MTN Government Announces New Advisory Board

Senior Military and Industry Business Leaders to Provide Strategic and Market Guidance

April 15, 2014 (Leesburg, Va.) – MTN Government (MTNGOV), a subsidiary of MTN Communications (MTN), announces the formation of an MTNGOV Advisory Board with veteran military, intelligence and industry business leaders.

Members of the Advisory Board include: U.S. Marine Corps Major General George J. Allen (retired), U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Albert J. "Al" Edmonds (retired), Blu Venture Investors co-founder James Hunt, U.S. Army Major General N. Lee S. Price (retired) and U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Verbeck (retired). The Board will be charged with providing advice and guidance on MTNGOV’s overall business strategy and key development initiatives.

“Since the early 1980s, MTN has been a technology innovator—evolving from a satellite communications (SATCOM) provider to a full-service integrator of advanced and mobile communications, cybersecurity, ISR and intelligence solutions serving U.S. DoD and civilian agencies worldwide,” said Peg Grayson, president of MTNGOV.

“We are fortunate to work with such an esteemed group of military and intelligence community leaders. We will have the benefit of their field-tested advice and counsel to ensure that our satellite, cyber/intelligence and ISR programs are meeting the present and future needs of the U.S. and Allied Nation Governments.”

  • Lt. Gen. Albert J. "Al" Edmonds (ret.), USAF brings more than 40 years of experience as a notable figure in the DoD and government technology communities. Before retiring from the military, he was the USAF director of the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) and manager of the National Communications System. He was president of Electronic Data Systems Corporation’s (EDS)—now HP—Government unit, and was a senior advisor for technology for Dimensions International. He recently served as chairman of the NASA Information Technology Infrastructure Committee, and is the former Chairman and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of America, and a member of the Air Force C4 Association.
  • Maj. Gen. George J. Allen (ret.), USMC served as director of Plans and Policy for the U.S. Cyber Command, where he established plans and policy initiatives in support of the DoD’s new cyber directives. Previously Gen. Allen served as director for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and deputy DON chief information officer (DDCIO), during which he overhauled the USMC C4 architecture by modernizing its fleet of more than $2 billion in SATCOM, networking systems and other communications-electronics equipment. 
  • Maj. Gen. N. Lee S. Price (ret.), USA draws on 38 years of military experience as a decorated retired officer for the U.S. Army. General Price broke barriers as the first female to serve as Program Executive Officer for Command Control Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), where she was responsible for managing upwards of $5 billion in annual funding to acquire, sustain and support the networked mission command solutions and specialized applications for tactical forces. Her deep expertise ranges across several technical areas related to DoD operations, including acquisition and program management, special ops, strategic planning, organizational development and communications. 
  • Brig. Gen. Thomas Verbeck (ret.), USAF has more than 38 years of extraordinary operational and technical leadership experience, both in the USAF and business, leading multi-military service and business organizations successfully. He has led multiple tasks at multiple levels (politically and technically) in air and communications/information and IT operations—around the globe—in more than 92 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia and supported Department of State (DOS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Brig. Gen. Verbeck was the first J3 (director of Operations) for Cyber Operations at a U.S. Combatant Command. Named a Federal Government Top 100 CIO, he has also served three times as CIO/CTO for organizations in excess of 10,000 personnel, as an air traffic control landing systems engineer and as a program manager for Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems (with more than $100 million in acquisitions), and as a tactical air controller.
  • James Hunt, Co-founder of Blu Venture Investors, brings a wealth of technical and business expertise as a successful entrepreneur and angel investor, having founded several of the largest government contractor and software companies, including Ernst & Young Technologies, BDS and Price Waterhouse’s System Integration (SI) practice. Jim sits on the board of six technology companies and has helped build more than two dozen companies over the past 20 years. 

The MTNGOV Advisory Board held its first official meeting this month and will be holding subsequent meetings on a quarterly basis.

About MTN Government
A U.S. company, MTN Government is a respected leader in satellite communications, cybersecurity and integrated ISR solutions serving high-demand users at the uppermost levels of the military and government. MTNGOV owns and operates a global network infrastructure with C-, Ku- and X-band satellite access, IA MAC Level 1 compliant teleports, a global multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network, and redundant network operations centers. Furthering its 30-year history and commitment toward innovation, MTN created an Innovation Program with nearly 50 technology innovators located in Seattle, Wash. and Miramar, Fla., dedicated to advancing cloud computing and mobility technologies for government and commercial applications in land, maritime, aeronautical and cyber environments. For more information, visit www.mtngov.com.

About MTN
MTN is the leading global provider of communications and content services for maritime and remote locations. Since launching the first stabilized satellite antenna for ships at sea in the early 1980s, MTN has been pioneering remote-connectivity technologies that become longstanding solutions. Today, the company serves most of the world’s cruise lines, as well as hundreds of yachts, cargo ships, oil and gas vessels, ferries, and military aircraft, ships, vehicles and facilities. MTN Nexus™, the company’s advanced communications ecosystem, is the first hybrid C-/Ku-band and broadband wireless network that is delivering content with land-like speeds to vessels at sea. For more information, visit www.mtnsat.com.

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