Polar Star welcomes Ryan Bogadi, Systems Engineer. Ryan has over 10 years of experience
as a Systems Engineer and Program Manager in the Intelligence Community. He is Six-
Polar Star welcomes Jerry Murphy, as a Senior Systems Engineer working on the Scitor contract. Jerry has 24 years of experience providing professional engineering services, including systems engineering, system architecture, systems integration and project management activities. Jerry has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University in Sacramento, CA., and his M.S. Engineering, Telecommunications from George Washington University
Polar Star welcomes Martine Gobs, who began 2 May as a Principal Network Engineer.
Martine comes to PSC from MITRE where she was a Senior Network Engineer. In addition
to CISSP and CCNA certificates, she has completed Engineer-
Polar Star welcomes Jennifer Jones who started 1 February as a Senior Program Manager. Jen has 10+ years as a project/program management professional supporting the IC Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) systems. She holds PMP and ITIL certifications and is an expert project manager in network engineering systems, operations and maintenance reduction efforts, and business processes. She is experienced with leading transition activities, managing stakeholders and integrated project teams, effectively communicating, controlling schedules, defining requirements, and managing scope. Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Mary Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Virginia Wesleyan College.
Polar Star welcomes Tammy Brown as our Staff Accountant. Tammy has 20 years of experience in Finance, Contracts and Human Resources. We are very happy to have Tammy as part of our growing “Polar Bear” family.
Rodney Mitchell is the newest member of the Polar Star team. He has over 30 years of Government and Industry experience as a professional in Information Technology (IT) systems, network & engineering with a diverse exposure across acquisition, development, deployment, transition, engineering and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) domains. Rodney has collaboratively supported IC working groups and engineering forums to address both IC and Commonwealth partner challenges in support of business and mission objectives. He has been an international liaison for cross site/cross agency network and communication engineering endeavors promoting ops efficiencies and mission effectiveness.
Polar Star Consulting is excited to announce the publication of Dr. Jason Rupe’s “Science of Assurance” found in CRC’s Encyclopedia of Information Systems and Technology. View the Abstract here.
Chris Ayers has joined the Polar Star team as a Network Solutions Architect. Chris
has extensive experience as a Network Engineer supporting the IC. He has many Certifications
including CCNP, CCNA, JNCIS-
Robert Bain (Capt. USAF Ret.) has joined the Polar Star team as a Sr. Network Engineer.
Rob has 20 years of leadership experience in engineering, program management, acquisition,
technical and field service. He has 10 years of experience as a Systems Engineer
within the DoD and IC. Most recently, Rob was assigned to the NRO where he was the
CTO for the Network Services Group delivering high-
Rhonda Reed has joined the Polar Star team as a Sr. Systems Engineer. Rhonda has over 16 years of experience in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community as a Software/Systems Engineer. Rhonda brings to Polar Star her experience in the areas of SharePoint, system analysis application development, database administration and technical writing. Rhonda is also an Adjunct Professor in the American Public University System for MS Word 2010, MS Excel 2010, Database Concepts and Management (MS Access 2010) and Algebra 1. She holds an M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland.
The 5th annual Enterprise Innovation Symposium returned to the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in May. This year’s theme, “Cloud Security”, drew our largest number of attendees to date. Three excellent featured speakers and a diverse group of sponsors made EIS2014 the best event yet.
Polar Star Consulting is pleased to announce that our President, Robert Crinks has
been elected Vice Chair of the 2014 Advisory Council at the PTC Conference held January
The latest installment of the Enterprise Innovation Symposium focused on Speed, Mobility,
and Security -
Polar Star congratulates Dr. Wesley Kaplow on his selection to the AFCEA Cyber Committee. As one of the six AFCEA standing committees (Homeland Security, Intelligence, Cyber, Technology, Defense & Small Business), the Cyber Committee’s role is to coordinate and enhance AFCEA’s outreach to the cyber security community; and to cultivate a spirit of partnership among the government, public and private sectors that serve it. The Committee also serves as a forum to develop new ideas regarding cyber challenges and capabilities that impacts government (federal, state, local and international), industry and academia.
Colonel Nate White (ret) joins the Polar Star team. Nate has over 24 years of experience
in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community as a program manager and
contracting office. In addition, he has operational experience in space systems and
The Pacific Telecommunication Council Board of Governors, during its March 2012 meeting, appointed Robert Crinks to the Advisory Council to a term ending in January 2015.
The latest installment of the Enterprise Innovation Symposium is complete, and it was in every dimension the best ever. The presentations by government leaders, business leaders, and vendor representatives were not only informative, but were relevant to many of the problems that our government IT leadership face every day. The presentations were lively that sparked many though provoking conversations both during the presentations and during the breaks and reception.
For a view of the event, click here.
Polar Star received a Letter of Appreciation from Ms. Jill Singer for exceptional network engineering provided to the NRO CIO's office by Dennis Darak. Dennis was the key network engineer that was responsible for the IC Common Operating Environment meeting its Initial Operating Capability milestone.The IC COE project is a key initiative in the IC ITE.
Dr. Wesley Kaplow is featured in a new book, CTOs AT WORK. This book interviews thirteen CTOs discussing how CTOs view their jobs and the skills they consider most essential for success.
The 2011 Enterprise Innovation Symposium was a tremendous success. For a day-
For a view of the event and summary click here.
Polar Star Consulting is selected as the network architecture and engineering lead for a major United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA) project. Working as a subcontractor to decision/analysis partners, LLC, Polar Star is providing detailed architecture and engineering support to a “green field” city development project in the Middle East. The project encompasses a full range of issues including consumer and commercial service offering development, physical infrastructure guidance, overall systems architecture, engineering design, and product recommendations.
Dr. Jason Rupe joins Polar Star Consulting. Dr. Rupe will lead Polar Star’s capability for Operations Research, Management Science, and Telecommunication systems modeling. He is a well known expert in reliability and availability analysis and is the managing editor for IEEE Transactions on Reliability. He has created models for commercial and government networks of national scale, providing real insight into performance, operations, and costs.
Dennis Darak joins Polar Star Consulting. Dennis has extensive experience in network engineering including architecture, design, engineering, and implementation. He has specific expertise in network security including network element hardening, encryption systems, and network management security components.
Polar Star hosts the 2010 Enterprise Innovation Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Polar Star is selected as a major subcontractor under Scitor Corporation to support a major government customer. Under this subcontract, Polar Star will be responsible for the enterprise architecture, technology roadmap, technology insertion, and concept of operations for the customer’s communications and Information Technology systems.
Mary Battaglia joins Polar Star Consulting as Director of Security and Human Resources.
Ms. Battaglia brings over 25 years of Industrial Security experience in all facets
of the DoD and Intelligence Community security compliance. Ms. Battaglia has hired
and trained security professionals supporting small to mid-
Scott Knapp joins Polar Star Consulting. Mr. Knapp brings extensive Information Technology capabilities, having been involved with some of the largest and most complex hosting and data center solutions for the government.
Steven Goeringer joins Polar Star Consulting. Mr. Goeringer is a well known technology expert in the areas of optical transport systems and network security. He has applied this in the successful technology selection and risk reduction for both regional and nationwide government networks.
Dr. Wesley K. Kaplow joins as Vice President, Network Solutions and CTO. Dr. Kaplow brings the technology, solutions development that helped build Qwest Government Systems.
Polar Star Consulting is founded with its major goal of improving helping guide the government and its key contractors to take advantage of new technologies.