Jason LeDuc is the Founder of Evil Genius Leadership Consultants based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before striking out on his own, Jason served proudly for twenty years in the United States Air Force. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in August 2015. His most recent assignment was at the Air War College Distance Learning Program. He served as an academic instructor to over 7000 students to prepare them for strategic leadership positions as senior officers. He developed curriculum for international security studies covering international relations, supporting US national security interests, strategic thought and planning and regional/cultural security analysis.
Jason started his career leading a team of 10 scientists and engineers on a 300 million dollar Air Force research satellite. He was selected to be Mission director on Air Force Research Laboratory’s flagship space experiment and led the team initializing the satellite within 75 minutes of launch as well as leading 24/7 test firings of the experimental arcjet thruster. While in this assignment he won the United Kingdom Institute of Mechanical Engineering Bronze Medal in 2000 for experimental work on a collaborative venture between the US Air Force and University of Surrey, United Kingdom.
Following the assignment at Air Force Research Laboratory, Jason moved to the Air Force Electronic Systems Center to develop & transition Combat Identification systems for AWACS, JSTARS, F-15, F-16, F-22, & F-35. In addition, he managed a $21M portfolio of Air Force Research Lab technologies for integration into next-generation fighter aircraft and was selected from 5 other candidates to serve as Executive Officer to the Wing Commander equivalent Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Programs. Upon assuming this responsibility he became responsible for all executive processes and functions for a 400+ person program office with 3.4 billion dollars in funding.
Jason’s moved on to become a Special Projects Test Director where his demonstrated ability to lead resulted in promotions to Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer for Test. In this position he was responsible for 65 military and civilian engineers across three locations executing over 500 flight test hours for complex Electronic Warfare programs on U-2S, AWACS, JSTARS, B-1B, MH-47, MH-60, CV-22, F-16CJ, F/A-18, and HARM platforms. Additionally, he was selected from over 100 candidates to win the Wing Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award for 2004.
He was then hand-selected to be second-in-command of a 60+ member squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado charged with rapidly responding to urgent operational needs. He led the squadron through 12 rapid test programs directed personally by the Secretary of Defense and transitioned $100 million of rapid capabilities to operational squadrons. One of these project teams was the winner of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Team Excellence Award in 2009. During this assignment, he was also chosen to be Officer-in-Charge of 12 commissioned and non-commissioned officers during a 159-day deployment to the Combined Air Operations Center in US Central Command for a new Special Technical Operations activity. He led this team through collecting 2160 hours of trend data used to track High-Value Targets resulting in 45 successful anti-terrorism missions.
Upon completing the Central Command deployment, Air Force Space Command chose Jason to lead a branch of thirteen people to build long-range strategies and architectures for Space Control and Cyber Warfare missions as part of the Air Force Space Command 30-year Master Plan. His team provided oversight of sophisticated modeling, simulation and scientific analyses used to set 281 billion dollars of investment priorities for the entire command. As a result of leading this work, he won the Headquarters, Air Force Space Command Field Grade Officer of the Quarter for Fourth Quarter 2010 from over 150 candidates.
While at Air Force Space Command, Jason was requested personally by the Chief of Air Force Programs at the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq to lead the Iraqi F-16 Foreign Military Sales program as the number one Iraqi security priority of the US Secretary of State and Iraqi Prime Minister. In this position, he led in-country requirements development, aircraft beddown, base construction, logistics and training efforts for the 6 billion dollar Iraqi F-16 program. He personally engaged weekly with Iraqi Air Force and Ministry of Defense general officers and senior civilians and teamed with US Embassy Baghdad Political-Military Affairs Division to provide direct input to the US Ambassador to Iraq. At the completion of his tour in Iraq, Jason moved to the Air War College Distance Learning Program at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
Jason is a graduate of Boston University and was commissioned in 1995 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Distinguished Graduate. He also earned a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2002 as well as a Masters of Business Administration from University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2017. He is also a graduate of the United States Air Force, Air War College Distance Learning Program.
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