Curriculum Vitae of

Steven E. Halpern


Senior consultant and with demonstrated success in managing large programs ($625 M budget) and leading organizations and teams of engineering, international business and financial specialists.

  1. Strong Diversified Leader/Program Manager, developing and directing organizations up to 945+ personnel/$1.2B in assets to carry out mission critical acquisition, aviation, test and evaluation and natural gas programs.
  2. Solid Business Acumen, conducting cost, feasibility and market analysis to ensure return on investments.
  3. Proven Engineer and Advisor, managing and solving problems on complex programs in aviation (airborne mine countermeasures, SAR, amphibious/special operations, etc.), developmental flight test and energy.
  4. Excellent credentials highlighted by MBA and MS.  Top Secret Security/SCI Clearance. +3000 military flight hours.


SME Professionals, LLC                                                                                                2012-Present
Senior Vice President
SME Professionals is focused on advisory roles across the energy sector and particularly hydrocarbons in the US as well as developing nations. Proven specialists in brown-field and green-field projects.

  1. DEC 2014 – Co-authored multiple reports on gas processing best practices in Afghanistan under contract to AEAI.

President, Halpern Group,                                                                                            2011- DEC 2014
Senior Energy Consultant, Mid-stream Natural Gas Program Manager
With retirement from U.S. Navy, requested by Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) to continue leadership and advisory role across full spectrum of energy stabilization programs in Afghanistan, with a focus on the natural gas sector.

  1. Prepared and presented proposal demonstrating technical/economic viability, sustainability, and scalability for refurbishment of existing natural gas pipeline and production infrastructure to secure $38 M commitment. Proposal was based on in depth survey of existing production facilities and quantitative analysis of pipeline condition.
  2. Leading a team responsible for all facets of the program to restart the mid-stream, transmission, and downstream components of the natural gas industry in Northern Afghanistan to include compression, dehydration facilities, amine plant, metering, commercial/residential distribution, pigging, pipeline repair (uprating), and new pipeline construction.
  3. Provided technical oversight and program management during the development and construction of the first compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Afghanistan and the first conversion of diesel generators to a bi-fuel (diesel/natural gas) configuration.

United States Navy                                                                                                                                                             1987 – 2012
Captain O-6; Energy and Senior Military Advisor, OSD TFBSO, Afghanistan, (2010 – 2012)
Selected to lead complex energy development projects in Afghanistan encompassing oil, natural gas, and renewable power with goal of increasing economic stability. Represented OSD to Afghanistan federal and municipal government officials, citizens and public and private investment groups.

    • Conducted feasibility and cost analysis of natural gas/ compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure refurbishment. Briefed OSD and host nation Ministries to gain consensus for moving forward.
    • Lead teams of cross-discipline engineers and financial specialists to analyze natural gas and renewable energy resources and development projects. Successfully completed multiple initiatives to define technical and investment requirements, markets, business structures and potential investors.
    • Secured private investment and advised on contract structures and tender processes for management of oil production and sharing agreements.

    Program Manager, MH-60S, Naval Air Systems Command,Patuxent River, MD, (2010)
    Program Manager and Integrated Product Team Lead for $625 M Acquisition Category I (ACAT I) Program. Directed 300 engineers, logistics and contract specialists to provide full spectrum, worldwide acquisition, technology insertion, maintenance and repair support for Navy MH-60S helicopters with full accountability for meeting cost, schedule and performance requirements.

    1. Monitored contract performance, approved technical plans, materials and processes, scheduled and reviewed test and evaluation. Assessed Earned Value and authorized release of funds.
    2. Assembled and assigned leads and team members based on areas of expertise. Realized $750K in annual cost savings on armament kit procurement by consolidating requirements.

    Commanding Officer, Air Test & Evaluation Squadron (HX-21), Pax River, MD, (2008 – 2010)
    Scheduled, managed and ensured efficiency and quality for 7 major Defense Acquisition Category I (ACAT I) Developmental Test and Evaluation programs encompassing over 40 aircraft and unmanned aviation systems (UAS). Oversaw accounting and reporting of $365 M in annual services.

    1. Directed 55 U.S. Navy, Marine, civil service and contracted qualified test pilots and 900 cross-discipline engineering, contract specialists, logisticians and support personnel. Assigned Test Leads and teams. Clearly communicated scope, timelines for accomplishment and quantifiable performance metric requirements. Reviewed test plans for efficiency and safety; authorized and monitored accomplishment. Inspected work products for quality and approved submission.
    2. Accomplished over 2,000 flight test hours annually including extensive high risk test points with no incidents, no accidents. Managed assets valued at $1.2 B.
    3. Aligned ongoing technical and leadership development. Solicited and valued individual input to achieve environment of ownership of mission and continuous improvement.

    Chief Test Pilot, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21), (2007 – 2008)
    Directed 40 Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Test Pilots, and 100 Engineers in development, execution and analysis of high-risk test plans supporting 7 ACAT I programs. Maintained full accountability for safety, quality test pilot training and returns on investments valued at $1.2M annually.

    1. Developed highly efficient processes to accommodate high deployment rate and resultant personnel turnover. Implemented cross-training and mentoring relationships for all program areas to achieve strong succession management disposition.
    2. Identified and implemented engineering improvements to realize $1.5 M in annual savings.

    Air Officer, USS WASP, (2005 – 2007) Led 250 personnel in all facets of amphibious air operations including dynamic flight and hangar deck operations, special operations, SAR, jet fueling evolutions and aircraft firefighting.

    Commanding Officer, AMCM Weapons System Training School, (2003 – 2005)
    Directed 250 personnel in programming, developing and conducting comprehensive Air Crew, Pilot and Airborne Mine Countermeasures training programs with full accountability for certifying capability, capacity and readiness with efficiency. Recognized for 70% increase in pilot training rate.

    Integrated Product Team Lead, MH-60S Mission Systems, Patuxent River, MD,  (6/2002 – 5/2003)
    Assistant Program Manager, H-60 Training Systems, Patuxent River, MD, (12/2000 – 05/2002)
    Earlier leadership positions included: Department Head for Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15; and Dynamic Interface Department Head/ H-53 Developmental Test Pilot, Search and Rescue Command Pilot.


    Master of Business Administration, Touro College, Long Island, NY, summa cum laude, 2006
    Master of Science in Aviation Systems Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2003
    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1987

    Defense Systems Management College- Advanced Program Management (PMP equivalent) ♦ Joint Forces Staff College ♦ Air Command and Staff College ♦ U.S. Naval Test Pilot School - Engineering Test Pilot

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