Lieutenant Colonel Joe Gueck Bio

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Gueck comes to Defense Acquisition University with 20 years of acquisition experience.  He has managed ground control systems for the MILSTAR satellite, Foreign Military Sales for targeting pods to the Israeli Air Force, the requirements and budget submission for the Air Force Satellite Control Network, launch infrastructure, and the policy and integration surrounding National Systems.  His skill set involves system engineering, program management, and test and evaluation.  While at DAU Joe has been an active member of the Program Management department teaching intermediate level acquisition, service acquisition overviews, will cost and should cost, and critical thinking skills.  He is the DAU liaison for targeted training for the National Guard Bureau and the National Reconnaissance Office

Program Management Department, Capital Northeast, Defense Acquisition University, 2014 – Present

Professor of Systems Acquisition Management.  Responsible for more than 600 hours of instruction annually to intermediate and senior level Defense Department acquisition professional.  Acting as DAU’s representative to the National Guard Bureau, the National Agency, and the Defense Information Systems Agency coordinating training needs and resources.  Created and manage critical thinking workshop.

Innovation Group, Office of Acquisitions/Mission Integration Directorate  2013 – 2014

Lead.  Program manager supervising 45 government and civilian members responsible for more than 18 programs valued at more than $44 Million acquiring small satellites, receivers, and tactical support.

Solutions Division, Office of Acquisitions/Mission Integration Directorate, 2012 – 2013

Lead.  Responsible manager supervising 9 government and contractor members responsible for more than $50 Million in programs, coordination of the launch of 11 nanosatellites, and information technology development environment.

Enterprise Requirements, Office of Chief Architect/Systems Engineering Directorate, 2010 – 2012

Requirement Lead.  Leads requirements allocation for operations center and organizational facilities.  Supervised the authoring and staffing of the standards process, its implementation, and the development of the automated tool to maximize the utility of commercial standards.

Directorate or Requirements, Air Force Space Command, May 2008 – May 2010

Requirements and Finance Lead.  Managed $10 Billion Air Force Satellite Control Network acquisition architecture, requirements, and budget submission for procurement, interfaces, logistics, testing, phased array demonstration, and training of the system. Developed enterprise roadmap for future satellite command and control architecture documented in a roadmap signed by the Commander for Air Force Space Command.  Designated the lead for the space requirements directorate for Air Force operations management process.

Joint Operations Center, European Combat Command, Jan 2008 – May 2008

Executive Officer.  Ensured critical communications reached the European Command leadership and United States leadership.  Coordinated activities to support civilian evacuation of Chad, Presidential visit to Africa, and EUCOM preparation for the destruction of failed United States satellite.



Masters in Business Administration, Colorado State University, May 2004
Bachelor of Science in Management, United States Air Force Academy, 1996
Air War College, Non-Residence, 2012
Space 300, November 2008
AFSO21 Level One Facilitator Training, October 2009


DAWIA Program Management Functional Area – Level III Certified, October 2013
Space Professional Level III Certified, November 2008
NRO Systems Engineering Level II Certified, June 2012
DAWIA Test and Evaluation – Level I Certificate, March 2005
Certified Vital Smarts Instructor for Crucial Conversations, September 2015
MBDi’s Winning Conversations:  Mastering the Art of Business Development, November 2016