wes served in several operational and staff positions including commanding a squadron, and a fighter group.   He also led a staff of over 2,000 as Chief of Staff for the Air Force’s forward headquarters in the Middle East simultaneously managing and supporting Air Force units conducting air operations over Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2004, President Bush chose him as one of 12 Americans to be a White House Fellow, serving as the Secretary of Agriculture’s Special Assistant.   

Wes is a Command Pilot with 1985 hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15A/B/C/D, and F-22A and has over 150 hours of combat time in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, PROVIDE COMFORT, and NORTHERN WATCH.

A fourth generation Californian, Wes was raised in Glendora and is an Outstanding Graduate of the US Air Force Academy.  He also earned a Master’s in International Relations from the Ohio State University and is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Eisenhower School).  Wes also completed the State Department’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar and the Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.