Executive Advisory Board (EAB)

Navstar maintains a diverse, distinguished, dynamic group of very accomplished government and business executives on its EBA. The EBA was formed, and is maintained, for the purpose of utilizing their significance experience in M & A, finance, intelligence community procurement, government contracting and small business growth strategies; to provide insight and guidance to Navstar management in the development and execution of our aggressive long-range strategic plan.

Scott Goss – President and CEO of Preferred Systems Solutions

As the President and CEO of Preferred Systems Solutions, Mr. Goss currently oversees and supports all facets of the PSS organization and sets the strategic direction of the company.  His reputation within the National Capital Area as an outstanding Information Technology manager led CM Equity Partners to seek his expertise when they acquired PSS in 2007.  Since joining PSS, Mr. Goss has made significant improvements to the corporate infrastructure, while strengthening PSS’ bottom line through acquisitions and organic growth.  Previously, Mr. Goss has served as a consultant to various companies ranging in size from $5M to over $1B in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Finance, Accounting, Operations, and Business Development.  In addition, he has held executive management roles with such government contractors as General Dynamics and Dataline, Inc.

Michael P. Harden – CEO, Executive Coach, and Serial Entrepreneur

Mr. Harden has nearly 40 years of progressive business management and leadership experience, with 20 at the CEO/President level.  He built and ran Fiserv Federal Systems, a $60 million division of a Fortune 500 Company, as well as founded Century Technology Services and Cytivity Corporation.  He has also held key positions with Citicorp Information Resources, BancTec, and Sterling Software. Mr. Harden has been featured in esteemed newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, TV news programs including CNN’s Money Line, and is frequently interviewed on news radio programs.  He has testified before several Congressional Committees, advised Senators and Congressional Representatives on emerging technology issues, and consulted with business and government leaders around the world.  Currently, he coaches CEOs in the greater DC area.

Reginald D. Hyde – Executive Director at University of Alabama Cyber Institute

Formerly, Mr. Hyde enjoyed 29 years in government, serving as a senior Executive in DoD, the IC and the CIA, with extensive experience in Policy, Strategy, Management, Operations and Technology.  He served in a variety of senior positions, including Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (DUSDI), the Senior Customer Representative for IQT, and other positions at CIA.  Beyond his work at the University, Mr. Hyde serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of several companies involved in technology, defense and intelligence.

Joanne O. Isham – Chairman and CEO of Strategic Connections and Solutions

Ms. Isham is the Chairman and CEO of Strategic Connections and Solutions. She has spent more than 30 years in the Intelligence community for the federal and private sectors. Isham has held executive management roles with such government contractors as BAEHigh Performance Technologies and L-1 Identity Solutions. Currently, she is a member of the Director of National Intelligence Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees of Analytic Services, the Board of Directors of the Hertz Foundation and the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation.

Philip Merritt

Mr. Merritt retired after a 30-year career in the Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) in the Intelligence Community. His record of accomplishment as a senior program manager includes the fields of space, airborne and ground based intelligence collection and processing. He has deep experience in signals intelligence, imagery intelligence, space communications systems, and systems engineering across the full life cycle of program management with an emphasis on acquisition, systems engineering and resource management. In 2015, the DS&T recognized Mr. Merritt for demonstrating the essential attributes of the directorate: deep technical expertise, disciplined program management, and responsiveness to mission.

Prior to joining the Intelligence Community Mr. Merritt spent nearly 9 years at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, CA. Initially he was responsible for developing real-time process control software to control Electron Beam Lithography systems used to fabricate advanced integrated circuits. His last position at the Labs was Program Manager for DARPA’s Very High Speed Integrated Circuit (VHSIC) Electron Beam Lithography Development Program.

Mr. Merritt has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo, CA and a M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Richard Wilhelm

Mr. Wilhelm recently retired as an Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led the firm’s business with the U.S. Intelligence Community. Previously, he led the firm’s Analytics business.  He was also a member of the Booz Allen Executive Management Committee. Mr. Wilhelm joined Booz Allen in 1998 and became an Executive Vice President in 2009.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, he had a 29-year career in government as a military intelligence officer and civilian appointee, including Executive Director for Intelligence Community Affairs during the Clinton Administration and service on Vice President Al Gore’s national security staff, where he was responsible for intelligence, counterterrorism, and a range of global national security issues. As a U.S. Navy officer, he co-directed the Joint Intelligence Center for Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and was the first director of information warfare at the National Security Agency. He had numerous overseas command and shipboard assignments while in the Navy. He has testified before Congress, was a member of two Defense Science Boards, and is a member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Mr. Wilhelm has a B.A. degree in Russian studies from Syracuse University and performed graduate work at Georgetown University. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College and graduated with distinction from the Defense Language Institute’s advanced Russian language course.

Wayne Wilkinson – President and CEO of Nedac

Mr. Wilkinson is an accomplished leader with substantial experience leading defense, intelligence, and technology organizations through periods of rapid growth and development.  A government contracting veteran with nearly two decades of experience, his expertise spans all areas of strategic planning, corporate development and business operations.  Currently the President and CEO of Nedac, Mr. Wilkinson has also held key positions with Data Technologies & Analytics LLC, Harding Security Associates Inc., Athena Innovative Solutions Inc., L-3 Communications, and Pearson Analytic Solutions.  His industry involvement includes MissionLink, AFCEA International, Association for Corporate Growth, ExecutiveBiz’ 4×24 Cyber Group, Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Potomac Officers Club and Professional Services Council.  He has also served on the board of advisors of Arrowpoint Corp., Information Experts and Dozier Technology Inc.