Mr. David L. Neyland was the Director of the DARPA Tactical Technology Office from 2008 to 2012, where he led 20 of the nation’s finest program managers in planning, selling and executing $500M per year of technically complex aerospace projects, focusing on advanced systems in three domains: space, platforms and weapons. Programs included the Phoenix Satellite Servicing program, the SeeMe low cost imaging program, the Space Surveillance Telescope program, the Ibex space situational awareness program, the Airborne Launch Assist program, the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, the Triple Target Terminator Missile, the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle missile, the Transformer Vehicle, the Autonomous Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, the Adaptive Vehicle Make manufacturing program, the Legged Squad Support System quadruped robotics program.
Mr. Neyland most recently served as the Director, Systems Engineering at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, where he led a directorate of approximately 300 systems engineers, simulation developers, integration and test and product assurance professionals. Mr. Neyland played a key role in contributing to the Laboratory’s strategic plan, collaborating across the Laboratory, leading Systems Engineering in the architecture and development of novel system-level concepts, attracting and retaining an outstanding and diverse workforce, and managing operational and capital budgets for a laboratory-intensive organization.
Mr Neyland has also served as an Associate Director with the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG), in London, UK, responsible for finding cutting-edge international science and technology in areas of naval interest, providing global technical assessment, following trends in science and technology, and tracking technological development in specific geographical areas.
Previously Mr. Neyland was a Vice President and Division Manager at Science Applications International Corporation, and was Senior Program Manager for the development and installation of an international seismic sensor system.
Prior to SAIC, Mr. Neyland was Director of Program Management and Vice President of Engineering at three Dot-Coms: Network Solutions, iBrite and inphoMatch. Before the Dot-Coms, Mr. Neyland retired as Lieutenant Colonel from a 20 year Air Force career in Research and Development. During his Air Force years, Lieutenant Colonel Neyland (Ret.) was a DARPA Program Manager, a Flight Test Engineer and a Space Shuttle Flight Controller.
Mr. Neyland is a PMP Certified Program Manager, a Distinguished Graduate and Research Fellow of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a Program Manager Graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and a Flight Test Engineer Graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School.
Mr. Neyland has a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from the University of Miami.