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.
L. Roger Mason, Jr., Ph.D., Acting President
Dr. Mason serves as senior vice president and corporate officer responsible for the overall direction of Noblis’ national security missions including intelligence, defense, homeland security, and law enforcement. In this role, Dr. Mason is also responsible for overseeing Noblis’ two wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI, LLC and Noblis NSP, LLC. Both organizations are dedicated to supporting the Intelligence Community (IC). He returns to Noblis after five years of service in the IC as the first Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Systems and Resource Analyses (ADNI/SRA). In this capacity, Dr. Mason served as the DNI’s principal intelligence officer and trusted advisor on all matters dealing with intelligence capabilities, resources, requirements, systems analysis, program evaluation, and cost analysis. He led the establishment of this new capability that combined operations research, decision sciences, and business analytics to aid the DNI and senior intelligence agency leaders in making difficult decisions on complex issues that spanned every aspect of intelligence from overhead space technologies to counterterrorism. In recognition of his service, Dr. Mason was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal—the IC’s highest award. In addition, he received medallions of excellence from intelligence agency directors and led SRA to four National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Commendations.
Prior to federal service, Dr. Mason served in a number of senior executive positions in the national security sector including Vice President at Noblis, Director at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and General Manager of the Advanced Systems Group at General Dynamics (formerly Veridian). Earlier in his career, he led a number of advanced programs combining technology development, system integration, and field operations for military and intelligence missions.
Dr. Mason is a nationally recognized expert in intelligence capabilities, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) technology, operations research, systems integration, and change leadership. He has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and symposia and holds two U.S. patents dealing with advanced materials and collection devices. He is a member of the board of directors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).
Dr. Mason earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in engineering physics (nuclear) from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University (Kellogg School), and a bachelor’s degree in physics from The George Washington University.
David J. Lee – Vice President, Strategy and Operations
Mr. Lee brings a wealth of experience working with government and commercial partners focused on solving challenging technology issues. Prior to joining Noblis NSP, he was the CEO and co-founder of LMN Solutions (now Noblis NSP), a highly regarded provider of software engineering, cyber security, and geospatial solutions. Mr. Lee has worked across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and holds a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University, M.S. in Information Systems & Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University, and an Executive Program Certification in Management & Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
William Ard, BGen USAF (ret) – Executive Vice President of Strategic Consulting
Mr. Ard brings more than 32 years of experience as a military officer, general officer, SES and government contractor to Noblis NSP. He was the first Director of Workforce Plans and Resources for the newly established Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In addition to supporting a host of national level cyber-related initiatives, Mr. Ard was handpicked to help oversee and manage a one-of-a-kind investment portfolio, encompassing six unique projects delivering cyber capabilities to the nation, valued at $1B across the FYDP. He is a renowned expert in the Federal Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process, as well as manpower/workforce planning. Mr. Ard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration, from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Management at Troy State, as well as having graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National Security Management Course at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Matthew McKnight – Executive Vice President of Mission Solutions
Mr. McKnight has a record of success in business and as a technical expert. Previously he was the President and co-founder of LMN Solutions (now Noblis NSP). His expertise is in custom software development and integration projects focusing on Natural Language Processing, entity resolution, information retrieval, Geographic Information Systems, Open Source Software, scalable data analytics, and rapid web application development. He drives agile software development with lean principles and a relentless focus on excellence. He has led worldwide deployment efforts for applications he authored for the US Government. Mr. McKnight has a degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia and has participated in numerous graduate education programs.
Wajeeha A. Naeem – Vice President, Special Intelligence Programs
Ms. Naeem brings a broad spectrum of leadership, client focus, and technical expertise to Noblis NSP. She uses her background to identify synergies between Noblis NSP’s two lines of business, Mission Solutions and Strategic Consulting, in order to provide optimal solutions to the client. Previously, Ms. Naeem was the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of LMN Solutions (now Noblis NSP). In addition to her corporate focus she is engaged with the customers Noblis NSP supports through her leadership roles in programs across the classified market. Her experience ranges from systems architecture to software design, development and delivery. Ms. Naeem takes special interest in facilitating the advancement of Agile methodologies to ensure customer success along with effective and efficient use of resources. Ms. Naeem has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgetown University.
Diana Gresham – Vice President, Advanced Engineering and Consulting
Ms. Gresham has had a successful and diverse career spanning over 30 years in both the government and private industry. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership to her position in Noblis NSP. She has worked in the Intelligence Community and private sector as an HR professional, Chief Operations Officer, and as a Vice President of Service Delivery Programs. Ms. Gresham has managed several large programs and as the Program Manager she grew a contract from $30 to $113M in 3 years. Ms. Gresham is SHRM-certified and is a leader within AFCEA’s Women in Intelligence Group.
Danno Kay, Director, Cyber Operations and Analysis
Danno leads 90+ cyber operations analysts, planners, mission managers, targeteers, and key mission enablers providing mission essential support to help our U.S. government colleagues characterize, assess and respond to adversary threats through cyberspace. He brings 4+ years of cyber operations analysis experience and 30 years in the Air Force to his role at Noblis NSP.