Board of Directors
Applied Communication Sciences reports exclusively to a proxy board comprised of U.S. citizens approved by the U.S. government. The extensive and impressive credentials of these board members is provided below.
John Hillen – Board Chairman
John Hillen is the former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, nominated by President George W. Bush, and serving in that position from 2005 until early 2007. John currently serves as the President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. formerly Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. (GTEC). He took the company public in November 2009.
While serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Dr. Hillen was the senior State Department official responsible for coordinating America’s diplomatic strategy with its military operations. He was also responsible for overseeing the department’s policies in the areas of international security, security assistance, military operations, weapons removal and abatement, and defense trade. His work standing up the US’s whole-of-government Counter-insurgency capability and strategy is profiled in Wall Street Journal reporter Nathan Hodge’s recent book Armed Humanitarians.
Prior to his appointment in the administration, Dr. Hillen served as the President of what is now CGI Federal Inc, the cleared American subsidiary of Canadian IT firm CGI, Inc. Previously, he was the head of the defense and intelligence business at American Management Systems Inc., which was sold to CACI International in 2004. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer of Island ECN, Inc., a financial services firm in New York City.
Dr. Hillen received his BA from Duke University, his MA from King's College London, his doctorate from the St Antony's College, Oxford, and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Committee on Economic Development, and The Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was for many years a contributing editor to National Review magazine, an ABC News consultant, and is a life member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Alan Wade, Retired CIO, Central Intelligence Agency
Alan Wade retired from federal service at the end of 2005 after a thirty-five year career in the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired as the Chief Information Officer, a position he held since 2001.
Early assignments at CIA involved technical programs in the United States and overseas, principally in the areas of telecommunications and technical security. The last fifteen years of his career involved a series of executive positions, including the Director of Communications, Director of Security, and Chief Information Officer. In his assignment as Chief Information officer, Alan was dual-hatted as the Chief Information Officer for the United States Intelligence Community.
Alan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1973, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1978, he received his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
During his career, Alan’s contributions were recognized several times. He received the Meritorious and Distinguished Officer designations, and is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Director of Central Intelligence’s Director’s Medal, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.
Dr. Cavaiola is the President of Cavaiola & Associates, LLC, a consulting and advisory services company focusing on the defense and security sectors, as well as corporate leadership and management. He has wide experience in start ups, strategic development, acquisitions, and disposals.
Dr. Cavaiola serves on a number of other public and private company boards and is a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. Dr. Cavaiola has nearly 20 years of executive level experience in the defense and security sectors, and served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense and Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense after distinguished careers in both the Navy and as Deputy Staff Director of the House Armed Services Committee.
He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a Ph.D. in Operations Research from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
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