Board of Advisors

Major General David R. Gust, USA, Ret.

Major General Gust presently does consulting work for his own company, David R. Gust & Associates, LLC. Between April 2007 and May 2009, General Gust was the President of USfalcon, a privately-held company working with the U.S. Defense sector, primarily in information technology. Previously, General Gust had served as the Manager for Federal Telecommunications for Bechtel National, Inc. from November 2004 to March 2007. Prior to that, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Technical and Management Services Corporation from 2000 to 2004. General Gust retired from the United States Army in 2000 after completing a career of 34 years of service.

His General Officer assignments included the Program Executive Officer, Communications Systems (PEO-Comm Systems), Program Executive Officer, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO-IEW&S) and at Army Materiel Command, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition (DCSRDA). His final assignment at the Army Materiel Command included serving as the Chairman of the Source Selection Advisory Council for the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle procurement and supervising preparation of the acquisition procurement package for the Stryker combat vehicle.

General Gust received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver and Master’s Degrees in Systems Management and National Security and Strategy from the University of Southern California and the United States Naval War College, respectively.

Charles S. Phalen

Charles is an accomplished senior security executive with over 4 decades of experience including more than sixteen years leading the security programs at four federal agencies and a major defense corporation during periods of unprecedented growth, development, and challenge. During his career, he worked in and managed security activities in the United States and abroad involving government-wide investigations, facility and asset protection, operations support, risk analysis, and continuity of operations. Other key areas of experience include national and international crises, government and industry partnerships, business process reengineering, organizational development, P&L, and mergers.

Charles has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and criminology from the University of Maryland.

Martin J. Amen

Martin is a senior executive with 20 years in P&L ownership roles driving strategy, growth, and program performance; achieving year-over-year double-digit growth. He was promoted within Northrop Grumman 5 times to ever-increasing responsibilities, overseeing all elements of P&L to include: Operations, BD, Programs, Engineering, Manufacturing, and all other cross-functional elements, with employee counts over 500 and yearly revenue of $600M. Martin is an expert in strategic growth and capture winning over 50 prime contracts at a program value over $1B.  He has run enterprise organization at 4 major locations in the US and one in the UK and Australia. 

Martin has extensive experience in Digital Ecosystems, Additive Manufacturing, 5G Networks, Enterprise Network Operations, Space and EW Systems for multitude of customers to include US Space and Air Force, US Army PEO EIS, DARPA, OSD RD&E, all large Tier 1 defense contractors and commercial companies like Nokia, Apple, and AT&T.  

Martin received an MBA from George Mason University, MA in Information Technology from Webster University and BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwest Missouri State University.

Joseph F. Long

Joe has over thirty years of experience in the defense, aerospace sectors including service as a Naval Officer and as EOD and photo intelligence in Reserve service. His private sector experience is varied and extensive across a broad a range of Fortune 100 firms. His current work includes business and corporate development for large and small companies in the US and NATO space. His customers range from aviation and space startups to corporate growth analysis to service on several Boards and a DHS advisory telecom panel.

Joe is a decorated U.S. Navy Veteran. He is an NROTC scholarship graduate of the University of Rochester with post graduate study at American University. He also completed study at the US Navy Justice School.

Michael Polmar

Michael Polmar

Michael is a dynamic, entrepreneurial senior executive with 30+ years of demonstrated achievement and success. Michael currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of PCI Technology LLC, the technology company of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI). In this capacity, Michael directs all aspects of PCI Technology's growth and operations. Prior to this role, Michael held senior executive positions in numerous large federal integrators such as Vencore (now Peraton), ManTech, SAIC, and AT&T focused on growth, P&L ownership, and M&A.

Michael has extensive experience in leveraging technology to drive improved mission outcomes with expertise in strategic planning, terrestrial and satellite communications, and information technology to include SaaS/PaaS, data analytics, and IT modernization. He has successfully delivered major program outcomes for a variety of clients to include the Intelligence Community, U.S. Army, NATO, DHS, and DoJ to include Justice Management Division and most of DoJ's components.

Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

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