The Cold War spawned weapons that demanded perfection of those operating and sustaining them. Yet most people are isolated from the solutions we created during that time, from cyber security to managing old and complex systems.
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 & Published Articles by Category” takes you to autobiographical posts about my contributions to the Cold War, the technology involved, and the history behind it. This area also includes my published articles. 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, Army Air Forces and Navy. There are blog posts explaining different aspects of keeping highly complex systems operating safely for decades. Sometimes we go back to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to explain the growth of complex systems.
“Published Papers” has links to my American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics “technical” papers. Although you can find very technical and obscure explanations in many AIAA 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 20 minute videos of my charts with my voice-overs. 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.