Eileen Shibley, Cal UAS


Shibley at IYK

Eileen Shibley is the Director of the California Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Cal UAS) Portal


Eileen was born and raised in a small farming community in South Dakota. Moving to California, she accepted a position at the China Lake Naval Base. She retired from China Lake after 35 years of service, including two two-years tours in Washington, D.C.


While at China Lake, Eileen accepted her first management position as Chief of the Simulation Laboratory. She and the team evolved China Lake’s Simulation Laboratory into the Integrated Battlespace Arena (IBAR) and Eileen served as it’s first Director. Ms Shibley was also the first Project Manager for NAVAIR’s RDT&E network. She provided oversight of a cross-country team of scientists and engineers. Ms. Shibley worked with her counterparts in Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force to ensure the RDT&E network infrastructure designs were compatible across the Services.


From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Shibley served as Director of the Emergent Weapons Systems Office. Her team was responsible for developing strategy as well as executing efforts in the following areas: Directed Energy Weapons, Counter IED support, high-speed/hypersonic weapons development, weaponization of UASs (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), weapons miniaturization, and IR threats and countermeasures. During this time, Ms. Shibley was responsible for the creation of a $200M Joint Counter-IED Facility (JCIF) being conceptualized and stood up on China Lake’s ranges. Also under Ms. Shibley’s leadership, a UAS M&S facility and range test capability were created to support UAS System engineering.


In Jan 2009, Ms Shibley once again moved to Washington, D.C. for a special assignment. From Jan 09 through March 2010, Ms. Shibley was on loan to the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) where she developed a $150M M&S Program for this Joint organization.


Ms. Shibley is the recipient of the Dr. Twain C. Lockhart Award, the Research and Engineering Department Excellence Award, Weapons Division Team Lead award, the Michelson Laboratories Award, and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.


Ms. Shibley currently serves as the Director of the Cal UAS Portal Consortium, a California effort focused on enhancing and generating additional Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) business opportunities at Inyokern Airport and throughout California. Eileen is a member of the AUVSI Lindbergh Chapter.