J. David Carothers

J. David Carothers

Thirty plus years of diverse experience in leadership, management, planning, and budgeting. Last twenty years have been focused in the area of logistics management. Recently Vice President/General Manager for the Field Services Line of Business for L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace. Have expertise in the following areas:
• Logistics and Aircraft Maintenance Management
• Contract Negotiations, Management and Proposal Development
• Department of Defense planning, programming, and budgeting
• Materiel acquisition policy, procedures, and techniques
• Army training concepts


May 2009 to Present. President of Defense Contracting Marketing Services: A private company that focuses on marketing to the Defense Department Services and Defense Department Contractors. Primary focus is Aviation Logistics, Maintenance and Repair Services.

January 2003 to May 2009 Vice President/General Manager, Field Services, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace. Profit and loss responsibility for the Field Services line of Business, Vertex Aerospace. Responsible for over 5000 personnel located at 182 locations world wide. Grew sales from $185m and manning of 1500 to sales of over $500m with manning over 5000. Developed and executed a strategic business plan that secured 4 additional IDIQ contracts over the same time. The Field Services became ISO 9002 and 1400 compliant during this period. Won the Army Aviation Association major contractor of the year three times and the Individual Contractor of the Year one time. Established commercial line of business that generated over $15m dollars in revenue. Won a Direct Commercial Contract with the Kuwait Air Force to support the Emir of Kuwait’s VVIP Helicopter fleet and sole source award by the Kuwait Air Force to support the maintenance and logistics for the C-130J fleet of aircraft.

October 2001 to January 2003 Aviation Logistics and Maintenance Consultant

February 1995 to October 2001 VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER, Field Services Line of Business, Lear Siegler Services (LSI). Profit and Loss responsibility for the Field Services Line of Business, Lear Siegler. Responsible for 3100 personnel located at 80 world-wide locations. Sales generated in excess of $175 million dollars. Grew the line of business by 15% each year and increased margin by three fold over six years. Developed and executed a strategic business plan which secured nine additional contracts over the same time period. Field Services line of business was IS0 9002 compliant and consistently recognized for excellence by Department of Defense Agencies and military professional service organizations. Established two new commercial lines of business that generated $24 million dollars in revenue. Established branch office in Germany to service the US Army in Europe.

Dec 92-Feb 95. Site Manager/Program Manager, Lear Siegler Management Services. Directed and managed all aspects of a major US Army Helicopter refurbishment program. Managed a work force of 250 employees which included production control, quality assurance, mechanics and administrative support staff. Increased production to complete the delivery order under budget by $50,000.00 and 45 days ahead of schedule with no quality deficiencies.

Sep 94-Feb 95. Program Director for the Contract Field Team Contract. Responsible for 15 government delivery orders. Scope of the responsibilities included team building, team management, budget planning and execution. Teams were located on 15 different installations world wide and generated annual sales of $22 million dollars. Expanded the program by 100 personnel and 3 million dollars in less than six months.

Dec 91-Dec 92. PRINCIPAL DEPUTY TO THE DIRECTOR FORCED DEVELOPMENT, HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY Responsibilities included: execution of the Army Materiel Acquisition Program which exceeded $15 Billion dollars, structuring the planning process for modernization requirements and represented programs through Defense and Congressional Reviews. Assisted Army leadership in making decisions and implemented program design changes into the Army Modernization Program. Prepared Congressional testimony and formulated responses to Congress and the White House. Interacted with members of Defense Industry, Allied Nations, and Congress.

Jul 89-Dec 91 PRINCIPAL AVIATION ADVISORY TO THE ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF. Developed briefings and tutorials for senior Army leaders to defend the Army Modernization Program in the Department of Defense and Congress Budget Arena. Interacted with Senior Members of the Defense Department, Congress, Industry and Allied Nations. Director of Army Aviation Operations at Department of the Army during Operation Just Cause and Desert Storm. Responsible for the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of the Army Aviation Modernization Plan. Program annually accounted for expenditures of $3.5 billion dollars and manpower allocation of 76,000 personnel. Developed strategy to execute a maintenance and marketing plan to sustain the Army fleet of 8.000 helicopters.

Jul 87-Jul 89 Leader of a large combat aviation organization with 3,000 personnel, 158 aircraft and operating budget in excess of $17 million dollars. Unit was consistently called upon to execute world wide support missions over and above normal requirements in support of National Military Strategy. The Organization was cited for logistical excellence and recognized by the Chief of Staff of the Army as the Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year in 1989. The Brigade Maintenance Unit was also cited as the Outstanding Aviation Maintenance Unit.


Professional Army Officer for twenty-nine years.
Retired as Colonel December 1992
Site manager for Lear Siegler at Fort Campbell, Kentucky Dec 92-Sep 93
Program Manager for Lear Siegler, Oklahoma City, OK Sep 93-Sep 94
Program Directory for Lear Siegler, Oklahoma City, OK Sep 94-Feb 95
Vice President/General Manager Lear Siegler Feb 95- Oct 01
Vice President/General Manager L-3 Communications Jan 03-May 09
Field Service, Oklahoma City OK

BS/MS Texas A&M University
US Army War College
Dual Rated Army Aviator…3300 accident free hours

Married, two daughters
Excellent health and willing to relocate
Active in Community Affairs
Current DOD Clearances