Robert Sweet is the manager of the Strategic Operations Security group within the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization. Mr. Sweet is responsible for an extensive portfolio of plans and programs, which enable the FAA’s use of air traffic control and other air navigation services related operational capabilities to support national defense, homeland security, law enforcement, and disaster response efforts while sustaining the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System. He leads a highly experienced and technically expert team of dedicated professionals, who drive the FAA’s strategic engagement on a wide range of critical matters.
After graduating from the University of Virginia, Mr. Sweet, working for ADL, an international management and engineering consulting firm, was instrumental in helping the FAA design and launch a new program for global engagement. He subsequently joined the FAA in 1998 and has since played a critical role in shaping and successfully carrying out diverse, top priority FAA efforts. Over the course of twenty years, Mr. Sweet’s work at the FAA has broadly ranged from establishing the first civil air traffic routes over the north pole; to initiating the agency’s reconstruction activities in Afghanistan and Iraq; to coordinating the largest mass air evacuation in U.S. history in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As part of these efforts, he has served in numerous leadership capacities, including: co-chairing the Russian American Coordinating Group for Air Traffic, a multi-lateral international technical body; designing and launching Safe Skies for Africa; directing major technical assistance projects in South Korea, Nigeria, and many other States; managing the FAA’s opening engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq; and coordinating the U.S. Department of Transportation’s work on the interagency development of the National Strategy for Aviation Security. In recent years, Mr. Sweet has been a pivotal leader of the FAA’s ongoing efforts to develop and implement Air Traffic Management and other operational security measures critical: to the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the Nation’s aviation system; and to addressing concerns regarding the potential safety and security risks posed by errant and malicious drone activities.
Mr. Sweet continues to serve as one of the FAA’s key leaders on air navigation services related security and contingency operations matters.