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Defense & Aerospace | Acquisition | Emerging Technology | English | U.S. | MA

Robert Novotny works with defense agencies in United States to oversee Active Duty, government civilian, union and contract employees using his expertise in operations and logistics, operational test and emerging technologies, to development and acquisition.

Robert has more than 15 years of professional working experience and he holds Masters degree in national Security Strategy from National Defense University and Master in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

He worked with United States Air Force as Commander, Brigadier General and Deputy Director to develop and direct acquisition requirements for all Air Combat Command fighter, rescue, command and control, weapons and the intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance portfolios.

Prior to his current work as Co-Founder / Member, Board of Directors at DARE Venture Group, Robert was the Commander (Director) of 53rd Test & Evaluation Group for the same organization.

Emmanuel has worked with clients in United States and Afghanistan.
Questions I can answer:
Is America postured for success (Defense, Diplomacy, Credit, International agreements) in the 21st Century?
Can we keep pace in the development of our Armed Forces against peer competitors like China?
If character is so important, why do we avoid having the hard discussions with employees who lack it?

DARE Venture Group • United States (U.S)

Founder / Member of Board of Directors

2021 - Present (1 year, 3 months)
DARE is a small, surgical problem-solving team – much like a special operations unit – focused on the criticality of warfighter capabilities and emerging technologies. Our team members merge the best of two worlds: top government expertise and a small-business operating environment that fosters innovation. DARE attracts top talent customers and supports them to be unencumbered by traditional government boundaries. We have the luxury of molding our solutions around the challenges customers are presented with, and don’t declare victory until they do.
Stellar Solutions • United States (U.S)

Advisor, Stellar Solutions

2020 - Present (1 year, 10 months)
Advisor and Consultant with Stellar Solutions joining dozens of other distinguished Flag and General Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Leaders providing solutions to the Federal Government. Expertise in emerging technology (AI/ML, 5G, low observables, C2 systems), leadership and management coaching.
Skyracer Consulting, LLC Part-time • United States (U.S)


2020 - Present (2 years, 1 month)
Independent emerging technology, leadership and change management consultant. Assessing strategic plans, risk management programs and organizational strategies to find solutions to your business challenges. Decades of experience in advanced weapons development (predominantly air vehicles, space systems, data-links and weapons). Executive leadership coaching, public speaking, and networking.
US Air Force • United States (U.S)

Commander, 57th Wing

2018 - 2020 (2 years, 6 months)
The 57th Wing, as the most diverse wing in the Air Force, provides advanced, realistic, and multi-domain training focused on ensuring dominance through air, space, and cyberspace. The wing’s mission is innovative professionals leading advanced, realistic, multi-domain training focused on winning the high-end fight. Over 3,500 professional Airmen, men and women, from all walks of life, focused on the safe execution of the most demanding training regimen in the world--from Red Flag to the USAF Weapons School to the US Air Force "Thunderbirds"
HQ Air Combat Command • United States (U.S)

Deputy Director, Plans, Programs and Requirements

2017 - 2018 (1 year, 2 months)
Developed and directed acquisition requirements for all Air Combat Command fighter, rescue, command and control, weapons and the intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance portfolios;
Led program management efforts and crafted 2018-2019 strategy for 90,000+ member command;
Optimized 650-member division responsible for functional requirements of 200+ programs and a portfolio worth $100B;
Supervised the command acquisition strategy for the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program and the replacement for the E-8 Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS);
Represented the Air Force for the acquisition of all Combat Air Force Special Access Program (SAP) portfolio requirements.
United States Air Force HAF/A1 (Personal Directorate) • United States (U.S)

Director, Colonel's Management Group

2016 - 2017 (10 months)
Directed all senior officer (Colonel) human resources (HR) tasks for the United States Air Force;
Ensured company HR policy was followed across all employees, managers, and executives, domestically and internationally;
Led the training, placement, talent management of all senior officers;
Worked directly with the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, to strategically plan valuable HR changes to include the development of aggressive retention measures to slow increases in talent departure.
48th Fighter Wing • United States (U.S)

Commander (General Manager | City Manager)

2014 - 2016 (2 years, 1 month)
Commander (COO) of USAF's largest Fighter Wing in Europe with 6,400 personnel and 10,000 American family members;
Installation commander (City Manager) for the 9,000-acre base with over 1,000 United Kingdom civilians and contractors and $5 billion of assets with an economic impact of $2B;
Managed largest USAF hospital in Europe, three fire departments, two police departments, five schools (K-12), five restaurants, two hotels and the busiest USAF fighter airport in Europe;
Directed combat operations on three independent occasions destroying ISIS compounds in Libya while simultaneously securing the installation against two specific terror plots;
Matched security operations with Central Intelligence Agency, US Embassy in United Kingdom, Scotland Yard and Secret Intelligence Service (UK MI6) to capture and prosecute two ISIS terrorists.
NATO • Afghanistan

Chief of Staff, ISAF Joint Command

2013 - 2014 (11 months)
Chief of Staff for all US, NATO and Coalition air components during Afghanistan conflict;
Synchronized 6,000+ Airmen at 12 bases and 97 locations throughout the country;
Air advisor to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command and senior staff for the integration and harmonization of plans, procedures, and doctrine for all land and air forces supporting ISAF operations;
Developed wide-ranging vision for Afghanistan’s new civil aviation enterprise; drafted plans for Afghan civil and military command and control of national airspace and transition of airfields to the government of Afghanistan;
Coordinated the joint, interagency and multi-embassy efforts with the Afghan Airspace Authority resulting in Afghan airspace sovereignty;
Developed pioneering air support effort for historic 2014 Afghan elections. Advocated and secured comprehensive airpower posture seven months prior enabling the safest Afghan national elections in modern history.
US Air Force 53d Test & Evaluation Group • United States (U.S)


2011 - 2013 (1 year, 12 months)
Commands diverse organization of 11 subordinate units, testing 15 different Major Weapons Systems in 6 CONUS locations;
Responsible for the acquisition, development and fielding of aircraft software, firmware, weapons and emerging tactical solutions (HC-130J, F-35A, F-22, B-2A and MQ-9)
National Defense University • United States (U.S)

Student, National War College

2010 - 2011 (11 months)
The National War College educates future leaders of the Armed Forces, Department of State, and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command and staff responsibilities by conducting a senior-level course of study in national security strategy;
The curriculum emphasizes the joint and interagency perspective. Reflecting this emphasis, 59 percent of the student body is composed of equal representation from the land, air, and sea (including Marine and Coast Guard) Services. The remaining 41 percent are drawn from the Department of State and other federal departments and agencies, and international fellows from a number of foreign countries.
U.S Naval War College • United States (U.S)

Graduate Student

2005 - 2006 (1 year, 12 months)
Established in 1884 as an advanced course of professional study for naval officers, the U.S. Naval War College educates and develops leaders at specific stages in their careers from all services, U.S. government agencies and departments, and international navies;
Key leader in Naval War College's elite, strategic studies group | "Halsey Group." Out briefed year-long classified Western Pacific analysis to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen;
Graduated with "Highest Distinction."

Enterprise, Leadership Seminar

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

2015 - 2015
Program, Leadership Development

Center for Leadership

2011 - ?
MA, National Security Strategy

National Defense University

2010 - 2011
MA, National Security & Strategic Studies

School of Advanced Air & Space Studies

2005 - 2006
MS, Public Administration

Central Michigan University

1993 - 1994
BS, Military History

United States Air Force Academy

1988 - 1992
Scholar, Undergraduate Prep

Valley Forge Military Academy & College

1987 - 1988