Joe Dodd, Chair of the NSSA Board of Directors, provides NSSA his valuable leadership and knowledge of national security space. In his current position as Senior VP for Corporate Development at Linquest Corporation, Mr. Dodd understands the value of independent thought and leadership. Mr. Dodd has worked at Linquest, a systems integration and engineering company supporting many government space organizations, since 2011. Prior to joining Linquest, Mr. Dodd served in multiple corporate leadership roles in positions at TASC Inc., the commercial remote sensing industry, Hughes Space & Communications, and the Aerospace Corporation. Mr. Dodd will bring to his position as Chair of NSSA’s Board of Directors his valuable experience as an independent leader in the National Security Space community.
Joseph K. Dodd
Brandon blends his passion for solving problems and helping people with his unique experiences in technology and finance. Previously, he was a Senior Partner Development Manager at AWS, a Vice President at JP Morgan, and a management consultant at EY.
Brandon spent 10 years as an Infantry officer in the US Army, serving in Southwest Asia including Operation Enduring Freedom(Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brandon holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He enjoys triathlons and Brazilian jiujitsu.
Mr. Aves leads over 1000 staff delivering engineering, integration, and technology solutions to clients across the intelligence community, DoD, and commercial sectors. These solutions include Satellite Launch Integration, Space Situational Awareness, Information Security, Insider Threat, Space Crypto Engineering, Cloud Application Development, DevSecOps Engineering, Satellite Ground Station Capabilities, ISR Products, and Geospatial Capability Integration. Prior to this role, he served as Senior Vice President for Business Development for the S&GS market, leading captures for $300+million opportunities with a track record of success. Rich came to Parsons as part of the acquisition of OGSystems® in January 2019 where he served in multiple Partner roles, the last of which was as their Chief Growth Officer.
Frank Backes is the Chief Executive Officer at Capella Space. Previously, Mr. Backes served as Senior Vice President for Kratos Space Federal and Commercial Cyber and has spent 30+ years in the satellite launch, command, control, and communications industries. Mr. Backes is a technology pioneer in the systematic and continuous application of cyber security solutions for space systems. Mr. Backes is the former Chief Executive Officer for Braxton Technologies LLC and Braxton Science and Technology Group, LLC, leading manufacturers of launch, command and control software for intelligence, military and commercial applications based in Colorado Springs, CO. He is a space industry thought leader recognized for innovating solutions that expand organizational capability, product portfolios and market presence.
Mr. Backes is a noted industry speaker for innovative technologies and company brands delivering professional-level presentations with extensive tradeshow and large industry event experience. He was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009 for achievements in the aerospace industry. Mr. Backes is the founder and president of the Space ISAC and serves on the board of directors for Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI), and formerly, the advisory board for the University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, and the chairman of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable. He received a BSEE in Semiconductor Physics from the University of California at San Diego along with minors in communications/marketing and computer hardware.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Clint Crosier is Director of the AWS Aerospace and Satellite business, established to help accelerate innovation in the global aerospace and satellite industry. He leads a global team that is dedicated to working alongside commercial and government space customers to provide tailored, secure, and cost-effective cloud solutions to help them solve their toughest challenges. Prior to joining AWS, Crosier served 33 years in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. His career includes a broad charge of experience in space operations, including a one-year deployment to the Middle East as the U.S. Central Command Director of Space Forces. He served in staff assignments in the U.S. Senate, Secretary of the Air Force's Action Group, U.S. Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force Space Command and US Strategic Command. During his career, he operated GPS, SatCom, and missile warning satellite constellations, launched Atlas and Titan rockets putting national security payloads in orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, and led Requirements and Strategy Development for the entire US Air Force. Prior to retiring from military service as a Major General, he was the lead planner and architect of the US Space Force, helping to stand up the first new military service in 72 years. NSSA is honored to have MG Crosier on its Board of Directors.
Major General Clint Crosier, USAF (Ret.)
Maria Demaree will provide irreplaceable experience to the NSSA Board of Directors. She serves as the Vice President and General Manager for Mission Solutions at Lockheed Martin Space. In this capacity, she is responsible for approximately 4,400 employees and an annual sales base of over $1.5B in support of government defense and intelligence agencies. Previously, Ms. Demaree was Vice President of Engineering, Mission Systems and Operations, for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company. Additionally, she formerly served as Engineering and Technology Director of Mission Systems, for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS). In that role, she was responsible for all aspects of leading the Mission Systems Capabilities organization of 3,500 software engineers from March 2014 to December 2015. Ms. Demaree also served in Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Enterprise Business Services from August 2011 to March 2014. As Director of Enterprise Desktop Services, she was responsible for the Lockheed Martin Service Desk, Unified Communications, Desktop Services and SharePoint implementation. Ms. Demaree graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering.
Michael P. Dempsey will be a vital asset for NSSA. He served as Acting Director of National Intelligence in 2017, Prior to that position, he was Deputy Director of National Intelligence (DDNI) from 2014 to 2016, where he served as President Obama’s primary intelligence briefer. In this role, he also regularly represented the Intelligence Community at National Security Council, Principal, and Deputy Committee meetings, as well as in Congressional testimony, and was charged with leading the effort to integrate the 16 agencies of the US Intelligence Community. He began his intelligence career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1990 and served in a number of management and analytical positions there, including Director of the Office of Transnational Issues, Director of the Office of African, Latin America, and Global Issues, and Deputy Associate Director of CIA for Military Affairs. He also served as Deputy CIA Representative to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was Director of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to joining the CIA, he served for four years as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Mr. Dempsey has received the Presidential Rank Award, two National Intelligence Distinguished Service Awards, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the U.S. Army’s Meritorious Service Medal. He earned a Master of International Public Policy from John Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies, a Master of Diplomatic History from the University of New York at Albany, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Siena College.
Michael P. Dempsey
Mr. Paul Engola brings valuable experience to NSSA leadership. Before serving in his current position at Leidos, Mr. Engola had previously held the positions of Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of Business Partnerships, Deputy President for Leidos’ Defense and Intelligence Group and Senior Vice President, Transportation and Financial Solutions and held the same position with Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, which merged with Leidos in August 2016. For more than a decade, Mr. Engola served in various leadership positions within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, including as Vice President, Coherent Technologies; Director, West Coast Operations for Civil Space; and Program Director in the Special Programs line of business. Before joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Engola was a business strategy consultant with Boston Consulting Group. He spent much of his early career in program execution within the aerospace industry, first at Hughes Space and Communications Company and later at Space Systems/Loral. Mr. Engola earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration with a Global Management Program certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Jerry Howe provides NSSA with nearly 35 years of experience providing counsel to clients in the aerospace, defense, intelligence, and government services sectors. In his current position, Mr. Howe works for Leidos as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Leidos, Mr. Howe was a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP, where he managed aerospace and defense practices. Mr. Howe also previously served as chair of the Washington Space Business Roundtable. As a space leader with years of commitment to providing advice and guidance to the space community, Mr. Howe is a tremendous asset to the Board of Directors.
Steve Jacques, Executive Director and Founder of the National Security Space Association, brings to his role decades of experience in and intimate knowledge of the National Security Space and Intelligence communities. A retired Air Force officer, Mr. Jacques supported DoD space programs, served as the Secretary of the Air Force’s Congressional Liaison for Space and S&T programs and policies, and served as the Secretary of Defense’s Legislative Liaison for Intelligence, Space, and Airborne Reconnaissance policies and programs. Mr. Jacques is currently a Managing Partner at Velos, where he routinely interacts with space and intelligence leadership in the Executive branch, industry, and Congress. In 2004, Mr. Jacques co-founded the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, preparing him for his role in leading the National Security Space Association as Executive Director.
Stephen Kitay is the Senior Director of Azure Space at Microsoft. In this role Stephen co-leads Microsoft’s efforts to support the mission needs of the space sector through cloud-enabled technologies. The Azure Space team is developing capabilities and services to extend connectivity across the world, simulate digital space environments, discover new insights, and drive innovation both on the ground and in orbit.
Before this position, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Space Policy where he had a key leadership role in the establishment of the U.S. Space Force. Prior to his time at the Pentagon, Stephen’s career included serving as an active-duty Air Force military officer, and he has held civilian positions in the Intelligence Community and on Capitol Hill with the House Armed Services Committee.
Dave Logan is the vice president and general manager of the C4ISR Systems business area of BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector. C4ISR Systems provides advanced mission-enabling applications spanning the depths of the oceans to the outer reaches of space. Its industry-leading Communication, Navigation, and Identification systems portfolio encompasses over 50 platforms serving more than 60 countries. As the premier provider of radiation hardened electronics, C4ISR products support over 300 satellites in orbit today with customers that include NASA, DoD, the intelligence community, and commercial ventures. Its proven autonomy and all-source data fusion/analytics capabilities exploit control theory and machine learning/AI to provide unrivaled warfighter advantage. With 30 years of aerospace and defense experience, Mr. Logan’s diverse experience ranges from small startup companies to large aerospace and defense organizations with multi-billion dollar P&Ls. He has served on for-profit boards. He has a proven track record in translating advanced technology and mission understanding into products that provide warfighter advantage while enabling enduring, profitable business growth. He has participated in a broad range of leadership programs with formal connections to Wharton, Oxford, and INSEAD and experiential learning modules in the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, and South Korea. He earned his master's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
David A. Logan
Brian leads Reinventing Geospatial, Inc.’s (RGi’s) business development and strategic growth efforts. In this role, he drives RGi’s partnerships with both new and existing GEOINT and C5ISR customers, and enhances our ability to respond to and support our customers’ mission success.
Brian is a seasoned business development and strategic planning professional. Prior to joining RGi, Brian led long-range strategic planning for the full spectrum cyber, cyber warfare, and intelligence business at Northrop Grumman.
Earlier in his career, Brian served in the U.S. Army for 21 years in various command and staff positions that culminated as a Lieutenant Colonel and senior geospatial officer on the Army Staff in the Pentagon.
Brian is passionate about RGi and the impact we are making in National Security.
Chris Long is Vice President and General Manager of Space and Intelligence Systems for General Dynamics Mission Systems. In this role, utilizing his extensive experience in engineering, program execution and business development, Mr. Long will lead and build high-performing teams focused on providing end-to-end solutions. Mr. Long’s space career spans 25 years and he was previously with Motorola and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, now known collectively as General Dynamics Mission Systems. Before returning to General Dynamics, Long worked for Northrop Grumman (NG) and NG heritage companies in the space sector, leading programs with customers such as the National Reconnaissance Office and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Mr. Long has been a member of the Leadership Innovation and Entrepreneur Program (LEIP) in Palo Alto, California for the last seven years; and has published multiple technical papers related to space communications systems. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, AFCEA, NDIA, Old Crows and IEEE. Mr. Long holds a MBA in High Technology from the W.P. Carey Business School, Arizona
General Lester Lyles provides unparalleled leadership and experience in National Security Space to NSSA's Board of Directors. Prior to retiring from the Air Force in October 2003 after a 35 year career, General Lyles served as Commander of Air Force Materiel Command, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, Commander of Space and Missile Systems Center, and Commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center. General Lyles has chaired or served on several councils related to the U.S. space program, including the Augustine Space Committee. Currently, General Lyles is the Chair of the NASA Advisory Council and serves on the National Space Council Users' Advisory Group. Having previously served on NSSA's Board of Advisors, General Lyles brings extensive knowledge of the organization and the National Security Space community to this position.
General Lester L. Lyles
Eliahu (Eli) H. Niewood is vice president, Air and Space Forces, in MITRE’s National Security Sector. Niewood sets strategy and priorities to ensure MITRE delivers technical capabilities to meet the Air Force and Space Force’s most critical mission objectives and priority efforts. These include needs in space warfighting, air operations, nuclear enterprise modernization, cyber operations, and joint lethality in contested environments. He works to ensure MITRE is leveraging the highest impact technology and capabilities from across the nation to meet Air Force and Space Force needs and that the gaps drive MITRE’s own research and development efforts. Niewood also partners with other MITRE leaders to develop solutions for cross-organizational national security needs
He previously was vice president, Cross-cutting and Intelligence, leading MITRE’s efforts to identify national security problems that require joint and multi-agency solutions and to shape MITRE’s and the nation’s response to those problems. He also led MITRE in applying systems engineering, technology expertise, and innovation to help the intelligence and federal law enforcement communities leverage cutting-edge technology for mission success, integrate across agencies, and operate effectively in a dynamic environment.
As founder and leader of the Cross-cutting Urgent Innovation Cell, Niewood revamped the DoD-funded National Security Engineering Center’s analysis capabilities in ways that will provide lasting benefits across MITRE’s national security work. Niewood directed MITRE’s work in developing a new generation of command-and-control technology for the DoD. He joined MITRE in 2017, bringing rich experience in systems analysis and tactical system technologies.
Previously, Niewood was a technical adviser to the director of the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. He also served as head of the Engineering Division at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he oversaw mechanical, aerospace, and control systems engineers building space payloads and aircraft sensor systems. From 2011 to 2014, Niewood chaired the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, a Federal Advisory Committee of 50 national experts in science and technology fields. He was a member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on unexploded ordnance.
Niewood holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a certificate in Leadership for the 21st Century from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Eliahu (Eli) H. Niewood, Sc.D.
Dan Piemont brings the perspective of a venture-backed space startup founder to NSSA. Dan serves as the Chief Financial Officer of ABL Space Systems, which he co-founded in 2017 to develop low-cost resilient space launch systems to serve the national security space community. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Piemont directs ABL’s corporate strategy, business development, government relations, and business operations. Mr. Piemont also oversees ABL’s portfolio of space resiliency initiatives, including activities supporting the Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, and AFWERX program. Mr. Piemont previously held several positions in the venture capital and investment banking industries.
Dr. Michelle Parker is vice president for the Space Mission Systems organization within Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). She is responsible for program execution, strategic direction, and profit and loss for a portfolio that includes government and commercial satellites, space systems architecture, national security space programs, ground systems, and subsidiaries Millennium Space Systems and Spectrolab.
Dr. Parker’s experience leading high-profile space programs spans several decades, with more than 25 years serving in roles of increasing responsibility within Boeing. Prior to her current role, she served as vice president and deputy general manager for the Space & Launch division, where she oversaw the successful Operational Flight Test of the CST-100 Starliner and delivery of the Boeing-built Space Launch System that powered NASA’s Artemis I mission. She previously served as the Space & Launch chief engineer, providing technical leadership for the Space & Launch portfolio. Earlier in her career, she led the Satellite Development Center (SDC), the world’s largest satellite manufacturing facility that has produced more than 300 satellites to date.
Throughout her career, Dr. Parker has held leadership, engineering, strategy and execution roles for several organizations across Boeing, including: BDS Engineering’s System Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT); Deputy Director of National Space Communications Programs (NSCP); Flight and Vehicle Technology for Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T); and Enterprise Technology Strategy leader over the areas of aerodynamics, propulsion, guidance, navigation and control, and computational science. She began her career in the Thermophysics Department of Boeing Satellite Systems in 1995.
Dr. Parker is a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her doctorate was earned as a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow while at Boeing. She is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s general management program.
Dr. Michelle Parker
As VP of government affairs and advocacy for SAIC's National Security and Civilian Markets groups, Lee works on behalf of key programs, pursuits, and policies involving the U.S. intelligence community, Air Force, Unified Combatant Command, NASA, and Department of Transportation (Federal Aviation Administration). A veteran of the Air Force, he has more than 25 years of experience and holds a master of science in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College. Mr. Rizzo's vast knowledge and experience helps NSSA reach new heights.