Former Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect Officer, U.S. Space Force and Air Force
Preston C. Dunlap was the Chief Architect of the Department of the Air Force. He has over 20 years of executive leadership experience spanning technology, national security, private investment, and space. He serves on Corporate Boards and advises Fortune 100 Companies, start-ups, private equity, venture capital, and research institutions such as Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He led national initiatives with direct participation from the Vice President of the United States, Cabinet Secretaries, Secretary of Defense, and Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Dunlap also ran the Pentagon’s $750 Billion Investment Analysis and Decision Committee process for multiple Secretaries of Defense, building the 5-Year Defense Budget Plan for Congressional authorization and appropriation.
He held senior executive positions as the Director of Program Analysis and Chief of Staff for Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Director for Space and Intelligence, Director of the Counter-Terrorism Analysis Center, and Director of Joint Warfighting Simulation and Analysis.
Mr. Dunlap incubated over $250 Billion of new Defense and Intelligence programs, such as Joint All-Domain Command and Control, Long-Range Strike Family of Systems, B-21 Bomber, Conventional Prompt Strike Hypersonic Programs, Collaborative Next Generation Air Dominance, and multiple classified programs. He expanded the industrial base and established new Venture Capital partnerships. He co-led major defense policy and strategy development, such as the Strategic Choices and Management Review,National Defense Strategy, Quadrennial Defense Review,National Enterprise Nuclear Review, and Military Plans.
In the private sector, he served on multiple Boards and Technology Startups. He was both an Executive and Leadership Board Member of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and served on the Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI.
He holds a Master of Science in Operations Research and Management Science from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s Degree in both Computer Science and Political Science from Duke University, and was a Harvard National Security Executive Fellow.