Major General John Hawley (US Air Force Ret.)
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Near Space Systems, Inc.
Upon retirement from the Air Force as a Major General in 1999,
John founded and served as CEO of CollaborX, Inc. After growing
CollaborX to a 120-employee defense contracting company, John
sold CollaborX to Teledyne Brown Engineering in 2006 and
remained on the management team to serve as the President of
Teledyne Brown CollaborX until assuming his current position as
CEO of Global Near Space Services. John served 30 years in the Air
Force becoming a senior leader and military force modernization
expert. He is a combat experienced fighter pilot and has hands on
experience in government acquisition and operational requirements management. An expert in
organizational leadership, development and change management, Maj Gen Hawley won the
Eugene M. Zuckert Award for outstanding executive management - the highest award presented
by the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Hawley has served on Senior Review Boards for NASA, DOD, the
Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Air Force, the Office of Naval Research, several major
defense contractors and continues to be involved in USAF and Joint transformation efforts. Maj
Gen (ret) Hawley was the founder and first commander of the U.S. Air Force's Command,
Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center. He is a member of DOD's Blue
Ribbon Panel for Interoperability and an active consultant to the Air Force Scientific Advisory
In addition, he is experienced as a Combat Wing Commander and a Joint Coalition Task Force
Commander. John has over six years of experience in operational requirements development
and major systems acquisition. He was directly involved in the development of most current
and projected weapon systems, C2 & ISR platforms and Joint Command and Control systems.
He was the principal concept designer and a contributing author for the ground breaking
Capabilities-Based Acquisition Report to the Under Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.
Mr. Hawley was directly involved in drafting the first Concept of Operations for Northern
Command at Peterson AFB, CO, and participated as a senior member of the exercise assessment
team for Northern Command's Initial Operational Capability Exercise. John continues to make
highly significant contributions to the Defense of the U.S. as CEO of Near Space Systems, Inc.
and as an active senior defense consultant.