Malcolm P. Taylor, Jr.
Senior Warfare Analyst, SITE LLC
Captain, U. S. Navy (Ret)
Then Ensign Mick Taylor became a designated Naval Aviator on 11 September 1967 at Beeville, Texas. After completing further training at Attack Squadron 174 (FRS), NAS Cecil Field, Florida in the new A-7 A/B Corsair II, Captain Taylor reported to Attack Squadron 87 and later Attack Squadron 15 for deployment aboard USS ROOSEVELT (CVA-42) to the Mediterranean and became a designated Landing Signal Officer (LSO). In September 1970, he reported to Training Squadron 22 at Kingsville, Texas, flying the TA-4F/J as Instructor Pilot, LSO and Attack Standardization Officer.
Captain Taylor reported to Marine Attack Squadron VMA 231, 2ND Marine Air Wing, a new squadron flying the AV-8A Harrier in 1973 and in 1975 to VMA-513 Detachment “B”, with duties as Instructor Pilot, LSO, OPS Officer and Demonstration Pilot. In 1976, Captain Taylor reported as Government Flight Representative to “Project Matador” as Officer In Charge to train the first Spanish Squadron to receive the AV-8A at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company, St Louis, Missouri, Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Spanish Naval Ship SNS Dedalo (Former USS CABOT (CVL-38)) and Naval Station Rota, Spain.
Captain Taylor moved back to the A-7E community in 1977 as Instructor Pilot in Tactics at Attack Squadron 174, NAS Cecil Field, Florida, and in 1979, back to sea aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) with Attack Squadron 86 as Maintenance Officer. After a shore tour at the USMC Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia as a Naval Instructor in 1981, Captain Taylor was ordered, in 1983 to Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron Five (VX-5) at Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California. As an Operational Test Director, then Commander Taylor completed follow on testing for the the A-4M Angle Rate Bombing System and was one of four test pilots to successfully conduct initial and operational testing on the new AV-8B Harrier II. Concurrently, Captain Taylor developed and tested on a TA-7C Corsair, the first passive, low altitude attack navigation system, called “Project Cheap Night”, which was incorporated in the new AV-8B and F/A-18 C/D model aircraft.
Captain Taylor reported to Washington DC in 1985 to the Naval Air Systems Command. Serving as Assistant Director for the Systems Engineering Division and Program Manager for two International Night Attack R&D efforts for multiple aircraft platforms, focused on systems engineering in avionics and working relationships with the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Canadian and Australian defense establishments. Selected for Captain, he then attended the Program Manager course at Defense Systems Management College at Ft Belvoir, VA in 1988. From 1988 through 1991, Captain Taylor served as Director of the Force Warfare Division at the Space and Naval Warfare Command conducting Warfare System Architecture and Engineering analysis for the Chief of Naval Operations (OP-07). He then competed 22 months as the Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center prior to retirement from active duty in 1993.
He continued to serve the Navy and the United States of America with a 14 year career as a senior warfare analyst in the civil service at the Naval Air Systems Command, Pax River, Maryland and later reporting as the Naval Air Systems Command representative at the Pentagon. He worked in a myriad leadership positions on Chief of Naval Operations N00 Staff that included four Quadrennial Defense Reviews, Principle Deputy for Air Warfare Plans, Analysis and Assessments, OP N88 and N9/N9I Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Staff.
Captain Taylor is married to the former Rita McEvoy and they have three children Jacquie, Tom and Kristen and thirteen grandchildren. Rita and Mick currently reside in Williamsburg, VA