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 388E - SO/LIC Division Executive Briefing - Maj Gen Kenneth D. Merchant, USAF 

388E - SO/LIC Division Executive Briefing - Maj Gen Robert Kane, USAF 


Guest Speaker: Maj Gen Kenneth D. Merchant, USAF

Event Number

Event Date

 to 5/7/2013

Event Location
The Boeing Company

Event Contact
Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP at or (703)247-9476


Maj Gen Kenneth D. Merchant, USAF, is Director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC. As the Capability Director, General Merchant is responsible to the Air Force Acquisition Executive for airlift, air refueling, training and special operations programs.

General Merchant was commissioned in 1980 through the Air Force ROTC program at Grove City College, PA where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in engineering management. He has been a Program Manager on numerous weapon system development and production programs, including the F-22, E-3, Air Force One, KC-10, E 4, Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser, Sensor Fused Weapon, Joint Standoff Weapon, Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared System for Night, GBU-15 and the AGM-130.

General Merchant has also served as Air Staff Program Element Monitor for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, and Executive Officer to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces. He directed an Area Attack Systems Program Office, Contractor Logistics Support Aircraft Materiel Systems Group, and Battle Management Command, Control and Computer Systems Wing. His commands include the Airborne Warning and Control System and Airborne Early Warning Control Systems Group, as well as the 551st Electronic Systems Wing at Hanscom AFB, MA, and was the first non-rated Commander, Air Armament Center at Eglin AFB, FL. General Merchant has also served as the Director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL. Prior to his current assignment, General Merchant was the Program Executive Officer for Weapons at Eglin AFB, FL.

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10:30 AM - Registration
11:00 AM - Speaker Presentation
12:00 PM - Adjourn


The Boeing Company
Lobby Conference Room 160
1200 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 465-3419

The Boeing Company office is accessible via the Rosslyn Metro stop, Orange and Blue lines. Parking is extremely limited and you are highly encouraged to take the Metro.

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Attendance Fee: $0
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Attendee Information

Appropriate dress for this Briefing is business for civilians and Class A uniform or uniform of the day for military personnel.

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NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, please contact Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at or (703) 247-9476 and reference Event #388E.

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Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at or (703) 247-9476


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