The Cold War spawned weapons that demanded perfection of those operating and sustaining them. Before retiring, my career encompassed many facets of the Cold War — from Strategic Air Command pilot to space recon software manager to Intercontinental Ballistic Missile engineer and staff to a Joint Combatant Commander…and others.
The mission of this web site is to share our tried and proven solutions from that era.
My personal mission in retirement is to payback the American taxpayer for sponsoring my fantastic career, to do this, I speak for free on many aerospace and military topics, and I customize my presentations for your needs. For instance:
In-flight Refueling the SR-71 During the Cold War
Keeping Complex Systems Working for Decades
The Rise of Complex System from Evans Flour Mill to Commercial Space
How Our Nation’s ICBMs Work, Why They Are Important
What’s It Like to Have a Career as an Engineer?
This web site has 4 menu choices:
“Blog Posts by Category” takes you to autobiographical posts about my (and others) contributions to the Cold War, the technology involved, and the history behind it. The posts sometimes go back to WWII to demonstrate the roots of the Cold War. There are posts about my Dad and Uncle’s contributions as gunners, one Navy, one Army Air Forces. There are blog posts explaining different aspects of keeping highly complex systems operating well for decades. Sometimes we go back to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to explain the growth of complex systems. Occasionally, we wander into topics that are far afield. You might find backyard tips or religious philosophy. Until I get the table of contents working well, use the search box to find what you are looking for. Some search tips: Pilot, Sustainment, Space, and (for the mentally daring) Crawford.
“Published Papers” has links to my AIAA “technical” papers. Although you can find very technical and obscure explanations in many American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics papers, these are written so general audiences can get something from them. They explain how to sustain complex systems of various types using the Complex System Sustainment Management Model, theory and examples.
“Presentation Charts with Voiceovers” has links to stand-alone, 5 to 60 minute videos of my charts with my voice-overs. (Or will have as I post them.) I give blanket permission for you to share these videos as you see fit. But, if you want to use other items on this web site, please ask. Which leads us to…
“Charlie Vono Resume and Contact Info“… In the past, I have traveled the country giving presentations on the topics above. In the age of COVID I give presentations virtually. To book me as a free virtual speaker, or for any reason, contact me via the information on that menu. This menu choice also provides a brief bio and a link to my LinkedIn bio.