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Scott Harris

LTCOL, US Marine Corps, Retired

Combined Arms Training Research - Consultant

He has over 30 years of experience as a human performance specialist for the Marine Corps and the Department of Defense.  After retiring from Active Duty in 2017 LtCol Harris served as the Co-Director for the SIMITAR Lab at the University Central Florida until September of 2021. He served as the Principal Investigator for the assessment project establishing the baseline for the Army Synthetic Training Environment.  The Training Capabilities Assessment project included testing of all fielded training systems for Army Aviation, Armor, and Infantry training.  
As an active-duty Marine, he served in billets of increasing responsibility as an instructor/test pilot for CH-46E, TH-57B&C, and a simulation tester for MV-22, and F-35. Selected and served as a USMC Acquisition Professional 8059, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Program Management Level 3 certified for 15+ years.  Coached and guided a team of experts to develop a plan to assess the capability of fielded simulators to provide operationally relevant training for Infantry and JTACs in coordination with F-35 Pilots.  Facilitated a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Naval Air Systems Command and Lockheed Martin.  In 2010 Scott was assigned by Headquarters Marine Corps to serve as the Program Manager for all Marine Corps Aviation Training Systems at PMA-205.  Prior to that, Scott served on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in J8 as the Vertical Lift Strategic Funding and Requirements Analyst.  In J8 he was responsible for preparing Chairman and the Vice -Chairman for Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) decisions on programs such as JAGM, JASSM, AH-64E and CH-53K. Scott has been married to Leighann Sigmon Harris for 34 years, they have 3 children Jessica Harris Kenning, Scott W Harris II and Justin Howard Harris.

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