Gabe Mounce directs the Space Force Accelerator Program for the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in New Mexico. In this capacity, he oversees the Hyperspace Challenge in Albuquerque and the Catalyst Space Accelerator in Colorado Springs, both focused on connecting the entrepreneurial start-up community to the U.S. Space Force. He is also the Technology Commercialization Lead where he oversees all aspects of technology transfer, community engagement, government interactions, and marketing & publicity for Directed Energy and Space Vehicle technology. Gabe recently founded the New Mexico COVID-19 Emergency Supply Collaborative bringing together government, non-profit and private sector organizations from across the state to provide Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Providers in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to this, he served as the Program Manager for the Air Force Research Lab’s Space Electronics Program where he oversaw Air Force & DoD technology research focused on increasing the reliability, survivability and performance of the microelectronics used in US Air Force and DoD space systems.
Gabe is also a Lt Col in the USAF Reserve where he serves as the Senior Reservist for the USSF Space and Missile System’s Center Innovation & Prototyping Directorate in New Mexico. In this role, he oversees the Reserve component support to the Directorate’s mission to provide rapid space capability to meet priority warfighter needs. He previously served as AFRL’s Cyber liaison to the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center where he led a team to win the Reserve Team of the Year for conducting cyber vulnerability analysis on the entire Air Force weapon system inventory.
He previously served on active duty in several roles to include interim Director for the Missile Defense Agency’s Airborne Laser Advanced Capabilities Office, Assistant Director of Operations for an Air Force unit conducting Electronic Warfare and Space testing, and Lead Engineer on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Antenna Evaluation Program.
He has degrees from New Mexico State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Electrical Engineering.