Harley A. Hughes
AF Lt. General Retired, whose last post in the AF was that of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations and the Operations Deputy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He held this dual hatted position for three years and was responsible for all Planning, Operational and Fiscal and both Nuclear and Conventional real world operational matters as well as deployment and employment of this countries special units.
This position, unlike other staff positions was extremely well known in the interagency community and in the Halls of Congress. Also represented the USAF and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in all nuclear and conventional weapons reduction negotiations. These positions and their responsibility and authority allowed the development of significant access with both political parties to what is now best described as high levels within DOD, Congress and other Government Agencies.
After retirement General Hughes became a consultant for two of the large international corporations and worked on their behalf with DOD, other Corporations and with Congress. And here access was critical to success. There were a myriad of issues ranging from hardware to dollars. In reality other than flying and dealing with real world employments and deployments the issues he worked on behalf of his employers were very much the same as those worked while on Active Duty. Later, during 2008 he resigned from the consulting business and became the full time CEO of the forerunner of IRT. At IRT he has been able to apply the full range of training and techniques learned over the past thirty-five years.
He has been deeply involved with the manufacturing processes for Chemical & Biological protective equipment such as de contamination shelters, powered air respirators, a full range of filters to include CBRN capability, and thermal imaging targets for our Military.
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