Peraton has named Jeffrey Harris, former U.S. Air Force assistant secretary for space and National Reconnaissance Office director, to its advisory board.
Peraton formed its advisory board in November 2017 to advise the company on its strategic direction, and named former Deputy CIA Director Jeanne Tisinger as its first advisory board member.
Harris brings a wealth of experience from a 40-year career in the space industry. At NRO, he was credited with managing the integration of NRO programs into three functional directorates and leading efforts to consolidate signals intelligence systems in a first-of-its kind partnership between NRO and the National Security Agency.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jeff over the past 25 years in a variety of roles and have been consistently impressed by his deep understanding of our nation’s critical intelligence needs, and how he has fostered new technologies, programs and capabilities that have contributed significantly to U.S. national security capabilities,” Peraton President and CEO Stu Shea said. “Jeff’s strategic counsel will be invaluable as we continue to expand our mission partnerships in the space, intelligence, and cyber markets.”
Harris is currently the chairman of D-Wave Government, which develops quantum computing systems and software, and previously served as president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, and as president of Space Imaging. He also chairs the U.S Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and the Open Spatial Consortium and is a member of the U.S. Energy Security Council and the Commander STRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group.
In addition to building out its avisory board, Peraton has hired several top executives. In January, the company named L. Roger Mason, recently a senior vice president of Noblis, as president of its newly formed Space, Intelligence and Cyber sector, putting him in charge of the delivery of advanced, mission-specific technology capabilities to national security, civil space and intelligence community customers, the company said.
Peraton’s Shea recently spoke with WashingtonExec about the company’s recent hires, its startup attitude and where national security needs are headed.