Mr. Andrew Knoedler joined DARPA in July 2018 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. His technical experience includes technology development and demonstration of complex aircraft and weapons systems, with a focus on demonstrating capabilities on shortened timelines.
Prior to DARPA, Mr. Knoedler spent 27 years serving with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel in 2018. He most recently served as the program office director for the U.S. Air Force Airspace Mission Planning Division at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. There, he oversaw personnel building aircraft mission planning software systems for the Department of Defense, U.S. Government and 27 partner countries. He also drove the re-design of software to meet open architecture and open mission systems requirements, and broadly implemented agile software development concepts.
He started his active duty career at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as a propulsion engineer on the Short Range Attack Missile II rocket motor team and a ramjet/scramjet ground test engineer with the National Aero-Space Plane. He then worked as a flight test engineer on a variety of smart weapons and avionics test programs. Following a brief tour on the Air Staff he took command of the 746th Test Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He served joint tours with U.S. Strategic Command working ballistic missile defense and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency running cooperative programs around the globe.
Mr. Knoedler holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College; and Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School’s Flight Test Engineer Program.
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