Neal E. Bowen

Madison, AL 35756

Retired Air Force cyber operations officer seeking a challenging and rewarding position in information technology or cybersecurity project management.
Sentar, Inc., Huntsville, AL
September 2018 - Present
Program Manager
  • Manage cost, schedule, and performance for cyber security and information technology projects supporting the Department of Defense
  • Project manager and team lead for Industrial Control System cyber security and Risk Management Framework implementation for multiple military construction projects supporting the Missile Defense Agency's new Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska
  • Lead the execution of information assurance, military training exercise and simulation support for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center and Air Warfare Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center, Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, CO
April 2016 - July 2018
Chief, Space Mission Test Operations Division
  • Oversaw multiple test teams conducting operational testing on 10 major space acquisition programs
  • Developed concepts, plans, schedules, funding, manpower and resource requirements to execute space and cyber operational tests and evaluations

7th Intelligence Squadron (with duty at National Security Agency), Fort Meade, MD
June 2014 - March 2016
Cybersecurity Analysis Mission Manager
  • Team lead for 8 cyber intelligence analysts in the National Security Agency Threat Operations Center providing active network defense for military and federal agency networks
  • Delivered actionable intelligence for cyber defensive operations protecting 3 million Department of Defense network users

34th Intelligence Squadron (with duty at National Security Agency), Fort Meade, MD
February 2012 - May 2014
Senior National Security Agency Military Advisor
  • Managed 37 client advocates delivering National Security Agency Information Assurance Directorate products and services to Department of Defense and Intelligence Community clients
  • Coordinated major division reorganization, aligned manpower, $12M program, and operations to right-size branches to meet client requirements and sustain long-term military operations
  • Initiated creation of client strategic engagement plans to synchronize Information Assurance goals to client priorities and requirements

Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
March 2011 - September 2011
Knowledge Management Officer
  • As acting Director of Communications, guided 110 member team and guaranteed communications services to over 360 personnel at 11 remote locations across East Africa
  • Completed 23 projects for headquarters staff leveraging information technology resources to maximize process efficiencies
  • Initiated Combined Joint Task Force's travel system redesign enabling 100% visibility of 3,000 travelers across East Africa and developed and implemented first-ever automated daily personnel tracking system saving 1,352 man-hours per year

Headquarters, Air Mobility Command, A6, Scott AFB, IL
January 2010 - January 2012
Chief, Knowledge Operations Branch
  • Managed 30-member team providing knowledge operations management to 80,000 users
  • Executed Project Manager responsibilities for Enterprise Information Management system comprised of SharePoint, Task Management Tool, and Office Communications Server valued at $6M driving collaboration across Air Mobility Command

Headquarters, Air Mobility Command, A6, Scott AFB, IL
December 2008 - January 2010
Chief, Plans Branch
  • Provided Air Mobility Command policy regarding communications systems requirements and developed communications annexes to programming plans
  • Directed planning and execution command-wide programs implementing base communications infrastructure requirements
  • Performed communications planning for Base Realignment and Closure, joint basing, and other site activation task forces supporting Air Mobility Command initiatives

U.S. Joint Forces Command, J7, Fort McPherson, GA
November 2006 - December 2008
Chief, Operations Support Branch
  • Led branch of 12 joint officers and contractors to plan and conduct joint tactical data link interoperability training for multi-Service students
  • Provided critical technical expertise to Services and Combatant Commands in joint communications network architecture design
  • Maintained operational proficiency for worldwide deployment as Joint Interface Control Cell subject matter expert

U.S. Army Forces Command, J6, Fort McPherson, GA
November 2004 - November 2006
Joint Exercise Planner
  • Assists leading U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) exercise and interoperability team in planning and implementing U.S. Joint Forces Command and FORSCOM-sponsored combined and joint exercises involving complex communications support for live and simulation-assisted training.
  • Plans, implements and oversees budget for communications support to these exercises.
  • Reviews publications, conducts research and prepares FORSCOM position papers and briefs affecting a wide range of joint interoperability issues, as well as FORSCOM operations.

460th Space Communications Squadron, Buckley AFB, CO
July 2003 - November 2004
Chief, Information Systems Flight
  • Led 130 officers, enlisted, and civilians managing the base network control center, help desk, information awareness, equipment control and messaging support to over 2,800 computer network customers.
  • Responsible for control of communications circuits supporting the $2B Space-Based Infrared System providing real-time strategic and theater missile warning to the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff and combatant commanders.
  • Managed the wing's Information Assurance Awareness Program--advised unit commanders on Communications Security, Computer Security and Emission Security programs.

2d Space Warning Squadron, Buckley AFB, CO
October 2001 - July 2003
Chief, Systems Support Flight
  • Led 17 officers, enlisted, and civilians providing operational support of $16 billion missile warning complex.
  • Managed configuration control, testing, evaluation, and system security activities ensuring availability of satellite mission software producing missile warning data for Department of Defense users worldwide.
  • Advised commander and operations officer on system problems and recommended and implemented solutions.

Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency, Arlington, VA
October 1998 - October 2001
Chief, Network Implementation Branch
  • Led nine member branch of officers, enlisted, and contractors to accomplish multi-discipline information technology projects.
  • Responsible for defining, developing, planning, and implementing classified and unclassified command, control, communications, and computer systems.
  • Managed over $10 million in classified and unclassified network projects supporting the offices of the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff and Headquarters Air Force.
  • Reviewed technical solutions to ensure compliance with customer requirements and Air Force standards, directed acquisition of equipment, and ensured installation, testing, and transition of network systems to operational status.

Headquarters, Standard Systems Group, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL
July 1996 - October 1998
Chief, Pacific Air Forces Defense Message System Implementation
  • Managed implementation of Defense Message System products for all Air Force sites in the Pacific Theater.
  • Program focal point for implementation issues relating to security, infrastructure, training, and resources.
  • Created the plans, strategies, and procedures required to acquire and install assets exceeding $2.7 million and potentially 50,000 end customers.

Headquarters, Standard Systems Group, Operating Location B, Tinker AFB, OK
June 1995 - July 1996
Chief, Defense Message System Testing Section
  • Managed teams of Defense Information Systems Agency warranted testers.
  • Responsible for certification testing of all new of modified Air Force Defense Message System message processing systems.
  • Ensured message processing systems perform in accordance with approved operational documents and do not adversely affect the message processing and switching functions of the Defense Information Systems Network Automatic Digital Network
The George Washington University, School of Business, Washington, DC
May 2001
Master of Science in Information Systems Technology
Cumulative GPA: 3.84 (4.0 scale)
Clarkson University, School of Arts & Sciences, Potsdam, NY
May 1995
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Great Distinction
Cumulative GPA: 3.85 (4.0 scale)
  • PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Information Assurance Manager (IAM) Level III, Cyber Workforce Management Program (DoDD 8140.01 & DoD 8570.01-m)
  • Security Clearance: Top Secret (SCI Eligible)

Last Update: 11 May 2020