Jeff Ford brings more than 26 years of proven defense industry, military, and intelligence community knowledge and experience to his role as Director of Business Development for Knight Aerospace.
His background in the United States Air Force is just one reason why. He joined in 2001, serving as Director for Plans, Programs, and Resources, 13th Air Force, at Andersen AFB in Guam and then Chief of Information Operations Force Management at USAF Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In 2005, Jeffrey was competitively selected from more than 100 Air Force officers to lead in the organization’s toughest operations environment as Mission Director & Commander, Detachment 2 544th Information Operations Group, in Alice Springs, Australia.
Three years later, he accepted a position as Action Officer, Intelligence Directorate (J2), Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Washington, D.C. In this role, Jeffrey supported and collaborated on efforts to gain legal approval of global counter-terrorism and airborne ISR operations. He later served as Commander of the 97th Intelligence Squadron, leading the largest flying unit in U.S. Air Force in Omaha, Nebraska, and as Chief, Collection Requirements Management, U.S. Central Command, in Tampa, Florida. In this final position with the USAF, Jeffrey directed the validation, prioritization, and management of collection requirements (SIGINT, GEOINT, MASINT, & HUMINT) for the largest and arguably most challenging collection management mission of any combatant command.
His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Alabama; a Master of Military Art and Sciences from the Air Command and Staff College; and a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland. Jeffrey will soon compete the Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt Program at the Six-Sigma Global Institute and carries an active TS/SCI security clearance.
After leaving military service, Jeffrey settled in San Antonio, serving as Air Force Programs Manager then Senior Business Development Manager for Sierra Nevada Corporation. He led efforts to bring together technology and innovation to provide affordable, high-impact solutions to customers’ challenging requirements in the areas of C4ISR and big data management.
“Words can’t describe how thankful I am to Bianca and Knight Aerospace for this opportunity,” Ford said. “Not only am I able to work with a team with a shared culture, set values and purpose, but I am joining a team that has the skills, devotion, and resources required to deliver life-saving products to customers around the world.”