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Board Member

Sid Clarke

Executive Summary –  Extensive experience in Aerospace Defense to include operational  planning, execution, and management at every command level. A proven  record of achievement during both peacetime training and robust combat  operational environments. A respected leader, diplomat, effective  communicator with specific expertise in: defense aerospace,  international sales, combat operations, strategic planning, planning and  programming, and Capitol Hill liaison.

Experience and expertise  in air combat, mobility, logistics, intelligence, cyber, strategic  airpower, and most importantly, developing Airmen. I am very familiar  with homeland operations including air defense and natural disaster  response. I have served overseas in a variety of capacities including  time as a combat wing commander and Senior Defense Official/Defense  Attaché. After serving in uniform I served as a senior mentor to a  middle-east client and as Chairman of the Board for Armed Forces  Insurance. I am also a defense industry consultant and a USAF Adjunct  Contract Professor.


Accomplishments

  • Defense Wide spectrum of knowledge from the tactical to the strategic level.Defense Wide spectrum of knowledge from the tactical to the strategic level.

  • Aerospace Former Instructor at the USAF’s premiere school for combat operations.   Expert CFACC for air defense over the nation’s homeland successfully  accomplishing over 200 air intercepts in one 12 month period. Wide  spectrum of aerospace defense knowledge with command experience at every  level. Despite fiscally constrained budgets, a proven record of putting  resources to requirements for mission success. Adept leadership  culminating in assignment as the Director of the Air National Guard.

  • Combat Operations 410 Air Expeditionary Wing Commander – planned, organized, and  led over 3,000 airmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Built two airbases  and commanded operations for two months with exceptional results.  Hailed as the “best fighter wing commander in theatre” by the CENTAF  Command   

  • Planning and Programming Developed three Fiscal Year Defense Plans for the Air National  Guard that programmed over eight billion dollars a year for the  sustainment and modernization of 89 wings in all 50 states. As the  Deputy A8 on the Air Staff, developed the Total Force Integration plan  used by Air Force Senior Leadership for engagements with the National  Guard and Congress.

  • International Sales Ensured the successful sale of six Chinook Helicopters and  numerous maritime programs to the Turkish military. Held numerous  meetings and hosted engagements by all parties including the US  Ambassador and the Turkish General Staff in order to facilitate  transactions.

  • Strategic Planning Created a strategic plan for 1st Air Force providing guidance for  continuous improvement. Key participant in Air Force corporate  structure deliberations providing Total Force insights to senior  leaders. Trusted advisor and briefer for over 12 executive level Air  Force Corona sessions and over 15 Adjutants General senior leader  conferences.

  • Capitol Hill Liaison During a period of drastic budget reductions adversely affecting  multiple entities, created a comprehensive engagement plan ensuring  buy-in and trust of congressional committee members and key staffers.