Aerial Targets Program

PMA-208 provides threat representative aerial targets for fleet training and weapons systems test and evaluation and realistic decoys of strike aircraft to deceive and saturate enemy integrated air defense systems (IADS).

Don Blottenberger

Program Manager, Aerial Targets program

Don Blottenberger is the program manager for the Aerial Targets program office (PMA-208). 

A Baltimore, Maryland native, Blottenberger graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. In 1999, he earned a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in business administration. 

He began his career as a civil servant in June 1994 with the NAVAIR Propulsion & Power engineering group in Crystal City, Virginia, working the F-14 engine program. He then contributed across several engineering and program management roles in propulsion, foreign military sales,  avionics,  and systems development for the F/A-18 and EA-18G programs. Advancing out of the F/A-18 program, he served as the NAVAIR avionics engineering division director responsible for avionics architectures and systems engineering across the command and all Naval Aviation platforms.

Transitioning into program management as the principal deputy program manager for the Unmanned Carrier Aviation program office, he led the program team to several historic events in naval aircraft carrier aviation, including the first unmanned catapult launch and arrested landing of an autonomous aircraft onboard an aircraft carrier in 2013. Additionally, Blottenberger served as the principal deputy program manager for the Tomahawk Weapons System from 2013 to 2018. Under his leadership, PMA-280 established several new acquisition programs, including maritime strike capability, and awarded several major production contracts to industry partners incorporating major system modernization.

He most recently served as the principal deputy program manager for the Navy’s Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201) from 2018 to 2021. Alongside the program manager, he led a multifunctional, diverse team of more than 700 civilian, military, and contractor personnel with products ranging from long range missiles to direct attack munitions to aircraft racks and launchers. Under their direction, the team accomplished many significant accomplishments including fielding of several air launched maritime capabilities and major international weapons’ partnerships.

Blottenberger is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community (APC) and is a graduate of the NAVAIR Senior Executive and Management Development Program (SEMDP) and the Navy’s Bridging the Gap Executive Development Program.



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