Brian D. McCarty

Brian D. McCarty

Deputy Director of Research and Acquisitions and Chair, Medical Modernization Panel, Office of the United States Air Force Surgeon General

Brian D. McCarty (GS-15) is the Deputy Director of Research and Acquisitions and Chair, Medical Modernization Panel, Office of the United States Air Force Surgeon General. Mr. McCarty is responsible for the execution of $265M medical research and development portfolio.
Mr McCarty entered Civilian Service in 2007 as a Supervisory General Engineer in the Program Management Office of the Air Force Medical Modernization Division. He quickly moved into the key programming role as the Chair, Medical Modernization Panel. Through successive reorganizations, Mr McCarty remained as the senior civilian consultant for medical research and acquisition, most recently named as Deputy Director, Research and Acquisitions (2014).

Additionally, Mr McCarty has 5 years of industry experience as Principal Investigator, TRUE Research Foundation (2004-2007) and as a Senior Engineer/Program Manager, Scientific Applications International (SAIC) Corporation (2002-2004).

Mr McCarty entered the Air Force through a Direct Commission Appointee in 1979 as a Bioenvironmental Engineer. He completed his Masters of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering and completed his Level II Acquisition Certification through the Air Force Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) . His military training includes graduate of Air War College and Air Command and Staff College. Mr McCarty was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1999 and retired honorably after 23 years of service. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and was honored as one of the Institutes’ top 100 young graduates in 1995.


• Master of Science Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati (1985)
• Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1976)
• Graduate of Air War College (1999)
• Graduate of Air Command and Staff College (1987)
• Acquisition Certification Level II APDP ( 1992) and Level I APDP (1990)


Career Chronology:

April 2014 –Present: Deputy Director, Research and Acquisitions Directorate and Chair, Medical Modernization Panel,

Apr 2010- Apr 2014:  Chair, Medical Modernization Panel

Feb 2007- Apr 2010– Supervisory General Engineer, Medical Modernization Program and Management Division,

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 – Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • 2007 to 2016 –  Annual Performance Award (s)  Bonus and Time Off Award (s)
  • Military decorations include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Air Force Commendation Medal (3), Air Force Achievement Medal and National Defense Medal (2)

Additional Related Experience:

  • Responsible to the Air Force Surgeon General for a portfolio of over $265M/yr and 390 personnel worldwide. Responsible for the strategic planning, operation and management of AF medical research and development, clinical investigation program, modeling and simulation, contract acquisition, technology advanced development and business partnerships (via SBIR’s STTR’s, Cooperative Agreements and CRDA’s)
  • Received the Air Force Civilian Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding contributions to the AFMS medical mission.
  • Developed the framework of the Center for National Health Strategy (CNHS) at National Defense University; leveraged the Health Future’s Forum under ASD/HA to establish DHA’s single focal point of health strategy, doctrine, education and communication. This construct broadened the aperture of long-term opportunities for collaboration on health strategy, contemplating up to 25 years into the future for collective impact on interagency collaboration, academic environments, healthcare to health, strategic global health enterprise leadership development and innovation.
  • Systematically improved all aspects of the AFMS corporate process from technology development, transition, contacting, programing and execution. Cleared organization challenges for over 140 new research projects. Identified 90 critical projects and personally executed $30 supporting the development of mission critical technologies.
  • Authored first ever AFMS modernization investment plan. Restructured technology development along 6 program thrust areas, allowing for a more flexible execution of a prioritized list of MAJCOM capability gaps.
  • Created a Special Program Office for rapid acquisition of modified Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) products.
  • Developed ground-breaking university/industry Consortia for technology transition. Created new concepts to streamline acquisition processes.
  • Established the AFMS Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) and SBIR program offices created to mine existing technologies for financial improvement opportunities.
  • Created medical sensor development program designed to support disaster response. The program leveraged Department of Homeland Security UAV platforms (at the Universities of Arizona and Hawaii) for both environmental and medical data collection/analysis. Leveraged three Federal Agencies for the pilot program.
  • Proactively worked w/SAF/A2 to support Joint Medical Distance Support Evacuation program ensuring NATO and AF Guard adopted program objectives.
  • Source Selection Authority for two MTF major acquisition awards. The $300M CLASS award avoided a court ordered stop work order. The $95M Referral Management contract executed staffing of 281 FTEs at 57 AF MTFs. Zero breaks in service.
  • Engineered the first AFMS /University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) program with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sponsored six new technologies.
  • PM for $15M Tele-ICU Joint VA-AF initiative designed to enhance care in AFMS. The five base deployment is a complex coordination between DHA IT, local MTF equipment upgrades, VA physician training, credentialing and privileging and contract actions to support all aspects of the imitative. Applications to a Tele ICU downrange deployment to a remote location in PACAF have a major impact for prolonged patient care in austere environment in support of A2AD.
  • AF lead for the DoD-Wide Biomedical Research Strategy released early 2018. The ASBREM Strategy dovetails into the Joint Concept for Health Services (JCHS) Transition plan —another key document identifying AFMS roles and responsibilities.
  • Fielded BETS system in direct support to A2AD impact to PACAF. This integrated sensor/data analytics platform was demonstrated at the DASD level and adopted for the first spiral development for JPEO Chemical Biological Defense and Integrated Early Warning System.