Formed in 2018, Oklahoma Aerospace Commerce Economic Services (ACES) is a statewide program for advancing Oklahoma’s aerospace industry by bringing together a comprehensive partnership of aerospace and defense organizations and companies, academia and government agencies.

ACES draws its membership from leaders in every facet of the aerospace industry – aviation, space, commercial, government and defense, general aviation, unmanned systems, research and development, manufacturing, maintenance and repair, supply chain, education and training, and more.

ACES purpose shall be to create a partnership of service providers to more effectively respond to the needs of the aviation, aerospace and defense industries in the areas of education and training, research, and economic development.

The primary goal of ACES is to establish a common statewide strategy for the growth of the Oklahoma aerospace industry. ACES will focus the collective aerospace resources into an integrated, coordinated statewide effort that will:

  • Increase contracts between companies in the aviation, aerospace and defense industries in Oklahoma and the Department of Defense and its prime contractors;
  • Create and retain high-wage, high-skill jobs;
  • Provide engineering and technical assistance;
  • Reduce costs for the Department of Defense and Oklahoma military installations and increase the competitiveness of aviation, aerospace and defense businesses in Oklahoma.

(House Bill 2578)

For more information, contact acesmembership@okcommerce.gov.


Vince Howie

Director of Aerospace and Defense

Richard “Vince” Howie became the aerospace and defense director for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in November 2013. He serves on the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, the Governor’s Unmanned Aerospace Systems Council, and Oklahoma F-35 Task Force.

Prior to this position with the Department of Commerce, Howie retired from the U.S. Air Force in April 2012 after 29 years of civil service. Howie is a former member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) working at the Pentagon, Air Mobility Command and Tinker Air Force Base (AFB). His Air Force career began in August 1984 at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB.

Howie has a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.; a Master of Arts in management from Webster University; and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.