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Jack D. (Dave) Patterson

Mr. Dave Patterson is the Executive Director, National Defense Business Institute (NDBI) at the University of Tennessee in the College of Business Administration.  NDBI encourages business innovation for both government and industry by providing practical, sound assistance in creating economically efficient and effective Defense business and acquisition programs. He is responsible for preparing funding proposals and budgets; recruiting and managing university staff, professors, other faculty members and key Subject Matter Experts engaged in relevant research and resource development tasks.  Additionally, Mr. Patterson is the Managing Partner and founder of Castlebridge Keep, LLC an aerospace and defense industry consulting firm focused on business capture and strategy services.

Prior to his taking his current duties, he was the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).  As the Principal Deputy, he was directly responsible for advising and assisting the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) with development, execution and oversight of the DoD budget exceeding $515 billion with annual supplemental requests of more than $160 billion as well as developing legislative strategies, and developing and implementing DoD financial policy, financial management systems, and business modernization programs.  In June 2005 Mr. Patterson was appointed to lead the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment Project, a comprehensive evaluation of every aspect of the Defense Department acquisition system and decision making processes. 

From August 2003 to June 2005, Mr. Patterson held duties as The Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. In the capacity as Special Assistant, Mr. Patterson was responsible for managing the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s personal staff as well as providing direction and advice to the Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff on a wide range of national security operations and policy subjects.  He contributed to the Department of Defense support to the United States’ mission to establish free and economically successful societies and governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Additionally, Mr. Patterson supported the Deputy Secretary in the areas of military commissions for detainees in the Global War on Terrorism and major defense acquisition programs.

Before returning to government service, Mr. Patterson was a founding and managing partner at Bucher, Hutchins, Kohler and Patterson, Inc. where he led the firm’s commercial consulting practice developing management strategies for acquiring new business.  From 1999 to 2001, he was the Vice President and Site Manager for Steven Myers and Associates’ support to Lockheed Martin Corporation’s winning Joint Strike Fighter competitive proposal preparation.

Between 1993 and 1999, Mr. Patterson held a variety of responsible, executive positions at McDonnell Douglas Corporation (later The Boeing Company) beginning as the Senior Manager for Market Research and Analysis on the C-17 military air cargo aircraft and later as Director, International Business Development.  He was responsible for developing and executing the business capture strategy that won U.S. Government Defense Acquisition Board approval to procure 80 additional C-17s completing the first contract for 120 aircraft.  Mr. Patterson led the Boeing business development team launching the initiative to introduce a commercial version of the C-17; the BC-17.

Mr. Patterson served in the Air Force from 1970 to 1993 retiring in the rank of colonel.  During that time, he held responsible leadership and management positions with assignments at the air wing level as a C-5A aircraft commander and Deputy Operations Group Commander, at major command headquarters, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Inspector General.  In 1986, Mr. Patterson was the Air Force Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.  He served in Vietnam flying O2As as forward air controller.  He has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chapman University and is a graduate of the NATO Defense College.  He holds a current Top Secret clearance.