Small Business Programs
Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division
Finding Funding from the Navy
Leslie Faircloth began her career as a Navy Contracting Intern in May 1997 supporting the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). She worked as a Contract Specialist on multiple R&D efforts in support of training and simulation until becoming a Contracting Officer & Team Lead for the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in January 2007. During her tour of duty with PEO STRI, she was responsible for overseeing her team’s efforts to award and administer many complex, multi-million dollar contract actions for Army training, such as development and modernization of the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) live training product line. She also served as the Interim Associate Director for Small Business at PEOSTRI in 2007, standing up PEO STRI’s first generation Small Business Office and establishing PEO STRI’s first local policy baselines to govern the Small Business Program. She served as a Source Selection Authority on multiple complex, competitive contracting actions both with small and large business participation. Ms. Faircloth accepted her current position in 2015 as Deputy Associate Director, Office of Small Business Programs at NAWCTSD. She fulfills this role by serving as a resource and partner between NAWCTSD, its customers, Team Orlando Partners, the Small Business Administration, and Industry in the execution of the command’s Small Business Program.