32nd Annual NDIA SO/LIC Symposium
William J. Innes, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director, Acquisition, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He is the principal advisor to the Special Operations Acquisition Executive and is responsible for oversight and policy for special operations forces acquisition, technology, and logistics.
Mr. Innes entered civil service upon graduation from Parks College of St. Louis University in 1993 and subsequent positions in industry. His initial Air Force assignment was in 1997 to the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas, providing engineering support to the propulsion directorate and later the C-17 Globemaster III program on-site at Charleston AFB, South Carolina. Following a short period at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Georgia, he was assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, supporting the F-22 Raptor program as Chief Sustainment Engineer. This led to his selection as the CV-22 Osprey Chief Engineer at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. Mr. Innes then broadened his career as a Senior Defense Analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (Industrial Policy) in Crystal City, Virginia. In 2009, he volunteered for a 12-month assignment to Kabul, Afghanistan, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom where he supported the U.S. Army and the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Program Manager for infrastructure projects throughout the country. Upon completion of the deployment, Mr. Innes returned to the Air Force and the CV-22 program, taking on the role of Deputy Program Manager. In 2012, he was assigned to U.S. Transportation Command as a Program Management Division Chief for a portfolio of transportation enabling Information Technology programs. He was promoted to SES and assigned as Deputy Director, Acquisition for U.S. Special Operations Command in May 2019.