Dr. George Kailiwai III is currently the Director, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J8), Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command (HQ USPACOM). As the HQ USPACOM J8, Dr. Ka'iliwai leads the Command in resource planning, programming and budgeting for operational requirements; conducts strategic assessments; conducts war fighting analyses and technology assessments; and advocates for future capabilities and forces to accomplish USPACOM mission.
Dr. Kailiwai was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in July 2007. Prior to his appointment into the Senior Executive Service, Dr. Kailiwai was a Senior Level from July 2003 to July 2007. Dr. Kailiwai has 25 years as an active duty Air Force officer and 7 years as a Federal senior executive.
Dr. Kailiwai served as the Chief Technology Officer and Technical Advisor, Air Force Flight Test Center from July 2003 through July 2007. In this capacity, Dr. Kailiwai provided the leadership and final review of the technical aspects of the center’s overall program as well as consultant advice and technical guidance to the center’s commander. Through the center’s commander, Dr. Kailiwai established policy and procedures, and provided technical expertise to a work force of more than 6,000 military and civilian personnel. He also formulated the testing philosophy and testing approaches to assure scientific validity and maximum efficiency in accomplishing ground and flight tests.
From January 2001 through June 2003, Dr. Kailiwai served as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. As Commandant, he oversaw the training of experimental test pilots, flight test navigators and flight test engineers to conduct and manage the ground and flight test evaluation of research prototype and production aerospace vehicles and their systems.
Dr. Kailiwai was the Technical Director, Electronic Warfare Directorate, 412 Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center from July 1999 to January 2001. As Technical Director, Dr. Kailiwai supervised over 30 engineers and managers and controlled $200 million in the Future Years Defense Program. He successfully led a team of engineers to develop the Air Force’s first-ever Electronic Warfare Test and Evaluation (T&E) Roadmap and chaired a multi-service DoD electronic warfare T&E resource panel.