Blaine Summers

Blaine Summers

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Director, Joint Simulation Environment
2024 Human Systems Conference

Mr. Blaine Summers serves as the Director for the Joint Simulation Environment (JSE). He leads a large cross-discipline team in the development of a high fidelity, Government-owned digital battlespace. JSE currently enables F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and provides world-class training for F-35 Weapon Schools and operational squadrons. Blaine represents Navy equities in joint USN-USAF leadership forums, shaping multi-billion dollar investments in support of warfighter needs.

Blaine began his Federal career supporting numerous DoD and Intelligence Community partners, leading teams in the rapid development and deployment of communication systems to tens of thousands of worldwide users.

Blaine forged partnerships across the DoD, founding a Cross-Service Working Group with members from all military branches, enhancing collaboration and aligning DoD investments in mobile technologies. Blaine’s efforts resulted in a multi-platform flight clearance to enable rapid fielding of modified commercial technology to over 40 Naval aviation platforms. His accomplishments include delivering 715 mission planning and tactical execution assets to the F/A-18 community.

Blaine authored the Acquisition Strategy for an ACAT II unmanned systems program of record. His aggressive tailoring approach provided a strong foundation for program execution, ultimately securing $225M in program funding across the FYDP.

Blaine then served as the Future Capabilities Lead in PMA-299, Multi-Mission Helicopters. He was responsible for warfare analysis, requirements identification, resource planning, and future capability development for multiple ACAT IC programs. Blaine served a key leadership role in negotiating a $1.1B Capability Assurance Program with the Royal Australian Navy, establishing an international partnership to ensure continued investment in MH-60 tactical superiority.

Blaine most recently served as NAVAIR’s Enterprise Deployment Lead for Systems Engineering Transformation. He was responsible for implementing digital engineering strategies across several Major Defense Acquisition Programs, leading an effort to transform Defense acquisition culture and dramatically increase the speed with which weapons systems are delivered to the fleet.

Blaine’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is Defense Acquisition University Level 3 certified in Program Management and Engineering. Blaine is a graduate from the Executive Leadership Program and NAVAIR’s Leadership Development Program.