Mr. John M Cottam was the on-scene Commander for Operation PROVIDE TRANSITION which was conducted during Angola's civil war. He will discuss his experiences flying C-130s in support of Operation PROVIDE TRANSITION.
Mr Cottam is the F-22 Program Deputy, responsible for all modernization and sustainment activities as the US Air Force's Product Support Integrator.
Mr Cottam began his career with Lockheed Martin in the summer of 2004, holding positions in Business Developing responsible for the sale of Lockheed Martin Aeronautical [F-16, F-35, T-50, C-130J, P-3, and C-5] in Europe, the middle East and Africa. He sold over $1.2B worth of aircraft world-wide. He also served as Program Director over five international C-130J sustainment programs and the world-wide C-130 service center system.
Prior to Lockheed Martin, Mr Cottam served for 22 years in the United States Air Force. He flew as a C-130 pilot for the Air Force and US Government agencies and was qualified to fly Presidential support, Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance [ISR], nuclear weapon transport, Special Operation, and Operational Test and Evaluation missions. He held several important command and staff positions in Europe, Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific; with the last assignment at the United States Embassy in Paris, France. He flew in combat in Central and South America, Africa, the Balkans, and Middle East and has extensive operational experience in counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency. He was also qualified as an intelligence officer, regarded as an expert in counter-terrorism.
Mr. Cottam holds a Master's Degree in Comparative Government/Unconventional Warfare through the US Army's Foreign Area Officer Program from JFK Special Warfare Center and Campbell University, NC, and a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs/Western European Area Studies from the United States Air Force Academy, CO. He is a graduate of Defense Language Institute [with honors], Joint Forces Staff College and Air War College.
Mr Cottan is married to Dr. Kelly [McKenzie] Cottam and they have two sons.
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A sample of the quality of our lecture series videos. This is the development of the B-2 SPIRIT stealth bomber and the secrecy that surrounded it.