Executive Profiles



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 as a GS-12 Program Analyst 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.”



Stephen C. Smith

Mr. Steve Smith joined SDI in February 2012 and assumed the duties of president in March 2016. Mr. Smith has over 30 years of experience serving not only as a commissioned officer and aviator in the U.S. Army but also in the defense industry as a Program Manager, Director of Aviation Training and Simulation, Vice President for Business Development, and Vice President for Operations. Mr. Smith retired as a Colonel after serving in various command and staff positions in the U.S. Army 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.



Kimberly D. Rose
Vice President Business Operations

Kimberly D. Rose received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Alabama in 1989 and earned an MBA with an emphasis in contracts from Florida Institute of Technology in 1997. Since settling in Huntsville in 1990, Ms. Rose spent 22 years in the defense and Marshall Space Flight Center industries with companies to complete conversion to Deltek’s Costpoint Suite for financial management. Ms. Rose joined SDI in May of 2012 to serve as the VP of Business Operations and oversee the Finance and Accounting Department and program control for all contracts.



Anthony P. Ward
Vice President Business Development & UAS Programs

Mr. Andy Ward joined SDI in January 2014 as the Director for Corporate Business Development.  Mr. Ward is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served 10 years where he completed multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Mr. Ward graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelors’ of Science where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Information Systems Technologies. He is also PMP certified. Later, Mr. Ward worked as a contractor in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom throughout Afghanistan and Iraq for over 2 years. He went on to become a program manager supporting various unmanned aircraft systems operating in OCONUS locations. Since July 2016, Mr. Ward has served SDI as the Vice President for Business Development & UAS Programs.