Melissa Johnson, SES

Deputy Director of the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office
Precision Strike Technology Symposium PSTS-22 : Keynote: Air Force Rapid Capabilities
Melissa A. Johnson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director of the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. Alongside the Director, she directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Assistant Secretary for the Air Force for Acquisition. The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office has been responsible for development and deployment of significant upgrades to the Integrated Air Defense System now operational around the National Capital Region and the launch and experimental operations of the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. Other responsibilities include technical integration of Department of Defense classified activities, and the representation of these activities to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House.

Ms. Johnson is the lead for all government program office efforts with Industry and is responsible for program/Air Staff interactions with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff and Congress.

Ms. Johnson graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 and received her commission from the United States Air Force Officer Training School in March 1996. Throughout her time on active duty, Ms. Johnson served in a variety of assignments and leadership roles ranging from aerodynamic propulsion analyst, to Materiel Leader for a highly classified more than $8 billion Deputy Secretary of Defense-directed strategic combat system, and finished her 24-year career as leading more than 100 programs, valued at $1.7 billion as the Program Executive Officer, Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command.