What do you do for Barbaricum?
I joined the Barbaricum team in June 2015, as the Program Manager for the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO)-Special Warfare Technical Support (SWTS) contract. We recently won and executed the inaugural task order for this contract – a project with CTTSO and the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).
Since joining the company my role and portfolio has grown. I am now the Deputy Director of Operations for Technology Enabled Services (TES), which supports Department of Defense and Department of State clients in saleable, rapid acquisition; training; fielding; deploying FSR support; as well as facilitating testing and analytical events.
What is your career background?
I was in the United States Army for 11 years, and served about half of my career in US Army Special Forces. Throughout my time in the military, I managed numerous, complex, operational and logistical projects and programs stateside and overseas.
What has been the most interesting project you’ve worked on at Barbaricum?
One of my deep personal interests is giving back to the Special Operations community and my current role at Barbaricum is a great way to pursue that interest. My favorite projects are really divided in three areas from my previous career: rapid acquisition and technology assessment; training; and procurement. In regards to rapid acquisition and tech assessment, our recent work with CTTSO and USASOC on the inaugural task order was a lot of fun. We secured an airport facility to test and analyze light aircraft as a viable platform for Special Forces Teams. On the training aspect, working with the Department of State-High Threat Operations Course (DOS-HTOC) has been very rewarding. We coordinate 5-50 role players to help train Diplomatic Security Agents, who protect our deployed diplomats, dignitaries and other VIPs. We provide and coordinate the instruction of hostage training by working with highly qualified subject matter and PhD-qualified experts. As far as procurement, I have been working on the Targeted Requirements Execution, or T-REX, contract run through SOCOM. This program deals with the acquisition, storage, kitting, testing, shipping, and receiving of highly sophisticated, sensor-based technology. With our recent three Delivery Order wins, we have been extremely busy ensuring frontline SOF Operators have the most relevant technologies and training.
What types of activities do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy learning new skills, both within and outside my profession. This desire to learn has resulted in a diverse set of hobbies, for example studying and gaining basic proficiency in foreign languages and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures.
My family is of utmost importance to me. I love to spend as much time as possible with them. This past summer, we spent weekends at the pool, Tae Kwon Do, ballet, the bowling alley, and museums.
Any parting thoughts or comments?
Someone asked me the other day what I wanted to do when I grew up and my response was, “I think I’m doing it right now.”