Bob FielderDavid Venlet

Mr. Venlet consults for clients in aerospace and defense. He has led large, complex organizations and programs at the executive management level for 10 years as a flag officer. His career in defense acquisition covered 22 years and he flew F-14 Tomcats in fleet operations.  He was Program Executive Officer for a large investment program in DoD, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  Brought in by the Secretary of Defense in the face of possible cancellation, he stabilized program performance.  With transparency and directly facing reality in high-risk communications, he restored trust in the program for the US and 10 international partner nations.  David previously led the Naval Air Systems Command, providing technical and program support for Department of the Navy aviation acquisition. NAVAIR provided sustainment for over 3,000 aircraft and unmanned vehicles, enabling global aviation operations by the Navy and Marine Corps.  He also managed development testing, production and modernization of fixed wing fighter, electronic warfare, and carrier-based surveillance, command and control aircraft.  Also included carrier launch and recovery systems, new electromagnetic catapults, and aircraft self defense systems.