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The domestic industrial base plays a vital role in national defense.  SMI’s defense industrial base practice promotes transition of clients’ products to enhance Department of Defense capabilities by securing the partnerships and funding needed to refine and scale up the production process. SMI’s proven ability to identify products that meet defense requirements and to work with clients to help them meet development and acquisition timelines ensures that the best technology scales and transitions where it’s needed the most.  SMI is the leading firm in DC helping companies take advantage of the Defense Production Act and Defense Manufacturing programs.

  • Capabilities

    SMI’s defense manufacturing team is focused on transitioning our clients’ technologies to the defense programs of record where it’s needed the most. SMI works with clients to build relationships directly with Program Executive Offices, Product Managers, and prime contractors to create awareness and eventually advocacy for clients’ technologies. Our knowledge of defense acquisition program priorities and manufacturing programs available to help industry improve, scale-up, and the reduce cost of the production allows us to develop strategies that provide our clients with the tools needed for commercialization.

  • Case Studies
  • Team

    SMI’s Defense Manufacturing team has the experience needed to navigate Department of Defense acquisition programs, build coalitions to support critical technologies, secure funding, and eventually transition our clients’ technologies. Our team members have served in technical and leadership roles for key manufacturing programs within the Department of Defense, and have led key manufacturing policy initiatives on Capitol Hill for several years. The Defense Manufacturing team’s blend of DoD insiders and lobbyists are equipped with the network and inside knowledge needed to bring technology to the defense market.

    SMI Team: Glen T. Mandigo

    Glen T. Mandigo

    President & CEO
    SMI Team: Bill McCann

    Bill McCann

    Chief Operating Officer
    SMI Team: Ted Lynch

    Ted Lynch

    SMI Team: Mark Gillman

    Mark Gillman

    Senior Vice President
    SMI Team: Damian Kunko

    Damian Kunko

    Senior Vice President for BD
    SMI Team: Ken Wetzel

    Ken Wetzel

    Senior Vice President
    SMI Team: Bill Berl

    Bill Berl

    Vice President
    SMI Team: Patrick Davis

    Patrick Davis

    Vice President
    SMI Team: Mike Stacy

    Mike Stacy

    Vice President
    SMI Team: Jeremy Steslicki

    Jeremy Steslicki

    Vice President
    SMI Team: Pat Malloy

    Pat Malloy

    SMI Team: Dennis Padilla

    Dennis Padilla

    Senior Contracting Specialist
    SMI Team: Aarzu Maknojia

    Aarzu Maknojia

    Junior Associate
    SMI Team: Richa Patel

    Richa Patel

    Junior Associate

  • Advisors

    Russ Alexander, Ph.D., P.E.

    Previous Chief of ORTA for the U.S. Army AMRDEC

    David Anhalt

    25+ years of experience in air and space systems

    Sharon Beermann-Curtin

    30 years of experience in tech development and transition of innovative solutions to warfighter

    Gary Steven Connor

    30 years of experience in program management and senior executive leadership in the USAF

    Roger Crane, Ph.D.

    30 years of Composites Expertise and Navy (NAVSEA) advanced materials work

    Doug Deason, Ph.D.

    Previous Director of Advanced Research for the Missile Defense Agency

    Jon DeVault

    Led DARPA Composites Initiative - 20 years of Executive leadership in advanced materials

    Mike Dubberly

    Head of the Structures Division at Naval Air Systems Command

    Alex Fleming

    25+ years of technical leadership managing teams in extreme-environment system designs

    LtG Gordon "Gordy" Fornell

    Former Commander, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB, 50 years acquisition experience

    Douglas Freitag

    20 years of experience with federal business development and market research

    Captain Theodore Hack

    30 year career in US Navy Submarine Force. Expert on shipbuilding and submarine programs.

    Robert "Bob" Hamlen, Ph.D.

    Chief of the Power Division at the U.S. Army's CERDEC

    Sam Horton

    Engineer in the Navy office of Mine and Undersea Warfare and Sen. Snowe staff

    Jim Kohlenberger

    Chief of Staff for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

    Gerry Lamb

    Leading shipbuilding advocate and former government relations for General Dynamics

    David Maass

    Business Development Manager for Dow-UT and founder of Advanced Composite Products

    Michael ‘Mick’ Maher

    Advanced materials and manufacturing experience with DARPA

    Richard Matlock

    40 years of experience in government service and major acquisitions

    Timothy McCoy, Ph.D.

    Director of the U.S. Navy's Electric Ships Office (PMS-320)

    Tobin McGregor

    Technology transfer expert and technology commercialization manager at NIST MEP

    Colonel Jack O'Neill

    30 years of active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Kathryn Pate, Ph.D.

    15+ years of medical research experience

    Captain Pat Peterson

    Former Naval Aviator and member of the Chief of Naval Operations Staff

    Charles "Chip" Roth

    Senior Project Engineer at Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin

    C. Matthew Sagely

    25+ years of senior Washington leadership spanning several issue areas

    BG John “Jack” Schmitt

    Asst. CoS for Operations, Kosovo Forces, Director of Army Digitization, Boeing executive

    Gilbert Siegert

    Former Air Force officer, DoD space technology and policy expert

    Colonel Thomas Stautz

    Manager of research and develop efforts for Special Operations and Programs community

    Anthony "Tony" Tether, Ph.D.

    Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 2001 through 2009

    James Zheng, Ph.D.

    Former Chief Scientist for PEO-Soldier