UPDATE: April 3, 2017
BREAKING: Layoffs Imminent At United Launch Alliance
Mark Dowhan, Vice President of Launch Operations for ULA will be retiring at the end of this month. Mark said he will “play more golf” and travel extensively in his retirement. Mark will be attending the Masters Invitational Augusta National for the first time. He has been with the company for almost 17 years following a 21-year career as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. His replacement will be Tony Taliancich, and his new title is;
Director & GM Launch Operations
Tony has been with Lockheed Martin/ULA for 13 years, mostly in launch operations. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was with the United States Air Force.
According to a credible inside source, major layoffs are about to occur at United Launch Alliance (ULA). Following the launch March 1st, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, most if not all of the staff of ULA at VAFB will be laid off over a few months.
Also, according to the inside source a key senior level manager is retiring in March. No replacement is known of at this time, however, two mid-level executives are under consideration.
The launch from VAFB was a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) mission, NROL-79, stacked on an Atlas V (401) booster. The launch was a success.
This is big news as ULA still has a launch manifest, following NROL-79, on the west coast at Vandenberg. To process these launches, the inside source said that teams from the east coast will travel to VAFB to process the launch vehicle, payload and control the launch.
The inside source also reported that ULA will be changing its name.
NROL-61 CCAFSMarch 2, 2017