Joy M. White is the Executive Director, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. In this role, she oversees a $9B annual portfolio of major acquisition space programs that deliver agile, integrated and resilient capabilities to meet national defense imperatives. SMC is responsible for space capabilities from the spark of an idea to the launch of the satellite and sustainment of the systems. SMC’s portfolio includes the Global Position System (GPS), strategic and tactical satellite communications, missile warning, space domain awareness, weather, and launch services for the nation. SMC also executes a robust development program that delivers prototypes and commercial technologies for use in the overarching space architecture.
As the Executive Director, Joy orchestrates SMC’s business operations including talent management, business innovation, financial management, and strategic communications. She also serves as the Head of the Contracting Activity for the United States Space Force, which gives her overall responsibility and authority over acquisition and Space Force contracts execution. She currently leads a workforce of 6,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel that is expected to grow significantly as SMC is established as a Field Command within the USSF this summer.
Prior to her current position, Joy was the SMC Director of Contracts where she led her workforce in the implementation of Better Buying Power initiatives, better utilizing government funds and enabling increased mission capabilities. Before SMC, she gained joint experience as the Deputy Director of Contracting for the Missile Defense Agency.
Joy entered the federal service as a Copper Cap contracting intern at SMC. Her first Contracting Officer position was in the GPS program, where she led the contracting effort to develop the first single-handed GPS device for the warfighter. To broaden her career, Joy took a job in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, serving an eight-year tenure where she performed legal and regulatory analysis, spearheaded two joint service committees, and advised senior leaders on a wide range of acquisition strategies for programs like Global Hawk, Predator, F-15, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, and GPS.
When she’s not leading space efforts, Joy enjoys spending time with her husband and three grown sons in the perpetually-sunny California weather or traveling to other just as warm, but not as perfect places.