AFNWC civilian appointed to senior executive service position

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  • By Leah Bryant, AFNWC Public Affairs
  • Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
An Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center civilian was promoted to the Senior Executive Service during a virtual ceremony hosted here on Feb. 9.

Maj. Gen. Anthony Genatempo, AFNWC commander, promoted Scott Hardiman to his new SES position. 

Hardiman is the director for the AFNWC Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) Integration Directorate. He is also dual-hatted as the Air Force program executive officer for NC3.

Previously, Hardiman served in the same positions in an acting capacity. Prior to that, he was both the AFNWC NC3 Integration deputy director and the NC3 PEO deputy.

“Professionally, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the next step is for the NC3 weapon system as you continue to give our customers the capabilities they need,” Genatempo said. “Personally, we met at the beginning of my career as a colonel.  You have absolutely defined for me what a partner ‘in the front office’ should be. We were often on the same page and never afraid to tell each other when we weren’t. It didn’t happen very often, but when it did, it always resulted in something better. My heartfelt congratulations to you.”

Hardiman has over 38 years of experience as both as an active duty officer and Department of the Air Force civilian employee.

“This promotion is symbolic of the work done by everyone in the NC3 Integration directorate,” Hardiman remarked to the small audience in attendance and a virtual audience of about 180. “It’s not about me. Instead, it is about the mission we have and an acknowledgement by senior leadership within the U.S. Air Force that it warrants the establishment of a Senior Executive Service position to carry the weight of what this directorate performs every day.”

“This is really about the work all of you do, day in and day out, to guarantee our national security and I thank you all for that,” he said.

For AFNWC, he directs the acquisition execution of a $13.9-billion portfolio of Acquisition Categories (ACAT), non-ACAT, and sustainment programs. He is responsible for integrating the Air Force's NC3 Weapon System and leading over 400 Airmen, government civilians and support contractors. As the PEO for NC3, he reports directly to the Service Acquisition Executive and is the milestone decision authority for delegated ACAT II and all ACAT III programs in the NC3 portfolio.

Hardiman was commissioned in 1984 as an Air Force second lieutenant after graduating from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as a distinguished graduate. During his 22-year military career, he served in a number of program management, logistics, and higher headquarters positions.

He began his civilian government service in 2006 as the deputy director of the 851st Electronic Systems Group, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB, where he was responsible for a $5-billion program providing next-generation airborne sensor and battle management capabilities. He then served in a number of positions over the years, including as a research fellow at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California.

He assumed his current dual-hatted responsibilities in February.

Members of the SES are charged with leading the government and “producing results for the American people,” according to the Office of Personnel Management. They operate and oversee nearly every government activity in about 75 federal agencies. The service covers managerial, supervisory and policy positions classified above GS-15.