As executive vice president and general manager for the intelligence sector at government services contractor ManTech, Adam Rudo said he was drawn to the firm for several reasons.
“The leadership team’s commitment to mission and our employees is evident throughout the company,” he said. “We train and develop our employees so that we can successfully perform on programs.”
In addition, Rudo pointed to ManTech’s leadership position in serving the sophisticated cyber needs of federal customers.
“We have a number of partners with technology we integrate to bring our customers the best-in-class to succeed against our adversaries,” he said.
WashingtonExec caught up with Rudo to chat about ManTech’s place in the ever-evolving intelligence community space. He talked about the intelligence sector’s need for edge-to-edge support; hacking efforts by adversarial players; and how the company has dealt with ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
What differentiates ManTech’s approach to this market?
One key strength is our ability to attract and retain amazing Cyber Network Operations talent — experts who share our dedication to the mission and are well-rewarded for their efforts with among the best compensation, benefits and training in the industry.
We are also at the forefront of deep research into cyber vulnerabilities supported by automation — industry-leading algorithms and tools that accelerate success.
And ManTech is also a unique company in this space, providing edge-to-edge support, with CNO experts to consult and advise during operations. In short, great people and innovative technology make us a trusted partner of government — a key reason why we’ve been performing this type of work for so many years.
Why is this important to the U.S. intelligence community?
It is critical for the U.S. to have the edge over hostile nation-states and nonstate actors notorious for hacking. ManTech is providing capabilities to help in this fight.
Because our customers are also applying our knowledge toward cyber defenses, our government is even more prepared for what lies ahead. The work of our employees to this end has never been more relevant and important to the nation than it is today.
Can you name specific customers or contracts with the IC?
While I can’t share much in the way of specifics, I can say that we serve all the major agencies of the intelligence community and their counterparts in the Department of Defense. Our breadth and depth of support across the community benefits our employees in terms of career options within the company, and it benefits our customers in terms of our ability to leverage best practices across multiple domains.
An example is a key contract win for ManTech in December 2020 for DOD to build out a significant component of the Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture. Here, we are designing, developing, fielding and supporting an operational cyber infrastructure — deploying capabilities that enable operations and providing specialized procurement.
How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact your work with the IC?
While the pandemic threw our industry some unique and unconventional challenges, ManTech and its talented employees’ commitment to the mission remained steadfast. We adapted and evolved with our customers to maintain maximum support and minimize disruption to the mission.
That is one thing that was evident as we faced the recent challenges — this team never quits!
For over 50 years, we have consistently supported our customers through a range of complexities. Whatever challenges come, we will not change our unwavering support to our customers and their critical missions.