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Rocky Mountain NDIA is an independent chapter of National Defense Industrial Association. We support a defense community that employees thousands of skilled professionals in (and contributes billions of dollars to) the metro areas of Colorado Springs and Denver.

Rocky Mountain NDIA provides valuable tools for military, government, civilian and academic professionals to improve their skills, advance their careers, and further the mission of national security. We support the community through networking events such as happy hours and Brown Bag lunches; continuing education through seminars, webinars and panel discussions; fundraising events such as the NDIA IMAGE Golf Tournament and the Annual NDIA Rocky Mountain Ball; recognition programs like the annual Hartinger and Patriot Awards; and volunteer/funding support for elementary school STEM education efforts like The Edge of Space and Rocket Day.

We support critical industry and military organizations & facilities:

  • United States Space Command (USSPACECOM)
  • National Space Defense Center (NSDC)
  • United States Space Force (USSF) Space Operations Command (SPOC) and its operating bases at Peterson SFB, Schriever SFB, Buckley SFB, and Cheyenne Mountain SFS
  • USSF Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM)
  • North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)/United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)
  • Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC)
  • Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)/Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC)
  • Missile Defense Integration Operations Center (MDIOC)
  • Fort Carson and its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site
  • 10th Special Forces Group
  • US Air Force Academy
  • Colorado National Guard the High Altitude Army Training Facility
  • USAF Initial Flight Training
  • Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) sites in northeastern Colorado

Rocky Mountain NDIA Mission Statement: The Rocky Mountain Chapter NDIA promotes a strong, diverse Colorado security ecosystem through education, awareness, and advocacy. We exist to provide value to our community by improving national security and warfighter support and enhancing the region’s economic base. We are a catalyst for the formation of meaningful connections regionally, nationally, and globally.

Thomas C. Walker

President
Director, Colorado Springs
Lockheed Martin Government Affairs
719-466-7919

Dr. Tom Walker is the Colorado Springs Corporate Lead for Lockheed Martin Government Affairs. In this  capacity, Dr. Walker supports all Lockheed Martin business activities in the Rocky Mountain region.

Dr. Walker served over 30 years in the US Air Force (USAF), both active duty and civil service. He retired as a Colonel with over 20 years of operational, technical, staff, and executive experience serving in various assignments, including the Chief of Staff’s Action Group, Headquarters (HQ) USAF; Operations Officer, 2nd Space Launch Squadron; and then as Commander, 30th Operations Support Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Walker was the Chief of the Global Warning and Defense Division within the Directorate of Requirements, HQ AFSPC. Dr. Walker graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s degree in Engineering Administration from George Washington University, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Roger “RV” Vincent

Vice President
Corporate Lead Executive – Colorado
Northrop Grumman Corporation
719-313-2718

Roger Vincent is the Corporate Lead Executive – Colorado for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security. In this role, Roger focuses on the NG relationship with United States Space Command, United States Northern Command, United States Space Force Space Operations Command, Space Training and Readiness Command, and Department of Defense Facilities on the Front Range. Roger retired from the USAF in 2016, where he played a key role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our nation’s air, space, and cyberspace forces.

Karri Palmetier

Secretary
Palmetier Law
303-697-8914

Karri Palmetier brings over two decades of experience in government contracting, aerospace, and defense industries. She started as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate supporting major defense programs, operational contracting, and international/joint war operations. Karri gained breadth at a major law firm working on various matters. She worked for United Launch Alliance, enabling the company’s operations through major government and commercial contracts, business system compliance, subcontract administration, and many others. Now, she uses her unique and diverse background to advise companies on all aspects of government contracting. Palmetier Law is a woman-owned small business and certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business.

Kathy Vinson, SPHR, MBA

Treasurer
Director, Colorado Springs
Obsidian HR
719-339-8007

As Director for Obsidian HR, Kathy Vinson serves as a trusted HR advisor to our clients by providing strategic and tactical HR guidance as to regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, and employee relations.

Before joining Obsidian HR, Kathy was Vice President – Operations for the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, responsible for the direction and leadership of all operational areas, including customer service, IT, web services, HR, and facilities and infrastructure. During Kathy’s 10+ years at the Foundation, it was repeatedly designated as one of the “Best Nonprofits to Work For” by The Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group.

Kathy received the 2019 Tourism Leadership Award presented by the Colorado Springs visitor and tourism organization, VisitCOS, recognizing her leadership of the annual Space Symposium and her contributions to the resilience and growth of the Pikes Peak region.

Fred Gaudlip

Sr. Director, Space Domain Awareness Solutions
Kratos RT Logic
719-472-3318 x1778

Fred Gaudlip has supported America’s space programs for more than 30 years and is currently responsible for developing and executing programs which push the leading edge of technology for Kratos|RT Logic customers. Prior to joining Kratos|RT Logic, he led all aspects of business development for a business segment dedicated to new technology creation. As a military officer, Fred led multiple space operations organizations. He also earned a B.S. in Human Factors Engineering from the US Air Force Academy, an M.A. in International Relations from Creighton University, and an M.A. in Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Air University.

William (Bill) O’Brien

Senior Capture Manager
American Systems Corporation
719-474-9990

William O’Brien is a Senior Capture Manager with American Systems Corporation, an NDIA member company responsible for developing and winning new business, primarily focused on the I-25 Corridor from Wyoming to New Mexico. Before his position with American Systems Corporation, Mr. O’Brien was Vice President, Business Development for Northrop Grumman IT, SAIC as Vice President, reporting directly to the CEO and as a Senior Business Development Director for Artic Slope Regional Company. Mr. O’Brien holds an Associate Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice and served as a Police officer from 1979 to 1999. Retiring as a Sergeant with numerous commendations from local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, Mr. O’Brien coordinated efforts with multiple federal agencies involved in counterintelligence and counternarcotics. Mr. O’Brien is an Ambassador for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council. Mr. O’Brien is also a member of the Military Affairs Council for the Colorado Spring Chamber & EDC.

Tracey Hayes

General Manager
Aerospace Division for Sev1Tech
(719) 400-8369

Ms. Tracey Hayes is the General Manager of the Aerospace Division for Sev1Tech, developing business strategies and solutions for the US Space Force, US Air Force, and NASA. Ms. Hayes served as a space and missile operator in the US Air Force for over 26 years, retiring in May 2017. She possesses significant program management, strategic planning, and major weapon systems upgrades and development experience. Ms. Hayes also has a proven ability to lead personnel through vast mission and organizational changes. Her US Air Force career includes extensive experience on the Joint Staff J3, serving as a foreign exchange officer in Canada’s Department of National Defense and command positions including vice wing commander and wing commander.

Rob Henderson

Vice President of Operations
The Space Foundation

Mr. Rob Henderson is the Vice President of Operations at The Space Foundation. Rob plays a pivotal role within the organization that ties multiple departments of Space Foundation together. He is responsible for overall logistical support to all headquarters personnel and functions and operational support to ensure the success of the two organizational divisions. The VP of Operations also plays a critical role in leadership within the organization’s emergency management plans. Before joining Space Foundation, Rob served as an Air Force officer for 27 years, retiring in 2022.

David Höllenbach

General Manager
DSoft Technology, Engineering & Analysis, Inc.
719-598-7107 x105

Mr. Hollenbach is the President and CEO at DSoft Technology, a Colorado SDVOSB. He has worked on a variety of systems engineering and information technology projects. His domain experience ranges from working on military, civil, and commercial sector space-related projects as an engineer/analyst and operator to commercial and government application development projects as a systems engineer and project manager.  David graduated with military and academic distinction from the US Air Force Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics. He later received his Master of Science in Systems Engineering (emphasis on Reliability and Maintainability, Operations Research, mechanical engineering, and systems integration) from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Joe Kahoe

Business Development Director
UICGS and Bowhead Family of Companies, Colorado Springs
719-210-5568

Joe Kahoe, Col USAF (ret) is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President for Awards and Recognition, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. Joe currently serves as the Business Development Director for UICGS and Bowhead Family of Companies in Colorado Springs. He serves on the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Aerospace Defense Team and Military Affairs Council. Since 2004, Joe has led (or co-led) the annual IMAGE golf tournament, which raises funds for STEM scholarships and related STEM activities for our local chapters of NDIA, AFCEA, and AFA. Joe has been an RMC NDIA BOD member since 2004 and served as Treasurer and head of the Finance Committee in past tours.

Mike Manor

Senior Director, Government Relations
Space and National Security Sierra Nevada Corporation
719-619-5045

Mike provides strategic focus and guidance for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) programs that support National Security Space requirements and subject matter expertise for all projects involving space.

Mike is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel whose career spans more than 27 years; he commanded a space operations squadron and an air operations center and held various other positions at the squadron, directorate, numbered air force, major command, and Joint Staff levels.  Before his retirement, he was the Director of the Commander’s Action Group for the U.S. Space Force, Chief of Space Operations, and Commander of U.S. Space Command, helping create the U.S. Space Force and re-establishing the U.S. Space Command. Mike received the prestigious General Jerome F. O’Malley Distinguished Space Leadership Award.

Kelly Shelton

Senior Community Investment Specialist
BAE Systems
214-552-6235

In her current role as a Senior Community Investment Specialist, she supports BAE’s Electronic System’s Community Investment team by leading STEM Tech Power grant partner efforts from the grants process to employee volunteer engagement opportunities. She also supports all BAE Electronic Systems sites in their local philanthropy and volunteers engagement efforts. Before joining BAE Electronic Systems’ community investment team, Kelly served as the Development Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) for the Air Force Academy Foundation, where she led CFR strategy and relations, including stewardship, retention, and acquisition of corporate and foundation partners. Kelly is a Certified Fundraising Executive with 13 years of nonprofit, fundraising, and relationship management experience. Before the Air Force Academy Foundation, she served as the Senior Manager of Engagement and Outreach at Space Foundation.

Matt McGuire

Principal Director
Booz Allen Hamilton

Matt McGuire brings more than 35 years of professional experience working DoD technology strategy, planning and execution to include: engineering and technology solutions, operational planning, and strategic planning. He is the Booz Allen Hamilton site lead for Colorado Springs and is responsible for the defense space market in Colorado and New Mexico with a focus on engineering and solutions. He holds a MA in Business Management as well as Certifications in Program Management and Agile.

Matt leads large portions of Booz Allen Hamilton’s space strategy and was responsible for spearheading a presence with space-focused organizations in Albuquerque, N.M. His team develops solutions for PNT; RF Resiliency; Cyber Resiliency; Modern, Cloud-Based Ground Systems; Electronic Warfare; Advanced Analytics; and Immersive Space Training.  His team also supports large Systems Engineering and Integration efforts with U.S. Space Force organizations and corporate responsibilities include market strategy and development, merger and acquisition strategy, staff development, and community outreach.  He has been a program manager on numerous contracts supporting DoD clients and leads several Booz Allen activities to include university partnerships, Catalyst Campus engagement, and small business relationship building.  Matt also brings over 13 years of Air Force experience in the DoD acquisition and requirements processes, appropriation law, and DoD Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution.

Jake Price

Senior Consultant
ClearPlan LLC

Experienced Project Planner with a demonstrated history of working in the Aerospace and Aviation industries. Highly skilled in Excel, Financial Modeling, Data Analysis, Public Speaking, and Project Management. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Finance, from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dan Jaworowski

President
Infinity Systems Engineering

Mr. Daniel (Dan) Jaworowski is Infinity’s President and responsible for the short- and long-term vision of the company to encompass managing the executive team, controlling budgets, establishing policies and strategies, and fulfilling Infinity’s mission. Dan has extensive experience in aerospace and defense as a major portfolio manager and business leader. In the executive role, Dan has a proven record of successful program execution including major ground system sustainment and space system development, all while delivering outstanding business results.

Norm Anderson

CEO
Veteran Engineering and Technology, LLC

Veteran Engineering and Technology, LLC is a leading IT system, systems engineering, and technical management firm specializing in cost-effective, high-quality, and industry-leading support services for various government and commercial clients. VET was incorporated in 2003 as a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and built upon a commitment to excellence, duty, and honor. The company is headquartered in scenic Colorado Springs near four major military installations, including Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, and the Air Force Academy. VET’s mission is to be the most responsive SDVOSB west of the Mississippi, providing leading-edge solutions to our customers.

Maj Gen Wesley Clark USAF (Ret)

Wesley “Wes” Clark has a long-term association with NDIA, having served on the Boards of both the Los Angeles and Colorado Springs Chapters, and as a member of the NDIA Space Division. Following his retirement from the Air Force as Vice Commander of AF Space Command, and as one of the founders of AFSPC, he worked for the Grumman Corp in Southern California and later formed his own company, Parsec. Upon returning to Colorado Springs, he became the lead executive (“Mayor”) for SAIC operations in Colorado Springs and retired after 8 years in that position. He formerly served as a Board member on the Peak Military Care Network and formerly served as Chairman of the MAC. He is also a recipient of both the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Hartinger Award and NDIA’s Gold Medal.

Richard “Doc” Klodnicki, Ph.D., PMP

CEO, President
Aereti, Inc.
719-271-4406

AERETI provides consulting services for business leadership, management, and strategic planning, focusing on business growth. AERETI also supports executives in their unique organizational roles and interactions with a board of directors.  As CEO, Doc provides the strategy and leads the development of the people and capabilities of AERETI to provide the services, and products companies need to successfully grow their business.

Kevin “Morty” Mortensen

Vice President, Space, and Cyberspace Initiatives
BAE Systems, Inc.
(719) 232-2531

Kevin “Morty” Mortensen is the Vice President, Space and Cyberspace Initiatives at BAE Systems, Inc. In this role, he consults and collaborates with customers across the US Space Force and US Air Force enterprise on their required capabilities to meet emerging threats and future mission needs. Mr. Mortensen is a retired U.S. Air Force Officer, having served 29+ years in various national security space-related and leadership roles. Mr. Mortensen serves on the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) National Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of the NDIA Space Division and Director Emeritus with the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter. Mr. Mortensen also serves as Chair of the Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council and serves on the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Mortensen is a Member of the National Space Club and Foundation’s Board of Directors.

CMSGT Charles P. “Chuck” Zimkas, JR., USAF (RET)

Former President
Space Foundation

Chuck Zimkas retired as President of the Space Foundation after completing a distinguished 27-year career with the organization.  He played a key role in the continued success of the annual Space Symposium, the Space Foundation’s relocation to its current world headquarters, and the creation of the Space Foundation Discovery Center. The Space Foundation established the Chuck and Ursula Zimkas Space Library at its world headquarters in 2013 to recognize their long-time service and volunteer contributions.

Henry Baird

President
Baird & Associates, LLC
719-650-4390

Henry Baird is the President of Baird & Associates, LLC, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Baird & Associates, LLC is a consulting company specializing in advice for space system requirements, launch vehicle development, and launch and flight testing of advanced aircraft.

Mr. Baird served in the United States Air Force for 28 years. While in the Air Force, he had assignments in the United Kingdom and across the United States. His assignments have included duty as an F-111A/D/E weapon system officer; test navigator on the B-2 strategic bomber; DoD liaison to the U.S. State Department, Delta II Program Manager, and Deputy Director for Launch Programs at the Space and Missile Systems Center. He has also held leadership positions as the Secretary of the Air Force Space Acquisition Directorate and Headquarters Air Force Space Command. Mr. Baird’s Air Force responsibilities have included managing research and development and production of all heritage launch vehicles including the Delta II, Atlas II, and Titan II and IV, developing concepts and defining requirements for future space and missile systems, testing the first of its kind strategic bomber, the B-2, and advocating funding for current and future Air Force space systems.

Philip Kwong

President (2021-2022)
Principal Account Executive, National Security, and US Space Force
Amazon Web Services

Phil was previously the Deputy then Program Manager for the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) and the Chief and Founder of the Defense Intelligence VSAT Network (DIVN), the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Global Satellite Communication Program. He served over 20 years in the Army in various capacities, including: as an Armored Cavalry Tank Platoon Leader during OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD/STORM, a Tactical and Strategic Military Intelligence Officer, Army Staff during 9/11, and numerous overseas assignments, including Iraq, Korea, and Afghanistan. He is a member of NDIA, AFCEA, AUSA, and MOAA and is active in youth development in our community, including Cubmaster with Cub Scouts, Assistant Scoutmaster, and TKD instructor.

Kevin “Morty” Mortensen

President (2018-2020)
Vice President, Space, and Cyberspace Initiatives
BAE Systems, Inc.

Kevin “Morty” Mortensen is the Vice President, Space and Cyberspace Initiatives at BAE Systems, Inc. In this role, he consults and collaborates with customers across the US Space Force and US Air Force enterprise on their required capabilities to meet emerging threats and future mission needs. Mr. Mortensen is a retired U.S. Air Force Officer, having served 29+ years in various national security space-related and leadership roles. Mr. Mortensen serves on the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) National Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of the NDIA Space Division and Director Emeritus with the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter. Mr. Mortensen also serves as Chair of the Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council and serves on the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Mortensen is a Member of the National Space Club and Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Richard “Doc” Klodnicki, Ph.D., PMP

President (2016-2018)
CEO, President
Aereti, Inc.
719-271-4406

AERETI provides consulting services for business leadership, management, and strategic planning, focusing on business growth. AERETI also supports executives in their unique organizational roles and interactions with a board of directors.  As CEO, Doc provides the strategy and leads the development of the people and capabilities of AERETI to provide the services, and products companies need to successfully grow their business.

James “Jim” Painter

President (2015-2016)
Manager, Space & Intelligence Systems
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems

Henry Baird

President
Baird & Associates, LLC
719-650-4390

Debbie McCarthy

President (2014-2015)
Vice President of Air Force Programs
Lockheed Martin

T.I. Weintraub

President (2009-2011)
ATLAS Space Operations

Lamberth Blalock

President (2008-2009)
Operations Research, Inc.

Robert G. Peterson

President (2005-2007)
President
RG Peterson Consulting

Bob Peterson served as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NDIA from October 2005 to September 2007. This followed his stint as President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of NDIA during his Lockheed Martin assignment in Los Angeles from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Peterson served as Vice President of Space Programs, Lockheed Martin Corporate Business Development, from January 2004 until his retirement in February 2009. Before joining Lockheed in 2003, he served as a meteorologist, missileer, and space requirements officer in the Air Force for 26 years. He retired in the grade of Colonel on January 1, 1993. Following his retirement from Lockheed Martin, he established RG Peterson Consulting, LLC. He continues active in many groups, including NDIA, AFA, Pikes Peak Round Table, Colorado Thirty Group, The Home Front Cares, and the Colorado Consortium of Earth and Space Studie

Joan Sell

President (2003-2005)
National Secretary Emeritus
Air Force Association

Larry Hungerford

President (2001-2003)
Terma North America, Inc.

Larry Fortner

President (1999-2001)
Consultant

Gayle White

President (1997-1999)
Colorado Aerospace Consultants, LLC

Gayle White is the President of Colorado Aerospace Consultants, LLC. He has been an operations and business development director in the aerospace contractor community for the past 31 years following a 20-year Air Force career. Gayle’s years in the industry include Director-level positions at CSC and The Boeing Company, with roles in business development for IT, space, and missile defense programs. Operations positions include Global Positioning System (GPS) technical assistant and Maui Space Surveillance Site manager. His military experience includes configuration control of NORAD’s Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment (ITW/AA) System, management of Cheyenne Mountain computer operations, command of one of Air Force Space Command’s missile warning and space surveillance sites, ICBM logistics systems software development and NATO forces database management. Gayle was President of the NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter (1997-99), Chairman of the NDIA Space Division (2000-2002), and Executive Secretary of the Space Division (2010-2018).

Ted Kerr

President (1995-1997)

Phil Heacock

President (1995-1997)
Harris
Rocky Mountain

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