Pamela Barratt White
Chief Executive Officer
Starting at NASA, Mrs. White lived and worked the history of putting the man on the moon and the advent of the computer as well as missile-defense systems development, missile intelligence, and the Strategic Defense Initiative of the Reagan years. Her civil service career culminated in the Comptroller Office, U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command.
Mrs. White, a Louisville, Kentucky native and former Air Force dependent, has lived in varied places across the United States and England, but considers Huntsville home since 1967 when she transferred from San Diego State College to Auburn University. Her diverse experience and education put her in the unique position to understand the technology of unmanned air vehicles and systems as currently being used and the potential for other applications of this technology---commercially and for homeland security. She regards engineers highly, saying:
“I believe engineers of all disciplines are among the most creative people I know. They do and must think creatively. SDI is at the cutting edge today in defense technology because of these fine minds that combine creative thinking with excellent technical skills. I intend to afford this great brain trust of ours at SDI every opportunity to parlay their innovation into fine defense solutions.”
Michael B. "Spud" Spiegel
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Michael “Spud” Spiegel received his BA from the University of Nebraska in 1976 before embarking on his military career. After commanding an air defense unit, his military career focused on ground-based missile defense systems. As Deputy Director of the Test & Evaluation Directorate, he conducted high-level briefings to Congress and other government agencies on the value of Integrated System Test Capability (ISTC). He retired from the military after serving as Chief of the Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) Product Management Office, where he led a team dedicated to a missile program valued at $50M per year.
Upon retiring from the military in 1998, Mr. Spiegel went to work for Colsa Corporation as the Joint National Test South (JNTS) Support Director. After directing Colsa’s support of the Joint National Test Program Office, he was promoted to Vice President, Professional Services. As VP, he was responsible for the management of missile defense related Hardware in the Loop operations and development, Homeland Security support, SETA support to the Ground Based Missile Defense, and the operations of two Regional Operations Centers. In 2008, Mr. Spiegel became Executive Vice President responsible for business development at Defense Acquisition, Inc.
Mr. Spiegel has amassed over twenty-seven years of experience in system research and development, system engineering, acquisition, test and evaluation, financial management, budget implementation, and project management. He was hired in March 2012 as President of SDI for his unparalleled experience in defense system R&D and acquisition programs, as well as his business development and strategic planning acumen.
Stephen C. Smith
Mr. Smith joined SDI in February 2012 as Vice President. He is responsible for assisting the President with the day-to-day operations of the company. Mr. Smith joins SDI after spending 17 months as a Program Manager and Director of Aviation Training and Simulation. He served over 26 years as a commissioned officer and aviator in the US Army. During his military service, Mr. Smith served in various command and staff positions to include commanding an attack aviation battalion in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and also serving on the Army Staff in the Pentagon. Mr. Smith’s last assignment prior to his retirement was as the Director of Evaluation and Standardization for Army Aviation. Mr. Smith received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and holds two Master’s degrees; a Master of Military Art & Science from the US Army’s Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, Kansas and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC.