Donald R. Walker is senior vice president of Systems Planning and Engineering. He assumed this position on January 1, 2004. He is responsible for promoting the efficient use of corporate and government resources through horizontal and cross-program integrated planning and engineering. Systems Planning and Engineering comprises The Aerospace Corporation's Missile Defense Division, Colorado Operations, Office of the Chief Architect/Engineer, National Space Systems Engineering, Integrated System Architecture Office, and Strategic Awareness and Policy organizations.
Walker, who joined Aerospace in September 2002, was vice president of National Space Systems Engineering before he was appointed to his current position. As vice president of National Space Systems Engineering he provided strategic support to senior-level Department of Defense customers in the development of an integrated national-security space capability. He is located in the company's Rosslyn, Virginia, office.
Before joining The Aerospace Corporation Walker was an independent consultant to the government on intelligence and defense space systems.
In 29 years with the Air Force, Walker acquired top-level leadership experience in the acquisition, launch, and operation of defense and intelligence space systems for the Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office. He retired from the Air Force at the rank of brigadier general in 1995 and joined United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a Fortune 200 financial services company, as chief information officer.
Walker formed ITCO (Information Technology Company), a wholly owned subsidiary of USAA, and served as the company's president and chief executive officer. He later became president and chief executive officer of Veritect, a computer-security company focusing on the commercial network-security market.
Walker holds a bachelor's degree in engineering science from the Air Force Academy, a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. from Auburn University.
He is a distinguished graduate of the Air War College, has earned professional project management certification from the Project Management Institute, and has completed the Wharton Business School's Advanced Executive Education Program.
Walker has served on a number of boards and is currently on the board of directors for Clean Air Engineering. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honorary Fraternity.