Noblis NSP Leadership
Ellen E. McCarthy – President
Ellen E. McCarthy serves as the President of Noblis NSP overseeing the organization and leading its mission to serve clients in the Intelligence Community. She brings an extensive background in the IC including service as the Director of Plans and Programs of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), Director of the Human Capital Management Office (HCMO) and the Acting Director of Security within the Officer of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I)), and Director of Intelligence Operations, Strategy and Policy for the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
McCarthy holds a M.S. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. Read full bio.
Michael Cameron – Director, Cyber Solutions
Michael Cameron serves as the Director of Cyber Solutions for Noblis NSP, guiding strategic planning, capability development, strategic investments, and delivery of cyber solutions to national customers. He has over 15 of experience managing a portfolio of technical solutions in SIGINT, cloud computing, and cyber capabilities. Prior to joining Noblis NSP, Cameron was the Vice President/ Director of Business Development at Leidos, where he served as the Program Director for a multi-year investment campaign in cloud computing.
Cameron served in the U.S. Air Force, and holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Loyola University of Baltimore and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland University College.
William Ard, BGen USAF (ret), Vice President of Strategic Consulting
William Ard serves as the Vice President of Strategic Consulting at Noblis NSP. He has over 32 years of experience as a military officer, general officer, SES and government contractor, and is a renowned expert in the Federal Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process, as well as manpower/workforce planning. Prior to joining Noblis NSP, Ard was the first Director of Workforce Plans and Resources for the newly established Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he was handpicked to help oversee and manage a one-of-a-kind investment portfolio, encompassing six unique projects delivering cyber capabilities to the nation that valued at $1B across the FYDP.
Ard served in the U.S. Air Force, and holds a M.S. in Management from Troy State and a B.S. in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. He is also a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the National Security Management Course at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
John Fant – Director, Special Intelligence Programs
John Fant serves as the Director of Special Intelligence Programs, guiding strategic planning, capability development, strategic investments, and delivery of integrated solutions to special intelligence programs. Prior to joining Noblis NSP, Fant led business development activities for the Intelligence Community focused on computer network operations, cybersecurity, and telecommunications at General Dynamics. Previously, he held business development and operational roles at BAE Systems and Booz Allen Hamilton where he was responsible for the growth and execution of Intelligence Community special mission programs.
Fant served as U.S. Naval Officer in aviation and intelligence assignments with the Strike Fighter Weapons School, Fighter Squadron 101, and the U.S. Second Fleet. He holds an M.B.A. and M.A. in Executive Leadership from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in Biology from the Citadel.
Noblis NSP Board
LTG Ronald Lee Burgess Jr. – Chairman of the Board
LTG Ronald Lee Burgess Jr. retired from the U.S. Army after more than thirty years of service. Throughout his accomplished career, LTG Burgess served as the 17th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Director of Intelligence Staff at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). LTG Burgess earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University where he currently leads Cyber and Department of Defense initiatives. LTG Burgess also holds a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Southern California and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. LTG Burgess has garnered numerous awards and decorations for his efforts during his active service and post-retirement roles.
David R. Shedd – Board Member
David R. Shedd was named Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in August 2014 following four years of service as Deputy Director. Until January 2015 he led the Defense Intelligence Enterprise workforce comprised of more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Shedd served as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Deputy Director for Policy, Plans, and Requirements, from 2005 to 2007, he served as Chief of Staff and, later, Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Shedd held intelligence policy positions at the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 to 2005.
From 1984 to 1993, Mr. Shedd was posted overseas in the U.S. Embassies in Costa Rica and Mexico. He has also held a variety of senior management assignments at the Central Intelligence Agency, including Chief of Congressional Liaison.
Mr. Shedd holds a B.A. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and a M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Latin American Studies.
Mr. Shedd is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Noblis.