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SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual Faga Forum on Space Intelligence: February 20, 2018 in Chantilly, VA
CAPT Nick Buck, USN (Ret)
Nick Buck is President & Chief Executive Officer of Buck Consulting Group.
Applying insights gleaned from his experiences as a Major Program Manager,
Nick leads a practice of 20+ affiliates focused on improving the productivity of
industry-government interactions. A recognized expert in federal procurement,
C4ISR architectures, and change leadership, CAPT Buck advises
government and industry partners on evolving business models, technology
transition, and streamlining acquisition. Nick was a principal author in INSA’s
ICITE: Industry Perspectives and Cloud Computing: Risks, Benefits, and
Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community White Paper. He currently serves as Co-
Chair of USGIF's NRO Application Service Provider Industry Advisory Group.
Nick completed a twenty-six Navy year career as a Test Pilot, Program Manager and NRO Ground
IT Executive. Intelligence Community highlights include the first build of a Low Earth Orbit
SIGINT payload, standup of the IMINT Ground Office, the first Joint Intelligence Acquisition
Board milestone review, and the NRO’s first-ever Clinger-Cohen certification for a mission system.
Prior to formation of the IC’s Information Technology Environment (ICITE), CAPT Buck
pioneered the NRO’s IT transformation from vertically integrated systems acquisition to an
Infrastructure Service Provider, Application Service Provider (ISP-ASP) model. Implementing
a global mission IT system consolidation and new operating model across multiple organizations
and legacy programs, Nick led major organizational and cultural change to the way the NRO
CAPT Buck was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy in 1984 and began his
career with Patrol Squadron 45 in Jacksonville, FL. Flying Cold War missions in the North Atlantic,
Mediterranean, and Caribbean theaters, Nick was certified as an instructor pilot and formation flight
instructor. He was selected for Naval Test Pilot School in 1991 and completed several “first flight”
tests, logging over 2,500 flight hours in 50 aircraft types and earning him membership in the
Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
Nick became an acquisition professional in 1994. He was recognized as the Naval Postgraduate
School Space Systems Engineering Distinguished Graduate, earning a Master’s Degree in
Astronautical Engineering. In his first acquisition assignment, Nick transitioned a first-build signals
intelligence satellite payload off the program critical path in 18 months. Nick returned to the Naval
Aviation Enterprise, where he completed a 34-site, fleet-wide imagery and targeting system rollout
within three years and reduced the time to generate aimpoints for precision guided munitions from 3
hours to 10 minutes. Nick realized a 90% technology transition rate and reduced cycle time from 3
years to 18 months. His program was recognized with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy’s
Excellence in Acquisition Reform Award three consecutive years.
Nick served in the National Reconnaissance Office for ten years, starting as a satellite systems
payload manager and culminating as the Ground Information Technology Executive on a $2B+
Major System Acquisition. Through Nick’s leadership, the NRO reduced capital and operating costs
by over $500M, doubled processing performance and reduced power, space and cooling footprint
by 50%. Promoting open architecture and adopting best practices of commercial IT companies,
Nick improved acquisition performance by pursuing full and open competitive source selections.
Nick holds active memberships with INSA, AFCEA, USGIF, and serves as a Youth Minister
with the Diocese of Arlington’s annual WorkCamp program. A Harvard Senior Executive Fellow,
Nick’s military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service
Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, and numerous sea-service and unit citation awards. Interests
include coaching and sailing, where he has competed at the National level in one-design