Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

Leslie D. Taylor

A member of the Defense Acquisition Corps since its inception, Ms. Leslie Taylor is currently the Vice Commander for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). With a workforce of more than 30,000 civilian/military personnel located at eight primary sites, NAVAIR provides support to naval aviation customers and affiliated Program Executive Offices in research and development, engineering, test and evaluation (T&E), acquisition, in-service support and repair/modification of aircraft, weapons and related systems.

With more than 36 years of civilian service, Ms. Taylor most recently served as the executive director for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and ensured resources necessary for mission achievement were executed effectively, safely and efficiently. In April 2015, while in this role, she was also appointed deputy assistant commander for T&E at NAVAIR and responsible for implementation of T&E policy arising from the offices of the commander, vice commander and deputy commander.

Prior to her time at NAWCAD, Ms. Taylor served as executive director for NAVAIR’s Integration and Interoperability (I&I) department, ensuring that I&I practices and policies were responsive to all naval equities.

She was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2008 to serve as the director of Flight Test Engineering within NAVAIR’s Integrated Systems Evaluation, Experimentation and Test Department, leading more than 900 flight test engineers across five geographic sites.

Ms. Taylor’s prior experience at NAVAIR also includes Director for Warfare Analysis and Integration, where she was responsible for more than 200 multi-disciplinary analysts at Patuxent River, Md., and China Lake, Calif.;  Weapons Integration Integrated Program Team lead for the Joint Strike Fighter program, where she led a diverse team across the U.S. Department of Defense, U.K. Department of Defense and industry counterparts; and a technical leader within the T&E department as Air- Launched Ballistics branch head and the Close Air Support branch head.

Ms. Taylor received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the West Virginia Institute of Technology and holds a master’s in engineering management from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is a graduate of the NAVAIR Senior Executive Management Development Program and has been an instructor of systems engineering for Johns Hopkins University and business ethics for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Her awards include the Department of Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Excellence in Federal Career Bronze Award for Supervisors.

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