Colonel Bryon McClain, USAF, is currently an instructor at The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC. He is a core acquisition officer with program office experience in command and control systems, satellite systems, as well as global information systems through his time at Hanscom AFB, Los Angeles AFB, and while on the Joint Staff, J-39, at the Pentagon. He has operational test experience on the RQ-4 Global Hawk and B-52 Stratofortress. Prior to attending the Eisenhower School, he was the Material Leader/Program Manager for the Rapid Acquisition Branch in the Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB leading a team of 16 program managers and engineers to provide an enabling technology for a Secretary of Defense directed $1.3 billion program. Additionally, he has satellite launch experience as the satellite program manager on the successful AFSPC-11 mission.
Col McClain entered the U.S. Air Force in 2001 from Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott AZ. He holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton Ohio, a Master’s degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia, and a Master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School at Fort McNair, Washington D.C. He is DAWIA Level III Certified in Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Test and Evaluation.