Colonel Jim Travis, USAF (Retired)

Lieutenant General David D. Halverson, USA, Retired, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress International, is proud to announce that Jim Travis will join Cypress International, as the Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation, Aviation and Special Programs, effective 1 June 2019.  “Jim brings 30+ years of experience within the Department of Defense and small business startups.  As a seasoned combat aviator, two-time commander, and with a recent Pentagon position in Plans & Programs, he brings a diverse perspective on Joint operations, strategic innovation, requirements, and acquisition that will be of tremendous value to our clients and an excellent addition to the Cypress team.” 

Jim spent a career in the Air Force leading a combat coded fighter squadron and fighter group, with a variety of key positions at Headquarters Air Force level, retiring in May 2019 as a Colonel.  In his last assignment at the new Air Force Warfighter Integration Capability (AFWIC), he led the Air Superiority, Global Precision Attack and munitions portfolio where he coordinated the future Combat Air Forces with Air Combat Command, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, and the Air Force Research Labs.  He drove those requirements across all components of AFWIC: Innovative Solutions, Futures and Concepts, Decision Analytics, Force Design, and Capability Development.  Additionally, he served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Outreach for strategic innovation across the defense innovation ecosystem.  

 In his prior assignment at Plans and Programs, he served as the Division Chief of the Combat Air Forces which advocated for and programmed for the “Fighter Roadmap” consisting of 96 programs totaling $185B+ across the Future Years Defense Program.