Director, National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing
Harold W. Martin III, a member of the Senior Executive Service from the Department of Transportation, is the Director of the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT). He functionally supports the Deputy Secretaries of Defense and Transportation in their roles as the Co-Chairs of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based PNT (EXCOM). He is responsible for information sharing, coordination, and issue resolution on space-based PNT programs, requirements, budgets, and policies across the federal government. Additionally, he represents the EXCOM on such matters to governmental, public sector, and international organizations.
Mr. Martin served 26 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in July 2014. His expertise is in operations, requirements definition, policy development, and budgeting for space-based systems conducting communications, intelligence and other missions, to include the Global Positioning System (GPS). His past assignments included command and leadership positions from squadron level to the Pentagon and he served as the Director of Operations for GPS during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Martin was Deputy Director of the National Coordination Office. He holds a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Purdue University, a Master's degree in space operations from Webster University and a Master's degree in military operational art and science from Air University.