Mark Shackelford is an executive aerospace consultant serving the defense industry and the US Government. He delivers expert business development, systems engineering, and program management advice and conducts independent reviews of aircraft and space development programs. His recent assessment of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle contributed to a Defense Department decision to open competition forlaunches to commercial providers in 2015.
In over 30 years of Air Force service, Mark led organizations responsible for aircraft and weapon flight test, aircraft development and sustainment, ballistic missile defense system testing, space system capability development, and weapon system research and development. Prior to transitioning from the Air Force as a Lieutenant General he served as the Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition where he oversaw the Air Force's $40 billion research, development, and procurement portfolios, managedthe Service's 28,000 person professional acquisition workforce, and steered over 50 major weapon and space systems through the Defense Department's complex budget and program approval processes.
Mark has degrees in astronautical and mechanical engineering and is professionally certified by the Defense Department in test and evaluation, program management, and systems engineering. He is an accomplished aviator having been an operational fighter pilot, an F-16 weapons instructor, and anexperimental test pilot conducting developmental flight tests on the F-16and YF-22. He was program director for several major weapon systems including the F-16 and F-22. His uniquely extensive background includes executive positions in missile defense, military space, and weapon system acquisition.
Mark is a Board Director for MBDA, Inc., a Board Trustee for San Diego Christian College, and serves on several industry advisory boards.