Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems

NAVAIR's Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA-272) manages the development, demonstration and acquisition of operational advances in strike aircraft survivability equipment.

Colonel Tamara L. Campbell, USMC

Colonel Tamara L. Campbell, USMC

Program Manager, Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program

Col. Tamara Campbell is a native of Boston. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography.

She attended The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia, in June 1997 and upon completion proceeded to Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School, 29 Palms, California for military operational specialty training as an Air Defense Control Officer. Upon completion, Campbell was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS) 1, Camp Pendleton, California, earning her qualifications as an Air Intercept Controller. In 2001, Campbell was selected to attend Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) where she earned a dual Master of Science degree in Program Management and Financial Management.

Upon graduation from NPS, Campbell was assigned to Marine Corps Systems Command. From April 2003 to July 2006, she served in several key billets to include: Project Officer and Assistant Business Manager with the ACAT II Common Aviation Command and Control System Program and an ACAT III Joint Program - Joint Interface Control Officers Support System. In July 2006, Campbell was assigned as an Integrated Air and Missile Defense Capabilities Officer within the Combat Development Directorate, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

In September 2007, she was assigned as the Command and Control Plans Officer within the G-3, Force Fires Section at III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. In March 2008, Campbell was selected for lateral re-designation as an Acquisition Professional. In September 2009, she transferred to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron (MTACS) 18 to serve as the S-6, Maintenance Officer and Senior Air Coordinator within the Tactical Air Command Center.

From August 2010 to July 2013, she served as the Deputy Program Manager for Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems with Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) where she was responsible for the Acquisition and Life Cycle Support of various Navy and Marine Corps ATC Systems.

In July 2013, she returned to Marine Corps Systems Command and served as the product manager for Integration, Interoperability and Situational Awareness within Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Command, Control and Communications; a command equivalent tour. Campbell was then selected for Top Level School and attended The Eisenhower School at National Defense University. In 2017, she earned a Master of Science degree in National Security and Resource Strategy with a concentration in Strategic Acquisition.

From July 2017 to July 2018, she served as the Chief of Staff for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, for Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management. She returned to NAVAIR in July 2018 and served as the Strategic Integrated Product Team Lead for Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA-272). 

Campbell’s personal decorations include Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. 


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