SPR's Advisory Group consists of professionals who are proven leaders in both military and civilian sectors and bring with them an intrinsic value of knowledge and expertise in government and commercial industries.

Tom Thoma, Executive Advisor

Tom Thoma has been an award winning leader of the Department of Defense for 33 years. He continuously demonstrated his ability to get the tough jobs done in progressively more complex technical and executive leadership positions from GS-5 to SES-4. The President recognized Tomís exceptional federal contributions with the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award. Awarded only to the top 1% of the Senior Executive Service (SES), this is the highest honor that can be given to a civilian federal employee. Industry also recognized his leadership abilities by twice selecting him as a Top 100 Federal Executive.

Tom provides senior level consulting services to IT industry clients as well as the Federal Government. With his extensive combination of Government and industry experience, Tom provides a unique perspective to client business solutions. Industry consulting services include business development, Black Hat and Red Teams, proposal and win theme development, and project execution. Industry clients have included Deep Water Point, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Gartner, Qwest, CSC, Harris, Burdeshaw Associates, Alon, XLA, Praxis, Pragmatics, Acquisition Solutions, and others. Government consulting services include program management, performance-based acquisition strategy, and contracting support. Government clients have included the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA - Acquisition Executive), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), US Navy (OPNAV N8), Army Contracting Command, as well as IRS and the DOJ and HHS Chief Information Officers (CIOs). Tom has established a variety of tools, templates, and training to facilitate performance-based acquisition and has developed winning strategies for responding to Low Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) solicitations. He has been an instructor for Joint Processes and Acquisition in the Navyís Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution Class.
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Ray Clark, U.S. Air Force Colonel (Ret)

Ray Clark is a Program Management Subject Matter Expert for SPR, Inc. Rayís career spans 35 years. As an active duty commissioned officer, Ray spent the majority of his Air Force career in the weather career field, with increasing leadership and management roles at all levels of the United States Air Force. In addition to the weather career field, Ray has significant experience in airlift operations, airfield management, counterdrug operations, and systems acquisition. He has commanded a detachment and squadron, directly supported U.S. Army ground combat operations during the First Gulf War, and was deployed to Somalia for humanitarian relief operations.

After retiring from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2007, Ray transitioned to the defense industry, where he was a certified program manager for a top five defense company. His work was focused on an information technology-intensive program that was developing, fielding, and sustaining integrated hardware and software systems to more than 130 sites worldwide. Ray is certified in Earned Value Management, Risk Management, and Subcontract Management.
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John P. McDonnell, U.S. Air Force Colonel (Ret)

John McDonnell is a 27 year veteran of the United States Air Force. He served at squadron, wing, numbered air force, component, major command, and combatant command level.

His last posting was Chief of Combat Plans, 607th Air Operations Center, Osan AB, Republic of Korea (ROK), where he produced the air campaign for the ROK-US Alliance in the event of war. He led a multinational team to optimize the full combat capabilities of the force, creating a plan to orchestrate 2,000+ missions per day.

John McDonnell served as the Chief of Plans for United States Strategic Commandís (USSTRATCOM) Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD). He led a joint team of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) experts to develop the Department of Defenseís global campaign plan to combat WMD. He synchronized the DOD plan with the CWMD operations of the combatant commands. As principal CWMD liaison between the Joint Staff, USSTRATCOM, and theater commands, he ensured U.S. government policy was translated into actionable planning guidance. He also led crisis action planning for the SCC-WMD and the collocated Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
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Steven B. Willoughby, U.S. Air Force Colonel (Ret)

An experienced executive and certified program manager, Steve Willoughby served 28 years in the U. S. Air Force in a variety of operational command and senior staff assignments in strategic and space operations including U. S. Strategic Command, Headquarters Air Force, and Air Force Space Command.

At the Pentagon, Steve was the Air Forceís Space Superiority Panel Chairman responsible for all space and nuclear force structure including command, control, computer, communications, and intelligence assets. He advised the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff on space and nuclear issues including programmatic responsibility for the multibillion dollar program budgets. He was also responsible for planning, developing, and delivering critical space and cyber special access program capabilities vital to national security.

Steve directed all activities of the Air Forceís space surveillance program and managed a $400M annual budget involving strategic planning, requirement definition, acquisition program management, and current operations for surveillance and space-related special access programs.
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