R. William Douglas - Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer:
M.B.A, University of Missouri
B.B.A, The George Washington University
Education with Industry Program (AFIT), The Boeing Company
Mr. Douglas is the Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of GMD Solutions, Inc. and is responsible for international business development primarily
teaming U.S. and foreign firms. Current projects include work involving DLA, Air Force, and Navy programs with clients in Germany, Japan, Sweden
and Switzerland, as well as working with domestic companies. Aviation programs include the Kawasaki YCX transport/P-1 Maritime Patrol aircraft and
the SAAB Gripen fighter. Navy Programs include light naval gun systems with Rheinmetall. He was formerly a Vice President at IPAC, Inc., where he
managed the winning Pilatus PC-9 MK II strategy for the DoD $4 billion JPATS (T-6A) program, and advisor in a number of successful small business
competitive sales to the DoD. Mr. Douglas joined IPAC from Sears World Trade where he had been a Project Director for proposal preparation and
acquisition strategy planning for major U.S. aerospace contractors including Northrop Grumman on the B-2 and F-20 programs, as well as Oerlikon Contraves
for the Canadian LLAD Program.
He came to Sears World Trade after retiring from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel on the Staff of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
He served there as a principal advisor on international acquisition policy, with responsibilities for implementation of the reciprocal procurement MOUs.
Previously, he was the Director of Acquisition Management for Defense Nuclear Agency (now the Defense Threat Reduction Agency), where he was credited
with major changes within the organization for contracting policy and acquisition planning.
While Mr. Douglas spent his early career in Strategic Air Command (SAC) with B-52 aircraft and the Minutemen II ICBM, he spent the majority of his military
career in acquisition management, and R&D contracting positions, which included assignments in reviewing systems contracting procedures, conducting production
readiness review (A-10 aircraft) and performing a major study of Air Force source selection procedures. Mr. Douglas also has broad international experience
(including a tour in Japan as the installation contracting officer), participating in the Defense Science Board Study on International Armaments Cooperation,
as well as the internal DoD study on Co-development/Co-production. He was the U.S. Government Representative on both the Contracts and Industrial Matters
Subcommittees for the successful Multinational F-16 Fighter Program during program implementation. He participated in the drafting and negotiating
of Memoranda of Understanding for the Australian F-18 Fighter Program, Air-to-Air Family of Weapons (France, UK, and FRG) and Rapier Program (UK) with the
U.S. Government. He later served as an advisor to the Military Services on international agreements including the Multiple Launch Rocket System, Rolling
Airframe Missile, Sea Gnat, and NATO Frigate.
Mr. Douglas has presented seminars in Washington, D.C., Bonn, Brussels, Canberra, The Hague, London and Madrid to government and industry
personnel on market entry, government contracting policy and procedures, and industrial cooperation between the U.S. and Allies. He is a member of the
National Defense Industrial Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Commemorative Air Force.
He holds a Private Pilots License.