Rick Baily is the vice president of Boeing Test & Evaluation, part of Engineering, Operations & Technology. He is responsible for laboratory and flight test operations, in support of validation and certification of Boeing commercial and defense products.
Named to this position in 2015, Baily leads about 6,000 engineers, pilots, mechanics and technicians, who test and evaluate new Boeing aircraft, modifications and upgrades to existing aircraft, and provide test support to Boeing businesses.
Prior to his current assignment, Baily was the vice president of Engineering, Mission Assurance & Product Support for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), where he was responsible for ensuring world-class technical integrity for all BDS products and services. He led a 30,000-person international engineering organization that includes teams across the three BDS businesses — Boeing Military Aircraft, Network and Space Systems, and Global Services & Support — as well as an advanced technology development organization known as Phantom Works. He also oversaw a Product Support team of more than 4,500 people at Boeing sites across the United States.
Baily also served as vice president and general manager for Combat Systems, a division of the Network and Space Systems business unit. In this role, he led Boeing’s efforts on the U.S. Army’s cornerstone modernization program, Brigade Combat Team Modernization, as well as other initiatives including the Avenger short-range air defense system, robotic systems, software and network systems.
Prior to that position Baily served as vice president and general manager of the C3 Networks (Command, Control, and Communications) division. He was responsible for leading C3 Networks activities in its addressed markets of Command and Control (IC2), Network and Information Systems (N&IS), Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems (ICBM), Integrated Shipboard Systems (ISS), and the Network Enabled Systems division of Boeing Australia Limited.
Previously, Baily was vice president of Battle Command Systems (BCS) and led program execution for all Army Systems BCS-related programs, including communications, command and control, and tactical intelligence systems. Prior to joining Army Systems, Baily was deputy general manager for Integrated Defense Advanced Systems (IDeAS) and concurrently led the Network Centric Operations Programs and Technologies organization within IDeAS. Prior to that, he was deputy program manager of the Future Combat Systems program during the Concept Technology and Demonstration (CTD) phase that culminated in a successful Milestone B Review.
Baily has also had a variety of program management and engineering assignments in systems product development, including leading the RS-68 Engine integrated product team for the Boeing Delta IV program. In addition, he led the Rocketdyne Operations organization, which included Manufacturing, Facilities & Plant Operations, and Materiel. His project engineering assignments have included developing space power systems, missile defense technologies, and booster and upper stage liquid rocket engines.
Baily has a master of science and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Colorado, respectively.